When I was much younger, I mistook Coffee-Mate as milk for adults. As it turns out, it’s a delicious coffee creamer added to a cup of Joe. It is a heavily processed product compared to the more natural dairy beverage, but it does have its perks.
Some might find it surprising that Coffee Mate can be used in many ways aside from enriching your coffee. You can also add it to your tea or to your recipes if you enjoy cooking. Here are some ways you can use coffee mate with some easy steps to follow, starting with the most basic, which is coffee.
Coffee With Coffee Mate
- Coffee maker or espresso machine
- Coffee mug
- One to two tablespoons of coffee grounds
- One tablespoon of Coffee Mate
- Sweeteners (optional)
Step One: Prepare Your Coffee Mate
Coffee Mate is sensitive to temperature and might clump once you add it to your hot coffee. Put one tablespoon of Coffee Mate into the mug first and slowly dissolve it in hot water while mixing it with your spoon.
Step Two: Make Your Coffee
Once your Coffee Mate is ready, you can start brewing your coffee. Use medium grounds if you are going to brew drip coffee or fine grounds for an espresso shot. Check out our different ways to make coffee at home to guide you more in this step.
Step Three: Mix Your Coffee And Coffee Mate
Gently pour your brewed coffee or espresso shot into the mug with the Coffee Mate and mix thoroughly. You can add sweeteners such as honey or sugar to taste.
There are instant 3-in-1 coffees available in the market containing Coffee-Mate creamer, and you can opt for it if you are looking for a quicker brew. However, it is said to be slightly less healthy due to its higher amounts of acrylamide that can affect our nervous system.
How To Make Black Tea With Coffee Mate
- Kettle (either electric or stovetop works fine)
- A teacup
- A teapot
- Cup (for your Coffee Mate)
- Tea infuser or strainer
- One to two teaspoons of loose-leaf black tea
- One tablespoon of Coffee Mate
- Sweeteners (optional)
Step One: Boil Your Water
It is important not to overheat your water as it can affect the flavor of your tea, so boil your water to 212°F or 100°C for black tea. Turn off the stove or electric kettle once it starts bubbling up, or use a kitchen thermometer for an accurate reading if you have one.
Set aside an ounce or two of water as you will be using it to liquify your Coffee Mate later.
Step Two: Prepare Your Tea Leaves And Infuser
Put your tea infuser or strainer in your teapot or directly into your teacup. Scoop at least one teaspoon of your loose-leaf black tea into your strainer.
A general rule for the portion is a teaspoon for every six to eight ounces of water, so adjust accordingly if you are planning to brew a large batch. You can add more if you want a stronger-tasting cuppa.
Lastly, put the tea leaves in the tea strainer. Don’t fret if you don’t have one. You can read our guide on how to make loose-leaf tea without a strainer.
Step Three: Ready Your Coffee Mate
Once your water stops boiling, you can now prepare your Coffee Mate. In your separate cup, dissolve your Coffee Mate in warm water.
Step Four: Pour Your Water Over The Tea
Gently pour the water over your infuser and ensure it is fully immersed. Let the leaves steep for about three to five minutes. Make sure not to steep your tea too long, as it will make your tea more bitter.
Step Five: Add The Coffee Mate
After steeping, remove the infuser and the tea leaves. You can now add your liquid Coffee Mate to your cuppa. It is fine if you want to add it in powder form directly, but you risk it clumping or affecting the taste of the tea.
Using the liquid form will help you measure it out easily.
Mashed Potatoes With Coffee Mate
Here is a recipe that uses Coffee-Mate as a milk alternative and is very easy to make!
- Cooking Pot
- Potato Masher
- Kettle (electric or stovetop)
- A serving bowl
- One to two potatoes
- One to two tablespoons of Coffee Mate
- Half a tablespoon of butter
- Chives (optional)
Step One: Boil The Potatoes
Wash and peel your potatoes first. Fill the pot with water and put the potatoes in your cooking pot for boiling. Then, add a pinch of salt to give it more flavor.
This might take around 20 minutes to cook, but you can check if it is soft enough by poking it with a fork. If it easily pokes through, it is ready.
Step Two: Ready Your Coffee-Mate & Butter
While waiting for the potatoes to cook, boil a separate batch of water as you will use it to dissolve your Coffee Mate. This will serve as your milk alternative. You can use around six to eight ounces of water to make it creamier, but you can play around with this ratio.
Make sure your butter is around room temperature so it’s nice and soft. Adding it straight from the fridge can affect the flavor of your mashed potato.
Step Three: Mash And Add Coffee Mate
Once your potatoes are soft enough, drain the pot. Whip out your potato masher and start mashing. You can also use a fork as an alternative or a spatula.
Add the butter and slowly pour your liquid Coffee Mate while continuously mashing your potatoes.
Always check for consistency while mashing. It should be smooth and creamy. Adding too much of the liquid Coffee Mate will make your mashed potatoes watery.
Step Four: Season And Serve
Transfer your mashed potatoes to your serving bowl and add your salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to garnish with some chopped chives.
Flavored Coffee Mate To Consider
The Classic Coffee Mate powder is what we are accustomed to, but it also comes in flavored liquid form, which you can buy in most grocery stores. I recommend using the Cinnamon Vanilla Creme for an extra subtle zing to your cup of Joe.
For black tea, the Hazelnut Liquid Coffee Creamer adds a pleasantly sweet and nutty taste that goes well with the bold flavor of the tea. I recommend using Coffee Mate in powder form for cooking. You can check out different coffee creamers, as well as their other uses, by reading our guide on what else can I use coffee creamer for.