There are two things I considered when I bought my first coffee maker. First, I love a good cup, with that rich, aromatic flavour you could only get from quality beans. Second, I drink coffee every day (two cups to be exact). Getting my fix from coffee shops at that rate would break my pocket. As someone who enjoys coffee that much, I find better value for my money if I make it at home—with my own coffee maker. And, the best part about having one is the cool and exciting recipes I learn and enjoy along the way.

Read on for a few of my favourite recipes and enter for a chance to win the Nespresso Vertuo Next Premium coffee and espresso machine and the Ember 414ml (14 oz.) Smart Temperature Control Mug 2.

Here are the recipes covered in this article:

Pumpkin spice latte / Spiced flat white / Coffee mousse /

Iced saffron latte / Affogato

The perfect cup of coffee

The secret to delicious coffee involves the right ratio: the amount of coffee and the amount of water you use to extract the flavour. For me the entire process has been a delightful morning ritual. It’s also an enjoyable skill to learn—from grinding my coffee beans to frothing my milk. Having the right tools goes a long way to help you capture that rich flavour in every cup. Get a reliable coffee maker—like the Breville Barista Touch, Miele CM 5310 Silence, and Nespresso Vertuo Next—that lets you create a variety of coffee drinks right at your own home.

5 easy coffee recipes you can make at home

Coffee is a versatile drink. A lot of recipes, like the ones I’m featuring here, use milk to create that sweet, creamy taste many of us love. You can also use alternative options like almond, soy, coconut, and oat (my personal favourite), which also add subtle flavour. Whatever milk you’re using, you can take the guesswork out of frothing with the Nespresso Aeroccino 3.

Hot or cold, you can have your coffee any way you want. Add ice to any recipe with the Insignia portable ice maker right on your kitchen top, or enjoy any hot drink longer with the help of the Ember Smart Temperature Control Mug 2.

1. Pumpkin spice latte

Latte is a classic coffee drink. Simply, it’s espresso and milk. However, the Pumpkin Spice latte (also widely known as PSL) takes it further by adding a whole lot of ingredients all in one cup. I think it’s one of the most intricate coffee recipes out there. Though it’s popularly an autumnal drink, you don’t have to wait for fall to have a cup of PSL right in your hand. Create that thick, honey-coloured coffee crema with the Breville Barista Touch automatic espresso machine.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 shots espresso
  • 250 ml. milk
  • 2 ½ tsp. pumpkin purée
  • Spice mix (1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/8 tsp. ground cloves, and 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup

How to prepare:

  1. Create a mixture of your pumpkin purée, spice mix, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in a large mug
  2. Add two shots of espresso to your mixture and stir well
  3. Froth your milk using the Breville Barista Touch steaming wand until you get desired temperature and texture. Then, carefully pour into your mixture to blend all ingredients
  4. Sprinkle spice mix over your froth

2. Spiced flat white

The spiced flat white is another seasonal favourite. If you like your coffee strong this is a great recipe for you. Like your regular latte, you only need milk and strong coffee to be able to make a regular flat white. The difference is that flat white has less milk and less froth than a latte, so you’ll get a richer and fuller coffee flavour. For this recipe I’d use the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 milk frother. Make sure to use the spring-less whisk for that perfect flat white froth. Plus, it works for both hot and cold milk.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 shots espresso or ½ cup strong coffee
  • 100 ml. milk
  • 1 pinch cinnamon and nutmeg powder

How to prepare:

  1. Pull two shots of espresso or ½ cup strong coffee into small cup
  2. Add cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir into a nice blend.
  3. Froth 100 ml. milk in the Nespresso Aeroccino 3. Frothing takes about minute. Then, pour into your espresso spice blend.

3. Coffee mousse

Who doesn’t want a nice dessert? I know I do. Coffee adds sophisticated flavour to any dessert, giving the right contrast to the subtle sweetness that usually comes with a lot of ingredients. Serve this at your nice get-together with friends and family and it will be a sure showstopper. You can use espresso or strong brewed coffee with this recipe. With your Miele CM 5310 Silence countertop coffee machine, you have the option to select between using whole beans or pre-ground coffee.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 shot espresso and ¼ cup strong coffee
  • 6 ounces melted chocolate
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

How to prepare:

  1. Whisk your heavy whipping cream in a bowl until you get a stiff peak
  2. Add coffee, chocolate, salt, and vanilla. Blend well until the ingredients fully integrate into a nice mousse texture
  3. Portion the mousse into serving containers, then leave in the fridge for a few hours
  4. When served, top with more whipping cream, chocolate bits, or with a couple of coffee beans for a nice garnish

4. Iced saffron latte

Another latte recipe that never fails to intrigue my tastebuds is saffron latte. Saffron’s delicate, earthy and floral flair adds a whole lot of flavour to your regular latte. It became an instant hit when I served this as a cold drink to my friends last summer. It’s easy to make as it’s delicious. You’ll only need two main ingredients for this recipe: saffron milk and espresso. To serve cold, add ice from the Insignia 26 lb. portable ice maker.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 shots espresso or ½ cup strong coffee
  • 200 ml. milk
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • As many ice cubes as you like

