March 15, 2016
In my last post I spoke about how much I love the coffee shops and how I wanted to make my own coffee at home. Well, I thought I’d continue this theme and let you know some of the top tips I use to improve the quality of my coffee – still without a coffee machine!
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against these devices and they can do some pretty amazing things. In, fact you can read a bit more about coffee makers with this guide, if you’re a bit curios about what they can do. You can also find a guide on the same site for milk frothers on the mainpage. But, I also know that most people don’t have around £200+ to pay for one. So here’s few sneaky tips you can use to improve your coffee!
March 4, 2016
OK, I lied. I’m not the new Starbucks (All Starbucks lawyers please back away). I’m a fan of the coffee shops. I enjoy socializing in them with my friends and they’ve became a nice part of my life – I enjoy the coffee and the company. So, I wanted a little bit of that in my home and thought about making my own cappuccinos. I’ve tried the sachet cappuccinos, you know the one’s which self-froth when you pour water on them? But to be honest they’re crap. They’re bland and there’s no foam (which is my favourite part!).
So, off I set on my own home-made-cappuccino making journey. I didn’t have too much money to spend and wanted to keep this as cheap as possible – which ruled out the the all-in-one coffee machine things, like the ‘dolce gusto’ et al. Don’t get me wrong they do make really nice coffees, but they’re still not authentic tasting. Tasty, but clearly artificial.
I did a bit of research online and found that using a cafetiere (which you can pick up for a fiver) and a milk frother you can get an authentic cappuccino at home. I did deliberate over some of the slightly more expensive milk frothers like those made by Dualit or Krups, but settled on a cheap hand held version. All in all the whole set cost me about £15, so I was quite happy
No armed with everything I needed I set off very optimistic I could make a great cappuccino! Well, it wasn’t quite so easy. It wasn’t rocket science or anything but it took a bit of time to get the espresso part right. The frothed milk was easy, just turn the milk frother on and let it do its thing. But I needed some help, luckily a few searches on youtube provided me with the answer:
Pretty cool, huh? Well, it is to a coffee lover! Once I got the coffee portion of the drink right, the rest followed. I have to say I was quite impressed with myself and enjoyed the results. I just wish I had taken a photo. Maybe next time…