Ode to My Bialetti, or… Latte, anyone?

Bialetti Stove-Top Espresso Maker

Bialetti Stove-top Espresso Maker

I love my Bialetti! Some time ago, I was watching Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network, and she used a nifty stove-top espresso maker from Italy by Bialetti. It stuck in my head until one day last fall I was standing in line at Peet’s and my gaze fell to a display of Bialetti espresso makers – ah ha! I grabbed one along with a pound of Peet’s Major Dickason’s blend (and the free latte that comes with purchasing a pound of coffee – I love that!). With my Bialetti and Aerolatte frothing wand, I’ve been contentedly making creamy, foamy lattes in the comfort of my own kitchen ever since. I still enjoy a latte out – sometimes it’s just nice to have someone else make it for you! But for an everyday “treat”, I love these homemade lattes – and they’re easy!

Latte Equipment Deconstructed

Latte Equipment Deconstructed

The Bialetti unscrews into top and bottom pieces. Add water to the bottom piece, add coffee to the filter basket and drop that into the bottom piece, screw on the top and put in on the stove-top to percolate for a few minutes. In the meantime, heat some milk – I use a Pyrex measuring cup and the microwave – and then froth it up with the Aerolatte wand.

Frothing Milk

Frothing the Milk!

There are a couple of tricks to getting a good froth – don’t get the milk too hot and just froth the top inch or so. By the time the milk is heated and frothed, the coffee is ready. Pour some coffee into a cup, add some milk (holding back the foam with a spoon, just like a real barista) and then top it off with the foam – voila! A hot creamy treat made exactly how I like it for a lot less than $3.00 – clever girl.

Finished Latte

Latte, anyone?


Cheers,
Cathy

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12 Responses to “Ode to My Bialetti, or… Latte, anyone?”

  1. Sally says:

    You totally sold me! I want that and that nifty foamer you used. Thanks Cathy! You just saved me a ton of money. Can I get both of those at Peet’s?

  2. Cathy says:

    I got the Aerolatte at Bed, Bath and Beyond (around $20) – the Bialetti at Peet’s (around $35). Thanks, Sally!

  3. Rosemary says:

    Nice demo and photos! I recently saw a stovetop espresso maker at Thursday Morning for under $10.

  4. Cathy says:

    Wow – that’s a steal. I hope you grabbed it!

  5. Dan says:

    I had one but killed it by running it through the dishwasher. Now I like my Aeroccino from Nespresso much better. It’s different (milk frothing only) but es muy bueno:

    http://www.surlatable.com/gs/nespresso-aeroccino-2.shtml

  6. Mary Walker says:

    Great demo and pics on the latte! I’ll look for my invitation in the mail. And, dare I say thanks a latte…

  7. Cathy says:

    You’re a clever girl, too!

  8. Ann Marie says:

    On my way out the door to by one of those Aerolatte things!

  9. Sally says:

    Gave this to my hubby for his birthday this weekend (Valentine’s baby, do I here a collective “Ahhhh!)

    It was a huge success! I can’t even tell you how happy we both are in the morning as we popped out of bed and looked forward to our cafe-like creation. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention. Besides the awesome coffee I never thought I could make foam like that at home. I bought both at Peet’s. Bialetti 34.95 and the frother 9.95.

  10. Diana says:

    Does this mean you are actually drinking coffee regularly? I am in LOVE with Eat Bake Love.

  11. Cathy says:

    Yes – daily coffee, for better or worse – as long as it’s a latte. I’m still not drinking straight coffee, but give it a little time! Thanks for loving Bake~Eat~Love – it’s a labor of love!! Thanks, Diana!

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