Although it is true that I rode my horse through the Starbucks drive-thru while I was in Norco, California, I don’t always go out for coffee. Our motorhome living has encouraged me to learn how to make my own lattes at ‘home’ which turns out to be MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE than going out for a latte everyday.
I did a lot of Google searches and watched a lot of YouTube videos before I conquered the art of making my lattes at home. I can’t quite match the top coffee shops in the country but I can make a latte that my tastebuds prefer over most coffee shops…including Starbucks (gasp!).
Although I could do an entire blog on the art of making a latte at home I will only mention in this blog the importance of the fresh roasted coffee bean. Everything I read told me that the beans needed to be roasted and used within two weeks. The beans should also be kept whole until moments before making the coffee which means grinding them just prior to brewing. I know, it sounds complicated, but as Starbucks is over Fivebucks per cup…its worth learning.
One advantage of traveling around this much has been trying out different coffee beans. It turns out one of our favorites is Elemental Coffee Roasters in Oklahoma City. Not so good if you happen to be in California…oh, wait, that isn’t a problem…they ship! Problem solved.
This is a photo of me packing my saddle bags with my fresh roasted coffee beans that arrived in Norco, California one day after I did. I ordered them online and they were in transit at the same time I was…then we both arrived in Norco for this photo. After a short ride back to our motor home I was sipping my homemade latte…aka espresso delivered by pony. Pony Express-o.