Indulge in the Rich Flavor of French Coffee

Bonjour! Welcome to my café! As a barista, I’ve been fortunate enough to create and serve countless cups of coffee – but there’s one recipe that holds a special place in my heart: French Coffee (Café Francais). This delightful beverage is a classic French café style instant coffee drink that’s been enjoyed since the mid-80s. It’s rich in flavor, smooth on the tongue, and has a subtle sweetness that balances perfectly with the coffee’s natural bitterness.

What makes this recipe unique? Well, it’s all in the ingredients. We use Maxwell House International French Vanilla Café as a base to bring you the authentic taste of Parisian cafes. Perfectly roasted and ground coffee beans are then added to the mix, infusing the beverage with its robust flavor profile. A dollop or two of freshly whipped sweetened cream adds an extra layer of luxuriousness to every sip.

But this recipe food com isn’t just about recreating the taste of France – it’s about putting our own twist on a great treat. We have added some vanilla powder and powdered sugar to enhance the flavors, giving you a unique twist on this timeless classic that’s sure to earn you lots of compliments from your friends and family. So without further ado, let’s dive into our Café Francais recipe and create some magic!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

French Coffee (Caffe Francais)
French Coffee (Caffe Francais)

Are you a coffee lover looking for a tasty twist to your typical cup of joe? You’re in for a treat with this French Coffee (Caffe Francais) recipe. Trust me; this recipe is sure to take you on a trip to Paris without leaving the comfort of your home.

One great thing about this recipe is that it’s easy and quick to make. With only a few ingredients, several steps involved, and the absence of complicated equipment, you can prepare a delicious cup of French-style coffee effortlessly.

Another fantastic feature of this recipe is that it’s versatile. You can serve it hot or cold depending on your preference or the weather outside. Hot coffee during chilly winter mornings or cold iced coffee on hot summer days- either way, it’s always delicious!

This recipe also incorporates the use of vanilla and powdered sugar to add a sweet and smooth flavor to the coffee. Vanilla is known to enhance other flavors while adding its own distinct aroma and taste to any dish – this holds for French Coffee too! The hint of sweetness from powdered sugar balances out the flavors and complements the vanilla perfectly.

Lastly, you can customize this recipe according to your taste and creativity by making substitutions or variations. For example, if you prefer a frothy texture, you can top your coffee with freshly whipped cream dollops -yum! Alternatively, you could replace the vanilla extract with almond extract for an added twist.

In conclusion, French Coffee is an excellent option for anyone that enjoys bold flavors and sweet aromas in their coffee. Easy to make, versatile, sweetly aromatic, and customizable – this classic beverage mix has remained a loyal favorite since its creation in mid-80s France by Maxwell House International. Trust me; one sip of the Caffe Francais recipe found on will have you hooked!

Ingredient List

 Savor each sip of this delicious and chic French Coffee
Savor each sip of this delicious and chic French Coffee

Ingredients for this delicious french coffee are:

  • 1/2 cup of coffee beans (Grind the beans to make 2 cups of coffee or use 2 cups of 4 cup instant coffee)

  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup of powdered baking hard candy (to add flavor)

  • 1/3 cup of sugar

  • 1/3 cup of Coffee-Mate

  • 1/3 cup of International French Vanilla flavored powdered creamer

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Are you a fan of French Vanilla flavor? Make sure to get your hands on some General Foods International Coffees’ Maxwell House International French Vanilla Cafe. Add an extra twist to the recipe and substitute regular coffee with this flavored instant coffee drink.

The Recipe How-To

 Step into a Parisian café with every sip of this classic drink
Step into a Parisian café with every sip of this classic drink

Now that we have tackled the why and what, let’s get into the how-to section! It’s time to shine and craft your French Coffee (Caffe Francais) like a pro.

Step 1: Brew Coffee

In a coffee pot, brew a 4 cup pot of coffee. For this recipe, I recommend using Maxwell House International French Vanilla Café Style Instant Coffee Drink Mix for maximum flavor.

Step 2: Sprinkle Powdered Sugar

While the coffee is still hot, add in 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and stir until completely dissolved.

Step 3: Add Vanilla

Next, add in 1/4 cup of French Vanilla flavored creamer to the coffee and stir. This will help to create a velvety texture that is characteristic of café français.

Step 4: Whipped Cream Topping

To make the topping for the French Coffee, simply melt some hard candy or powdered baking sugar in a pan. Once melted, add 2 teaspoons of instant coffee and stir. Then pour the mixture into a small bowl and let it cool for about 2 minutes. After it has cooled down, mix it with freshly whipped sweetened cream.

