Ever since – for the first time – I had the idea of creating a coffee-corner in my kitchen, I thought I would like to create a contrast between vintage and intimate style that I love so much, with something more minimal and hyper-technological.
I started by customizing the IKEA cabinet above which I added the DIY shelf built by my father, to then complete it with the minimal touch of the E27 Scandinavian design lamp.
The hyper-technological touch was the only thing that was still missing, but I had not yet thought of attributing it to a professional and design appliance!
Powerful and functional, the Philips Saeco Xelsis is a true design object to be displayed, with its solid steel body and the touch screen to be consulted like a coffee shop menu (since it offers 15 different drinks, all customizable!).
I have to admit that when it comes to breakfast, Alberto and I don’t like to experiment too much, we are rather routine (it’s still a ritual!) And we like to play it safe…
Every morning we drink coffee in a large cup because we like to sip it calmly so as not to start with breathlessness, but on the weekend we try to make breakfast (indeed, the various breakfasts !!) a special moment.
The winning formula of “weekend breakfast” for us is like this: espresso for him and cappuccino for me!
Even when it comes to organizing a snack with friends, I like to indulge in new recipes or try to offer things that are always different 🙂
Today I want to try making a small photo tutorial to show you how easy it is to recreate these two drinks at home like at a bar … Ready? 🙂
First step: obviously get the ingredients!
- coffee (strictly in beans because the aroma of freshly ground coffee is unbeatable);
- milk (preferably whole and cold from the fridge to obtain a finer foam)
Fill the coffee tank with the grains and pour the milk into the appropriate glass (it is supplied with the machine), connect the glass to the machine through the rubber tube and select the drink:
I’m still getting used to my new Saeco Xelsis coffee machine but despite this, I already have a clear idea of what my cappuccino should look like.
As I mentioned in the last post, I prefer the variant that in Veneto we call “macchiato” and consequently I decrease the amount of milk compared to the standards.
This time, however, to show you a nice cappuccino I raised all three levels of adjustment: intensity, quality of coffee and quantity of milk (to make the foam even denser and make it even more instagrammable;))
Once you have customized the drink through the touch screen, all you have to do is press the play button on the right and try not to take a heart attack when the steam comes out of the dispenser (apart from the jokes, the steam really comes outlook at the picture below !!)
… et voit-là!
The cappuccino is ready! 🙂 Simple right?
Espresso is even simpler since the only ingredient needed is coffee and you don’t even need to connect the external glass (which I usually put in the fridge immediately after making cappuccino).
My advice is not to personalize the espresso that much, I find it perfect already in its 40 ml 🙂
But if you really want to experiment and try different tastes, know that you can change its intensity and quantity! All you have to do is press the play button and enjoy the real Italian espresso like at the bar but in the comfort of your own home.
The next step? Serve it with butter biscuits and bring breakfast to your sweetheart to start the weekend in the right way;)
Since I know for sure that you will ask me (and you would have all the reasons!) The cups I used are strictly handmade: the blue cappuccino and its saucer is by Giovelab, while the espresso one with the blue drops is Mest Decor.
Instead, I remind you that the Saeco Xelsis machine can be found discounted on Amazon 😉
So what do you think? I tell you right away that I will dedicate the month of August to try my hand at the very complicated technique of latte art (the famous decorations on the foam) to make my cappuccinos even more photogenic .. And at that point, I will also bombard you on Instagram! 😉