Latte Art at Home and Other Coffee Secrets
Before I got hit by Covid, I spent an hour talking to the delightful coffee expert Ever Meister — who I met at my first favorite coffee shop, Joe on Waverly in the early aughts — about all things espresso, cappuccino, and, most importantly of all, latte art.
Meister’s been something of a fairy godmother when it comes to my homemade coffee drinks. If you’ve been following me on TikTok, you can see my efforts at achieving a heart or rosetta pattern…
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In today’s episode, Meister gives me point-by-point feedback, talking to me about microfoam, distribution, liquid dynamics, and all of the other elements that go into making a coffee shop-worthy latte.
While Breville isn’t sponsoring me, I’m definitely sponsoring them because damn do we love our Breville Barista Pro.
Just today alone we made: two oat milk cappuccinos, one oat milk cortado, and one iced oat latte in the afternoon. It’s as easy as sticking the portafilter under the grinder, pushing in until it starts to overflow, tamping down, brewing a double shot, and steaming the milk. I asked Craig, who was wary about getting an espresso machine, what he thinks of it now and he says: “I love it.”
And if each of those drinks cost $5 each, as they might at a coffee shop (with tip), we’re definitely saving money in the long run (4 drinks X $5 = $20; $20 X 40 = $800, which means in 40 days, the machine pays for itself). So I highly recommend, if you love coffee shop espresso drinks, get one of these babies for yourself. And then listen to this week’s podcast… Ever Meister will set you up good.