Latte Love

Kimba Likes latte love | my love letter to lattes | @kimbalikes #kimbalikes

I do not have a day go past where I don’t drink at least two cafe lattes.  Usually three or four.  Penny Lane in Darling Street, Rozelle make me a daily decaf latte, and I buy my beans from them too.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see my daily tribute to my latte love.  My Kimba Likes Daily Treats project heavily features lattes!

It often strikes me as bizarre considering I didn’t drink coffee for years.  Years and years.  I just didn’t like the taste. It was watery yet bitter and I just couldn’t see the point.

I grew up in the era of instant coffee – coffee in a jar.  Powdered granules of hideousness.  Posh coffee was from a plunger, and fancy coffee was made in a drip filter machine.  No wonder I didn’t like the stuff.

When I discovered chai lattes, I was in heaven.  Flavoursome, warm and creamy, and the perfect cafe treat.  Easy to order, easy to drink and yummy.

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I love a good cup of tea but let’s be honest.  It is a pain in the posterior to order in a cafe.  There’s a pot, a strainer, a cup and saucer, a spoon, a jug of milk.  Too much stuff for little hands to grab. Plus they always give you full cream milk.  Yeucch in a cup of tea.

I moved on to cafe lattes and I loved them.  The richness, the bitterness, the full flavour. Unfortunately, coffee didn’t love me as much I loved it.  Caffeine gives me an upset tummy, heart palpitations and the shakes.  It’s not a good look.

Decaf has always been an option. For true coffee lovers, it’s akin to telling a serious wine connoisseur that you prefer Chateau de Cardboard aka cask wine to a vintage French wine.

Understandably so, because for years, decaffeinated coffee was disgusting.  Technological advances in the decaffeination process have enabled the coffee to retain its, well, coffee-ness.  The richness, robustness and depth of flavour whilst removing the caffeine.

Kimba Likes latte love | my love letter to lattes | @kimbalikes #kimbalikes

Many coffee fans seem to consume the stuff not out of love for the taste but for the jolt and energy boost the caffeine will give them.  For me, it’s all about the flavour and the taste.  It doesn’t need caffeine to give me a boost!  I get it from the warm familiarity of my daily latte love – like a hug in a cup.

When I’m working at home, I forget to stop.  Sometimes I even forget to eat.  Having my own espresso machine gives me a good excuse to have a break and stretch.  The process of making a coffee, from grinding the beans to steaming the milk, is almost zen-like.  It’s a little ritual and I truly love it.  I couldn’t cope with a pod machine.  I adore the process of making a coffee too much.

Click here for my tips on making the perfect coffee at home

I love my daily cups of tea – Tetley Decaffeinated in the morning, and flavoursome herbal blends to sip during the day – but latte love is where it’s at for me.

Isn’t it funny how much my latte love is such a big part of my daily routine, when a few years ago I couldn’t stand the thought of coffee!

Kimba Likes latte love | my love letter to lattes | @kimbalikes #kimbalikes

Are you a fan of coffee? What’s your coffee style?

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  • A week of what I wore | Kimba Likes - 19 May 2015 - 12.54 pm

    […] You know what else makes a girl feel better? Coffee with a girlfriend, followed by a quick thrift shop.  I picked up a very cute vintage fur pom pom scarf at my op shop on the walk home.  Oh and another coffee. You know how much I love my daily lattes! […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Latte Love – an ode to the wonders of good coffee from Kimba Likes […]ReplyCancel

  • Jo Hardy Brown - 22 April 2015 - 8.17 am

    My latest is a half cappuccino made by the lovely staff at the coffee shop near my work. I can’t stomach soy or almond milk in coffee (I tried, I failed!) so I’m having a single shot of coffee with half the amount of steamed milk. It’s really good!ReplyCancel

  • Jo - 20 April 2015 - 1.45 pm

    i so relate to your caffeine reactions! I can’t drink it either and love a hot drink first thing in the morning. I’m lactose intolerant as well, so I get the full withering look when I order in cafes – decaf AND soy??? ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @She Writes - 20 April 2015 - 11.22 am

    I lurve my coffee! Piccolo with almond milk is where it’s at, at the moment. Otherwise flat white with soy is my back up. I have a pod machine but would love to upgrade to a proper one.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie, Chief Dreamer at Kimba Likes - 26 April 2015 - 5.58 pm

      I just don’t get the pod craze. It seems expensive to me. Plus I’m all about the milk and a lot of them don’t have that.

      I love my little Breville espresso machine. We had a Krupps one but it was quite fiddly.ReplyCancel

  • A Quirky Bird - 20 April 2015 - 5.15 am

    Oh my coffee bliss is a coffee from my Nescafe Dolce Gusto. Mr A doesn’t drink coffee so it’s the best little coffee machine for one. Americano is my go to, a little big stronger with an amazing taste. When I run out (like this morning) it’s Moccona with some chocolate stevia powder to add interest.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Bavistock - 20 April 2015 - 4.12 am

    My favourite time of the morning is when Chris walks out of our butler’s pantry with 2 freshly made coffees. We have ours just like your latte looks – strong, good crema and full of delicious goodness. I’d be lost without coffee!ReplyCancel

  • Sam Stone - 20 April 2015 - 3.08 am

    Total fan of coffee. My brother and sis-in-law are both baristas and fantastic. So we drink a lotta coffee.ReplyCancel

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