La Bialetti Vita

One of the most common questions I get while standing behind our commercial espresso machine is,  "How do I get one of these?" When I tell them the price tag they change their tune. Fear not friends there is a way to create espresso at home without a $10,000 machine. It won't be quite the same but for $20-$30 you too can make espresso at home.

Behold the Moka Express 

Behold the Moka Express 

Bialetti has been an Italian classic since 1919. It is a double chamber pressure system divided by a filter. A funnel sits in the bottom chamber. You fill the bottom chamber with water, and the funnel with fine (not too fine) ground coffee. You twist the bottom chamber into the top. Place the moka express onto the stove heat on a medium high setting.  The water in the bottom will start to boil and begin to percolate to the top chamber. When you no longer hear the water splashing around, turn off the heat, open the lid and you will discover black gold. 

Just like magic!

Just like magic!

What? What's that you say? "But Hayley I want to steam milk. I want to make cappuccino, and lattes.." Don't worry boo I got you! 

All you need is an aerolatte- a battery operated wand frother. You can pick one up for around $20 at any home furnishing store. 

If  you want to make yourself a latte or a cappuccino you only need to heat your milk or dairy alternative, then froth the liquid. Brew your coffee in you moka express. Once the coffee is brewed add your espresso to your favorite cup, then add your frothed milk. It may be awhile before you get your portions right for how you like your coffee to milk ratio. Personally I like a smaller amount of volume, I generally use an 8 ounce cup or sometimes even a 6 ounce cup. I pour 1-1.5 ounces of coffee and the rest milk.