If you watch old movies or television shows set in other times, you’ll notice that people at work are drinking coffee. Some of them use it for the energy, for others it’s just habit, and sometimes it’s simply a way to keep the hands busy while talking during the meeting. Coffee is a cornerstone of common courtesy. At jobs such as construction sites or sets for movies, TV, and other media, it’s not so easy to lug around a giant coffee machine that needs constant refilling, washing, and maintenance. Pod machines are the perfect alternative to this problem. You’ll not only be able to provide coffee to employees and visiting colleagues but you’ll also be able to let them choose between different flavors. You’ll notice an increase in energy and improved morale as soon as you introduce this treat.
Pod machines are not billed as portable coffee makers but the parts that make them up make them ideal for taking from job site to job site. There are pros and cons to every kind of coffee maker but what you’re looking for at your job site is something that you can take with you, fill the tank with water, plug it in, and brew your coffee. As long as you remember to empty the water tank and the area where the pod goes before you put it in the car, you’re coffee maker will deliver gourmet quality brew to your employees and anyone else on your job site. The main thing to understand about the portability of pod machines is the quality of the product you’ll be getting from the machine. It will be much better than other portable coffee makers.
Understand how pod machines work and you’ll always be able to use yours effectively. The best part is that it’s very easy to teach others to use the machine so you won’t have to deal with complicated training on every job site in order to keep your machine working. Throughout the day, those who use the machine will have to refill the water tank periodically and perhaps wipe down the area with a damp cloth and that’s all. To operate the machine, the user drops a pod into the bay where it’s supposed to go, closes it using a handle or lid, presses a button, and the coffee brews. The machine takes up water and heats it on a regular basis so that each single serve cup is piping hot.
Not everyone loves the same type of coffee and on portable job sites, there are often a lot of people that you don’t know or may have never even met. You don’t know their tastes and so it is virtually impossible to choose a coffee that goes over well with people. The gourmet machines are the best for top quality variety (and they’ll perform better and last longer) but there are many pod machines that will work for this type of portability and variety. Each person will be able to choose the coffee they like best and brew it in a single cup serving. You’ll never waste half a pot of the wrong coffee again.
- Enjoy Improved Morale
Hang out on any portable job site and you might hear a few digs at the bad coffee being provided. People might expect it but that doesn’t mean they like it. March out a couple of pod machines and you’ll see the faces of your employees light up as they see the shiny coffee makers that will bring them a whole new experience. They’ll have a lot of fun choosing their flavor and making their own coffee. They’ll talk and laugh and go back to work after their coffee breaks with renewed energy and happy faces. You’ll be giving them something they may not have asked for but they’ll definitely love and for that, you’ll enjoy improved morale and a job site that works more efficiently than ever.
- Other Alternatives
Pod machines are not the only portable coffee makers, especially if the portable job sites you work on last for weeks or months at a time. Fully automatic machines are another good alternative to the large machines that brew gourmet coffee. These operate by filling the machine with the correct ingredients and all the user has to do is add a cup and press a button. There is even less maintenance than with pod machines but the fully automatic varieties don’t have has much autonomy with flavor and they tend to be a bit larger and more difficult to move. If you’re on a job site that is around for a long time, though, you can set up a coffee area and you have the option to add bean grinders and milk steamers for specialized coffee beans and steamed milk for lattes. If you think better coffee will put smiles on your employees’ faces, imagine how they’ll feel when they get to have lattes!
All pod machines (and other coffee machines) require a certain amount of cleaning and maintenance in order to stay functional and last longer. When you’re transporting your machine from job site to job site, though, you need to take extra care when moving it in a car or other vehicle. You can’t just throw it in the backseat and hope for the best. A good way to ensure the safety of your machine during transport is to get yourself a box especially for coffee supplies. Put disposable cups, a mini cooler with creamers, sugar, cleaning supplies, and paper towels in the box with the coffee maker. It’s best to keep the machine on the floor behind a seat or in a foot well as this is a flatter surface than a seat and the box is less likely to slide around or tumble over. Use these tips and you’ll be able to keep bringing your machine with you to every job and making your employees smile the whole time they’re there.
