Coffee Hacks


Coffee Cup at a Cafe


A stop at your local coffee shop might not be in your daily routine (or budget!) but you can certainly have that cafe-style drink right at home — or stop by our coffee bar, just one of the many amenities we offer our residents here at One North of Boston, your Chelsea, MA apartments. Now on to our coffee hacks.


If you’re a mug person, there are so many cute on-the-go options! This travel mug from Thermos is perfect for bringing your drink with you to work. Or, check out the variety of Starbucks-themed mugs available from Amazon. Once you’ve got your drink vessel decided on, time for the ingredients.


If you're a fan of coffee creamer, but not so much the added ingredients, try making your own! We found this recipe from Katrina Hicks Fitness:


1.5 cups almond milk

2 Tbs honey

3 tsp vanilla

½ tsp another extract (try coconut, almond, or maple!)


Mix together in a blender, and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


For an iced alternative, we liked this idea from PopSugar. The site says, “Homemade cold-brew coffee is great, but let's be real — no one has time for that, and buying one every day isn't the way to go either. So I set out to find the solution to my caffeine needs, and this iced-coffee hack is it. You can get strong, creamy iced coffee in less than two minutes thanks to one magical ingredient — instant coffee.”


Another iced coffee idea is to freeze coffee into ice cubes and use those in your drink, that way you won’t risk watering down your drink!


For the latte fan, try this Cinnamon Dolce version from With Salt and Wit. It’s a healthier version made with coconut sugar and cinnamon syrup. If you prefer Chai Lattes, this recipe from The Grant Life is sure to please!



1 teaspoon allspice, ground

2½ teaspoon cardamom, ground

1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground

1 teaspoon cloves, ground

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1½ teaspoon ginger, ground

3-4 star of anise pods, optional

3-4 whole cloves, optional



  • Add all the spices to a small airtight jar and mix together.

  • To make a cup of chai tea - add two black tea bags to 2 cups of water. Add in 2 tablespoons chai spice mix and bring to a boil. Remove from heat once it starts to boil and let steep for 10-15 minutes.

  • Pour chai tea into a mug, add sugar (or choice of sweetener) and milk to taste.


We hope you enjoy these ideas for making and drinking coffee. Thanks for reading the One North of Boston Blog. Have a great month here in Chelsea!


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