Coffee TalkApril 25, 2006
All right. I have a major confession to make, and it's one that Lala could scarcely credit when I told her recently. It is this: When we were in Seattle, I had my first latte.
Yes, it's true. I'd never had a latte before. I'm good with all the blended coffee drinks, lovin' my mochas and cappuccinos, and I also heart good old strong coffee, well roasted and well brewed. I'd only never had a latte because I thought it would be boring. Milk and coffee. Whatever.
Had my first latte at Vivace in Seattle. Way to start an addiction, man. Damn.
So this is what's freaking me out: I have a Bialetti. You know, the little Italian stove-top espresso machine, which is nothing more than a tiny strong percolator. See it here:
I love this. It was a wedding gift, and boy howdy, do I love it. (I also have a small one that I got at a hardware store in Venice years ago.)
Okay. So a coworker of mine has this one, link here:
This one you add milk to, dude. You pour milk in the top part, water in the bottom, and end up with latte in your cup. It doesn't look any differently constructed than my Bialetti, just different lines.
The question is: What's to stop me from adding milk to the top part of mine while heating and doing the same? Any ideas? I don't want to burn it up, and I know that can be done (I read the Donna Leon mysteries, after all). I don't see why it WOULDN'T work, but tell me what you think, okay?
I loves me a latte.