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10.12.2004

Espresso

Making espresso at home is one of my favorite indulgences. Contrary to what I had originally thought, it is not necessary to have one of those machines that costs $400. There are aluminium pots that go on the stove top. They are often called "moka pots" and are apparently a favorite way to make espresso at home in Italy. This one from Ikea is only $6.99 and makes three espressos. The picture posted above is an espresso set from Bed, Bath and Beyond which is only $9.99. Drinking espresso out of the demitasse cups is at least 65% of the fun. Plus you can serve it to friends and really impress them. If you don't like to drink espresso plain you can use it to make any of the espresso drinks that you pay 10 bucks for at Starbucks or Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Again, you don't need a milk frother to make these. All you do is put really cold milk (straight out of the fridge) into a sauce pan on the stove. Begin to heat milk slowly while whisking it. As the milk continues to heat whisk faster and faster and a stiff foam will form. (you really have to whip the hell out of it.) Don't let it scald. Take off the heat and pour the milk under the foam into a cup or mug that you have already put the desired amount of espresso in. Top with as much foam as you want depending on the type of drink you are making. Here are recipes for common drinks like: lattes, cappuccino, mochas etc. Enjoy!
Pure Espresso Drinks:
Basic Espresso: A single shot (approximately 1 to 1-1/2 oz of espresso).
Espresso Macchiato: A single serving of espresso topped with a dollop of frothed(foamed/textured) milk.Cappucchino Drinks:
Basic Cappucchino: 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk (no foam), and 1/3 frothed milk. Put the steamed milk in first, then pour the espresso, and lastly finish off with the layer of frothed milk. This will allow the espresso to settle between the milk and the foam.
Cafe Latte Drinks:
Basic Cafe Latte: Make a single shot of espresso. Add steamed milk to fill an 8 to 10 oz. latte mug (preferably clear). There should be a very fine layer of foam on the top.
Flavored Cafe Latte: Lattes are frequently flavored with Italian syrups. First pour in the espresso, then the flavor of choice, and then the milk. (usually 3 squirts of flavor for 8 oz. cup, 4 squirts for 12 oz. cup, and 5 squirts for 16 oz. cup, and so on)
Caffè Mocha
Prepare steamed milk. Add 1 oz chocolate syrup to 2 oz steamed milk and mix well. Brew a single espresso and transfer to a tall glass. Add the chocolate milk. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles if desired.

1 Comments:

Blogger Simon said...

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