Most people get up and have a cup of coffee with breakfast, or before they eat anything at all. Some people have meals comprised entirely only of coffee. It’s a popular time to drink it, to get a boost for the day and feel good about moving. We see coffee as the drink to pair with baked goods, sweet treats, and sometimes eggs and bacon. What you may not realize is that coffee not only pairs well with other foods but it also helps with digestion, among many other benefits besides a beautiful taste and aroma. Learn how to recognize the meals that can be enhanced by coffee so you can get even more use out of your home machine. You’ll be surprised how much more you can do.
- The After Dinner Drink
One way to include the use of your home machine with every meal is to have coffee after dinner (or breakfast or lunch) to top of the way you enjoy your food. Many types of coffee drinks like cappuccino or a latte can be mixed with spices or flavored syrups to resemble something like a dessert, or even better than dessert. After you have your meal, enjoy a coffee drink and you’ll have the energy to keep going with the rest of your day. Have your workout, some after dinner conversation, and the motivation to simply get through the second half of the workday with the same fervor that you had when it began.
- Common Coffee Pairings
In order to recognize the meals that you can add coffee to, you should first know the common tastes with which coffee is often paired. This will tell you the best ways to include your home machine in all of your meals. Breads, other baked goods, and chocolate are the most popular tastes that people like to pair with coffee drinks. Along with those, nuts and tart fruits not only match pleasantly but also tend to cut out the bitterness that occurs with some kinds of coffee. This is also true for salty foods like the bacon and breakfast meats that often make appearances at the table in the morning. You can mix and match all of these tastes with the different kinds of coffee to make delicious combinations.
- Different Coffee Types
A frequent mistake that happens when attempting to pair coffee is using the wrong type of beans to brew your drink. Your home machine is not limited to one kind of coffee and you can try new brands, strengths, and flavors to find the one that works best with your meal. The espresso machine, cappuccino machine, or other kind of coffee maker you have may open your eyes to these new types of coffee, giving you a truly gourmet experience.
- Make Your Meals
Now that you know the basics, you can get started enjoying coffee with all of your meals. It will take a lot of trial and error to get the best combinations but after a few meals, you’ll get the hang of it and be pairing like a pro.
- A light meal can still be combined with a good coffee drink for a healthy boost that gets you over that mid-day slump. Summer salads often include notes of citrus or strawberries that go very well with a blonde coffee. Brew this in your cappuccino machine to make it a dessert with your lunch and make it an experience instead of just a break.
- An iced coffee drink from your espresso machine makes an excellent addition to steak and potatoes, a good burger with fries, or a chicken dinner topped with a heavy cream sauce. The result will be refreshing and will help you from feeling like you ate way too much after such a big meal.
- Spruce up any barbeque with flavored coffee drinks using syrups and toppings that add a decadent touch to your meal. Instead of a soda, have coffee and feel a new kind of happiness the next time you eat ribs.
- Take it Outside the Home
These meal suggestions will make your coffee experiences even better but think of the enjoyment you can bring to your employees and colleagues if you add an espresso or cappuccino machine to your office environment. As much as you love using your home machine with every meal you make, the others at your office might get the same feeling when they enjoy coffee drinks with the things they eat. They’ll be able to have the tastes and energy boost they want without having to waste time leaving the office. Not only will you be adding a mood elevator to the environment but you might even notice an increase in productivity. When people love where they are and what they have there, they’re much more likely to want to do more with their days.
Maintaining the Extra Usage
As you begin to use your home machine more frequently, you’ll also have to maintain and clean to keep it working effectively. Check back with the users manual to find out if you’re doing everything correctly and don’t be afraid to call the customer service number if you have any questions. A gourmet experience every day and with all of your meals depends on this maintenance. You may also want to consider ordering extra parts like filter baskets and other pieces that can be removed for cleaning. This way, you can set aside parts as you use them in a basin of warm soapy water and use a new part and wait to clean them all together at the end of the day. You’ll reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do because you’ll find that cleaning several small parts together actually takes almost the same amount of effort as cleaning them one at a time. The extra cleaning and maintenance will ensure that you can enjoy coffee with every meal and learn about pairing in a taste adventure you never imagined.
