As part of a shopper insights campaign for Collective Bias, I was tasked with creating latte art using Gevalia’s new café-style K-Cups. You can view my shopping journey over on my Google+ page. It was harder than I thought it was going to be, but I’ll delve more into that later.
The new Gevalia café-style K-Cups come in three varieties: Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato, and Mocha Latte. I chose Mocha Latte because I love mocha/chocolate inspired drinks. These new K-Cups are pretty awesome in that you can have that rich, foamy, coffeehouse style drink at home in under 2 minutes using your Keurig. Although it’s a 2-step process, it’s not complicated at all, I swear. You first take the froth packet (see below), and pour it into a mug. Step 2 involves putting the mug under your Keurig spout/dispenser and brewing the Gevalia Mocha Latte K-Cup over the froth in the mug using the 8 oz. setting on your Keurig, and you pretty much have a delicious, gourmet latte from the convenience of your own home. And the calories are only 80 per serving, so it’s a treat that I can have daily without stressing. It is delicious!
So, something I failed to think about before attempting latte art was how dark mocha drinks can be. I tried powdered sugar and a stencil…no luck. I tried the toothpick trick to bring the liquid through the foam and make a design…no luck.
I was stumped on how to make simple latte art. Then I thought of a super easy idea that anyone can do. Cookies!
These are thin shortbread/wafer type vanilla cookies. They go well with anything, and they are a blank canvas. Then I thought, well, how can I decorate them and amp up the flavor of the Gevalia Mocha Latte drink?
Caramel! I poured some caramel syrup into a squeezy bottle, and drew a cute heart on the cookie.
Pretty easy, just go slowly! You can also make initials, draw a flower, happy face, etc. Plus you can really use any syrup that has color to it and a flavor profile that will complement your drink.
Then you gently place it onto the foam of the mocha latte and enjoy! These may seem like an extra step, but it’d be so cute to do this sort of thing on Christmas morning, right?
It’s so simple, and who doesn’t love cookies with their coffee? I found that if I just used a spoon to scoop the cookie out, and I had a tasty treat to munch on with my coffee. I also found that just letting the cookie sit in there makes my mocha latte heaven in a cup. The gooey pieces of mocha-soaked cookie swirling around are AMAZING. But, just so you know, the foam holds it up well enough that it doesn’t get soggy instantly.
There you have it! A super quick latte (with art) thanks to new Gevalia café-style K-Cups. You can find a coupon for $1.50 off these new K-Cups over here. If you want to learn more about the Gevalia product line, check them out online/social media. They often do free samples, so it’s worth it to follow their streams so you can get deals and samples.
Gevalia Website: http://www.gevalia.com
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What is your favorite K-Cup? I’ve only had my Keurig for 2 months, and I’d love to hear about which products you love!