You want your latte at home, but the equipment has to be inexpensive. I get that, I don’t like to spend money if I don’t need to. Handheld milk frothers are the best compromise for a decent latte or cappuccino. You can get really nice textured milk with one of these manual frothers. However, if you ask a barista, they’ll tell you that is not steamed milk, because no steaming is involved. From a purely technical perspective they are right. From a practical point of view, the taste and texture is damn good, so I personally don’t care if it’s not steamed.… Read more
I personally love black coffee, sometimes I add a little sugar to it, but that’s all. During my time as a barista though, I made thousands of lattes and cappuccinos. I still make one from time to time for my wife, or my guests. I used to make it with the steaming wand, from my semiautomatic, but I got lazy, and my wife wanted to be able to make it when I wasn’t there. I tried to teach her the trade, but then I realized, why bother when there is an easier way… You probably understand that.… Read more
When my cousin asked me a couple of weeks ago : “What is the best latte machine?” I didn’t have an answer on the spot. When it comes to coffee brewing, obviously, all friends and family rely on my expert advice. I was a bit disappointed by myself for not being prepared for this question. In my defense, I am not a latte drinker. I can fix a perfect one, I can even throw in some latte art if I’m in good mood, but it never occurred to me that many people are actually using the espresso machine to make exclusively lattes.… Read more
There are a lot of different espresso-based drinks, sometimes this much variety can be confusing. I have a friend who admitted that she didn’t like to go a coffee shop. She couldn’t choose between macchiato, latte, cappuccino, mocha, and many others because she didn’t know what they were. She was embarrassed to ask the barista what the differences were, so she started to buy a different coffee drink every day.
What makes these coffee beverages different from each other? What are the distinctive characteristics between them?