Step 5: Serve

Divide the French Coffee equally among four cups and top it off with dollops of freshly whipped cream mixture.

Et voilà! You’ve now mastered the deliciously delicate taste of the famous Café Francais.

Substitutions and Variations

Variety is the spice of life, and the same goes for coffee. There are several ways you can switch up this French Coffee recipe to explore new flavors and find your perfect cup.


– Coffee: While instant coffee is the star ingredient in this recipe, you can use freshly brewed coffee or espresso for a more potent taste. Additionally, you can experiment with different roasts, such as medium or dark roast, based on your preference.

– Creamer: For the non-dairy option, swap the creamer with your favorite plant-based milk like almond, soy, or coconut milk. This switch is an excellent option for people who are lactose intolerant or vegan-friendly.

– Sweeteners: Powdered sugar and baking soda can be substituted with other mild sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar as a healthier alternative. You may also add hard candy drops like peppermint or cinnamon for a delightful twist.


– Vanilla Twist: You can add an extra flavor by mixing Vanilla creamer instead of plain. Another way to infuse vanilla flavour into your cup would be using vanilla extract.

– Café Francais au Lait: This variation transforms Cafe Francais into a milk-based coffee drink by swapping half of the water with warm liquid milk.

– Irish Coffee Style: Bring out the inner barista in you by adding 2 teaspoons of Irish whiskey to your Cafe Francais. This variation is perfect for those who fancy strong alcoholic coffee drinks.

– International Flavors: If you crave some international coffee culture infusion into this French-inspired beverage, switch up the flavor profile by using International Coffee flavors like French Vanilla or House International French Roast just to name a few variations.

With these substitutions and variations options, you can always count on a great cup of Cafe Francais that reflects your unique taste buds preferences.

Serving and Pairing

Café Français is a delightful coffee drink that is perfect for any time of the day. It’s a versatile beverage that pairs well with a variety of snacks or desserts. When it comes to serving Café Français, there are many options to choose from.

For a classic French café experience, serve your Café Français in a tall glass with some sugar on the side. You can also add some whipped cream on top for a richer and creamier flavor. A dollop of freshly whipped and sweetened cream will give the drink a slightly indulgent touch.

Another popular pairing option is to serve it alongside some croissants or other pastries, giving you a taste of France with every sip. You can also try serving it alongside fresh fruits such as strawberries or orange slices, as their tartness will complement the drink’s sweetness.

If you’re looking for an alternative to pastries or fruits, try serving your Café Français with chocolates or cookies. Hard candy and powdered baking sugar can also be used to add a little extra sweetness to your drink.

Café Français is also perfect to complement brunch meals like quiche, french toast, or french crepes. Its robust flavor gets along perfectly with other french delicacies.

In conclusion, Café Français is an excellent treat from France, adaptable enough to pair with many snacks and desserts of multiple cuisines.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee in the morning? But what if you could make that perfect cup of French Coffee ahead of time, store it, and enjoy it whenever desired? Yes, you can! French Coffee or Caffe Francais, as the French call it, can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours without any loss in flavor. Simply transfer the coffee to a sealed container once it has cooled down to room temperature.

To reheat it, pour the cold French Coffee into a saucepan and warm up over low heat till it reaches your desired temperature. Do not boil the coffee as this may affect the flavor. Stir it occasionally while reheating to ensure that it heats evenly.

For those who like having their coffee on-the-go, you can also make the instant version of Cafe Francais. Add 2 teaspoons of Maxwell House International French Vanilla Cafe Style Instant Beverage Mix to 1 cup of hot water instead of brewing fresh coffee. The result is just as rich and delicious.

Another option for storing and reheating French Coffee is to freeze it into ice cubes. This helps avoid diluting your drink with regular frozen water cubes. For this, simply fill an ice-cube tray with freshly brewed coffee and freeze till solid. Later, drop the coffee cubes into your next batch of hot freshly brewed French Coffee for a bold flavor that only gets better as the ice slowly melts.

No matter how you choose to enjoy your French Coffee, one thing’s for sure: Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating options ensure that no time is wasted in savoring this classic French beverage at any time you please!

Tips for Perfect Results

If you’re looking for the perfect cup of French coffee (Cafe Francais), then look no further. As a barista with years of experience, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to help you achieve a rich and delicious French coffee at home.

