It’s hard to imagine a civilized lifestyle without coffee. Not only does it improve your mental state all by itself, the little ritual of brewing and serving it places people at their ease and makes conversation that much more pleasant.
This makes owning an home espresso machine capable of steaming milk totally worth it.
Alternatively, you can also get a handheld milk frother for a result that’s not nearly as good, but at least shows you went to some effort.
Once you have all the basics necessary to creating a tasty caffeinated drink, you may also want to look at accessories to add a little special touch.
A grinder is something you’ll never regret buying, but presentation is important too (and one of the few things a fully-equipped barista can do better than a dedicated coffee lover at home).
Even the odds with this cute little shaker for nutmeg, cinnamon, powdered chocolate or whatever you desire. What makes it memorable is not the ability to sprinkle some garnish on your drink, but the variety of stencils included in the package – you can order as many as 60 to suit any occasion, though this doesn’t include the shaker itself.
Like you would expect at this price, these stencils are made of plastic, while the shaker itself isn’t all that well made either.
You’ll also need a steady hand, as producing a clear image is not as easy as you may think. Still, as long as you accept that this is less a serious kitchen tool than a fun little item to play with, especially over the holidays, you should have no complaints.