By now we can all agree that Starbucks is very expensive, no matter what your perspective is. There is also another element that I find extremely troubling. The amount of time that it takes to get your order ready, it doesn't matter if it is a single espresso or a double mochaccino, non fat milk with double swirl and so on....( for those of you that visited any European bar or coffee, you know what I mean....) There are a lot of excellent alternatives to your coffee house membership cards. Some of the new coffee machines that you can buy for your house are very nice. They look good in their design and they make excellent cappuccinos. However, if you are not willing to spend $ 500 or more, chances are that in the long run you won't be happy. I 'd like to propose a valid alternative that, I think, gives you excellent results and doesn't break your bank.
You will need to go to Amazon, or your vendor of choice and purchase:
1 Aerolatte Milk Frother, Sating finish By Aerolatte $ 14
1 Bialetti Moka express 3 cups espresso maker $25
Ground coffee of you choice ( I prefer prepackaged vacuum sealed Lavazza)
You are also going to need a stainless steel milk frothing pitcher. You can find them at any hardware store or Target.
First of all read directions on how to make espresso with your new Moka machine. It's not very complicated, and once you get the hang of it ,it will come easier and easier everyday. If you are a coffee drinker, you will definitively enjoy the strong , full flavor of coffee that this small wonder produces !
For a nice cappuccino, fill you porcelain ( not paper please !) mug to a level that you please , not more than a half though, otherwise you won't have much space left for your milk and froth. On the stainless pitcher, warm up the milk at your liking. I suggest that you don't make it too warm, it should be a pleasant moment of your day, not a torture! Once the milk is ready , insert the Aerolatte inside and watch the nice froth fill up the pitcher. Once the froth is ready, pour the milk in the mug where the coffee is, holding back the froth with a spoon, just to add the froth on the top. You can add more milk or more froth, it depends how you like it.
I hope you enjoy this idea and give me some feedback !