1. Use high-quality ingredients

The key to any great coffee is the quality of the ingredients used. For French coffee (Cafe Francais), I recommend using dark roast coffee beans that are freshly ground. Also, use a high-quality vanilla extract or vanilla cafe syrup as it sets the tone for classic vanilla flavor in the drink.

2. Mix powders before adding hot water

To make sure your French coffee comes out evenly flavored, be sure to mix all powders- powdered creamer, sugar, instant coffee before adding hot water. This way, every sip you take will be consistent and flavorful.

3. Whip the cream perfectly

Top off your French coffee with freshly whipped sweetened cream. The perfect whipped cream should be light and airy, but still hold its shape when dolloped onto the coffee. The trick is not to over whip it, as it could separate and become too thick.

4. Add the toppings like a Parisian

To give your French coffee that added twist which characterizes Parisian cafes, add topping like hard candy or chocolate shavings to your whipped cream dollops. This addition considered small but elegant can completely amplify your drinking experience.

5. Consider different serving styles

In France, they have many names to orders for their coffees such as “au lait” and “allonge” in which they indicate the proportion of water and milk or shots of espresso and water respectively.

6. Experiment with different Variations

Feel free to get creative with this recipe by trying out different variations of mostly any ingredient like substituting powdered sugar with powdered baking vanilla etc… It could provide an additive twist to those who want an original take on their French Coffee.

By following these tips, you are sure to create a rich and creamy French coffee like a true barista in Paris cafes!


Before we conclude this article, let’s address some frequently asked questions about our French Coffee (Caffe Francais) recipe. These questions aim to provide additional insights and possible solutions to minor issues that you may encounter while preparing this beverage. From substitutions to serving tips, read on to discover all there is to know about our French coffee recipe.

What flavor is Cafe Francais?

As a barista, I have found that the Cafe Francais produces a gentle coffee flavor that is complemented by a subtle sweetness and a creamy finish. It’s a delightful option for those who prefer their beverages tame rather than strong. However, if you crave a robust chocolate taste, the Swiss Mocha is an excellent pick, but be warned, it’s on the sweet side.

What is a Francais coffee?

French roast coffee is a popular coffee roasting method that gained popularity in the 19th century. It involves roasting the coffee beans to a dark level, which is known to produce a rich and intense flavor. Contrary to what some may think, the name “French roast” doesn’t indicate where the coffee beans are from; instead, it refers to the way the coffee has been roasted.

What is French coffee made of?

For this recipe, I’ll be showing you how to make a classic espresso shot with a hint of milk or cream. This tasty beverage is traditionally served in the same size cup as a regular espresso shot.

How to make French coffee at home?

Let’s start by gathering our materials. First, we’ll need to measure out half a cup of coffee beans. Next up is grinding, which needs to be done on the coarsest setting of a burr grinder. Once our beans are ground, we’ll move onto the water. Heat it up to boiling, but let it cool off for a minute before using it. Now it’s time to add the water to the French press. Take a moment to give everything a good stir before letting it steep for the next four minutes. Finally, it’s time to plunge the press and enjoy your freshly brewed coffee.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, French coffee, or Café Francais, is a delicious and simple coffee drink that you can make at home. With just a few ingredients, you can create a café-style coffee that will transport you to Parisian cafes. The best part is that you can add your own twist and toppings to make it your own. Whether you prefer vanilla or whipped cream on top, it is entirely up to you.

As with any recipe, it is important to use high-quality ingredients to achieve the best results. You can always substitute certain ingredients to fit your dietary restrictions and preferences. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and variations to find what works for you.

At the end of the day, French coffee is not just a beverage; it is an experience. It captures the essence of French culture and tradition while also providing a great treat for coffee lovers worldwide. So go ahead and try the Café Francais recipe today and discover why this beverage has remained a beloved classic since the mid-80s.

French Coffee (Caffe Francais) Recipe

A great treat from France! For a twist, you add the topping before the coffee. The dollops of freshly whipped sweetened cream will rise through the coffee for a floating cloud effect. Adapted from Cook time is time to brew coffee.

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, chilled (heavy cream)
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups coffee, hot (I use decaf)
  1. Beat the cream until it’s rich and fluffy, with soft peaks (or use already whipped cream from a can).
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar, and continue to beat until you have stiff peaks.
  3. Split whipped cream between 2 mugs.
  4. Add vanilla to the hot coffee, then pour over cream.
  5. Serve right away, Don’t stir!
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