Coffee & Swatches (May 15th, 2018)
If you’ve been following me on Instagram lately, you’ll notice that I’ve started to share what I’ve dubbed “coffee and swatches,” which are photos of products I’m photographing (and swatching) along with my morning latte. I’ve always hesitated to share what I might be photographing or testing to avoid feeling pressured (or like an utter failure) about when a review might be posted (I don’t always get around to reviewing what I’ve swatched or even tested due to time constraints). On the other hand, my life is pretty routine–blogging, eating, and cuddling with the dog–and that’s about it, so I liked the idea of it being an authentic post that was a bit more personal than a standard product shot but still represented my day-to-day life.
Since then, I’ve regularly received questions asking about how I make my lattes, which has led to this post. I’ll touch on my current set-up along with various systems and products I’ve used over the years (which have less of an upfront cost). What you need to know about me: I’m not your coffee expert; I am not the person who drinks straight espresso or black coffee, I am the person who likes the flavor and depth of espresso but tempered by frothy milk and something to sweeten it. (A particularly well-prepared latte I can drink without adding sweetener, sugar-free or otherwise.)