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Budget Barista Series: French Press

Want to start your day freshly pressed?  Then this is the coffee for you! WHAT IT IS A French press is a device for brewing coffee that involves a cylinder shaped pot and a filtering plunge. It is known by many names, including plunger pot, coffee press, coffee plunger, caffettieria a stantuffo in Italian, and catetière à piston in French.  …

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Budget Barista Series: Latte Macchiato

WHAT IT IS A latte macchiato is a dirty little drink.  Macchiare means “to dirty” or “to stain,” so a latte macchiato is milk that has been dirtied-up, so to speak, with a shot of espresso.  That is exactly how I like to dirty my milk. The beverage is made by putting steamed milk and the milk foam into a glass …

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Budget Barista Series: Espresso

Espresso is the foundation for many popular hot and cold Italian beverages, so by rights it should have gone first in my “Budget Barista Series.”  But cappuccino’s more fun, and one of my all-time favorite drinks besides, so it got top billing. WHAT IT IS The Italian cousin to Turkish coffee, espresso is strong, dark, …

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Budget Barista Series: Cappuccino

You don’t have to go to Italy to get a great cappuccino (and you don’t have to stand in line at Starbucks, either—but in keeping with the theme of this blog, I’m evoking Italy). WHAT IT IS Cappuccino is an espresso based drink, made of one-third espresso and equal parts steamed milk and foamed milk.  There are …

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