How To Brew Coffee in a Moka Pot for a Banana Coconut Latte

You guys, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this blog post! If you are a follower of Jillian Harris you know she’s always RAVING about the Banana Coconut Latte at Giovane’s in Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel… and while I would love to hop on a flight to experience this magical beverage firsthand, it’s just not in the cards. Well, I am happy to report she has finally published the recipe… and I’m obsessed!!!

I’ve made this absolutely delicious drink every morning this week! It’s creamy. It’s coconutty. It has the slightest hint of banana. It’s a great way to jump-start my day… which trust me, I need!

I’ll be honest, when I tried this recipe on Monday I wasn’t sold. Not because the recipe wasn’t accurate or easy to follow, but because I don’t have an espresso machine. Silly me thought I could get away with just brewing some extra strong coffee in my French press. Spoiler alert, you can’t. Plain ol‘ coffee doesn’t give this latte the richness and full body like a shot of espresso does. Just when I was about to give up on this latte completely, I remembered I had the answer stowed away in my basement… a moka pot. I may have torn my basement apart to find it, opening several boxes that had already been pakced for our move, but there it was in all its glory, about to save the day!

Let me tell you, this simple stove-top pot sure delivered! I woke up bright and early on Tuesday and brewed myself the strongest, richest pot of espresso-like coffee and it made my Banana Coconut Latte dreams come true! I may have actually cried tears of joy as I sipped this amazing drink!

We all know good quality espresso machines are kind-of a luxury item and they are not cheap, but if you have $20 in your wallet run to Homesense and grab a perfectly capable moka pot! It might look intimating, but I assure you, it’s very easy to use… and it will make your Banana Coconut Latte dreams come true!

How To Brew Coffee in a Moka Pot

Step 1 // Preheat Water in a Kettle + Fill the Boiler Chamber
I like to preheat the water in a kettle, but you can use really hot tap water if you’re in a rush! Be careful not to fill past the fill line or valve.

Step 2 // Grind Your Coffee Beans + Add to Funnel Filter Basket
I like to grind my coffee beans right before brewing, but if you are in a rush you can certainly use pre-ground. Make sure you use finely ground coffee. Depending on the size of your pot you’ll need 2-4 tablespoons. Insert the funnel filter into the boiler chamber and fill with coffee. There is no need to tamp the coffee or compress it into the filter. Screw the top and the bottom of the pot together, using an oven mitt if necessary. Be sure not to over-tighten.

Step 3 // Place Moka Pot on Stove
Place the ready moka pot on the stove over medium heat. You’ll hear a gurgling noise as the water below boils and forces its way upward through the coffee grounds and into the collector. Leave the lid open until the coffee starts to flow out of the center into the coffee collector. Turn the heat down to the lowest setting and wait while it brews. Keep a close eye on the pot, you don’t want it to get too hot or the coffee will taste burnt. Remove from heat once the coffee stops flowing and a crema has settled on the top.

Step 4 // Serve Hot!
Stir the coffee in the collector and pour into mugs. Enjoy any way you like… in my case, a Banana Coconut Latte!

If you are interested in giving this latte a try head on over to Jillian Harris’ blog for the original recipe. I ended up making some slight modifications to mine, so you can see my version below! Enjoy!

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Banana Coconut Latte

  • Author: Britt Stager, Adapted from Jillian Harris
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 latte
  • Category: Beverage


This Banana Coconut Latte is worth an early morning wake-up! Rich, full-bodied espresso-like coffee is brewed in a moka pot and then mixed with a perfectly sweetened banana coconut purée. I opted for an over-ripe banana to reduce the need for sugar, but this recipe works equally as well with a ripe banana… you just might need to add a tablespoon or two of sugar!


Banana Coconut Purée
1 (400 mL) can Grace full-fat organic coconut milk
1 large over-ripe banana

Banana Coconut Latte
1 cup unsweetened Almond Breeze
6 tbsp banana coconut purée
1/2 cup coffee brewed in a Moka Pot


Banana Coconut Purée
1. Place entire can of coconut milk and banana in blender. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
2. Pour purée into a container or mason jar. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Banana Coconut Latte
1. Brew coffee in a moka pot based on instructions in this blog post.
2. While the coffee brews, to the jug of a Breville Milk Cafe, add almond milk and banana coconut purée. Heat at 150°.
3. Pour coffee into large mug followed by the heated almond milk. Use a spoon to hold back the foam until the end. Cry tears of joy while you drink!


Banana coconut purée should keep for about 3 days in your refrigerator.

Keywords: Latte, Banana Coconut Latte, Coconut Latte

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.