Cinnamon Bun Latte

Kick back with a Cinnamon Bun Latte next time you need an afternoon pick-me-up. Cinnamon and a hint of vanilla pair flawlessly with coffee and cream in this delightfully delicious drink.

a latte with cinnamon sticks

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Right now I am on a tear to visit new places in town, from coffee shops to craft cocktail bars to cafes.

We’ve had pizza, Thai, Peruvian, tapas and sushi, and a couple weeks ago we went to our first new-to-us coffee shop.

I used to be crazy about trying new coffee shops, but not anymore. I am finding I just don’t make it out to cafés as much as I used to, so there are a ton of coffee shops on our list.

a latte with cinnamon sprinkled on top

Instead, we made coffee at home. Two cups each, every morning. At least.

Sometimes, I need an extra kick of caffeine and I whip up a quick latte or iced coffee. I like to keep cold brew on hand for just these occasions.

I also love to make my own simple syrup for easy coffee flavoring. (I’m obsessed with making my own pumpkin spice lattes with pumpkin spice syrup now.)

If you’ve ever made cold brew coffee from scratch at home, you know it can be both messy and time-consuming. If you buy it at the store, it’s so expensive. That’s why I was really excited to discover Java House ® Dual-Use Liquid Coffee Pods.

a cinnamon stick on top of a latte

These dual-use pods can be enjoyed either hot or cold at home. Totally game-changing!

What’s also game-changing is you don’t have to have a single-serve brewer. We don’t have one, but we can still use these pods!

For hot cold brew coffee, you can either place the pod into a single-serve brewer and press the 8-ounce button, or you can empty it into a mug and top with 8 ounces of hot water for a rich, smooth cup of coffee.

For a cold version, you can peel open the pod, pour it over ice and add 8 ounces of water.

cinnamon bun latte with a java house pod

One thing I want to note is that cold brew coffee is not the same as iced coffee. The difference is in the brew, not how it’s served.

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in cold water for at least half a day.

Yup, 12 hours or more. That’s way longer than the usual cup of joe!

The taste is a lot different, too. Cold brew coffee is smoother and naturally sweeter, and the cold temperature of the brew pulls out rich chocolate and caramel notes.

grey mug with a cinnamon bun latte with cinnamon sticks

Does it sound crazy to serve cold brew hot? It shouldn’t.

It’s actually a lot less bitter and less acidic. Overall it yields a naturally sweeter and smoother cup of hot coffee!

With Java House Dual-Use Liquid Coffee Pods, there are absolutely no preservatives, additives or coffee derivatives. Just pure coffee.

A 6-count box is around $6.99 or less and you can purchase online at,, and or purchase in your local grocery store. Available at Walmart, Target and more. Visit for a complete list of retailers. 

How to make a Cinnamon Bun Latte

I used these liquid concentrate pods to create this Cinnamon Bun Latte for my next afternoon-pick-me up. While lattes typically call for espresso, these cold brew pods are strong enough and tasty in a latte.

The Java House ® pods come in four varieties: Ethiopian (light roast), Colombian (medium roast), Sumatran (dark roast) and Decaf (medium roast). I used the Colombian but you can use any of them!

cinnamon sticks with a cold brew latte

For this Cinnamon Bun Latte, you start with a cinnamon simple syrup for sweetness and flavor.

Top with two cold brew pods and warm, steamed milk. You can also use a handheld milk frother or an automatic milk frother.

I am not a latte foam artist by any means, but I am seriously obsessed with this drink. You can dress up the top with a sprinkle of cinnamon! Tastes just like a cinnamon roll.

Craving an iced latte? Just pour the Java House ® Dual-Use Liquid Coffee Pods over ice and top with the milk. 

cinnamon bun latte with java house cold brew cups

Coffee has been a big part of my daily routine since I discovered it in high school. Two cups, every morning. 

I also won’t turn down an afternoon latte. Sometimes an afternoon pick-me-up is just the thing I need, and right now that’s this Cinnamon Bun Latte. 

These pods from Java House ® are just so convenient and I am so glad I found them. They are so versatile because you can enjoy them warm or hot, black or with milk, whatever you like! 

cinnamon bun latte in a mug with fresh cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon Bun Latte

Yield: 1 latte
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Kick back with a Cinnamon Bun Latte next time you need an afternoon pick-me-up. Cinnamon and a hint of vanilla pair flawlessly with coffee and cream in this delightfully delicious drink.


  • 2 Java House ® Dual-Use Liquid Coffee Pods
  • 3 ½ fluid ounces water
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon vanilla simple syrup
  • 2 ¾ fluid ounces whole milk (or your choice of milk) 
  • sprinkle of cinnamon


  1. Empty 2 Java House ® Dual-Use Liquid Coffee Pods into a wide, shallow mug. Add the water and simple syrup. 
  2. Warm milk in a medium saucepan or in the microwave. Use a whisk or a milk frother to froth the milk until it has doubled in volume. 
  3. Pour the milk into the coffee, using a spoon to hold back the milk foam. Pour as much milk as you'd like into the coffee, then spoon any foam onto the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sip immediately!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 674Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 163gFiber: 6gSugar: 155gProtein: 4g

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Cinnamon Vanilla Simple Syrup

Yield: 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 seconds
Total Time: 5 minutes 5 seconds

Cinnamon Vanilla Simple Syrup has sugar and spice and everything to make your drinks nice. Use it for coffee, cocktails and baking for the ultimate flavor pairing.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir together over medium heat until dissolved.
  2. Add cinnamon stick and bring to a boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Let cool completely. Stir in vanilla extract. 
  4. Transfer to a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/2 ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

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    • Susannah says

      Hey Jessica, I would use about a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, but know that it will be a bit gritty. The cinnamon sticks provide flavor without adding color or texture, so they’re a better choice but ground cinnamon will work in a pinch! I would definitely taste the syrup and add more if you see fit.

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