You’ve just gotten back from an amazing trip to Italy. The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes are fresh in your mind.
You just don’t want it to end.
The easiest way to keep the Dolce Vita going is to incorporate Italian culture into your home. Drinking a creamy espresso to start the day is ideal.
In this article, we’ll go over some ways to make excellent coffee in the Italian way. Start your day off like an Italian and everything else will fall into place.
Start with great coffee
If you spent more than one day in Italy you no doubt got quickly immersed in Italian coffee culture.
What makes it so good, though? Two things. The quality of the coffee beans and espresso machines.
If you’re going to make the best coffee at home it starts right there. You’ll need to buy the best beans from excellent coffee roasters. You have to be very picky here.
Don’t go for what is cheap. Go for what is fresh. If you have a local coffee roaster go to them. They probably have a very dark espresso roast, but if they don’t ask them for it. Going local is better than buying imported roast Italian coffee.
Get an actual espresso machine
I know you want to use one of the capsules thinking it’s the same thing. Get an actual espresso machine. They do range in price so you’ll need to read some espresso machine reviews to find the right machine for you.
Once you’ve zeroed in on the right one, then you’ll need to learn how to use it. There is a learning curve, but with practice, you’ll nail the perfect espresso just the way you like it.
You may even want to have a machine that froths the milk for that creamy cappuccino to start your day.
Use good water
Another reason that Italian coffee tastes so good is that they don’t chlorinate their water. You’ll need to use a filter to not only remove chlorine but remove the chloramine from your water. Chloramine is usually not caught by many filters so using a water pitcher filter won’t cut it.
Grind it fresh
Use whole beans and grind them yourself just before brewing. Try to resist the temptation to grind the beans ahead of time to save time. You’ll lose the essential oils that create that lovely crema on top of the espresso.
Skip the sugar
You may want to start drinking your coffee without any sugar. If you’ve been following the blog you know I love to do sugar detox once in a while. Which means going without the sweetener in your coffee.
Do not, I repeat do not go with an artificial sweetener for your espresso. You’ve put in the time and expense to make a perfect coffee so don’t ruin it with aspartame. Just get used to drinking it without in true Italian fashion!