I was gifted a Bellman stovetop steamer for Christmas, and ever since I have been having lots of fun learning to steam various non-dairy milks for my morningly cappuccino.
I follow a very particular and rather unglamorous routine when making my coffee. First, I check the water level in my stovetop steamer and set it to heat up on the stove. Then I bring two cups of water to a boil in the microwave. While all this water is heating, I disassemble my Moka pot and grind the beans. The boiling water from the microwave goes into the bottom of the pot, next drops in the filter with the grinds following close behind, and finally on screws the top of the pot. I place this on the stove next to the steamer and pull the cappuccino cups out of the cupboard and the milk from the fridge. The brewed coffee goes into the cups, and finally it is time for my favorite part: steaming the milk and pouring latte art.
It is fun to look back over the last three months of my insignificant coffee routine and clearly see the progress with steaming and pouring milk that I didn’t notice I was making at the time.
Van Gogh is credited to have said, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. And great things are not accidental, but must certainly be willed.”
I am still far from pouring a truly great cappuccino, but I count this as a good thing because it means I get to continue practicing
- Showing up and putting in the daily, unglamorous effort
- Keeping a log of my work and/or documenting it with photos
- Sharing my work (both triumphs and failures) with others
Yes, I will continue my series of small, daily cappuccino routines and see what potentially great thing is brought together by it. Honestly, I would be stoked if that thing ended up simply being a life of great homemade coffee.