In El Paso, there’s a cafe called Salt + Honey that has a decent coffee bar, breakfast menu, and live music and poetry. Last time I was out there, I got their specialty honey cinnamon latte. Here’s how I make it at home. If you want, you can make it hot or iced.

Esta es una receta para un latte de miel y canela. Si quieres, puedes hacerlo como un latte helado.

Ingredients

2 shots of espresso
whole milk
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In an 8-ounce coffee cup, combine the honey and cinnamon by stirring well.
  2. Add 1 shot of espresso and stir again, making sure you no longer feel honey at the bottom of the cup.
  3. Add the second shot.
  4. Add steamed milk and a small amount of foam. If you’re feeling special, top it off with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

For an iced latte: use a 12- or 16-ounce cup, cold milk, and ice.

Last month, I added a refurbished Gaggia Classic Pro to my coffee bar—with a 9-bar spring modification, VST basket, and Barista Hustle tamper. (I want to replace my milk pitcher because mine has a wide mouth that isn’t great for latte art.) I usually roast Ethiopian Sidamo in a dutch oven once a week, keep it in an AirScape container, and grind it in my Rancilio Rocky. I am extremely happy with the results I’m getting.

Each morning, I click the machine on and let it warm up while I prepare my great-grandfather’s breakfast. Once it warms up, I grind approximately two tablespoons of whole coffee—usually set somewhere around 7 on the Rocky—and eyeball what comes out. I’m very particular, but not too particular. 😉 Give it a good tamp, run a little water through the grouphead, lock in the portafilter, and give it a go. As long as the crema looks good and the extraction time doesn’t feel too long, it goes in the small 8-ounce Keep Cup. Steam up some milk, top up the cup, and I’m ready to head to the computer.

## Other Elements

We have a Chefman glass variable temperature electric kettle. It replaced our Breville, which died suddenly and caused serious disappointment. The Chefman beeps with abandon to the point that I can’t recommend it. There are some videos online about disabling the beeping; I might have to try it. We mostly use it for tea (matcha or herbal) and Americanos.

I also have a Chemex, French press, and Bialetti mokapot. IMO, the French press is the best option when lazy or brewing for a group; the Chemex looks cool but has a longer brew time.