- 4¼ cups non dairy milk (aka. soy, coconut or nut milk are fine!)
- ¼ cup whole espresso beans (or ⅓ cup ground espresso beans)
- 4 chai tea bags
- 2 tablespoons raw honey (sub regular honey, maple syrup, coconut nectar or agave nectar)
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- Heat your non dairy milk in a kettle or a pot over high heat.
- While the milk is heating, grind your espresso beans and add them to the french press.
- Tear open the chai tea bags and empty the contents into your french press, along with the honey and coconut oil.
- When the milk is boiling, take it off the heat and pour it into your french press.
- Stir the contents well, then add your "lid" and let steep for 5-7 minutes.
- Press down on your handle (this may take a little jiggling to push it all the way to the bottom).
- Pour your latte into mugs and drink up!
This recipe pretty much happened by accident. I was CRAVING a chai latte. Like, really, really bad. But I’m working very hard at not spending money on coffee anymore and instead making it at home. So I dug around in my pantry, found some chai tea bags, and that’s when it hit me. DO IT IN THE FRENCH PRESS. Boomtown. So I just threw stuff in on a guess, and essentially it turned out to be everything I wanted and more. And since there are a ton of other coffee drinkers in the world I thought I had to share! (Plus it fits pretty perfectly with my blog title. ‘Cause, you know, brewing and all..)
You might wonder why I chose to use raw honey as my sweetener and why I chose to add coconut oil… Well, I’m here to answer those questions! I used raw honey mostly because I love it. And local, raw honey does wonders for my allergies. Plus raw honey dissolves well when it is heated. So that was essentially the extent of my thinking. I like it, so I used it. So that means you can just feel free to use a smidge of whatever sweetener tickles your fancy! And the addition of coconut oil was basically just a way to get some healthy fats in so that your body gets super, duper fueled from this latte. (And not just from the caffeine.)
Because the chai tea is in smaller pieces than ground coffee, it might take a little shimmying and stirring to get your french press filter all the way to the bottom. But don’t worry! It can and will happen. It’s just a little harder to push down than coffee normally is. But when you get it down, and you take your first sip of chai latte everything will be right with the world. This is how we conquer mornings. This is how we conquer life.