The smell of coffee is just one of those little things in life that consumes you and gets entwined in your soul. It fills you up with a slow warmth even before your first sip. The anticipation that charges through your conscious state as it registers that dark, rich, sticky aroma is enough to make your insides sing. As you wrap your cool fingers around the warm cup and breathe in the brown notes with the crisp morning air, a single thought races through your mind "God, I love coffee!". It is utterly subconscious, a silent groupie declaration for the bean that is so much more. A moment for you and you alone. This happens to me every day with my first cup of coffee which for the record is made by Nick, for nearly thirteen years now. Every single day. Do you find yourself giving a silent thanks for coffee?
You are either a coffee fanatic or a tea enthusiast. You could be both but if you dug deeper, you would realize that your loyalties lie with one much more than the other. I love my cup (actually cups) of tea as much as the vintage floral china loving parlour hopper. But only coffee makes my world go round and round in crazed caffeine ridden circles. Plus I secretly think (well not so secret now, is it?) that coffee can do so much more and people on the coffee train go far and fast. Coffee ice cream? Yes! Coffee cakes? Yes! Milky iced coffee? Cappucino popsicles? Tiramisu? Affogato? Yes, yes, yes and yes! It is even there in your bloody skin tightening creams!
I partnered with Nespresso and Darren Purchese to promote Nespresso's Caramelito flavour. That's caramel for you. The coffee itself is sensational. I was told that it doesn't actually have the caramel flavour and is pure good old coffee. The caramel notes in the aroma of the coffee trick your brain into thinking gooey, luscious, golden thoughts before you actually drink the coffee. Very clever! I used the caramel pods to create a simple and exotic yoghurt drink. I called it Caramel Espresso Lassi and it is laced witht the sweetness of cardamom and saltiness of sea salt. It is lovely for breakfast. I have been having a bit too much coffee as you can see from all the pictures. But then again like an honest politician, there is no such thing as too much coffee!
Happy Monday from one coffee lover to another (and all you tea chuggers too!)
Caramel Espresso Lassi
A simple after dinner beverage of caramel coffee and yoghurt laced with the sweetness of cardamom and maple syrup. This espresso lassi comes to life with a sprinkling of sea salt flakes and would also make a lovely breakfast beverage.
Makes - To serve 2-4
2 cups (560ml) chilled milk
1/3 cup (80g) Greek yoghurt
2 tablespoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
100ml espresso (caramel flavour preferred/ or any strong black coffee made from a capsule or French pressed)
whipped cream to top
sea salt flakes and ground cardamom to dust
Combine chilled milk, yoghurt, maple syrup, cardamom and 50ml espresso coffee in the jug of a blender. Process until smooth.
Pour in 4 little latte glasses. Pour the remaining espresso equally over the lassi. Top with whipped cream, sea salt flakes and a dusting of cardamom.
If you have a Nespresso machine and are using the Caramelito pod, replace the 100ml brewed espresso coffee in the recipe below with two 50ml espresso shots using two pods.
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Do you use hot espresso in this recipe? Or do you chill the espresso first?
This is gorgeous! What a wonderful idea for a caffeine fix. I'm currently leaning more toward coffee, but I teeter over to the tea side frequently 🙂
What a great idea! Espresso, caramel, lassi...what's not to like? As always, beautiful pictures!
Never thought of espresso and lassi together.. but will give it a try as the clicks are really tempting.
Caramel Espresso, all was well up till now and then you said Lassi! Coffee and Lassi?? I was like am I the only one who finds it weird? Who cares, as long as it looks this yumm! 🙂
Beautiful blog and amazing photographs!
This looks so great and I love love love your photos! I have a Nespresso at home so definitely need to try this soon 🙂
Love... I remember eating some cafe latte flavoured yoghurt in Japan and although I initially wondered how coffee could work with something sour, it soon won me over. I love the addition of caramel. Must try!
Yes please to caramel and espresso!
I am more of a tea enthusiast and absolutely need my morning cup irrespective of how warm the weather is. Having said that, a cup of coffee always uplifts my mood. I LOVE the smell of coffee. The other day I made lassi with coco powder and one of my friend thought I was crazy to come up with something so unusual. I have to now show her your recipe 🙂
Such a fun twist on a lassi!
YES I TOTALLY thank Coffee every morning!!!! Do you also get a tingling sensation at the back of your eyeballs after the first sip??? 🙂 I love lassis too, so smooooth. Going on the list to try!
Big Nespresso Caramelito fan here! Will definitely make this recipe.
Wow,it must taste absolutely divine!
I bet this taste like a delicious ice coffee!!! De-ree-cious!
LOVE the twist on traditional lassi's, Sneh! As a coffee lover, I'd gulp this in a heartbeat 😀
This looks fabulous Sneh! I absolutely adore caramel, it's one of the best flavours out there. Love your styling here too!
Amazing. I can almost smell this based on your description. I kept nodding my head when you described the feeling of taking that first sniff of coffee for the day. I really do love coffee and would love to try this recipe for a little change.
What a lovely recipe Sneh! I wasn't so sure about those caramel capsules, fearing they'd be sweet. But your post makes me think again. I LOVE my coffee too, it's the jolty morning start I look forward to every day. x