High Octane Fuel

By June 25, 2012Fuel
Coffee is one of my favorites.  I love the smell, the taste, the warmth, and the feeling of drinking delicious fresh-roasted, brewed beans!!  And chai tea is up there too.  Normally, I drink my coffee black because I don’t like to water down the coffee-ness of it.  But, after tasting this amazing concoction from Palermo in Ventura, I haven’t been able to stop myself from obsessing…

Here it is…

“The Buddy”
…it is a perfect mixture of chai tea, coffee, cream and sweetness.
Myself and my equally-enticed boyfriend, Brice, have come up with quite a few different ways to re-create this (all scrumptious).
One of the latest Buddy recipes is…

  • 6 oz fresh brewed chai-spiced Trader Joe’s coffee or other coffee of choice
    • Can also use fresh espresso shots + milk/water)
  • 2 tsp homemade or store-bought chai tea 
    • I like to make a chai tea blend with black tea and spices and store it in a jar for tea times
    • You can also try a powdered chai blend like this and just whisk the powder into your coffee and add steamed milk/foam (skip steps 2-5 below)
  • 1/3 cup steamed milk or half & half
  • 1-2 tsp honey or sugar (opt.)
  1. Brew coffee (filter/drip/espresso/press).  If using espresso shots, you may need more milk for step 4, or you can add hot water!
  2. Allow tea to steep in coffee for 2 minutes (I like to use a tea ball)
  3. If adding sweetener, add to milk and stir before steaming…
  4. Steam milk (while tea is brewing) and foam!
  5. Remove tea from coffee, pour over milk/foam
  6. Sip slowly and eat cookies/cakes
if you like drip coffee, may I suggest the cone filter technique! so easy and yummy!
such a cute, confusing lil’ coffee cup…my sis got it for me 🙂
My precious espresso maker!


coffee, homemade chai blend, and tea ball

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