End Espresso Machine Intimidation
When you first install your espresso machine, the look of it might be intimidating but don’t be discouraged. It won’t take long to learn about the different parts and once you do, your machine will be more like a welcome friend instead of an intimidating piece of equipment. This guide will show you the basic parts that are present on most espresso machines and the way they work. Besides familiarizing yourself with your machine and being more comfortable using it, learning about the details of how it works will help you maintain it better and prolong the life of the machine.
- Functioning Together
All of the parts you’re about to learn about function together to bring you a steaming cup of espresso. You’ll love the way the aroma fills your kitchen and the burst of energy you get from your gourmet experience. A high-end machine will change the way you look at coffee. The difference is that an espresso machine doesn’t simply put hot water through coffee grounds to brew your drink. Espresso beans are ground more finely and packed tight into the basket, then a pump pushes pressurized hot water through the grounds and the result is beautiful. You’ll notice it with the first tiny cup you sip and you’ll never want to go back to regular drip coffee again.
- Basket and Brew Head
The parts that make up the filter basket and the place it attaches to your espresso machine are called the “portafilter” and “group head (sometimes also called “brew head”). The portafilter is made up of the filter basket, which is smaller than most coffee filter baskets because you’re packing the coffee differently. It has a handle that sticks out on the front of the machine and a sort of spout on the bottom where the espresso comes out and pours into your cup. The portafilter attaches to the brew head and is secured along with a metal filter and a rubber gasket that keeps it extra tight while the pressurized water is pushed through.
- Front Dial Display
This is a round display with an indicator and numbers on the front of your espresso machine. Some machines have more than one dial. Essentially, this measures the pressure and temperature of the water that is coming through your machine. The gauge is really only there to show you what is happening. There is usually a dial that can change these things but it shouldn’t be necessary for you to change these functions to suit your brewing needs. If the dial shows that the pressure or temperature of the water is too high or too low, it’s mostly an indication that you should call an expert for help. Messing around with the way it works can cause unnecessary damage and even injury so it is always best to use this feature purely as a regulation tool.
- A Few Extras
There are a lot of different models when it comes to choosing an espresso machine and they each have different features that are other parts included on the machine. You might choose one that simply makes a shot of espresso one at a time or you might decide on something a little more complicated that produces different sized shots and also delivers plain hot water when you need it. There are still more complicated machines that also include parts to steam milk for a latte. Here are a few of the extras you can expect on some of the different varieties of machine.
- Different sized shots produced by buttons on one side of the machine. You can choose a single shot, double shot, sometimes a triple or what is known as a long shot, which is in between a single and a double. Some machines also have a button that allows you to pour a continuous stream of espresso for the amount of time you keep the button pushed for carafes or in between sized drinks.
- Hot water delivered by a button sometimes from the same spout where espresso comes from or from a separate spout on the machine. This is usually used for those who also like tea and want to use their espresso machine for that occasional cup. The idea is that you can have hot water whenever you need it without a wait.
- Steaming wands give you the power to steam milk separately that is used for lattes. Most machines that include this feature also have a lever or a knob of some sort that allows you to control the temperature and pressure of the steam that comes out of the wand. It looks like a metal tube and the user puts a heat resistant cup of milk under the tube and moves it up so that the tube is submerged in the cup. The steam comes out and the user moves the cup to give all the milk universal consistency as the steaming wand works. Commercial sized machines and some professional series may include multiple steaming wands.
Use Your Machine Frequently
The best way to learn how to make the most delicious and professional looking drinks in your espresso machine is to use it frequently. Read the manual with care and get comfortable with each feature one at a time. Be sure to also clean your machine correctly as you use it. The manual should tell you how this is done and if you have any questions, you should not hesitate to call the customer service number and ask them. Once you’ve learned about the parts of your machine and how they work, keep making espresso. Make the drinks you love or create your own and enjoy having a gourmet experience right in your kitchen.
