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National barista champ shares decadent iced latte recipes

POSTED June 28, 2011 8:48 p.m.

This summer, two-time National Barista Champion Heather Perry has partnered with the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) to give drink enthusiasts another reason to enjoy lattes while refreshing their palates.  Perry’s summer homemade lattes cost pennies on the dollar compared to drinks from national coffee chains. Plus, Perry offers kid-friendly, “espresso-free” recipes so that the whole family can enjoy her unique drinks.  From a red velvet frappe to a tiramisu shake, all these recipes have one cool ingredient in common, milk!

“My new summer drink recipes are flavorful, refreshing and easy-to-make,” says the two-time national   barista champ. “While the recipes are decadent, they all include milk which is essential to build strong bones, muscles and teeth.”

Perry, a California native, says people don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an espresso machine to make the perfect latte.  She says making a strong brewed coffee with a coffee press or moka pot is all that aficionados need.  Plus, people can easily find the basic ingredients such as coffee, chocolate and of course, milk in their kitchens.  Available exclusively on, Perry shares her favorite summer drink recipes with Californians which include:

— Red Velvet Frappe – Young and old love red velvet cupcakes. Perry’s drinkable version of this velvety delight takes minutes to make. Just blend milk, espresso and cocoa with ice cream and enjoy!   


— Banana Fosters Frappe – Taste the Caribbean in a mochalicious banana iced blend. Simply combine milk, espresso, brown sugar, butter, vanilla ice cream and banana. Blend with ice and top with whipped cream and banana slices.


— Tiramisu Shake – This multi-layered richness will give you the quick pick me up you’ll need to carry you through the longer days of summer. Combine milk with cool espresso, Mascarpone cheese and vanilla ice cream, layer with whipped cream, dust with cocoa and top with ladyfingers for the perfect summer Italian treat.


— Cooling Coconut Cream – For a tropical paradise escape, combine espresso, simple syrup, milk, coconut milk and blend with ice.

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