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Going back to the basics: How I make coffeehouse quality espresso at home

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Bialetti 6800 Moka Express Stovetop Percolator


Like many others, I was addicted to coffeehouse cappuccinos and lattes. But over the years I felt that my beverages were becoming increasingly sickeningly sweet. I was craving the rich, thick espresso I was used to drinking in Italy, that was naturally sweet or had just a spoonful of sugar. While I discovered places in large cities, at home I was restricted to the large coffee chains. They appealed to the masses, milk low in fat and drinks high in sugar. I just wanted quality.

I began shopping for expensive in-home espresso machines to customize my beverage in a manner tailored to my taste. After trying a few in store, I found that they either lacked substance or their price was out of the question. The cheap machines operated on steam, rather than a pump, which made them nothing more than strong regular old drip coffee pots. I figured I might as well have to move to Italy if I ever dreamed of a good cup of coffee again.

Fortunately shopping at T.J. Maxx one day, I stumbled across a Bialetti (also called MOKA) pot. It was about $10 and I figured, I had nothing to lose. I bought a can of Lavazza espresso grounds and decided I'd give it a try. Much to my surprise, the espresso was delicious. It was thick and had a beautiful layer of froth, that I once believed I could only get out of a $5000 professional-grade unit.

I purchased a milk frother and now made delectable cappuccinos at home. Guests always want to know what type of machine I have, and they are shocked to discover I have a simple stove-top until that looks as though it was out of the 1930s. These old-school units are gaining increasing popularity among coffee-addicts.

By replacing your sweet and artificially-flavored coffeehouse beverages with your Bialetti you are able to use an organic milk or your preference and greatly reduce your sugar intake. The coffee itself, is not bad for you. In fact, a recent Harvard study shows that coffee consumption can actually prevent many diseases. Worry less about your coffee consumption and more about its preparation.

I currently own a Bialetti 6800 Moka Express Stovetop Percolator and give it five stars. To learn how to make espresso in your Bialetti click here.

You may be wondering what rich, thick espresso has to do with natural health. The reason I have reviewed this product as an Examiner for Holistic Health is because I believe an increasing amount of individuals are addicted to coffeehouses, myself included. While many of us are willing to adjust our diets in many ways for optimal health, we become resistant to giving up our coffee habit. Luckily, we don't have to. I suggest that using a Bialetti pot at home will contribute to your health IF it can replace your coffeehouse fix. As someone who was drinking up to four cups of Starbucks a day, I can assure you, that I would much prefer a cappuccino prepared in my Bialtti over a cup of syrup with a logo anyway.



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