Knock boxes are like the middle child of the espresso world-- we'd never give them second thought unless they went missing. Perhaps this is a little harsh to readers with older and younger siblings, but the take home is knock boxes serve an essential purpose but are generally overlooked. They're well worth the investment if you're not already using one.
When I was younger, I was so anxious about ordering coffee because I had no idea what words like latte and cappuccino meant. And what is espresso? Instead of ordering a coffee drink that looked too complicated to even think about brewing at home, I would just order a simple cup of black coffee. Even after looking up these coffee drinks online, I couldn’t remember what they were, and I especially had trouble understanding espressos. So What is Espresso?
You may not be a professional, but every home barista should have at least one frothing pitcher handy.These stainless steel containers are a necessity for using the steam wand on your espresso machine to froth milk. Whether you’re making a latte, cappuccino or any other milk-based drink, it all starts with frothing. This process adds air to the milk and accentuates the drink’s flavor. Frothing pitchers come in two forms: one with a handle adjacent to the pitcher and
Normally I’m not a fan of capsule-based espresso machines, but the Nespresso CitiZ (pronounced “cities”) is the exception. This stunning-looking machine produces superb espresso without much fuss or hassle. Preparing an espresso shot is as easy as inserting a Nespresso pod and pressing a button. It’s perfect if you want consistently good espresso and don’t want to bother with grinding coffee and setting up the machine. Like any cartridge-based machine, however, there are a few caveats.