Until recently I thought I could make a pretty decent cup of coffee using a cafetière. I was wrong. I’ve eyed up various espresso machines and added them to internet wish list vainly hoping they’d appear some birthday or Christmas. Recently I decided to treat myself and finally bought one.
I didn’t want or need a large, expensive machine with all the bells and whistles. A simple pump machine for about £50 was what I was looking for. This also served to lower my expectations of the final result. I expected to get a bit of crema on top but probably not a lot. The result would just be a shorter, stronger version of the coffee I was making in the cafetière.
In the end when I unboxed it and plugged it in for the first time then dutifully followed the tips I found online by other owners of the same machine – pour an empty shot first to warm the filter and cup, use fresh water each time; I pretty surprised to find a thick brown layer of crema on top. A quick dash of milk (straight coffee gives me migraines) to make a machiatto then the taste test. Superb! This coffee is light-years ahead of the stuff I was making before.
It’s been a few weeks now and I’ve gone from occasionally drinking coffee at home over weekends (confining midweek coffee to the office) to paying regular visits to my little friend on the worktop most days. Mostly because the coffee this little thing produces is delicious but also because I’m the only coffee drinker in the house and I need to try to get through as much of it as possible while the grounds are still fresh!
Still need to get the hang of a cappuccino. Only tried it the once and the milk frothing didn’t go well. For now I’m sticking to the machiattos.