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Mocha Valencia

When I was a Starbucks barista, I loved making mocha Valencias because of the chocolate-y, orange-y, espresso-y aroma that would waft up from the cup when I swirled all those components together, but I always opted for a caramel macchiato or some sort of white chocolate mocha when I wanted to take my espresso-drinking experience to eleven. So, I probably wouldn’t have done a post about this particular coffee drink if a friend hadn’t requested it, but making one with a piece of orange zest—as opposed to a syrup like Starbucks does—was a bit of a game changer for me. This is how Seattle coffee shop, Cafe Ladro, makes them, but I’d never actually tried it for myself. It’s shocking how much flavor comes through with just a small piece! And I like that you can adjust the sweetness with this method—more orange doesn’t equate to a sweeter flavor—simply add sugar as you wish to create your own mocha Valencia adventure. I am now officially a fan. Will I turn you into one?? Enjoy! M Mocha …

Vegan Espresso Mousse

Would you believe that I came up with this recipe just because I wanted to fill my new cute little espresso mugs with something fun? It’s true. And, I’m always in favor of different ways to enjoy coffee. Why not in a mousse!? This recipe is a base that you can eat on its own (nothin’ wrong with a latte, straight up!), or top it with espresso beverage-inspired goodies. I snapped pics of a few of my favorites below (caramel macchiato-style at right), but dress this mousse up however you like. By the way, this recipe calls for a banana—I suggest using a barely ripe one to avoid too much of a banana flavor. (The espresso is strong enough to hide most of it, so the flavor should be pretty faint to start off with.) Unless you want it to taste banana-y. Then by all means, use a ripe one! If you don’t have an espresso machine to make the shots, you can make extra-strength coffee using whatever brew method you have available. A French press is …