Stovetop espresso and easy lattes at home

Espresso pot black on black via besotted blog

Many people gave up coffee/caffeine as the new year rolled in (Michelle gave it up before then!). I on the other hand made a concerted effort to drink stronger coffee. I know that may sound odd, but I really only drink one cup a day (alternate days I’ll drink tea). On the mornings I have coffee I wanted it to really do its job and for me that meant I wanted something with a kick, something that was rich in a way only good coffee can be, not bitter, not waterey, something that felt like I was drinking a cup of luxury, because when you have a toddler, drinking a hot beverage while it’s still hot is truly a luxury. I did a ton of coffee research, which if you ever have gone down that rabbit hole can be both incredibly interesting and overwhelming. I decided on a stove top espresso maker. They are inexpensive (mine shown was under $15!), easy to use and easy-ish to clean. They do take more time than say a Keurig, but about as much time as it takes to make and steep a good cup of tea. My espresso maker reads that it makes 6 cups and I am sure it would if you were making espresso, but if you think you are going to get 6 cups of coffee out of it, you are not. You will get one strong cup of coffee. I don’t even use the entire pot. I have been making my own foamy lattes in the morning, heating the milk (in the microwave) and using a handheld frother, it may seem like a lot of work, but it’s a lot less work than trying to wrangle previous mentioned toddler, get her dressed, fed, in the car seat or stroller, off to Starbuck’s, ask for a lukewarm latte, get home drink latte cold. My extra step to froth my own milk, is totally worth it and I get to drink my latte hot!  Bonus, I save a ton of money and my sanity! This is such a revelation!

On another note, Michelle and I did a photo shoot for our newest photo editing set last week, which I am out of my mind excited about! I learned a ton about photographing flat lays, which is a bit different than shooting products but feels like it should be the same. There is definitely a flat lay tutorial coming in the future. If you have been following me on Instagram you know that I am having a little black on black photo moment, it may be overkill, but I am liking the challenge and I think it looks chic. The new actions, although they weren’t created with black on black in mind seem to be working incredibly well to edit them, it’s always exciting to find a new (and quick) way to edit. I’ll link to some of the supplies below I used to get this shot.

What about you? Are you off the caffeine? Does it feel better? Or are you a diehard coffee drinker? Making anything good at home that we should know about?


Stovetop espresso maker

Handheld frother (similar, mine was a gift no longer available)


Double-sided foamcore (comes in packs of 2)

Putty (I left mine at home but I usually have it in my kit)

Wide angle lens

Camera (mine is currently a cropped sensor)

Photoshop CC subscription

Foto Rx | Cure for the Common Capture (new set launching 03.01.17)

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Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.

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