According to Wiwipedia, “The word barista is of Italian origin, and in Italian, a barista is a male or female “bartender“, who typically works behind a counter, serving both hot drinks (such as espresso), and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, not a coffee-maker specifically.”
Okay, so I’m not a BARISTA, but I do enjoy coffee…a lot. My typical way to start the day is with a general mild to moderate wake-up morning blend.
Once I’m alert and going about my day, I reach out for more exciting flavors to tickle my taste buds. I live in South Florida and thrive on Cuban coffees. My favorite when I want something sweet is Cafe Con Leche, which is a sweet Cuban espresso mixed with milk. When I’m in a strong but sweet mood, I order a cafecito or Cafe Cubano, which is espresso brewed with sugar to be very sweet. Yummmm.
Switch the scene to my kitchen. Last year I bought a Keurig Mini to make single serve cups of coffee (I’m the ONLY coffee drinker in my home). I love this brewer for basic brews and a few flavors, such as French Vanilla, Donut House, and Caribou. HOWEVER, I’ve been itching to expand my repertoire to cappuccinos (espresso, hot milk, and steamed foam froth), lattes (espresso with steamed milk), and macchiatos (espresso stained with a bit of milk foam). Hmmm. Gotta love some of those fancy layered drinks with espresso and hot foamy milk.
Sooooooo, yesterday I purchased a Bosch brewer that was on a major sale at BB&B (think 20% off, big rebate, and other credits I had). When all is said and done, my $169.99 brewer cost me only $65. Not bad for something that is sooooo much fun and satifying my craving of the moment.
I brewed my first cup a while ago…Skinny Cappuccino. My review is: I love, love, love my Bosch for specialty coffee…and My Keurig Mini for everyday, go-to-work beverages. The best of both worlds!