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Ode to My Bialetti, or… Latte, anyone?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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?