Whenever I visit a coffee shop my go-to drink is a café au lait. I love the creamy, frothy goodness that is coffee with milk. It sounds so basic, and yet it was never a drink that I had ventured to make at home. Make a whole pot of coffee only to use a very small portion? Ah, no. Try that chemistry experiment we all dread of making less than a full pot of coffee? It never tastes right! Even if the proportions are exact. I don’t get it. Nope, not going to all that trouble.
Then it dawned on me. Why not use my single-cup French press? French press coffee is always so rich and flavorful. THIS would be the perfect solution. But there was one more hurdle – the milk.
I’m usually pretty rushed in the morning, so I needed to find an efficient way to heat my milk. Warming it on the stovetop sounded time-consuming. I could use the microwave, but then how would I get it frothy? The froth is a must.
-Another lightbulb moment-
Behold, my milk frothing and heating device:
You guys, this method of using a French press and a glass jar is perfection and it is quick. I’m now routinely enjoying my café au lait every morning. This method makes two café au laits. I drink one with my breakfast and one during my commute to work. Here’s what you do:
Get your French press going by putting 3 tablespoons of coffee into the press. Pour in hot water from your kettle and wait 4 minutes.
Put 12oz of milk into your glass jar. Shake vigorously until foamy. Place in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Pour half of your French press coffee into your mug, pour half of the milk over it, and spoon out some froth on top.
I hope you enjoy this method of making an at-home café au lait as much as I do. The best part for me is the newfound depth of flavor that using the French press provides. On days where I’m looking for a little extra, I add some vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and real maple syrup. Delish.
Try and make it yourself!
Make two servings. Enjoy!