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Chocolate Hazelnut Latte

As we miss the comforts of our favorite baristas making us delicious, velvety lattes, we’re bound to try and come up with some homemade versions to try and fill the gap. This easy-to-make chocolate hazelnut ‘latte’ can be thrown together with a few simple ingredients (hint, you can use vanilla extract too, still delicious!) and will provide sweet sips all morning!

Recipe from Head Barista & Coffee Educator, Jackson O’Brien


What You Need

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 – 4 drops hazelnut extract*
  • ¾ cup coffee concentrate
  • ¾ cup hot milk (or dairy alternative)

*To make your own extract: you will need 1 cup shelled whole hazelnuts & 3 oz neutral high-proof spirit such as Everclear or vodka. Roast hazelnuts on a sheet pan in a 350° oven until fragrant and barely browned, typically between 10 – 15 minutes. Trust your nose, once the kitchen smells richly of hazelnuts, they’re ready. Add to a 1-cup mason jar and fill with the neutral high-proof spirit. Seal the jar and infuse for 2 weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain into a 2-oz bottle with a dropper.

How To Make It

  1. To make coffee concentrate, make coffee as you normally would with half the amount of water.  If using a pour-over or auto-drip machine, grind the coffee slightly finer if possible.
  2.  Heat ¾ cup milk in the microwave or stovetop to 140° F, approximately the temp. of hot water coming out of your hot water faucet. If foam is desired, whisk vigorously. 
  3. Add cocoa powder, sugar, and 1 tsp of the coffee concentrate to the bottom of a mug. Stir until cocoa and sugar are fully dissolved. Add the remainder of the coffee concentrate, the hot milk, and the drops of hazelnut extract. Enjoy!

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Published by Jackson O'Brien on September 26, 2020.

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