Years ago I used to be a barista and assistant manager at a Starbucks. I learned a lot about coffee and espresso. In fact before I worked for Starbucks I had never drank coffee or espresso. That didn't stop me from enjoying the process. In fact I loved making drinks! I would always make each one perfectly. I took a lot of pride in doing it correctly. Making espresso drinks is truly an art. Sadly not all baristas feel the same way I do and every time I've ordered a drink I end up disappointed. It is not entirely their fault, it is the employer's fault for not treating their employees well enough (a.k.a. paying minimum wage with no benefits etc.). I remember thinking that a cup of coffee cost more than I made an hour. I digress.
This Christmas my partner gave to me a wonderful espresso machine. I've always wanted one. Ever since I started to truly enjoy espresso drinks such as caffè lattes and macchiatos, I've dreamed of owning my own espresso machine and steamer. Honestly, it's fantastic! I never imagined it would be this great! I feel like I have so much more creative freedom. Not to mention the ability to make lattes at home! Super awesome!
If you're a coffee/espresso lover, you'll understand why I'm so psyched. If you've never had either or you think coffee is gross, this might seem silly to you. I'm here to tell you that I used to loathe coffee. It's so bitter! I didn't understand how people could drink it! Then I tried a caramel macchiato at Starbucks and my life changed forever. Okay I'm being a tad dramatic but truly, I saw coffee in a new light. Coffee is complex and takes time to appreciate. It is like wine or fine cheese, it's an acquired taste. I can tell you one thing, once you've acquired the taste, there is no going back. Next thing you know you go from drinking coffee with loads of sugar and cream (a Tim Hortons double double for instance) to cappuccinos. Delicious!
I'm definitely looking forward to making lots of delicious drinks!
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