Have you ever feel overwhelmed with the number of choices in a coffee shop? Single or double shot? Regular or grande? Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte? Decaf or Regular? How about getting a cup of coffee that tastes burnt, or a latte that tastes diluted?
I am not addicted to coffee. However, once in a while, I would like to drink a cup of good Latte (Espresso + Milk). To make good coffee, use fresh coffee beans, fresh filtered water and a powerful coffee machine.
After much research, I settled with the most compact machine with the most “power” that costs the least. Since I like the creaminess in a cup of coffee, I also bought a milk frother. Both of these gadgets can be easily stored away in my pantry. It is very easy to use and cleanup is a breeze.
How can such a small machine produce such good coffee? The secret lies in the pods. Each pod contains coffee grounds to make a cup of Espresso. The different pod colors represent different type, strength or intensity of the coffee. These pods are samples that came with the coffee machine. If there is a particular strength of coffee that I like, I make a note of the color and name on that pod and order it online.
A good cup of Espresso (black coffee) has the presence of crema, a reddish-brown foam that floats on the surface of the espresso. Because of its intense concentrated flavor, Espresso is the base for making Lattes (pour espresso first into cup then pour hot milk over it) and Cappuccino (fill cup with hot milk first, add espresso and top with milk froth). The proportion is 2/3 milk and 1/3 espresso.
If you like Hazelnut Lattes, just buy Hazelnut syrup and add it at the bottom of your serving cup. A little goes a long way because the syrup is very sweet.
My first attempt at making Cappuccino, not bad, eh?
This is Espresso with crema on top.
This is what Latte looks like after I add hot milk.
Someone at church this past weekend. “We have had a hard time removing coffee stains from the carpet. If you need to drink coffee, please put it in a sealed container. Otherwise, don’t drink coffee.”
Jokingly, he continued to say,”Isn’t it better to sleep in church (God’s House) than to nap at home?”