Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goal #8 COMPLETE: World's Best Cup of Coffee

Another goal checked off my Project 101 in 1001 list. Read about my journey here.  

Goal #8 COMPLETE: Learn how to use the espresso machine

I married a true baristia if there ever was one. Devin loves coffee - the taste, the smell, the awakening effect. He loves making drinks at our home for visiting friends as well as the social ambiance of coffee houses. He's worked in the coffee industry for over five years and that man can make some delicious coffee drinks! Which is a talent that I may have taken slight advantage of over the past fifteen months of our marriage. Because honestly - when my choices are 1) Get up early and brew a pot of coffee and add cream and sugar or 2) Have your wonderfully talented hubby home-make your most favorite coffee drink in the whole entire wide world (toffee nut latte with whip) - well, I think it is pretty clear which one I would prefer. 

As much as I love this selfless act of service from my husband, I knew that sometimes I abused the privilege due to my deranged need for delicious coffee drinks. So, I figured it was high time I learned to use our espresso machine and make my own stinkin' coffee drinks every once in a blue moon for cryin' out loud - gosh!

So, one beautifully lazy Saturday morning, Devin ran me through his "Unofficial Official Batista Certification Program" (complete with a demanding verbal exam) and taught me all I needed to know to successfully make a espresso drink. Or at the very least, all I needed to know in order to not destroy our machine. In my husband's words, "It's not so much that I'm concerned about you burning yourself, or making a mess or a bad drink - I just don't want you to ruin the machine." Hahaha - nice. 

I passed will flying colors and in case you are wondering - I did not ruin the machine, burn myself or make a bad drink. I did however end up covered in a spattering of steamed milk when I used the steam wand wrong. It was comical.

So here it is folks: my very first coffee drink created on our espresso machine. A double-shot vanilla latte and the completion of Goal #8.


  1. You lost me at steam wand. I didn't even know how to use a regular old coffee maker until 2007.

  2. I laughed out loud at Devin's only fear being a broken espresso machine. :) Those things intimidate me, but it would be so cool to know how to work one! I kind of learned one Sunday when I worked at our cafe, but I really don't remember much. I am content with my regular coffee with cream and sugar and perhaps a little cinnamon sprinkled on top. :)


Got some Notions of your own about this post? Share them!