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Barista Brews Summer Treats and Tips

Pasadena Star News by Rachel Luna, Staff Writer

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Summer just arrived and it's already heating up temperatures in no time at all, leaving everyone scrambling for ways to stay cool. A cold drink will likely do the trick to beat the heat while indulging in a delicious summer treat.

Two-time National Barista Champion Heather Perry has teamed with Got Milk? to deliver her latest summer homemade latte creations, promising to satisfy sweet tooths and save pennies.

"I really like being able to partner with Got Milk? and empowering people do make these drinks at home," Heather Perry said. "Especially when it's summer and you don't always want to get out of the house to get your cup of coffee. In a tight economy, you can buy a pound of coffee and stretch it a lot further, as well."

Perry's love for coffee stems from growing up and working in her family's coffee house called Coffee Klatch in San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and LAX terminal 7 location, which is set to open next year.

Now working with Got Milk? for a third time, the 28-year old long-time barista offers a blend of lattes, shakes and frappes available to all — including espresso-free recipes the entire family can enjoy.

Perry based the summer line on the thought of "dessert in a cup" using tiramisu, red velvet and banana flavors, also fresh summery flavors featuring cool coconut, fresh creamcicle and honeybee.

Simplistic, easy-to-follow recipes allow anyone the chance to act as a barista.

"Making coffee drinks are easy to do at home, but so many people are just so intimidated that they just throw it out all together and say it's not an option, and it really is," Perry said. "People think you have to buy thousand dollar machines and have to do really difficult things — and you just don't. It's very simple procedures that make coffee attainable at home."

In addition to the effortless recipes, Perry also offers tips to make the most of homemade brewed coffee.

Foremost, Perry suggested to view coffee as like a banana: they both are similar in shelf life tendencies.

Don't buy coffee that's stale, without a roast date, or already ground, Perry said, because it will only reduce the freshness and quality of it.

Do buy whole coffee beans, only grind coffee right before brewing it and Perry suggests using two tablespoons of coffee per every 6 ounces of water to eliminate any bitter flavoring.

"There are a lot of different options for people," she said. "Coffee is like wine and there is a wide spectrum of choices to enjoy."

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