Best Coffee Recipes for a Busy Morning

coffee shadow

We all deal with busy mornings. Whether it’s a last-minute project to finish or our alarm clock malfunctioned, the morning hurry is the real deal. The biggest pain is not having time for that perfect cup of coffee. Luckily, there are solid coffee drinks that are quick and easy for any kind of busy morning. There is a brew that perfectly fits your routine and your caffeine needs. And, you can even have all the fancy flavors you like too! Discover the best coffee recipes that will expedite your morning routine!

For On-the-go Mornings:
Maple Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is simple. Maple syrup is a staple pantry condiment. It seems too easy, doesn’t it? This quick and delicious combination makes for a healthy morning boost! Maple syrup makes it easy to get your daily dose of vitamins. It is chock full of zinc and manganese, which are great for immunity and bone health. Since this is an iced coffee recipe, the beneficial nutrients in maple syrup are kept intact and not affected by heat!

What you’ll need:

  • Drip coffee maker or french press
  • Maple syrup
  • Coarse coffee grounds
  • Milk of choice (optional)


  • Brew coffee to desired intensity
  • Bring desired amount to room temperature
  • For every 8 ounce of coffee, mix in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup 
  • Taste for desired sweetness; add milk if desired
  • Enjoy!

Our coffee suggestion: To pair with the earthiness of maple, the sweet smoky spice of the Guatemalan Volcanic Grown Coffee is a perfect match for this coffee recipe!

Cinnamon Honey Moka pot Latte
Photo credit: Victoria C

This is a clever recipe to put some spice into your busy morning! The addition of spice awakens your senses in the morning. The combination of tea and coffee also makes for an extra caffeine boost. It takes a little longer than the rest of the recipes. However, the steeping time for the spices and coffee gives you a moment to finish any random morning tasks. This sets the tone for an efficient and exciting morning.

This is the best latte recipe if you do not own a fancy espresso machine. The moka pot is a great option for a busy morning. Brewing your moka pot is simple and a fabulous option for when you need to multitask. You can brew your moka and froth your milk at the same time! This makes it one of the best coffee recipes for a busy morning.

What you’ll need:

  • Moka pot
  • Handheld or electric milk frother
  • Fine coffee grounds
  • Tablespoon of raw honey
  • Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Milk of choice


  • Follow instructions for brewing moka pot
  • While the moka pot is brewing on the stove, froth milk
  • Place tablespoon of honey in a cup, then pour in a bit of foam milk; stir
  • Make sure you keep an eye on your moka pot!
  • When coffee is brewed, add in the rest of your milk.
  • Now, add in the desired amount of coffee
  • Garnish with cinnamon dust and it is ready to go!

Our coffee suggestion: The silky dark chocolate notes of the Nepal Himalayan Mountains Organic coffee matches the brewing style of the moka. It will leave you with an aromatically rich coffee.

Make ahead of time:
Vanilla Spice Iced Latte (vegan)
Photo credit: Abi Porter

This is a great morning addition if you enjoy a creamy sweet treat. Coffee creamer is actually very easy to make at home. And, it is a much healthier alternative. It also can last around 1 week in your fridge. This makes for the perfect morning coffee for home or on the go! This vanilla creamer recipe matches brilliantly with your favorite coffee brew.

What you’ll need:

  • Can of coconut milk (13.5-13.66 fl oz)
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • Vanilla bean pod (or tablespoon pure vanilla extract)
  • ½ teaspoon of ground clove
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sweetener (we suggest honey or maple syrup)


  • Pour coconut milk and milk of choice into a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Stir the milks together gently and slowly add in the sweetener
  • Bring mixture to a low simmer, make sure the sweetener is completely dissolved
  • Scrape out vanilla seeds from the pod and add it to the milk. Then, add in the pod itself along with the spices. 
  • Cover the mixture with a fitted lid. Remove from heat. Allow the creamer to rest until it comes to room temperature.
  • Strain creamer into a jar/container of choice. Conserve a cup (8 oz) for your latte. Store the remaining creamer in the fridge in an airtight container. 

