Making Coffee at Home – Be Your Own Barista

Making Coffee At Home Easy

There are several ways you can make your coffee at home. From instant coffee mixes to fancy espresso machines, the drinks you can make in your home cafe are endless! Why not take a chance and experiment with making espressos at home, trying latte art or spicing up your instant coffee?

Cafe lovers may feel a sense of loss as we are no longer able to head down for a cup of joe. While we stay home during the circuit breaker, some of us have become self-declared chefs and bakers. Now caffeine and drink lovers may rejoice and call themselves barista as they whip up their own cups of coffee be it a latte or a kopi c in the comforts of their own home. Home cafes may sound complicated but it’s actually really easy to be a barista at home!

Instant Coffee

For those who want their caffeine ASAP, instant coffee is for you. Just mix with some hot water and you’re done! These are also the most affordable caffeine options with a cup costing as little as $0.50.

If you don’t like your coffee black, fret not. When you’re at home, you don’t have to worry about the terminology used in coffee shops to distinguish less / more sugar or the type of milk you prefer.

Singaporean Kopi Coffe C Gao Siew Dai
A guide to your Singaporean kopi by Seedly.

Instant Coffee Powder

You probably have this either because you enjoy coffee or because you wanted to try making dalgona coffee at home. If you like your coffee concentrated, just add some hot water to the coffee powder and voila!

If you’re not a big fan of pure coffee, consider adding some sugar, condensed milk, evaporated milk or fresh milk!

Psst, you can catch us whipping dalgona coffee during our previous Sunday Show on our Youtube channel!

Instant Ground Coffee Powder
Nescafe instant ground coffee available at Fairprice.

3 in 1 Instant Coffee Mix

3 in 1 coffee is definitely the most convenient way to get your caffein. Each sachet contains a serving of the coffee powder along with any powdered milk or sugar the flavour might have. Whether you prefer kopi gao or siew dai, you’ll be able to find the 3 in 1 versions of your coffee shop favourites in supermarkets.

To make the drinks, simply empty the contents of one sachet into a mug and add hot water.

3 in 1 Convenient Simple Coffee
3 in 1 coffee by Super available at Fairprice.

Coffee beans

For the following methods, you’ll need to use ground coffee beans. When purchasing coffee beans., you may ask the barista in the cafe or store to help grind them for you. Alternatively, you can also purchase a coffee grinder and grind the beans at home.

Cheap Manual Coffee Bean Grinder
Manual coffee grinder available on Shopee.

Drip Coffee

Are you patient? With drip coffee, how water is poured over ground coffee and through a piece of filter paper through a funnel looking device. According to Starbucks, it should take about 3 minutes for you to get your cup of drip coffee.

Espresso Machine

These are a costlier option but will definitely be worth the cost for an aspiring barista or avid coffee lover. Most machines have a built in milk frother so you can think of it and a 2 for 1. Some even have built in coffee grinders. While you may find these majestic machines in cafes, there are versions of this machine that are made specifically for home use. This means it takes up less space and is most likely only able to produce one shot of espresso at a time.

When purchasing the machine, you’ll want to note that you have to learn the techniques of tamping, and frothing your milk. Not to mention, having an espresso machine also means being able to practice making latte art. There are several free tutorials on Youtube to help you out, be it if you’re a beginner or an expert.

Making drinks with an espresso machine may sound tough but with some practice, you’ll be impressed with the drinks you can make.

Mini Espresso Machine Home Coffee
Smeg espresso machine available on Hipvan for $688
Small Coffee Espresso Machine Cafe
Espresso machine with milk frother available on Shopee for $159

Portable Espresso Maker

Want to make a shot of an espresso but don’t have the space (or money) for an espresso machine? Try a portable espresso maker! These are much more affordable and you’re even able to bring them out to picnics with your friends.

You’ll be able to make americanos and iced lattes at home. If you’re feeling experimental, you can also try making frappuccinos with some ice and flavoured syrup in a blender.

Portable Mini Travel Espresso Maker Coffee
Portable espresso maker from Lazada

Want to make a hot latte or cappuccino? You can get a portable milk frother for your warm milk.

Pressed Coffee

Baila pressed coffee maker available on Castlery

According to Starbucks, your coffee beans should be ground coarsely (similar to sea salt). Using 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for 3/4 cup of hot water, fill the press. Allow the coffee to brew for 4 minutes before attaching the plunger and pressing your coffee!

A press coffee machine is really simple to use! It’s great if you want a “fresher” cup of black coffee but don’t want the hassle of maintaining an espresso machine.

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you may find a new hobby in learning how to prepare a cuppa or even experimenting with the drinks you can create. Get adventurous with your drinks and experiment with different types of milk and syrups and the menu for your home cafe will be forever expanding!

Let us know your favourite way to make coffee in the comments!

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Writer: @furdoors

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