Your Espresso Machine Purchase
Realizing you want to produce espresso in your own kitchen yields the decision to buy a home machine. You will then notice that there are many different models to choose from and you might be overwhelmed about which one to choose. Double or single boiler? Traditional or fully automatic? Do you want your machine to steam milk for you? Do you want your machine to grind your espresso beans and if so, what kind of grinder should be included? These choices do not have to be overwhelming. By figuring out a few simple answers, you’ll be able to find the perfect machine for you and your home.
- Double and Single Boilers
If you’ve seen a double boiler pot that some people use for melting chocolate or other things, this is not the same. The amount of boilers on your espresso machine refers to the functions it will be able to perform. A single boiler machine has just that, a single boiler. It can only boil water to brew espresso OR steam milk. It can’t do both at the same time. Many single boiler machines have a traditional look and might come in copper or other shiny looking and beautiful designs. A double boiler is a little larger and can have boiling water ready to both steam your milk and brew your espresso at the same time.
- Milk Steamers
The design and compact size of many single boiler and traditional home machines may appeal to you and your needs. This doesn’t mean that you can’t steam your milk and enjoy lattes as well. You’ll probably have to do a bit more work and you’ll have more parts to clean but milk steamers will get the job done. Since these parts don’t attach to you machine, you’ll be able to store them separately and keep extra room in your kitchen.
Your machine may be equipped with a grinder or you may choose to purchase one separately. Grinders are a matter of preference, with some people who are perfectly okay with a blade grinder and others who prefer the more precise method of a burr grinder. Burr grinders use a surface to literally grind the espresso beans against another surface. The result is uniform grounds that are better for packing into an espresso machine’s basket. Also, those uniform particles make it easier for the water to brew through the grounds more effectively. You’ll get more consistency in the strength and flavor of your espresso with this type of grinder. If your machine includes a grinder, make sure you inquire as to what type it is, blade or burr.
- Fully Automatic
This doesn’t mean that you won’t have anything to do with how your espresso is made. A fully automatic machine, when turned on, has the components to brew whatever type of espresso drink you like with the touch of a button. You’ll have to fill the machine with water, espresso beans, and keep it cleaned and maintained. These are the double boilers that have tanks for boiling water for both espresso and steaming milk. This is the kind of machine that is excellent for entertaining or the espresso lover on the go. If you’re always on the way out of the house, this is the machine you can turn on, press a couple of buttons, and have your latte without ever having to make a stop at a café on your way to your next destination.
You’ve taken the time to painstakingly design your kitchen exactly the way you want it and your new espresso machine should match up with the aesthetics. The different models are all there to help with this decision. A traditional model has a lot of flair and a very distinct look while the more commercial models may have more functions but are usually larger and sometimes cumbersome if your kitchen space is small. Be sure to measure the space you’ll be putting your new machine carefully. Leave room for the machines around it and to remove the machine from the space for cleaning and that there is a power source close by. In the end, it has to look good to you because you’re the one who will be looking at it and using it every day.
What do you want your espresso machine to do? It may be a personal machine just for you or something you’re purchasing for your office and all the employees to use. A machine that will get heavy use needs to be able to handle that traffic and a machine that won’t get as much use might be one you’d like to have that’s aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. Take these considerations into mind before you make your purchase and you’ll know that the machine you have is the one you’ve always wanted.
The Financial Side
After you get your answers, the espresso machines you look at could be pretty expensive. Do not let this stop you from making a purchase. If an espresso machine is what you want, it’s best to go high end. The better machines will give you the kind of brew you’re looking for and will last longer. Check with the manufacturer for payment plans, warrantee information, and service packages to keep your machine running in top shape for as long as possible. Proper cleaning and maintenance will be the best way to enjoy your machine every day. If this is a purchase you’re making for a large household or an office where many people will be using it, educate the other people about the way the machine is supposed to be used as well as how it should be cleaned between uses. A high-end machine will give you the gourmet experience that you and everyone else who uses your machine can really feel good about. Make a good decision with an excellent purchase!
You may have thought about buying an espresso machine in the past but weren’t sure how you could make room in your kitchen. There are many ways you can rearrange and reorganize the items on your countertops so the dream of owning the machine you always wanted can come true. Through a few simple steps, you can not only make the room you need but also take the opportunity to make your kitchen look better than ever.
