Better than a Barista – How to Make the Perfect Latte at Home

August 24, 2017Allison Murray
Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of De’Longhi. All opinions are my own.

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

Here is a  truth for you… I love the rain so long as I can watch it from inside of my cozy office window. Make me run around town and get errands done in the rain and I’m a super upset hot mess. If I have a doctor’s appointment or some such thing and the forecast calls for rain I am this mopey, awful thing because I just hate getting out in the rain. 

Right now, for instance, I’m sitting at my computer typing this business up and it’s pouring outside. It had been a bit gray behind the house and I had really, really hoped it meant rain, but so often it doesn’t mean much of anything. Once I heard that sound of the first drops hitting the vent over the stove in the kitchen, you know, that brilliant “ping” sound, I was over the moon. I ran into the kitchen to make a hot latte and here I sit typing, sipping and enjoying the inclement weather. It’s a beautiful thing, guys :)

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Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

I love my rain and I love my coffee and if I do have to run to town in the wet I almost always console myself with a drive thru for a hot beverage at a tune of around $6. Add in a snack and I’ve just blown a good $10 for a little bit of comfort. It’s expensive, I’m cheap and yet I can totally convince myself that this one little luxury is worth it. And it always has been until now.

After getting back from a hectic few months I found a big box sitting on my office desk. I knew what was in it but, in all honesty, I was pissy and I didn’t feel like trying to learn how to use another fancy coffee machine. You see a few years ago I got myself this killer espresso machine with a milk steamer built in and all of that business and it was so. much. work. It took forever to figure out how to use it, I had coffee grinds freaking everywhere and I gave myself a good number of steam burns before that business was shoved out into the garage sale pile. 

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

But then one day I ran out of my convenient little pre-made coffee drinks and the only way I was going to get caffeinated was by opening up that box containing my new De’Longhi Lattissima Pro. I was grumpy but I was impressed as soon as I opened that box when I noticed that it wouldn’t take up much more space than my toaster. I pulled down my old, now seemingly ginormous, convenient coffee maker off of the counter and smiled at how little this new guy.

I cleaned the machine and put it together as the directions told me to and then I made my first ever amazing latte at home. And it was truly so amazing, guys. The first sip of that homemade latte had perfect amount of milk, a shot of espresso that was rich and creamy and perfect and just a tiny bit of super frothy foam on top heard me instantly say “I love this thing.” Yes, I decided I love him. And I decided like any good barista, he needed a name. I’d like to introduce you to Jeff, my new Lattissima Pro :)

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

Jeff makes me the perfect latte almost every single day now, and I have to admit that since his un-boxing I haven’t purchased one fancy coffee drink from any shop anywhere. And while this machine is definitely an investment up front, I love and use mine so much that I’m saving big $$$ by saying goodbye to my barista and, by my estimation, it won’t take that long to break even. 

Let me run through my little morning coffee routine real quickly with a few of my favorite things about this machine as we go along… I pick out a Nespresso pod, typically one of the darkest, strongest roasts like the Kazaar or the Dharkan, or even a Arpeggio Decaffeinato if I’m already antsy that morning and pop it into the machine.

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

These little pods are aluminum so when the machine operates it pushes on the grounds just like in a barista operated espresso machine. With the push of a button the coffee that comes out is rich and creamy and absolute perfection. 

If, like me, you prefer milky coffee beverages you simply fill the included container with skim or 2% milk and open a little door and pop the canister in place and 3 new drink options become available including steamed milk, cappuccino and latte macchiato. If you’re wondering, the difference between a cappuccino and a latte macchiato it’s the ratio of milk to coffee that makes them different. A cappuccino contains equal parts of milk, espresso and milky foam. A latte is a much milkier drink, the term latte macchiato actually means stained milk, in fact, containing more steamed milk and less foam.

My very perfect brew is to tap the latte macchiato button once followed by another tap, this time on the cappuccino button for a perfectly milky brew that far surpasses the last handful of barista drinks I’ve purchased. Once I’ve made my coffee I follow the machine’s prompts to clean the milk container and then I pop it into the fridge and maybe top it off if the supply is getting low.

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

One of my favorite things about this machine is that when a pod has been used I don’t have to either fish the freaking hot thing out or worry about it molding inside of the machine when I forget about it after making a coffee before heading out of town for a few weeks. Once my coffee brew is through I pull open the little lever and the pod pops down into a container that will easily hold 15 of these guys ready to be recycled (remember they’re aluminum?) so I don’t have to worry about. Perhaps it’s a little thing for most but this is a HUGE thing for me!

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

Ooh, nice coffee brewed in a pretty clear mug so I can visually appreciate my beverage it’s time to get breakfast on. And today I paired the Indriya pod, made with coffee from India that features a strong and delightfully spicy brew in my latte/cappuccino method with a coastal omelette and a broiled grapefruit.

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

Perhaps you’ve never had an omelette with shrimp and, if that’s the case, you’re totally missing out! I start out whipping up the base of my omelette with 3 eggs, a splash of garlic salt and about a teaspoon of chives. Fresh is best but dried in the pantry keeps longer!

Once it’s time to fill up this puppy I toss in cream cheese, shrimp (without the tails) and a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of fresh avocado slices. Once cooked through I like to serve it with a sweetly broiled grapefruit. The creamy coastal omelette perfectly meets with the spicy, peppery notes of my Indriya brew and the sweet and sour nature of the grapefruit is the perfect counterpoint to all of that smooth, creamy milk and foam. 

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$! 

I am not going to lie. This trio is literally the most perfect breakfast brunch combination I can possibly imagine and I gobbled that business up like there’s no tomorrow!

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

At the end of the day I have honestly decided that Jeff, my new De’Longhi Lattissima Pro, is one of my favorite things in this entire house. It couldn’t be any easier to use and it’s a breeze to keep clean. He’s saving me money with his home brewed awesomeness and he doesn’t snicker when he sees how much sugar I take in my coffee :) 

Want to learn more? Check out De’Longhi USA or if you’re Canadian, De’Longhi has got you covered over here. Check out the different flavors of pods they offer and see the different coffee machines available to make your morning brew the best for you!

Better than a barista! Make the perfect latte (or any coffee, for that matter) at home! Say goodbye to your barista and save $$$!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of De’Longhi. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Comments (1)

  • MEAl5

    September 5, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Great ide, thanks so much!

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