Once upon a time, espresso was an outside-of-the-home treat for most Americans, something to order at a restaurant or on a European vacation. But 2020’s changed every status quo and along with it, our coffee breaks. Pulling espresso drinks at home may sound complicated, but it’s nearly as effortless as pressing start on your favorite coffee machine. Ask any barista who’s trained on-the-job (this writer!). At least, with De’Longhi’s La Specialista Espresso Machine, making excellent espresso the right way couldn’t be easier. Just drop in coffee beans, choose your preferred grind and style of froth, and pull the lever for the perfect tamp, every time. Plus, latte lovers don’t have to wait between brewing and frothing milk thanks to the La Specialista’s Dual Heating System.
Coffee, of course, isn’t just for the morning, and mixing up coffee cocktails after dinner, be it leftover takeout or a slow-roasted beef with freshly baked sourdough boule, adds that something extra we need to get us through the blah of this ongoing pandemic. Esquire Deputy Editor Ben Boskovich, no stranger to after dinner drinks, is eager to introduce us to the five basic tools needed for caffeinated nightcaps. “With just a few essentials, you’ll have everything you need to create your perfect coffee and cocktail experience from the comfort of your home,” says Ben. Watch the video for his expert tips and shop his sipping essentials below.
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