Fall & Winter are great times for making specialty coffee. As the temperatures begin to drop warming spices are the way to go.
Star anise is a popular spice in China and Vietnam that has remarkable health properties. If you have a cold, rheumatism or seek good digestion, star anise in a beneficial spice for you.
Known for its licorice flavor, star anise pairs well with maple syrup and other fall spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. Just remember, a little goes a long way with this potent spice.
Star Anise Latte - Fall / Winter Coffee Recipe for One
Star anise, ground ~1/16 tsp
Cinnamon ~1/8 tsp
Nutmeg ~1/8 tsp
Vanilla extract, 2 - 3 drops
Milk or almond milk
Fill your portafilter half way with espresso. Add star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add remaining espresso an make your espresso. Froth your milk. Although I consume dairy, I actually prefer to use almond milk in my lattes for its soft, nutty flavor. Add a few drops of vanilla extract to your espresso, sweeten with maple syrup and add your frothed milk. Garnish with a star anise star.
If you don't have an espresso machine, don't worry, you can still enjoy a star anise latte. Make coffee using your automatic drip or French press coffee maker. If using a drip, add the star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg to the coffee maker with the coffee. If using a French press, add the spices and the vanilla extract as well. I usually add a little more of the spices when making it this way (but not too much more). Pour your coffee and sweeten with maple syrup. Heat your milk or almond milk, froth with a hand frother and add to your coffee. Garnish with a star anise star.