As I sit here drinking my foaming, savory vanilla cinnamon latte, I am grateful for these small, extra blessings in life. As a teacher, coffee is my fuel and readily available, but I often lose my coffee somewhere in my classroom and have to reheat it several times. It was never as tasty as the kind sold in coffee shops. When quarantine happened, I investigated ways to improve my coffee capabilities since I would be home and have time to hone my skills.
Trips to coffee shops were out of the question, so after some research, I invested in the Espresso Machine 3.5 Bar 4-Cup Espresso Maker Cappuccino Machine with Steam Milk Frother and Carafe. It was under $70 and a best seller, so I decided to give it a try! Usually, I spend $20 a week on coffee, so I figured this device would pay for itself within a month. Wow – was I pleasantly surprised! It was easy to assemble, and came with a filter, funnel, measuring spoon, 1 carafe, and a manual. Within the hour of it arriving at my door, I had my first delicious latte! With a single switch knob, I can steam milk, make espresso, and create a mean latte!
There are a few secrets to keep in mind before crafting the perfect espresso. First of all, fill the entire machine up with water before making your latte. This will allow enough steam to froth your milk correctly and you won’t be left with just warm milk. Another thing to remember is that the coffee you purchase matters. For best results, buy some that is a fine, powdery grind. You will receive a measuring spoon that also doubles to pat down your coffee into the funnel. This step is important in order to achieve the rich espresso taste you are seeking. If you follow the directions in the manual and make sure to have enough water – you will be fine! Even though the machine is part plastic, it is holding up great! My daughters and I use it a few times a day, and after a few months, it is still preparing lattes that rival some at local coffee shops! You may also want to invest in some Torani vanilla syrup for an added flavor!
Sometimes, during the bustling school year, we teachers fail to stop and take a few minutes out of our days to reflect on the beauty that is our life and set some new goals for ourselves. One of my new goals for the next school year is to continue enjoying this espresso machine and incorporate it into my morning routine – even if I have to wake up a bit earlier. I highly recommend this purchase, and guarantee you will look forward to each delicious, steaming latte you prepare!