Amateur Barista in the Making

Back in Jakarta, I was a heavy coffee drinker. Along with coffee shop boom there, I got myself more accustomed to drinking coffee and started to think that Starbucks coffee has no taste :p Going to coffee shops or roaster was almost a daily routine as it was easy and considerably cheap.

Since I moved here, getting coffee is not as easy. Well, the biggest problem is that I live in the suburbs and can’t drive yet… so the only accessible coffee shop is Starbucks. I mean, Starbucks coffee is alright, in my opinion, they’re not as bad as the one in Jakarta, but still they’re not cheap and not really within walking distance from my house. Then one day R and I was walking around Bath Bed and Beyond, and I came across various coffee machines. I wanted to “invest” in a good one but was unsure that I would really make my own coffee regularly… then I found Aeropress!

Compared to other coffee makers, Aeropress is cheaper and seems to be easier to use. I decided to buy it and play around with it. We still have some of our wedding souvenirs left (Ours was a pack of ground coffee), so I used it with the newly bought Aeropress.

Surprisingly, I was able to make good espresso with it! Yay! So I started a new routine, that is, to make R his coffee before he goes to work. Lucky, R is not as “difficult” as me when it comes to drinking coffee. He likes his coffee easy, he’ll like anything as long as it has the caffeine taste and sweet. So I just need to brew the coffee, put some creamers or half and half for him.

But I can’t lie to myself, I miss drinking smooth latte. Of course I tried to add milk to my espresso but it didn’t taste the same… I miss that smooth and bubbly feeling when I drink my cuppa. Then I started to browse ways to froth milk manually. There are several options – you can buy an electric frother, there’s even a small latte-maker machine, but a friend of mine suggested me to use French Press machine to froth the milk.

I thought I can use the machine to make a french press coffee for variation, and frenchΒ press machine can be easily found… so I did!

It took me several attempts to finally make a considerably good latte. For now, I’m satisfied with the results but then it makes me want to advance my skills, probably learn more types of techniques, types of coffee, and finally learn to make a latte art! πŸ˜€ Well I’m nowhere close to calling myself a coffee expert and I don’t think I’m ready to serve anyone rather than myself, but I’m happy that I can satisfy my daily coffee cravings!

So tell me, do you make your own coffee? πŸ™‚

20 thoughts on “Amateur Barista in the Making”

  1. Yes, I do make my coffee, if I have time, usually on the weekend. Boyfie is an advanced cold brew maker, and since I like that invigorating feeling of a warm cup of coffee, I usually brew my own americano. I use Italian mocca pot to brew the coffee for less than 10 minute, add hot water, add milk, voila. Your post temped me to buy milk frother now πŸ˜‰

    1. Oooh wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make your own cold brew now that days are starting to get warmer…. hmmm now I want to learn to make it! hehehe. Beli di amazon aja milk frother nya ;))))

      1. Gampang banget ternyata bikin cold brew, cuman harus eksperimen ratio kopi dan air, sama harus sabar nungguin 12 jam. ditunggu loh postingan cold brew nyaa…

  2. Wow that sounds awesome Chris!! πŸ˜€

    No I don’t make my own coffee. We have a (heavily subsidized) espresso bar at the office with good enough coffee (especially considering the (subsidized) price!), so I’d live with that for now, hahaha πŸ˜€ . Though, thinking about it, isn’t coffee in Indonesia (the ones from those “real” coffee shops I mean, not the “instant” ones πŸ˜€ ) more expensive than, say, in the US when considering the living cost, etc? At least this is how I perceive it now when I compare it with the standard coffee price in Western Europe…

    1. Well how nice it is that your office has an espresso bar! Yeah if I were you I wouldn’t make my own coffee too πŸ™‚ Anyway, I know that coffee shops in Jakarta can be expensive like you said, but I was lucky enough that there’s a local “warung kopi” near my house which sells good latte only 18ribu… so I always perceive coffee back home = cheap hehe. But true, if you think of it that way, coffee lifestyle in Indonesia especially if you drink coffee while hanging out in cafes, are more expensive than here..

  3. Nope, I definitely not make my own coffee :0) And reading this make me searching about the different between latte and cappuccino, because I always ordered cappuccino if I went to the coffee shop πŸ˜€

  4. I don’t drink coffee (lately), but I have the usual drip machine and a French press (yours is also Bodum, I can see?) that my boyfriend uses a lot (at least daily). He drinks so much coffee! We don’t really go to cafes to drink coffee, so for us it isn’t big deal with the coffee (at least he’s not particular about his coffee either).

    1. Ah so we have the same French Press! πŸ™‚ I’m beginning to use it to make coffee too, not only to froth the milk – but so far I still prefer using Aeropress although I use French press when I make coffee for me and R (bigger capacity)..

  5. Melbourne coffee is too good to ignore. Too bad I don’t have espresso machine, thus I have to grab one from nearest coffee shop. But I don’t mind at all ❀️.

    And I love to randomly wander around trying everything Melbourne has to offer, in term of good coffee. I even created one specific Facebook album to document my daily dose of caffeine πŸ˜†

  6. I’m not a heavy coffee drinker, so I don’t know the art of coffee making. That’s why, I rarely make my own coffee or ask other to make my coffee.πŸ˜‚
    But if I happen to be around with my friends and they offer me to drink coffee, I don’t like to refuse, πŸ˜€

  7. I want to make my own coffee but right now I’m into tea (labil banget yah)
    If you are a heavy coffee drinker though I think it’s worth to invest good coffee “equipments”.

      1. Suka coba2 brand teh baru Chris heheheh. Lagi suka green tea + jasmine punyanya T2 sama Tetley’s 😍

  8. I’ve been impressed with the new Prismo Aeropress attachment from Fellow Products for a more “espresso” style Aeropress. It still can’t compete with a shot from a machine, but the body and flavour are certainly better than when using the standard Aeropress filters. Check it out for something different!

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