I’m officially addicted. Not to the Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Peet’s varieties that the majority of us indulge in, no, I am addicted to the home-brew. I’m addicted to the ritual, the process, and the intoxicating fragrance. The espresso that is brewed into the little glass is dark, sweet, no trace of bitterness to be found, and believe me, once you have made it for yourself, there really is no going back to the corner coffee shop.
After my visit to my sister, I was addicted. I lay all the blame at her feet. She had this lovely little machine, a coffee grinder, and a beautiful little frothing machine. Grinding the beans fresh, tamping it into the portafilter, and pulling a shot. There are endless possibilties for flavorings to add in, endless combinations of milk, cream, syrups, sauces. Then the spice grinders for the top of your foam. My sister gave me a grinder of cinnamon and one with cocoa beans and can sugar. She also gave me a frother and a starter can of beans. By the time I left for home I was truly addicted and I made sure to think of ways to convince Matthew that we needed our own machine. We would save money by not going to Starbucks, we could be more creative with our coffee. Well, he let me buy the machine, the grinder and after the first cup he was hooked. He’s addicted, completely addicted.
I’ve even used Starbucks coffee in my espresso and it’s completely different from what you get in store. My favorite bean is Illy, however, at 15 dollars a can, you are defeating the purpose of home espresso. For a real treat though, Illy can’t be beat. Their tins are really beautiful too and have so many uses for storage.
My favorite latte, so far, is an orange flavored cup of love! Two double shots of espresso swirled with a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Then a foaming milk concoction of milk, half and half, and a 1/2 tsp of orange extract, a little bit of cinnamon ground over the top. So yummy!!
My coffee consumption has decreased to two cups of coffee a day. That is down from about 6 cups pre-espresso addiction. I’m loving that!