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 french 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! 😀 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? 🙂