• Ann Allanson

Winter Coffee Recipes: 2 Great Hot Coffee Drinks to Warm You Up!

Since February tends to be dull, gray, and boring, we thought we’d share two winter coffee recipes that will brighten up your mid-winter.

One is perfect for work mornings; the other is excellent served as a cocktail when friends come over (another mid-winter pick-me-up). We think both are a good way to up your coffee game!

As always, here at The Coffee Cave, we recommend that you start with high quality coffees. You can find a couple of good quality coffees at the grocery store, but for guaranteed fresh gourmet coffee beans, turn to a small, independent coffee shop in Staunton like The Coffee Cave.

We’re passionate about coffee and it shows which is why we only buy our beans from local roasters. They feel the same way about a good cup of joe as we do.

Also, make sure you grind your beans just before brewing. Freshly ground coffee releases more flavor and automatically makes your coffee tasting experience more robust.

No matter what roast of coffee you like, it’s always reassuring to know that your favorite coffee is waiting for you in the morning. Just hit grind and let the coffeemaker do its magic.

French Press Coffee

This easy French Press recipe is great when you want to try something a little different just for the sake of variety.

If you haven’t used a French Press before, do consider it. With this form of coffee brewing, immersion is utilized.

That means the coffee steeps in hot water before its strained into a cup. The distinction with an immersion coffee method is that you "bloom" the coffee.

When you do, you’ll see the grounds rise and bubble. It really does make an extraordinary cup of coffee. We promise you’ll love it.

And a French Press isn’t expensive at all. You can find them in home good stores for about $10-$15.

Winter Coffee Recipe #1: French Press Coffee

5 tablespoons of freshly roasted, coarse ground coffee

About 16 ounces of filtered water

French press

A spoon

Scale (or measuring cup & tablespoon)


Measure out the five tablespoons of coffee into the bottom of the French Press

Bloom the coffee by pouring just enough water off the boil to the press.

Stir gently to make sure all of the coffee is saturated. After about 30 seconds, add the remaining water.

Place the lid on the French Press but do NOT plunge. After 4 minutes, then plunge slowly.

Your coffee is ready to serve!

What an excellent—and easy—way to enjoy a morning cup of coffee. And, for those mornings when you’re running late, you can always head over to the Coffee Cave.

We brew fresh coffee every 90 minutes.

Winter Coffee Recipe #2: Expresso Martini

The winter coffee ingredients for this recipe are so easy. You and your friends are guaranteed to love this party pick-me-up.

2 oz. vodka

2 oz of espresso or coffee concentrate

1 oz vanilla syrup

1 oz whole milk

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with just a few pieces of ice and shake.

Share and enjoy.

This is a perfect party drink that will also warm you up.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can go the coffee concentrate route, or stop by The Coffee Cave and grab some espresso coffee.

Two great, easy winter coffee recipes that will warm you up and put a smile on your face! For more smiles and great coffee, stop by the Coffee Cave located inside of Jake's Convenience in Staunton.

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7 a-9 p    Sunday

5 a-9 p    Monday - Thursday

5 a-10 p   Friday

6 a-10 p  Saturday

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