With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Espresso with Frothed Milk

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Espresso with Frothed Milk

I recently received a vintage Zanzibar Caffettiera Express espresso maker from a friend. It belonged to his mom and this sweet Italian lady hoped someone would enjoy using it once again.

I am not a coffee expert and have only in the past few years began really liking coffee. My son-in-law is the knowledgeable barista in the family and he has inspired me to experiment.

Well, I have fallen in love with this little pot. It makes a strong but not bitter cup of coffee and the process isn't involved. I did a quick search and found many expensive and complicated machines available. This one is just right to make each morning and perfect for my simple taste-buds.

My Zanzibar pot is a 1-cup size. I couldn't find this manufacturer but there are others who currently make and sell ones just like it in various sizes. 
  • Fill the base with cold water to just below the safety valve.
  • Insert the filter funnel into the base.
  • Fill the filter funnel with coffee without pressing down. (I use 3 level tablespoons for this 1-cup maker but you can use more)
  • Wipe the rim to ensure a tight seal.
  • Screw the top firmly to the base.
  • Place the maker on the stove using  moderate heat. (using too high heat will result in bitter coffee) 
  • Soon the coffee with begin streaming from the top and fill the pot. If the espresso begins sputtering too quickly, lower the heat.  Sometimes I lower the heat as soon as it begins pouring into the pot to prevent splattering.
NOTES: I was happy the pot works well on an electric stove.  After experimenting, I set the stove to 7 and in 11-12 minutes the coffee begins quickly filling the pot. Be careful that you achieve a gentle brew and avoid splattering by reducing the temperature.

Making Frothed Milk
A while back, I bought a small French Press. The small size is just right to make frothed milk. I found one for under $10 at Home Goods. I could use my four-cup French Press but I would have to use more milk that I want for my espresso.
 Making Frothed Milk with a French Press
  • In a glass measuring cup, heat small amount of milk in microwave until hot but not boiling (about 45 seconds on high for 3/4 cup milk remembering that microwaves vary)
  • Pour into the French Press.
  • Insert lid and pump the plunger up and down rapidly until the desired amount of froth builds up to about double in volume. 
 Whether because I am frugal or because I actually prefer cold/iced coffee, I cover and refrigerate any unused espresso. The next morning I froth cold milk and add it to the cold espresso for, what I think, is a delicious little cup of refreshing coffee.
umm... lovely breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.


Pondside said...

Both drinks look and sound delicious! I have the very same little coffee maker that I bought in Italy in 1983. It makes a very good cup of coffee, still!

Bev said...

That's my favourite coffee!!

Barbara F. said...

That is a one cup espresso pot! I had one just like it, I have two others but shaped differently. I have yet to try my French press. I am afraid I won't grind my coffee beans to the right texture. lol

Rosemary and Thyme said...

This coffee looks amazing. I love a good cup of hot coffee and that French press looks like a great item to add in my kitchen.

Thank you.


Lynn said...

Very nice! I bet the coffee smells amazing while brewing-enjoy:@)

Ann said...

You were the perfect person to give this to. That looks really yummy. For years I couldn't stand coffee. My coffee obsession is fairly new.

Gypsy Heart said...

I do love my coffee and both of these look and sound delish! I don't have a coffee press so this just gives me an excuse to buy one. :) A dear friend that used to live in the same apts I did made a great espresso. I miss our visits, the coffee and her divine sugar cookies.

Thanks so much for sharing!


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