For latte:

  • Brew 2 shots of espresso
  • Fill a tall glass, mason jar, or to-go container with ice
  • Pour espresso over ice
  • Add a cup of creamer
  • Stir and sip!

Our coffee roast suggestion: The intense aromas of the Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee roast is wonderfully expressed through express. Its milk chocolate notes pair deliciously with the vanilla creamer!

Iced Coffee with Mocha Ice Cubes

Cool down your favorite coffee brew with more coffee. Yes, you can enjoy your iced coffee without diluting it! Making coffee ice cubes is very simple and can be prepared way ahead of time. This recipe incorporates delicious mocha flavor to add a subtly sweet kick.

What you’ll need:

  • Prepared 2 cups of brewed coffee at room temperature (cold brew works as well)
  • ¼ cup of cane sugar or honey
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • Ice tray


  • Whisk 2 cups of coffee, cane sugar/honey, and cocoa powder together in microwave safe dish
  • Microwave on high for 1.5 minutes. Stir and make sure the mixture is smooth
  • Taste test! Make sure the flavor matches the mocha flavor you like.
  • Once mixture is cooled, pour into ice tray and freeze overnight
  • The next morning, fill the glass with mocha ice.
  • Pour over remaining cup of coffee

Our coffee roast suggestion: The Big Kona Island Peaberry coffee pairs impeccably with this coffee preparation. Its notes of roasted almond shine with mocha flavor.

Cereal Milk Cold Brew

Craving coffee and a bowl of cereal? Luckily, you can have that delicious leftover cereal milk on the go! Adding cereal milk to coffee is a great way to treat yourself during a busy morning. You can also make this sweetened milk in advance. See below on how you can enjoy iced coffee with cereal milk all week long.

This recipe is inspired by Milk Bar’s super popular cereal milk!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of favorite cereal
  • 3.5 cups of milk
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt*
  • 2 teaspoons sweetener of choice*
  • One cup of cold brew
  • Mesh strainer
  • Ice

The recipe can be doubled if you would like to store more milk in the fridge for the week.


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread cereal on a baking tray
  • Bake cereal for 10 minutes, or until crispy and not burnt of course!
  • Transfer cereal to a large bowl. Pour over the milk and let sit for a half-hour
  • Time to strain cereal! Use a mesh strainer to carefully sift out all the milk. Make sure you press down on the leftover cereal to remove all liquid. This is where the super delicious sweet milk is!
  • Keep cereal milk in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last for a week to 10 days in the fridge
  • For cold brew, fill the glass with ice. Add ½ cup of cereal milk then the desired amount of cold brew!

Our coffee roast suggestion: The bright acidity of the Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee matches the sweet creamy profile of the cereal milk.

*Note: These measurements change depending on the type of milk and cereal you use. Please always taste test before adding!

Something a Little Extra:
French Press Dirty Chai

This is a clever recipe to put some spice into your busy morning! The addition of spice awakens your senses in the morning. The combination of tea and coffee also makes for an extra caffeine boost. It takes a little longer than the rest of the recipes. However, the steeping time for the spices and coffee gives you a moment to finish any random morning tasks. This sets the tone for an efficient and exciting morning.

What you’ll need:

  • French press (8 cup size)
  • 4 cups milk of choice (for this recipe, we suggest organic whole milk or oat milk)
  • 4 tablespoons of ground dark roast coffee
  • 3 chai tea sachets
  • 2 tablespoons of sweetener (maple syrup or honey works wonderfully)


  • Heat milk over moderate heat on the stove until it boils (or microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30-45 seconds)
  • Open up the sachets and pour them into the french press. Then, add coffee grounds
  • Pour in hot milk just enough to cover coffee and spices. Stir gently and add in sweetener. Let sit for 30 seconds
  • Then, add the rest of the boiled milk. Cover french press and let sit for at least 4 minutes. You may let it sit for up to 7-8 minutes if you would like more bold spicy flavors. Do not let sit for too long as the coffee flavor will become too bitter.
  • Push down handle to filter coffee.
  • Pour into a mug and garnish with cinnamon and/or nutmeg

Our coffee suggestion: The African Dark Gold Reserve coffee possesses nutty and buttery flavors that come alive in the milk and spice blend of this recipe.

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *