If lockdown has meant you’ve had to curb your coffee habit, you might be missing your fancy barista coffee by now. If you’re usually a fan of a flat white, a sad instant coffee with a splash of milk just isn’t going to cut it. Luckily, there are some tricks to make barista style coffee at home.
Barista Style Coffee At Home – Black Coffee
One of the most popular, and most versatile, ways of brewing good black coffee at home is the cafetière or French Press. Immerse course coffee grounds in hot water for four minutes, with an occasional stir, and then press down the plunger. Like cold brew? Put your coffee in the cafetière with some cold water and leave it in the fridge overnight before you plunge. You can buy a french press in lots of different sizes, and you can usually pick one up cheaply online or in your local supermarket.
If you prefer a lighter black coffee, then coffee filters are the way to go. Sit a cone-shaped filter over your mug, pop in your coffee grounds, and pour over hot water. Gravity does the best for you. For cold-brew, sit the cone over ice in a jug to cool.
Barista Style Coffee At Home – Espresso
A lot of coffee shop drinks are espresso based. To make good espresso at home, you could treat yourself to a fancy coffee machine. There are lots out there that make espresso, whether you want to do things the proper way with the grounds, or make it easy with pods. Obviously, you’ll get better coffee from the fancier versions, but if you want speed and convenience, something like the Nespresso does the job. I have a Nespresso and love it.
If you don’t have an espresso machine, a far cheaper option is a moka pot. A moka pot is a stovetop espresso maker with three chambers. Boiling water turns to steam in the bottom section, filters through ground coffee in the middle, and produces strong coffee in the top.
Barista Style Coffee At Home – Frothy Milk
If you want proper steamed milk, you’ll need a steamer. You can buy a posh coffee machine with a steaming wand, or you can buy a separate electric heated milk frother like Nespresso’s Aeroccino, which does the hard work for you.
If you don’t have a steamer, you can make frothy milk in a cafetière. Put hot or cold milk into the cafetière, and plump the plunger for one minute. The more milk you use, the easier it will be to froth. Try frothing the milk cold, and then heating it in the microwave to stabilise the foam.
Barista Style Coffee At Home – Flavoured Coffee
You can buy coffee syrups in most supermarkets now, or you can find them online. It’s pretty easy to find the same brands as your favourite coffee shop, or you can try cheaper own-brand options.
If you don’t have any syrups in, you can flavour your coffee with a little vanilla or almond extract, or a pinch of cinnamon.
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