- Clean Up The Clutter
Making room for your new espresso machine might be as simple as clearing unnecessary items from the countertops. Even if there’s more to it, this is a great place to begin. Survey the appliances that you have out and ask yourself if you use them on a daily basis. If not and they can be put away and accessed whenever you do plan to use them, store them someplace else. Take a look at the other items that are left after this step and use the same method to clear out food containers, condiments, and other things that can easily be stored in other places.
- Make a Diagram
Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, draw out a diagram of what you have left. You don’t need to be exact and it doesn’t need to be your best work of art, just a sort of map of your kitchen that you can use to move things around without actually moving them around. Use paper tokens or other pieces for appliances that you can move on the diagram to make the process easier and even a little more fun.
- Make Practical Decisions
All of your appliances, including your new espresso machine, will need a power source and this has to be taken into account when you’re rearranging things. Also, be careful where you put certain items like countertop dishwashers and toaster ovens. You wouldn’t want your dishwasher to be too far from the sink or the toaster oven to be too close to the stovetop. You can also use the kitchen table or an island to arrange appliances. Use this opportunity to make practical decisions that will make it easier to prepare and cook your meals. The new arrangement will also make your kitchen the perfect place to entertain.
- Kid Friendly Kitchens
When you first arranged your kitchen, the kids might have been too young to be helpers when you cook. As they get older, though, you can rearrange things to give your little ones safe and easy ways to help out. Of course, the kids won’t be using your espresso machine but they may want to help out with other preparations and you can teach them with fun and excitement. If you don’t have children of your own, you can still take this step into account for nieces, nephews, friends’ children, or grandchildren. Being safe is never a bad idea.
- Measure Well
Your diagram will show you a potential arrangement but you’ll need to measure each space before you decide how you’ll fit your espresso machine into the mix. Make sure you leave at least a couple of inches between appliances so you can remove them to clean the countertops underneath and the machines themselves. You’ll also want to factor in space to hold accessories that you use often for each appliance.
- Choose Your Machine
Try out a few arrangements before you decide where your espresso machine will go. When you have your measurements, you’ll be ready to choose your machine and after you do, you’re not going to want to go through all of this again when the machine arrives. Make sure it will fit by being sure the arrangement you have is the one you want. You’ll find that there are many different kinds of machines, including compact versions that can fit in smaller kitchen spaces.
- Don’t Forget to Decorate!
Part of rearranging is adding your own personality and style to the space and this is the perfect opportunity to do so. You’ll see your espresso machine sitting on your counter looking shiny and beautiful and you’ll be compelled to spruce up the rest of the space. Try adding some wall art, a cute novelty spoon holder, mug tree, or other decorative item that is also practical. You’ll be able to add to the style of your kitchen while creating more function.
- Set Up Maintenance Areas
Anyone who uses their kitchen on a regular basis knows that it gets messy fast. Cut down on your cleaning time by setting up areas that make maintenance easier. You’ll find that some parts of your new machine require careful cleaning and regular maintenance will prolong the life of the machine, as well as other appliances in your kitchen. Use hanging shelves on cabinet doors, basins that can be filled with warm sudsy water and placed next to the sink, and clean, dry areas to store replacement sponges and cleaning brushes. By making these items easily accessible, you’ll find that cleaning goes a lot faster and you won’t end up making more of a mess while you’re trying to get things done.
Enjoy The Boost of Espresso
The benefits of owning your own espresso machine far outweigh the extra work it might take to rearrange things in your kitchen. You’ll get a quick boost whenever you’d like and learn all about gourmet coffee. The experience of espresso is much different than the product of the average coffee maker and you’ll discover this on the first day you install yours. Enjoy inviting friends over and serving espresso, pouring it over ice for a refreshing treat, and adding things like ice cream or chocolate syrup to your drink in the way that you desire. Once you’ve rearranged your kitchen to make the proper room for your new machine, you’ll have the ease of motion and happy results of espresso drinks however and whenever you want to enjoy them.
