Coffee & Tea


Food related gifts are always my favorites.

Which is why I was so excited when my sister gave me The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread cookbook.  And my parents gave me an aerolatte.


This may be an even easier way to get my coffee frothy!  I mean, I love my caffe froth, but the clean-up with the aerolatte makes it a million times faster.  And let’s be honest, what’s more annoying than an appliance that takes a year to clean (I’m looking at you juicer and food processor).

I started with my mug half full of almond milk.  Then I whizzed the aerolatte around in it for a while.  And boom, milk with foam!


It gets bigger if you heat it in the microwave afterwards, so if you’re starting with cold milk, I recommend warming it a little before and then a little after.

Then I added my coffee and a drizzle of maple syrup, and voila!


What a lovely way to start the day.

I can’t wait to try this with chai tea and milk.  Home-made chai lattes anyone?

Speaking of tea, this is my new favorite.


I was worried I’d get addicted and never find it again (this was the only box on the shelf in Whole Foods when I stumbled across it randomly).  But Santa gave me another box in my stocking so I’m set for a while.

It’s hard for me to find decaf tea that I love because most of them are herbal and I don’t like chamomile or mint (which are in virtually every herbal tea).  I also don’t really like fruity teas because I usually want to make them milky (and milky fruit tea is just plain gross).  So this organic ginger tea was a huge find.

It’s not as spicy as you’d think (given the name of the tea) and it works when milk is added.  And I can drink it all day long without worrying about the caffeination issue.


Hopefully my baby won’t come out addicted to java because I have been so cautious in how much I take in.  I wouldn’t mind if he was addicted to almond milk or ginger though.  We’d be quite the pair.

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Comments (20)

  1. Becky (have turtle will travel)

    Due to some tenuous, but yet unnamed, digestive issues of my own, I’ve had to all but give up coffee. I am an avid tea drinker however. I will keep my eyes open for spicy ginger Tazo. And I must have one of these aerolatte things now!! I agree that herbal tea is just eh in my book, but Trader Joe’s does sell a cinnamon tea that is good and not fruity or minty. No idea if that is seasonal or year round.

  2. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    I have a little frother that I got from IKEA but I don’t use it enough!

  3. Jennifer

    Hiya! I’m new to your blog – LOVE it!
    Not only are you vegan but you LOVE tea! Awesome! Have you been over steepster? it’s a great tea community and many veg*n there!

    I’m a fan of almond milk above the other alternatives 🙂

  4. Ammie

    Have you ever tried the original yogi tea blend? If you like chai you will love this stuff! My yoga teacher serves it after class and it’s so yummy. She adds a little extra ginger at this time of the year. It’s not as convenient to make as the boxed variety because the spices are all loose, but I brew a gallon at a time, store it in jars in the fridge, and heat when needed & add my desired milk. So yummy! You can buy it here: or my yoga teacher sells it here in town if you’re interested.

  5. holly

    I picked up my aerolatte when I was at the store purchasing my rice cooker in November. Both Items I cannot live without. I have read your Blog for about six months and I want to thank you for your help in to the vegan life style. I am
    still not totally vegan and most likely never will be. I like your recipes because most of them are basic and I can add my own spin. Thanks for the help.

  6. julie

    i told youuuuuu!! the aerolatte is life changing – i want to put it in my purse and take it ev-er-y-where with me! happy new year mama! xoxo

  7. Courtney

    “Home-made chai lattes anyone?”
    Ummm, yes please…what time is breakfast served?? 🙂

    I love tea and only drink caffeine free, but like you, I don’t much care for fruity teas. Have you ever tried Good Earth tea? Their original caffeine free is delicious! Sweet and spicy and just yummy:

    I hope you have a happy and safe New Year!!


  8. Courtney

    PS click on the 3rd box of tea at the bottom of the link for the caffeine free one 🙂

  9. Irina @ Chocolatea Time

    I bought my frother from Ikea for $3 and absolutely love it! Coffee with frothy almond milk has officially become the reason I wake up every morning (exaggeration but still 🙂 )

    Happy New Year’s Eve!

  10. Ttrockwood

    I have tried every ginger tea and they are never spicy enough for me either! I actually just cut a few slices of fresh ginger, pour over the boiling water and use a cocktail muddler to mush it up with fresh mint if i have it and stevia- super amazing. Skip the mint if u add almond milk tho.
    The frother looks like so much fun! Somehow i think i would end up flinging froth across my kitchen…..

  11. Elise (Post author)

    you have been saying youre going to visit…im still waiting…

    🙂 happy 2013 courtney!! i know good earth well. they’re chai was actually (gasp!) too spicy for me.

  12. Elise (Post author)

    i wont judge you even if that werent a joke. frothy coffee is a perfect reason to get out of bed!!

  13. Elise (Post author)

    oooo, ok ill have to check that out.

  14. Elise (Post author)

    hi jennifer! so glad you found me 🙂
    im going to have to look into steepster, never heard of it til just now. thanks!

  15. Elise (Post author)

    thanks ammie! ill look into it. i havent tried that yogi blend but i do love several of the other yogi teas, so i have a feeling ill be a fan. thanks for the link 🙂

  16. Elise (Post author)

    youre awesome holly. thanks for this kind comment. 🙂

  17. Elise (Post author)

    i know man. you were right all along.

    ps did you see my reply to your comment that i cant comment on your blog?

  18. Elise (Post author)

    i dont like mint but otherwise that sounds awesome.
    a long time ago i found this weird asian ginger powder. it was a just add water ginger tea mix and it was POTENT. i wish i could remember the name because i have a feeling youd love it!

  19. Elise (Post author)

    oh and btw, i searched high and low for those kinds of mini AB cartons. no luck finding them anywhere! they’d be so perfect for travel!

  20. Courtney

    I swear, Elise, when I finally do make it to CA, I will be stopping by for sure! Or we can just meet up at Whole Foods and move into the bulk section there… 😉

    Bummer about the Good Earth chai. I have never tried it, but their original is super delicious!


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