coffee cart + lattes at home
for a long time i've wanted to create a little coffee cart for in my home. i finally made my dream coffee cart into a reality a couple years ago & don't know why i never really shared it. it's super adorable and can be moved around to any part of the house since it has wheels (which is nice because i like to rearrange and sometimes have to for babyproofing reasons). i found this white little cart at ikea for an awesome price and knew it was a perfect alternative to the absurdly expensive bar carts i'd had my eye on. i also started to have an interest in latte art last year. i didn't think it was possible to make any quality latte art with home equipment, but i decided to try anyway. at first i was terrible at it but i eventually got a lot better. i'm no expert now, but i can make some cute little designs in my lattes and have a lot of fun with it. anyway, i made a little video of my current routine for making coffee when i want something a little more fancy than a simple cup of drip coffee and i thought i'd share my process! i don't have an espresso machine because, let's face it, i'm cheap...so this is based around what i have on hand.
what you'll need:
- a minipresso (or a moka pot is what i used before i bought this)
- milk (i use whole milk most of the time, but 2% works just fine too)
- small saucepan
- thermometer (for getting your milk to the ideal temperature, but you might be fine without it)
- milk foamer (i have one specifically for foaming milk that i got on amazon, but a french press works too)
- coffee (freshly roasted & ground finely is best)
- coffee grinder
- tea pot
start by grinding your coffee beans on a pretty fine grind. i can't remember specifically how fine, but whatever you're using to pull your shot should have instructions on how to get your best coffee. heat your milk on a medium heat to 65 degrees C/150 degrees F or so. boil water for your espresso. follow the instructions for your coffee maker. for me, i add in boiling water and my ground coffee and then pump the little lever until no more coffee comes out. i like it to be a little bit sweet, so i stir in some sugar. foam your milk by pumping the handle of a milk foamer or french press. you really only need to do it for like 15 seconds or so, you don't want it too be too stiff of a foam. transfer your heated foamed milk to a pitcher with a pinched spout for easier pouring, and do your best latte art. i don't have many tips for this part because it's tricky and i definitely don't have it down pat. but i always bang the pitcher on the counter to get the bubbles out, and then do a combination of swirling the milk in a circle and swishing the milk back and forth to create two sort of humps in the milk. start by pouring higher and swirling at the same time, then bring the pitcher close to the surface of the coffee and finish by moving the pitcher back and forth and then dragging the last stream of milk through your design. none of this probably makes any sense, but i've watched a bunch of youtube videos to try to figure it out, so you could just do the same. bask in the glory of your art (no matter how it looks) and sit down to relax with your delicious latte.
Here’s my little video too, if you’re interested in seeing the process. I literally made myself a little cardboard pocket, taped it to the bottom of a cupboard, and put my phone in it to record my videos. No shame.
minipresso (it was only $38 when i bought it, so the price could drop back down)
milk foamer (i'm not sure if this is the exact one i have or not, but it looks the same. a french press should work essentially the same way though)
kettle (this isn't the exact same one but it has the long spout. a normal kettle will be fine)