That first cup you pour in the morning is what gets your day started. It’s the fuel that makes your morning feel good and the jump that kicks you into high gear. While these are wonderful aspects of your favorite hot beverage, you may have forgotten that your cappuccino machine can do a lot more than just help you get on your way to work or give you the energy to make sure the kids get to school on time. There’s more to coffee than a good jolt. Remember the best things about beautiful coffee and learn to enjoy it in all of its glory.
- Fill Your Kitchen With the Aroma
A cappuccino machine gives you a beverage that’s better than the average cup of coffee. As your drink brews, stand in the kitchen and breathe in the aroma of your gourmet experience. It’ll be like the appetizer before an amazing meal, priming your taste buds for what is to come. Enjoy this part of the process instead of leaving the room and doing something else while your cappuccino is being created.
- Enjoy the Benefits of Mega Antioxidants
If you’ve never heard about the antioxidant properties of coffee before, now is the time to learn. Drinking two or three cups of cappuccino, which is made with espresso, each day can boost your immune system and help you beat a cold, strengthen your resolve, and simply put your body in order. The boost you’ll get is more than caffeine.
- Lighten Your Stress
That aroma you filled your kitchen with while you let your cappuccino machine work can be enough to decrease your stress levels. Drinking cappuccino, from the look of it to the taste, texture, and desired temperature, can bring your mood out of the deepest doldrums. When you come home from a long day at work, you know the day ahead of you will be hard, or you need something to get you over the mid-day slump, drink a cappuccino and feel your day get better with every sip.
- Pay More Attention
Did you know that the espresso in your cappuccino can help you focus? Your cappuccino machine can chase away the fog in your brain when you’re having “one of those days.” If your lack of focus is due to a condition, there are studies that have shown coffee can help this symptom, along with a host of others. Of course, downing cup after cup can make you jittery, but with some moderation, cappuccino can give you the tools you need to be more productive.
- Get More Calcium
Cappuccino is often thought of as coffee but really it’s made with a base of espresso that has a layer of milk that has been heated underneath a layer of pure foam. Unlike the average latte, the milk in this drink has not been steamed to the point of near vaporization. There is heated milk in it as well, giving you a little extra calcium every time you fire up your cappuccino machine for a boost.
- Work Out Harder
You can have your coffee and work out too! Some people may tell you that it’s unwise to drink coffee before or after a workout because it can cause dehydration. While this could happen, it’s really only likely if you’re drinking a hot beverage. Shake up your cappuccino with some ice and you’ll find that you get a great boost before and/or after you work up a sweat at the gym. Refresh yourself with a delicious drink that makes you happy with this simple step.
- Entertain with Flair
Spruce up every party and gathering by serving the amazing looking and tasting beverages made by your cappuccino machine. It won’t take much extra work to turn your event into one that everyone remembers when you hand out cappuccino at the end of a meal instead of passing around a coffee pot. You can even learn to pour designs in your foam or add garnishes that make your drinks look better than anyone imagined. Cater to themes or simply serve it as is to give your next event a memorable flair.
- Find New Experiences
There are different kinds of espresso that you can put into your cappuccino machine and each one will give you a different result when you brew your drink. Experiment with different flavors, strengths, and roasts to find new experiences in coffee you love. There are also different kinds of milk you can use besides cow’s milk. Try coconut milk, almond milk, or goat’s milk for a new taste and texture. Mix and match and you might discover that there’s a cappuccino drink out there you enjoy more than anything you could get in a café.
Discover Your Perfect Machine
If you don’t already have a cappuccino machine, you’ll be happy to learn that there is a model out there for everyone. The choice really depends on what you want from your machine, how much time you’re willing to spend on making your cappuccino, and how much autonomy you’d like to have when it comes to constructing your drinks. A fully automatic machine will do everything for you and usually requires much less maintenance than other machines. A gourmet model can deliver the kind of cappuccino you’ll only find in the cafes you never want to spend your money to enter. You can also choose something that is compact and fits in a smaller kitchen where there isn’t much counter space. Whichever machine you choose, it is important that you take a little time to check out all the features it has to offer, the kind of maintenance it requires, and what kind of customer service is available if you run into trouble. It only takes a little bit of research for you to be able to enjoy all the benefits of your perfect machine for many years to come.
