How to Make a Latte at Home (Hot and Iced)

There are so many kinds of lattes out there! There are pumpkin spice and maple lattes in the fall, caramel and vanilla lattes year round, peppermint mochas, almond milk miels, and tea lattes to warm you up in the winter, herbal drinks like lavender lattes and chai lattes, and countless other flavors and flavor combinations.

These days, we can’t really hang out in our favorite java joints. Since most of us are therefore making and drinking our coffee at home, I think it’s the perfect time to make lattes more accessible to everyone. I want to show you all how simple they really are to make, and give you the information you need to make them from the comfort of your own home. Continue reading “How to Make a Latte at Home (Hot and Iced)”

What’s a Milk Frother & Which One Should I Buy?

What makes cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos that you buy in a coffee shop so different from the ones many people try to recreate at home is that they contain milk foam and milk froth instead of just regular milk. You can recreate this froth and foam – and subsequently recreate coffee shop classics – with devices called milk frothers. which are my number one recommended tool for any novice home-barista (excluding a coffee grinder, which I take a step further and recommend to every coffee drinker)
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Ninja Coffee Bar System Review: Is it worth the money?

If you’ve considered upgrading your coffee maker to an ultimate specialty coffee maker, then you’ve undoubtedly come across the various Ninja coffee bar systems on the market. Today I’m reviewing the behemoth of coffee bars – the Ninja Specialty Coffee Bar; the old version, priced on Amazon at $320, and it’s updated version, priced much more reasonably at $149.99 – to help you decide if this really worth what it’s priced at. Continue reading “Ninja Coffee Bar System Review: Is it worth the money?”

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”