How to prepare:

  1. Simmer your milk with saffron for 5-7 minutes Then steam using a frothing wand or a automatic frother
  2. Pull two shots of espresso and add a few cubes of ice
  3. Pour your steamed saffron milk

5. Affogato

What I love about this coffee recipe is that it combines two of my favourites: coffee and ice cream. Affogato literally means “drowned” in Italian. Immerse your ice cream in hot espresso to create that creamy mix. A classic affogato uses vanilla gelato. But ice cream does the trick and it’s usually cheaper and more readily available everywhere in your favourite grocery stores. Try the Nespresso Vertuo Next Premium coffee and espresso Machine to create that rich, frothy espresso that blends well in your affogato.

What you’ll need

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 shots espresso
  • Optional toppings (shaved chocolate, caramel sauce, or cherry)

How to prepare:

  1. Scoop ice cream into a clear glass
  2. Pour 2 shots of espresso
  3. Add your favourite toppings

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in two different ways:

  1. In a comment below, tell us one of your favourite coffee recipes and which of the featured products mentioned above would help you make it.
  2. For up to two (2) additional entries, create a public post on a social media channel (one entry per channel!) sharing with your friends and followers that you are entering a Best Buy blog contest for a chance to win the Nespresso Vertuo Next and Ember and Smart Temperature Control Mug 2; include the hashtag #BestBuyCoffeeMachineContest, so we can find your post, and include any one of the pictures showing on this article. Then return here and tell us in a comment below on which channel you posted it and the name of your channel (since many people use pseudonyms) so that we can check and verify your entry. You can use any social media channel (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, etc.), but the post must be public so we can verify it is there.

What you can win

At the end of this contest we will randomly select two (2) winners. One will receive the Nespresso Vertuo Next Premium coffee and espresso machine, and the other the Ember 414ml (14 oz.) Smart temperature control mug 2.

This contest runs from October 12th to 27th.

Remember you can enter in two different ways for a maximum of three entries. Think about the coffee recipe you love to create, or the last one you had from your favourite coffee shop that blew your mind. Feel free to share them with us! Don’t forget to share this contest to your friends and family.

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Good luck!

Chris is constantly on the lookout for new tech that can make day-to-day productivity fun and easy—from the latest coffee machines to high-performing laptops. Outside of his exciting role as an editor at Best Buy Canada, he writes short fiction and travel stories, with some of his work appearing in local literary magazines.


  1. My favorite would be a Irish coffee made with the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 would be perfect for fall and winter!

  2. low fat, lactose-free latte is my coffee of choice. And in the fall, I add pumpkin spice – delicious! I make it with strong coffee and frothed milk. Tools are a milk frother (e.g. Nespresso Aeroccino 3) and my Ninja coffee maker. The Ember coffee cup would be ideal to keep it warm so I can sip it while starting my day!

  3. I LOVE pumpkin spice lattes and the Ember 414ml (14 oz.) Smart Temperature Control Mug would be amazing for keeping it hot

  4. This time of the year a decaf Pumpkin spice latte yum yum yum be double yum made with an Breville Barista Touch automatic espresso machine.

  5. the coffee mousse sounds very tempting for sure and i would be able to create them with the help of the Miele CM 5310 Silence coffee countertop machine

  6. I would make a dark, milk and white chocolate mokacino using the Nespresso Virtuo. 2 shots of espresso brewed over 1oz each of dark, milk and white chocolate. Place that in the ember mug to keep warm. Top it off with steamed white milk and enjoy

  7. the Breville Barista Touch to help me make Flat White drinks at home would be a real treat for sure, the Affogato sounds delicious too

  8. I am a sucker for a good Latte! I would love to save Money and make at home with the Breville Barista! Thanks for the chance! I would turn my house in to a cafe for my friends and Fa!

  9. Not going to lie, I’m not super big into the Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s, but I shared Best Buy’s recipe (above) with family and it was a hit. The Breville Barista Touch would be my go-to machine to help make sooo many different coffee based drinks.

  10. I love any type of lattes so the Breville Barista Touch automatic espresso machine would be helpful with doing this at home instead of hitting up drive throughs!

  11. I have not had any fancy coffees before but an Affogato sounds good as it has ice cream and caramel sauce so it sounds like something I would enjoy. It would be exciting to try different coffees at home.

  12. I really like the pumpkin spiced latte recipe, and I’d use the Breville Barista Touch automatic espresso machine.

  13. Its fall season — Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in order! Would use the Breville Barista Touch automatic espresso machine. Yas!

  14. I love a great latte but it never stays hot, so the Ember 414ml (14 oz.) Smart Temperature Control Mug would be perfect

  15. I’d love the pumpkin spiced latte and I’d use the Breville Barista Touch automatic espresso machine. I’d need something that advanced to perfected combine all the ingredients.

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