Working from home and having my desk in the open plan kitchen-living room means that I am in a strong committed relationship with my kettle. I make various teas throughout my working day and from time to time I treat myself to a coffee. But my dislike for instant coffee means that I usually head out to enjoy an almond milk latte or a soy latte over ice when the weather is warmer. Recently though, we got a Krups coffee machine (the EA8108* in case you’re interested) and I have been thrilled to discover just how easy it has been to create great quality coffees at home.
I want to find some places in Birmingham where I can buy great coffee beans. I used to have a Pact coffee subscription when I needed ground coffee for my French press but I don’t know if it’s the best option for me anymore. I need to investigate this further and experiment a bit with blends. I think it’s particularly helpful to be able to get great coffee beans locally to me as Mr Ting doesn’t drink coffee so I don’t know how often I’ll need fresh supplies.
To start with I headed to Quarter Horse Coffee on Bristol Street, as they roast their own blend. I picked up their Dark Horse Espresso as starting point and figure that I can always return to try other blends as I like. Although Quarter Horse Coffee can grind the beans for you for whatever machine you have at home, I could take the beans as they were as the Krups coffee machine I have, will grind the coffee beans on demand.
I have been enjoying making frothy and creamy almond milk coffees at home. I can’t compete with trained and practised baristas but I am enjoying my mornings so much at the moment. It takes only a few minutes to make a fresh milky coffee then I’m at my desk ready to check my emails or on my sofa switching on Audible and getting my colouring book out to ease my way into the day. I know that I am very fortunate with my work that I can have this flexibility. I do recommend getting long life milk as it froths better than the fresh stuff for some reason. Though I’ve been reading with intrigue a number of recipes online for making my own almond milk. I don’t know if this just takes it a step too far for me. I’ll probably have to research this a little more before I try it out.
This past week waking up with my Krups coffee machine has been wonderful because the apartment smells of fresh coffee and this makes me happy. I don’t even have to dress for the outside world before getting a very good caffeine hit and the Krups is so easy to use that I can manage it even on those zombie-like mornings.
With my ongoing problems with my trapped nerve, I did worry about cleaning the Krups coffee machine and whether this was going to be another chore that I needed to add to Mr Ting’s long list. I needn’t have been concerned though as this is so easy that I can manage it with my one good arm. This means that I can use this machine as much as I like without having to worry about tiresome hours of cleaning and maintenance, which is great. We still have a juicer from when we got married nearly nine years ago that has only been used once because cleaning it was such a hassle. I didn’t want this coffee machine to suffer the same sad fate.
I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy having a coffee machine at home until now. I’m practising my cappuccino making skills for when my mother in law visits as those are her favourite. Wish me luck with that.
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