A great latte…

 coffee machine Was made by my own little hands in my own kitchen. As I posted on Friday, Eric bought me a Starbucks Barista Athena home espresso machine as an anniversary gift.

I love skim milk lattes and since Emily now starts school at the same time as Laini, I haven’t had one in a while. I used to drop Laini off at school and Emily and I would go to Starbucks to kill the hour before her preschool started. I am not exaggerating when I say that we’re saving approx. $20 a week in coffee alone.

Anyway, this morning I finally used the machine. Mind you, in the amount of time it took me to read the instructions and prep everything I could have gotten in my car and driven to Starbucks. But it was worth it. The latte came out *perfect* (at least by my standards). The espresso was the exact right color with a little layer of foam on top (according to the video that came with the machine) and the steamed milk was smooth and foamy.

While following the instructions for making a single cup of coffee was time consuming (all of about 10-15 minutes), clean-up was surprisingly easy. Everything just rinsed off. It will get faster once I memorize all the steps.

4 Comments

  1. Gloria says:

    Barista Athena makes great expresso,however I Can’t seem to make a nice thick foam. Any suggestions? I have tried Skim Milk and 1% Milk.

  2. Judi says:

    Make sure you have a thermometer and don’t stop until the milk hits around 160 degrees. It may also be thicker if you use whole milk.

  3. TRICIA says:

    I FINALLY GOT ONLINE TODAY TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY REPLACEMENT PARTS OR RECALLS ON MY BARISTA ATHENA MACHINE. I’VE HAD MY MACHINE FOR 2 YEARS, AND WAS QUITE HAPPY WITH IT UNTIL IT HIT THE 1 AND 1/2 YEAR MARK. WATER STARTED LEAKING FROM THE FROTHING WAND PRETTY CONTINUOUSLY, EVEN DURING ESPRESSO MAKING PART. THE ESPRESSO BEGAN TASTING WATERY AS A RESULT. I REMEDY THIS BY HOLDING UP VERY FIRMLY THE FROTHING ON/OFF KNOB WHILE BREWING ESPRESSO–THIS STOPS THE LEAK OF AIR AND WATER FOR THE MOST PART, BUT IT MEANS I HAVE TO BE AT THE MACHINE THROUGH THE PULLING OF MY SHOTS–NO MORE WALKING AWAY TO GET OTHER STUFF DONE. WORSE YET, I DEVELOPED STOMACH ISSUES ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. LOTS OF BLOATING AND GAS, BURPING , STOMACH DISTENSION, AND DISCOMFORT. I’VE BEEN SEEING A GASTROENTEROLOGIST, BUT HE CAN’T SEEM TO FIND A REASON FOR THIS PROBLEM IN AN OTHERWISE COMPLETELY HEALTHY 32 YEAR OLD. MEANWHILE, I NOTICED A SEDIMENT IN THE WATER RESOVOIR OF MY ATHENA MACHINE WHILE POURING IT OUT ONE DAY. IT DIDN’T APPEAR TO BE COFFEE. IN CLEANING MY MACHINE, I NOTICED THAT THE METAL PLATE ABOVE THE RESOVOIR WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY RUSTED, AND WHEN I SLID THE PLASTIC RESOVOIR IN THE ‘STICKING PART’ THAT YOU HAVE TO PUSH IT PAST TO RELEASE THE PUMP FORCED THE WATER TO SPLASH UP ONTO THE PLATE, WHICH CLEARLY ISN’T STAINLESS STEEL AS IT SHOULD BE. RUST IS GETTING INTO THE WATER, AND I WORRY THAT AFTER TWO YEARS OF ALMOST TWICE DAILY USAGE, THIS COULD BE THE REASON BEHIND MY STOMACH PROBLEMS? STARTING TODAY, I’M USING MY PRESS POT FOR MY “ESPRESSO” FOR MY LATTES FOR A FEW WEEKS TO SEE IF MY PROBLEM SUBSIDES. IN THE MEANTIME, I NEED A REPLACEMENT PART! I WONDER IF STARBUCKS IS CLUED INTO THE RUSTING PROBLEM? IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAS DISCOVERED THE SAME PROBLEM, PLEASE RESPOND!

  4. carlos says:

    I am having a tough time with two topics related to Barista Athena. Third, it makes the best esspresso and beats Krups with a stick! First is that I have trouble getting the grounds out after pulling shots. Next is — I need a replacement head because it broke in half this morning. Where do I pick one up fast?

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