I have a major coffee addiction, specifically non-fat triple-shot vanilla lattes 🙂 I used to go and buy a vanilla latte every. single. morning. That is until three years ago when Mars bought me an espresso machine for my birthday!!!!! (fueling my latte addiction) This DeLonghi espresso machine has been hands down the best damn gift I have ever received! I use it every single morning to make Mars and myself a latte and then again later in the day for a little afternoon pick-me-up.
Since our house is so small and we have limited counter space in the kitchen I thought a coffee/bar cart would be the perfect solution. I got the cart at Ikea a few years ago. Super cheap and I just spray painted the silver metal pieces gold once I got it put together. While I say this is the coffee cart, it really is multi-functional. Coffee cart, bar cart, extra storage? Basically a little bit of everything but it all works!
The espresso machine specifically is seriously magical. Makes the perfect crema (although you do need to make sure your beans are ground to the right coarseness to ensure the ideal crema 🙂 ) and steams the milk quickly with a nice froth. You can use whatever coffee beans you like, I typically use the Starbucks Espresso roast whole beans (Mars’ Dad is recently retired from working for Starbucks Corp., specially Tazo Tea, so he gives us bags of coffee all the time!) I also used to buy the Starbucks Vanilla syrup to add to my lattes but since they stopped selling it I started making my own (I’ll post that recipe soon)! And dare I say it’s even better? I love I can have the ability to create a cafe drink in my house, whenever I want.
Basically this cart has me covered. Morning/afternoon lattes,
afternoon evening wine 🙂 and recipes to satisfy those sweet and savory cravings in between.