Making Espresso Drinks at Home with Ease

If you’re a regular at coffee shops, a lover of lattes, or just a general espresso enthusiast, then there’s a good chance you’ve thought about buying your own espresso maker.

Maybe you already own a fancy espresso machine or a stovetop pot, and now you’re wondering, what next?

Maybe you don’t either, but you love lattes and you really want to make your own at home.

Either way, I’m here to help. Today, I’m going over how to make basic espresso drinks from the comfort of your home.  Continue reading “Making Espresso Drinks at Home with Ease”

Best Budget-Friendly Espresso Machines

Who doesn’t love a good espresso?

Whether it’s in a latte, con panna, or in an americano, the bitter deliciousness of espresso is a uniquely delicious, irreplaceable ingredient in coffee shop staples.

Yet, many people aren’t sure what the difference between espresso and regular, black coffee is. They’re disappointed to find that the coffee shop drinks they try to recreate at home aren’t as good as the ones they get in their local java joint, or they don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping for their own espresso maker.

There are many different kinds of espresso machines, but there are really only two main kinds that average people own: stovetop espresso pots and automatic espresso machines. Today, I’m going over and recommending (semi) automatic espresso machines. Continue reading “Best Budget-Friendly Espresso Machines”

What is a Stovetop Espresso Maker – and Which Should You Get?

Espresso! That bitter, delicious, concentrated coffee that is overwhelming to drink plain, but a delicious, essential ingredient in countless, iconic coffee shop drinks.

It’s literally what puts the coffee in cappuccinos, in lattes, in americanos, and breves, and almost everything else you can get on those coffee shop drink menus.

And yet, most people don’t know the difference between espresso and regular coffee, and don’t know where to begin when searching for a way to make their own espresso (and espresso drinks) at home. Continue reading “What is a Stovetop Espresso Maker – and Which Should You Get?”

Navigating the Coffee Shop Drinks Menu: The Basics

Coffee shop menus can be intimidating! It’s like they use their own language, and the lines to order often go so quickly that when the customer gets to the front one, they might feel pressured to pick something quickly – even if they’re not sure what it is – or to stick with the one drink they know they like. Maybe you’ve felt like this, and want to try new things, but don’t know where to start. Or maybe you already have a general idea of what everything is, but would like more clarification.

I’m a former barista, and I’m here to help. Below, I describe each of coffee shops’ most popular drink types. I’m only delving into the basics today, but I’ll get into the more unusual and more complex drinks in another post. Continue reading “Navigating the Coffee Shop Drinks Menu: The Basics”