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Cafe Miel

cafe miel

The other day was cold and blustery.  And nothing makes a cat want to cuddle on a bed like a howling wind.  My little Gus was sleeping on my bed in worm fashion: right on his tummy, all of his legs pulled in so it looked like he didn’t even have limbs, and his chin pressed against the bed.  It didn’t look comfortable at all, but he was purring.  That cat is chill, but that cat is weird.  🙂

Cats are the kings and queens of relaxation.  They turn it into an art.  Personally when I want to relax there is nothing like coffee, a good book, or maybe something British on Netflix.

cafe miel

Coffee is a beautiful elixir of joy…or maybe I should call it a beautiful elixir of joy that I can’t drink after noon or I ruin any chance of sleeping that night. 🙂  Do you have your ol’ reliable drink whenever you go into a coffee shop?  Do you always say you’re going to try something different, but then come out with the same old thing?  Back when I got on the coffee bandwagon I always went for the lattes and mochas that had as much added flavoring as they could possibly fit in there.  Like, for instance, the turtle mocha.  Then I changed to just a straight mocha.  Then I was in chai town for a while.

Now whenever I want something that’s not just straight coffee I go for this beauty: the cafe miel.  Have you ever had one before?  It’s a latte flavored with cinnamon and sweetened just slightly with honey.  I LOVE it.  Of course I eat more cinnamon in a month then most people eat in a year, so it was no surprise that I was drawn to it.  It has just enough sweetness to keep you satisfied, but not so overly sweet that you can’t have a scone on the side.  I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world, but even I can’t have a surgery mocha and a baked treat at the same time.  It’s like that feeling of having one pancake too many. You know what I mean. 😉

Of course you can customize this to your liking, adding or reducing the amount of honey.  It’s your relaxing beverage, after all. 😀  I’m imaging myself sipping on this and reading Mary Oliver poems.  There may or may not be a slice of French silk pie in that hypothetical. 🙂

cafe miel

Cafe Miel
  • 10 oz milk of your choice
  • Shot of espresso
  • 1 tsp honey, or more to taste
  • ⅛-1/4 tsp cinnamon, depending on preference
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat combine milk, honey, and cinnamon. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the milk reaches between 155-165 degrees F.
  2. Pour the shot of espresso into a coffee mug, then add 8 oz of the milk and stir.
  3. With remaining 2 oz of milk, use a frothing tool to make the milk foamy, then pour it on top of your drink. Alternatively, if you do not have a frothing tool you can add all the milk at once and stir.


{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Eva @ Eva Bakes March 19, 2016, 1:17 pm

    I am not a coffee drinker but would gladly have a cup of this! Love the addition of cinnamon!

    • Amanda March 20, 2016, 8:50 am

      Thanks, Eva. It gets addictive after a while!

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop March 20, 2016, 7:59 am

    Sounds like a perfect drink for a blustery day….warm and comforting!

    • Amanda March 20, 2016, 8:50 am

      Thanks so much, Kathy!

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks March 21, 2016, 5:26 am

    Oh how I wish I liked coffee…I love the smell of it, and cooking with it – but a straight cup of coffee is something I just haven’t ever developed a taste for. But I’m going to give it another try with your recipe! You never know…

    • Amanda March 21, 2016, 8:59 am

      Haha. 🙂 I was that way for a long time with coffee too. Then one day it just clicked and I liked it. Although I do probably drink just as much tea as coffee.

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice March 21, 2016, 5:49 am

    Coffee is definitely the perfect way to relax, too! Although I can drink it right before I go to bed…caffeine has no effect on me! I drink it more for the taste. This version sounds delicious, Amanda! I love making coffee shop drinks at home…so easy and so good!

    • Amanda March 21, 2016, 9:01 am

      Thanks, Gayle! I envy you. If I drank coffee right before going to bed I wouldn’t be able to sleep until the next night!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker March 21, 2016, 5:51 am

    This sounds like the perfect cuddly day drink! I’m sure my kitties would love me to hang with them with a big mug of this deliciousness 🙂

    • Amanda March 21, 2016, 9:02 am

      Thanks, Megan! My cats always seem drawn to me when I have a cup of coffee. They must think I have a mug of cream or something. 😉

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary March 21, 2016, 8:50 am

    It is still pretty cold here, and snuggling in bed with a few of these Cafe Miels sounds like the perfect lazy Monday! Loving the honey and cinnamon in here, dear! I’ll take a cup please! 😉 Cheers!

    • Amanda March 21, 2016, 9:03 am

      Thanks so much, Cheyanne! It’s supposed to snow here later this week, so you know I’m going to drink a couple of these to brace myself. 😀

  • Mir March 21, 2016, 9:54 am

    Windy days are for blankets, books and hot drinks. This is amazing. You’re the hot drink queen, Amanda!

    • Amanda March 21, 2016, 12:32 pm

      Thank you! I’ve never met a hot drink I didn’t like. Maybe I’ll have to do a hot toddy post sometime.

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy March 21, 2016, 10:55 am

    Oh this is SO cozy and delicious!! 🙂

    • Amanda March 21, 2016, 12:32 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • annie@ciaochowbambina March 21, 2016, 2:47 pm

    Love the honey and cinnamon addition…I’d love to cuddle up with this hot beverage and Mary Oliver poems, too! I was just reading her stuff the other night…love it!

    • Amanda March 22, 2016, 12:39 pm

      Thanks, Annie! Isn’t she the best?

  • Manali@CookWithManali March 21, 2016, 3:40 pm

    I love coffee and actually it has no effect on me. I mean even if I drink it at night, it won’t have any effect on my sleep! Love the addition of cinnamon here!

    • Amanda March 22, 2016, 12:40 pm

      Thanks! I wish I could drink coffee like that! It didn’t used to bother me quite so much, but each year caffeine seems to effect me more and more. Weird.

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