Turning Your Kitchen Into a Gourmet Coffee Shop
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and it’s been that way for hundreds of years. We love it so much in the U.S., Americans drink more coffee than tea, juice, and soda combined.
But it can also be an expensive habit if you’re getting your daily dose of java from a coffee shop. Just a plain black coffee from Starbucks will set you back at least $2 a pop. Drinking just one coffee a day will end up costing you $730 a year.
What if I told you that you can get the same high quality and taste at home for a fraction of the cost? That’s right, it’s easy to be your own barista whether you like to drink your coffee straight black or make it an upscale experience with Monin flavoured coffee syrups and other extras, creating a cafe experience is easy at home.
Here are a few essentials that will turn your kitchen into a gourmet coffee shop:
Concocting Gourmet Coffee
Coffee really isn’t that hard to make once you know how your machine works. However, the machine does make a big difference as far as the types of beverages you’re able to make. And of course, the coffee beans also make a big difference.
You can go super simple with a single serve drip coffee maker that makes regular Americano. Or you can go all out with a professional-grade coffee maker that has a built-in frother. Some people prefer the hand-held French press style coffee maker. It all depends on what you like to drink.
Technology has made even the most complex coffee drinks easy to make by adding a little water, scooping in coffee grinds and pushing a few buttons. If you’re the type that is short on time in the morning you may want to opt for a programmable coffee maker.
A coffee machine alone can’t get the job done. It comes with necessary equipment, but you’ll still need a few other things to brew at home.
Coffee filters will be needed for drip coffee. Many people are making the switch to unbleached, all-natural coffee filters. Another consideration is the filter size, which is based on what your coffee maker is built to hold.
You’ll also need a coffee grinder if you plan to use fresh beans, which is highly recommended to get that cafe-made taste.
Here’s where the real difference is made. You don’t need an expensive machine to make an amazing cup of coffee that tastes like it was ordered at a gourmet cafe.
There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is the smoother and less caffeinated of the two. Next up is to choose coffee beans with a recent roast date. The more recent it is the fresher the beans should be.
Even if you drink your coffee black with no sugar, it’s nice to mix it up every once in a while. Take a page out of the coffee shop book and stock up on:
- Natural sweeteners
- Flavored syrups
- Tea bags
- Milk or half & half
Baking Delicious Breakfast Food
The second part of the cafe equation is delicious breakfast foods. Starbucks and the like may draw people in with coffee, but the half the time we end up ordering food that’s too hard to resist.
Even a novice chef can make XX scones or a crispy kimchi cheddar omelette when they have a recipe, quality ingredients, and the right equipment.
There are thousands of websites where you can find recipes, including our own. If you’re looking for scrumptious breakfast recipes, a few websites and blogs worth bookmarking are:
Making some food items is impossible if you don’t have the right equipment. By no means do you need to run out and purchase a $1,000 stand mixer, but there are a few essentials that every budding breakfast chef needs. Those items include:
- Basic blender
- Measuring cup
- Set of measuring spoons
- Set of quality kitchen knives
- Cutting board
- Cast iron pan
- Saute pan
- Few pots
- Cookie sheet
- Cupcake pan
Once you get a handle on cooking with the basics you can then consider investing in equipment like a food processor and slicers.
When it comes to ingredients the real key is freshness. The fresher your ingredients are the better they will taste. You don’t have to spend top dollar on every ingredient, however, there is one exception where it makes a difference.
It’s worth spending a little extra to get top quality spices and seasonings. Spices and seasonings can add amazing flavor and they last a really long time.