So I was looking to get an espresso machine since Peter and I love coffee and love going out to get a latte or a mocha as a treat once in awhile. I was so excited about getting an espresso machine that I started researching recipes and techniques before we even got the thing!
While I was searching the web, I came across a 'how to' page with step by step instructions on how to make homemade specialty drinks without an espresso machine! This led to more research and even YouTube videos teaching me how to do this. All I needed was a french press and a stovetop espresso brewer (both of which we already had!). If you don't have those, you can find them anywhere for around $10-20... a fraction of what an espresso machine would cost, plus a lot less storage space required (added value in our tiny little cottage).
I saved money and kitchen space and still have fresh, handmade specialty drinks in less than 5 minutes :)
I already love these drinks to begin with, but I love even more the rustic, 'pioneer' feeling of getting to make them by hand (well, plus the help of a couple gadgets- but even those pieces are classic, old fashioned tools that have been around since back in the day.)
Finely Ground Espresso Beans
Milk (I used nonfat, you can use any milk or cream that you desire)
Fun Flavored Options:
- Some vanilla extract & a little powdered sugar dissolved into the milk to make a vanilla latte
- A couple tablespoons of French Vanilla flavored coffee creamer mixed into the milk to make a vanilla latte
- Chocolate powder or syrup to make a mocha latte.
- Be creative! ...the possibilities are endless :)