The Perfect Cup

Good morning! Today I want to share my favorite cup of coffee - low tech cappuccino. You will need: ground french roast coffee or espresso, a stove top espresso maker, a stove top frother, secret ingredients: ground vanilla and ground cinnamon, whole milk and sweetener (optional).

If you're a Nespresso kinda gal and you've never seen a stove-top espresso maker, this is what it looks like.  The base is filled almost to the top with water.  Don't fill it over the water line or over the gasket, if your coffee maker does not have a water line.  Then, the coffee is heaped into a metal filter, which fits into the base.  Next, you screw the top on and put it on the stove top to percolate.

The espresso maker and frother side by side

The espresso maker and frother side by side

Fill the frother about one quarter to one third of the way with milk and cook until a film forms on top, with little bubbles around the edges.  Do NOT boil.  Remove from heat.  The espresso is ready when the top is full and coffee is no longer spewing from the spigot.

Voila espresso.

The frother pictured with the top.

The frother pictured with the top.

The top looks just like a french press top. Pump the handle up and down for about half a minute.

Frothy goodness.

When our powers combine...

Finished product.  Please excuse the glare.  These photos were taken under duress, with two hangry (hungry/angry) little ones vying for my attention. Enjoy!