Your time is valuable and there is no reason why you should have to spend precious minutes of it standing in a line at a coffee shop waiting for your next latte. Your home machine can make all the drinks you love without you ever having to step foot outside your kitchen in the morning. Learn a few easy tops and soon you’ll be adding a dollop of whipped topping exactly the way you want it to garnish a drink made specifically for you.
- Know Your Foam
When you order a latte, the steamed milk on top is often referred to as foam but not all foam is the same. You could be looking for milk that was simmered, that is just beginning to bubble, or that has been all the way steamed until it looks light as air. Learning how to foam your own milk is as simple as heating up some milk. Use a saucepan with high sides and start the heat low. Note how the milk looks in its different stages and how long it takes to get to the consistency you want it. There’s a bit of trial and error involved but once you get there you’ll know how to get it right quickly every time. You can also purchase one of many different kinds of steamers that will steam your milk to the consistency you like in even less time than it will take to use the stove.
- Get Acquainted with Temperature
Most people like their coffee hot and some people like their coffee super hot, lukewarm, or iced. There are many different types of home machines and if you’re particular about the temperature of your coffee, you can find a gourmet model that can help you regulate the temperature of the coffee that comes out of your machine. You’ll have the drink of your choice steaming hot, icy cold, or somewhere in between whenever the mood strikes.
- Experiment with Add Ins
Have you ever been behind someone in line at the coffee house and heard someone order a half-caf-extra hot-light foam-soy-mocha latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon, one pump of raspberry, and no whip? You wonder what exactly that is, how it might taste, or if all of those words are really necessary. With a home machine, you can experiment with these kinds of add ins without having to deliver a mouthful to a barista with a dozen people behind you on line. Sprinkle some cinnamon into your coffee grounds, try a pinch of nutmeg, or add dried fruit or chocolate shavings. Many stores or online distributors will even deliver samples of flavored syrup for you to try if you ask for them.
- Get a Little Creative
Coffee can be beautiful and not just in the way it tastes and smells. Once you learn about foam and milk steamers, you can learn about making art in your foam the same way that the café does. Of course this type of garnish is not exactly needed to make your drink better but ambiance can make a world of difference in the way you start your day. Imagine looking down into your morning (or afternoon or evening) jolt and seeing a pretty design instead of just coffee and milk. It’s almost as fun to make as it is to drink and your guests will be in awe when you serve this coffee at the table.
- Branch Out
Your own signature drink is waiting for you to create it and your home machine is the best tool you have to do so. Name the drinks you discover, post pictures and recipes on your social media pages, and become the gourmet coffee mogul among your friends. Start with the drinks you already know and learn to make them at home and then branch out to create your own masterpiece.
- Don’t Forget to Top it Off
This term usually refers to adding more coffee to that which has gone cold or topping off what’s in your cup to get rid of the last of the pot. In this case, we’re talking about the garnish. There is foam and whipped topping, of course, but there are other ways to top off your coffee drinks that give them a special touch. Try a curl of chocolate shaving, some crushed almonds or walnuts, or dried berries to adorn the top of your foamy beverage. Do something a little different to make your day better every time you turn on your home machine.
- Coffee Variety
There’s more to making gourmet coffee than the milk you steam and the garnishes with which you top off each drink. The different types of coffee you use can also make a difference in the finished product that comes out of your home machine. Try the different varieties of coffee from a bold French roast to an Italian blend or a light blonde coffee. It’s likely there are many out there that you’ve never even heard of and each one has its own flavor and strength that you may or may not enjoy.
Share Your Love of Coffee
In addition to using your home machine to making drink discoveries that you share online, you can also have a coffee party where everyone comes to try out your creations in person. Set your table with themed plates and cups, add some candles, and put it all on top of a nice tablecloth. Your friends and family will be happy to spend a day trying out a new coffee experience without having to deal with the lines and high price of a coffee shop. Use tiny cups to make samples of your drinks and pass out recipe booklets so your friends can treat you the next time you’re at their house too. Together, you can share your love of coffee and use its beautiful taste and aroma to have the best party you’ve ever thrown.
