Coffee plays an integral role in our lives. My parents were never coffee drinkers, but that didn’t hold me back from starting at an early age.
My wife and I both enjoy our espresso beverages, but having one daily each can really add up. When you calculate the cost over a year, it’s easy to justify the cost of a good quality home espresso maker and grinder. Here is an overview of our at-home setup:
- Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
- Upgraded Commercial Steam Wand ( Rancilio )
- Baratza Virtuoso Grinder
- BonaVita Temperature Controlled Gooseneck Kettle
- Friis 16-ounce “Coffee Vault” Storage Canister
- Motta Tamper
- Toroid 20-ounce Froth Pitcher
Typically I opt for an americano in the morning, which is where the Bonavita Kettle comes in handy. My wife enjoys her latte’s and the difference in having the Rancilio steam wand is notable. It takes a little more practice to get used to but it allows you to produce a much more predictable microfoam that makes for a smoother froth.
Depending on the beans, the quality of coffee we get from this home setup is at least equal to, if not considerably better than anything one can pick up at Starbucks.