Honey-Ginger Latte + Nespresso VertuoLine Review

Honey-Ginger-Latte

Fresh ginger gives this latte a subtly spicy, warm flavor (a little bit like chai) and the honey adds the perfect touch of sweetness. To make it, start by infusing milk with fresh ginger. The easiest way to do t to peel a nub of ginger (about the size of the tip of your thumb) and cut it into coins that you soak in the milk for about 10 minutes. Then, add honey and bring it to a gentle simmer to warm it up. I like to use wild, raw honey with has a deep, moody flavor and isn’t quite as sweet as clover honey.

Then, you add the flavored milk to your espresso. I recently received one of the new Nespresso VertuoLine machines, and I love using the Altissio espresso for this drink. It’s intense enough to stand up to all of the milk in the latte, but not so strong that it masks the flavor of the honey.

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After hearing a few of my friends rave about the VertuoLine over the past few months, I couldn’t resist when offered one to review. I’ve been using it for the past month, and I’m completely in love.

The machine is small, so it doesn’t take up a ton of counter space, and it’s the first Nespresso machine that makes regular coffee in addition to espresso. The coffee and espresso are both delicious – rich, full of body, and not too bitter. They’re also both topped with a magical layer of crema (the light-colored layer of “froth” formed when the oils from the coffee beans combine emulsify under pressure. When I used to work in a coffee shop, pulling a shot of espresso with the perfect layer of crema was the death of me. This machine makes it a no-brainer.)

The machine is really straight-forward to use – just pop in the pod, push the lever to the side, and hit the brew button. In about 15 seconds, your coffee will be ready – this thing is fast! The used pods fall into a container on the side of the machine where they’ll collect until you’re ready to recycle them.

There are also a few adjustments you can make. My favorite is the “top off” feature, which lets you brew a little more coffee than the normal amount. I’ve been buying stronger roasts and using this feature to fill a larger, travel-sized cup instead of using two pods for my morning coffee.

The only downside is those darn pods. At 95-cents for a coffee pod (and 75-cents for an espresso pod) they’re definitely more expensive than other single-serve coffee systems. They’re also only available online, which is kind of annoying if you don’t realize you’re running low and need to order more. (UPDATE: I’m told you can also buy the capsules at Nespresso flagship stores and select retailers. You can find retail locations via this link.)  I also wasn’t a fan of the flavored coffees – both hazelnut and vanilla versions are available, but I found both to be slightly bitter and the flavors didn’t come through strongly enough.

Nespresso-Latte

5.0 from 2 reviews
Honey-Ginger Latte
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1 teaspoon honey, preferably wild and raw
  • 2 ounces freshly brewed espresso
Preparation
  1. Add the milk and ginger to a measuring cup; let steep for 10 minutes. Pour into a saucepan set over medium heat. Add the honey and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. (Do not let the milk boil.) Discard the ginger slices.
  2. Add the brewed espresso to a serving cup. Pout the warm milk cover the espresso. Serve immediately.

Disclosure: I received a Nespresso VertuoLine to review, but was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. That sounds awesome. I love ginger lattes from starbucks, but I’ve never thought to make one at home. Will have to try ASAP! :)

  2. i’m so glad you listed some cons too. so often reviewers want to please the companies who provided the goods and refuse to do so! that said, i still want one of these machines. :)

    • Lauren Keating says:

      Very few products are 100% perfect, so I want people to know what the downsides are too before they commit (especially something like this that isn’t exactly cheap)! I really do love this machine though… I’m drinking a cup of the regular coffee right now and it’s so much better than what I had from my regular drip pot before.

  3. I love that a whole latte ; )

  4. Looks delicious Lauren! (And – it was so nice to meet you over lunch at BlogHer Food!)

  5. I definitely need to try making my lattes with flavored milk!

  6. Heather says:

    Love the ginger milk suggestion!! I saw nespresso had milk steamers too, did you get a chance to try it? I like the idea of using fresh milk versus with my tassimo I have shelf stable milk pods

  7. What a terrific recipe. Love the fresh ginger!!

  8. A long long long long longggg time ago, Starbucks introduced a honey latte. It didn’t very long, but I loved it when I tried it. Love your addition of ginger! My espresso machine is dying, so I think I need one of these ;)

  9. Sounds so interesting – great flavor combos!

  10. Looks great! Those Nespresso commercials always make me laugh.

  11. I don’t have the machine, but I imagine I could add honey and ginger to many other coffee beverages, right?

  12. I never thought to add ginger to my latte. How creative! I must give it a try :)

  13. YUM, I love lattes! :)

  14. I wish I had a Nespresso machine! We have one at work and sometimes (not always) I want to just hug it! You know, I never thought of adding ginger to my latte. Sounds sooo good!

  15. I love adding cardamom and cloves to my coffee…I never thought to add ginger to it though! It does seem a perfect compliment to my other two faves. And how did you score a Nespresso machine…one day I’ll be back in North America (happy, dreamy sigh)…how lucky!

  16. This sounds awesome…. I love making my own specialty drinks… and use ginger lots so this will be perfect. Pinning.

  17. That second photo is perfection. I love how you’ve taken something I have all the time and infused it with whole new flavors. YUM.

  18. I’ve had a lot of crazy latte flavors in my life, but never ginger! Can’t wait to try this!

  19. The combination of honey and ginger is fantastic, I know this must taste amazing!

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