When you’ve been with someone for a long time, the idea of date night can become monotonous but you can use your very own espresso machine to spice up your next date night and make it something your significant other won’t forget. Use these suggestions to create a coffee date at home that might be sweet, romantic, or relaxing. Find out how you won’t have to leave the house or wait in endless lines on date night to have a memorable evening.
- The After Hours Sweet Night In
Not everyone with a career has the chance to leave the office early on Friday night and head home for a date with their favorite person. When you’re stuck working late, plan a night at home baking cupcakes, watching your favorite movies, and wrapping it all up with espresso that keeps you awake to enjoy it all no matter how late you end up getting home.
- Sunday Brunch at Home
For a long time, brunch was the trendy thing to do but now there aren’t too many people out there who want to go out for the breakfast/lunch combo after sleeping in until noon. You and your significant other can bring brunch home with your espresso machine as the star player. Cook your favorite foods or order in and add the café experience to your breakfast/lunch combo to have a brunch that’s even better than the brunch you used to know.
- The Gourmet Coffee Experience
Turn your kitchen table into a gourmet experience if you’re lucky enough to own a gourmet espresso machine and the right coffee beans. Head over to your local bakery, find some beautiful pastries, and set your table to complete the ambiance. Pull out the good china, use cloth napkins, and light some candles to have a gourmet coffee date that costs less than going out and will still wow your significant other.
- Espresso Picnic on the Patio
Nothing will make your patio picnic better than some iced espresso blended with ingredients that create a dessert you’ll love. The view takes care of itself when you have a nice breeze and a pretty day. You can bring the creation from your espresso machine to a private picnic on your own patio or you can take it with you to the park and enjoy the wonders of nature along with the beautiful person at your side.
- The Perfect First Act
You might not want to stay home all night and that’s okay. Your espresso machine can provide the perfect first act to your night out, giving you a boost to get out the door and a delicious few minutes alone with your significant other before you leave. Enjoy an espresso while you’re getting ready for a big night out together and relish in the aroma and taste of this quick boost. Have the perfect first act and then dance the rest of the night away!
- Game Night Revival
If you have kids at home and you can’t find someone to watch them while you go out, enjoy a night in and let your espresso machine give you the energy to revive the idea of game night. You won’t have to trudge through board games when you have the luxury of as much espresso as you need to take you through the night. Infuse new life into the fun you have with your kids and bring back the tradition of real connections on a special night with the family. Add a twist like theme decorations or costumes to make the night even better and bring a nostalgic touch to your time together.
- Let the World Fall Away
Fill your home with the smell of espresso and settle in with the one you love, your favorite hot beverage, relaxing music, and a few good books. Let the world fall away and use your home machine to have a night of reading, conversation, and no one else in the world but the two of you. Instead of the hustle and bustle of a café in the bookstore, create the same environment in the comfort of your own home.
- Home for Lunch Date
The busiest of us can sometimes even have trouble finding a couple hours free in the evening but you can have a lunch date at home complete with espresso to beat that mid day slump. Enjoy lunch at home with your sweetheart and have a cup of espresso to top it off. Make your busy day a happy day by taking just a few moments to have lunch in a place you love with a person you love.
Observe Proper Maintenance of Your Home Machine
Owning your own machine can be great fun but if your machine dies out quickly, that will be the end of the creative coffee dates you worked so hard to make. Observing proper maintenance will ensure that your machine keeps running for years to come and you’ll be able to make the drinks you love. All it takes is a few minutes a day to keep your machine maintained. Read the users’ manual or call customer service to find out the best ways to clean and how you should maintain your machine.
Learn to Make Espresso Right
The best way to make your coffee dates at home the best they can be is to learn how to use your home machine correctly. Teach yourself about making espresso and find out how you can add to your coffee beans before they’re brewed and give each drink a gourmet touch that is even more special than anything you’ll find in a café. Before you know it, you’ll be giving the baristas a run for their money and impressing your love with the skills you have to make coffee beautiful.