The thing I miss the most about working in Clerkenwell is going on coffee breaks around the office. After I quit my job, I thought I would spend more time working in coffee shops around town, but the reality is, it is more convenient and cost effective to work from home. So last year I really had to step up my home coffee game!
I received the Barista Express espresso machine from Sage Appliances and used it regularly (more or less) for the past ten months. I already wrote about the machine in March, but I thought I’d give you an update on how I’m getting on with it.
The machine is working perfectly after nearly one year of use and I haven’t experienced any issues with it. When I started using it, it took a few days to get good results, as my husband played around with different grind settings to find the right ones for our machine and coffee.
I used the espresso machine every week during Spring and Summer, but then around Autumn I went on an espresso break. I was travelling so much at the end of 2015 that I was barely ever home to make coffee. And after my trip to Kerala I was so sick, I stopped drinking coffee for several weeks. By mid-December I started using the Barista Express again.
I hadn’t forgotten everything I had learnt about making espresso, but unfortunately I never really mastered latte art. (you can follow my attempts on Instagram with #muliadoeslatteart).
Making latte art is not as easy as it looks like when your favourite barista does it. I have done a full day latte art class at Artisan Coffee and training with Small Batch Coffee. My friend Edy Piro of Terrone Coffee came over to my house to help me, but I am nowhere near making latte art as good as this…
Even though my flat whites don’t look perfect (yet), they do taste good. It’s very easy to make one at home with Barista Express, following just a few steps. I have made a video to show just how easy it is to do it.
I hope my post has inspired you to make better coffee at home. Whether you like espresso or filter, it is easy to improve the quality of the coffee you make. Remember, the first step is using great quality beans, freshly roasted and freshly ground.
Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I received a complimentary machine for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.