Some kids grow up drinking milk, in my family, we drank coffee. I started drinking coffee at a very young age. I had café con leche every morning as early as I can remember. This is not unusual growing up in a Latina and Haitian household. My mom had the Moka pot brewing like clockwork, at least two or three times a day. I finally weaned myself from coffee in middle school until I realized in college, the black, hot drink was a God send. As a college student that studied late and partied even later, I needed the drink to keep me going. In law school, it kept me going around the clock during exams.
Today, I continue to enjoy the drink and have stepped up my coffee drinking game. I scoff at water downed versions of the drink and will go out of my way when traveling to enjoy a local cup of the good stuff at a highly rated coffee shop.
From cappuccino to vanilla latte to my all-time favorite, a flat white, I admit to being a coffee snob.
I usually make a strong cup of espresso using my favorite cuban coffee, Bustelo and one of the two Moka pots my mom gifted me (because she wants to make sure I keep up the habit, of course). As much as I love my Moka pot, even it has limitations. I like to treat myself to a speciality drink at coffee shops but doing so several times a week is an expensive habit.
I finally decided it was time to upgrade my coffee machine to something can brew my those irresistible hot, iced, or speciality coffees. The problem, many good espresso machines cost upwards of $500.
Then I kept seeing commercial for the Ninja Coffee Bar and I was intrigued. Could it be possible? For less than $300.00 the Ninja promised to give me all the same coffees I would typically pay $5-7 for.
Right in time for Easter, I learned that Kohl’s is hosting the #SpringAtKohls event that included everything you need to get your kitchen in order for Easter entertaining and spring.
Lucky for me, #SpringAtKohls includes the Kohl’s Easter kitchen and dining event which had my Ninja Coffee bar on sale. With the savings, I was also able to scoop up some beautiful, brightly colored new tabletop essentials. I got new placemats, kitchen towels, and a new table center piece. I was so excited to not just try out the coffee bar but also brighten up the kitchen for spring.
I set up the kitchen and my coffee bar that also came with a recipe book of 100 coffee recipes.
The next morning, I made a flat white and couldn’t believe how good it tasted! Not only was I ready for Easter and spring, but I have stepped up my coffee game to the next level.
For anyone new to a flat white, think of it as a cappuccino with no foam, no hot milk, and less frothy milk. However, like a cappuccino, it has a shot of espresso. So a flat white is just a shot of espresso with frothy milk. And it’s delicious.
Recipe: Flat White
4 Tablespoons of your favorite espresso quality coffee
5 ounces of milk
dash of cinnamon (optional)
Prepare your espresso according to the speciality brew directions on you Ninja. Heat up the milk in your milk frother. Froth milk until it’s thick and fluffy.
Scoop the froth on top of your espresso and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kohl’s and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.