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.
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Stacy??…. did you get a New Hat????…I like the design on the underside….I think its my favorite one…. I Love it!!!!
Its my summer straw hat…I will have to pack it up again now as I’m headed east, lol
LoL…well yall be careful and safe travels to Alabama…. maybe you should go I-20 thru Louisiana and stop somewhere and I could drive over and come say HEYYYY!! 🙂
NEVERMIND!! …..Better stay low……. north La. weather is nasty!!
Oso Negro in Nelson BC has the best very dark roast going, Princess of Darkness…. I’ll send some if you Would like…..
I am sure Newt is proud to be carrying the coffee……….my husband is a coffee nut and his favorite is Black Onyx. It is stout…..
I’m happy with ALMOST any coffee, but my sister-in-law is a connoisseur and she RAVES about Top Pot beans from Seattle!
I’m not a coffee drinker myself (Earl Grey tea granny) but I can tell you a lot about coffee as my husband is the aficionado! It IS all about the fresh beans. I finally gave in and bought him some kinda fancy machine that grinds the beans and then makes his espresso, etc. Deb Jones had a great idea – give us a p.o. Box number and we can all send you a pack of our fave beans. Only problem is that you might be inundated with coffee beans!
I’m doing well to turn on my drip coffeemaker. Kudos to you for learning to make delicious lattes!
Ok sister, you haven’t tried Dutch Bros. YOU MUST COME TO OREGON! Would love to meet you and if that’s not possible, I’ll send you a bag if you give me a P.O. somewhere…truly delish!