Instructor, Blogger, Author, Personal Chef, bringing tradition and authenticity of regional Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Tunisian, Greek, Turkish, and Moroccan cuisine to the table. I blend traditional recipes with new and innovative ingredients to create flavorful and aromatic foods, all prepared to your tastes and desires.
Member of: Les Dames d'Escoffier and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals)
We think that the darker the beans, the better
the taste of espresso. Dark roasted coffee beans could make espresso taste
a little bitter. Coffee beans should roast slowly and gently for a more sweet flavor and
smell. Purchase good quality slow roasted coffee beans to make a good espresso.
I am very lucky to have coffee sent to me by relatives in Italy or France.However, when I run out, I search for the best
coffee I can find.I will purchase a ¼ pound
of coffee in coffee shops or specialty store.It’s an adventure that I like to have fun with, so I purchase a small amount,
taste it, critic it, and then decide whether I will purchase that coffee again
I am not by any means a coffee snob, but I do
enjoy it. I refuse to purchase an expensive espresso maker that you must know
the exact pressure and water temperature.I don’t like reading manuals. That’s not for me; I use the old fashion Italian
coffee pots that go right on my gas burner. I’ve been making my coffee this way
for many decades and my parents and grandparents before me. If the coffee pot
ain’t broken, why change it?
I do like to grind my own coffee right before I
make a pot of coffee. I believe the beans stay fresher and moister until right
before use.I love my ritual of filling
the bottom of the espresso pot; adding the ground coffee without
pushing down on it too much.I make sure
the pot is screwed on just so, not loose and not too tight. I place the
espresso pot on the burner at medium-low heat and wait for that wonderful perky
sound that let’s me know that my coffee is almost ready.Then I close my eyes and enjoy talking a deep
breath as I smell the wonderful aroma of freshly brewed espresso.Ahhh!
There is a rule in Italy, that milk does not have a
place in an espresso cup.Milk is meant
to co-exist in a cappuccino and not an espresso.If you want to stay true to that rule, drink espresso without milk, add
a little sugar, stir, and enjoy!
I like to add orange zest to my sugar jar and
allow it to aromatize my sugar. I use
this sugar to sweeten my espresso coffee. This extra little step, takes my experience
of enjoying my espresso to the next level.