Coffee shop dreaming

So I’ve decided to open my own coffee shop…

Just kidding! But I actually could, my latte art needs work but my equipment is spot on.

nespresso creatisita be your own barista

We’ve been trying the new Nespresso Creatista machine this past week and it’s a neat piece of kit.

I even went to a latte art workshop over in Leeds at the weekend, and who knew it was so hard to make these pretty pictures in coffee. The Nespresso Creatista Studio is inside the Victoria Quarter, a beautifully restored arcade sitting at number 34 Queen Victoria Street.

botanical flatlay with coffee

Flatlay in the Creatista Studio

In a nutshell it’s a pop-up cosy café where you can learn how to be your own barista, using the Creatista machines, and sit and enjoy your coffee of course. They even have a flat lay area- where you can style your coffee (you might’ve seen my attempts!) Its open for a few more days so do pop down if you are in the area.

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Flatlay in the Creatista studio

If you follow me on Instagram (find me here) you may have seen my jaunt to Leeds on Saturday. I’ve not been to Leeds for years and we had such a great day, I even took the free Water Taxi… A 15 minute moment reminiscent of Venice or Amsterdam.

nespresso coffee machine creatista

We’ve been getting to know the Creatista at home and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been playing barista and D and the girls have been my guinea pigs/customers. I’ve obviously not been giving the girls coffee, but the milk frothing is perfect for Babyccinos and Chocaccinos!!

My latte art hasn’t got much better since my first attempt to be honest. The steam wand and four different milk textures do create a professional looking coffee, even if the art is bad, its good to keep practising and it makes the Mister laugh without fail… So, win win. 😉

homemade barista style coffee

The Creatista is really easy to use, despite my initial fear of, “I’m gonna break it!”.  It is a really sturdy little gadget and isn’t going to break anytime soon, and it does feel like it belongs in a coffee shop.

During the setup, a little screen takes you through the settings, which you can personalise. So you can change the milk temperature, how much froth you want and choose from 8 different types of coffee . We are still getting used to the different coffee capsules, in fact my visit to Leeds really helped with this- I think the Arpeggio is my current favourite.

It takes 10 seconds to heat up, which is great first thing in the morning. Literally popping in the capsule and pressing a button when you’re still half asleep just works at 6:30am (!!)

latte art

This is my first coffee machine and I’m enjoying playing with it at the moment, frothing the milk is rather theraputic!

PS- I’ve also made Matcha Almond latte’s with it, just pop half a teaspoon of matcha into the jug with the milk, then froth away! The same principal works for hot chocolates too.

Do you have a coffee machine? Have you ever tried to create latte art??

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  1. March 14, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Oooh, I like the look of this machine – my old Nespresso is beginning to pack up on me and I can’t bear the thought of a single day with a non-functioning coffee machine!! I’d also recommend Cru Kafe capsules, personally I find their coffee is better than Nespresso’s own range (shhh!), are organic and ethically sourced, plus the capsules are recyclable. xx

    • Susie
      March 15, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Interesting- thanks Kate!

  2. March 14, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    OMG your photography is incredible! We have a Nespresso (no idea what the model is called) but a gorgeous, frothy latte is one of my favourite things to wake up to in the morning. There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh coffee wafting through the house. We’re looking to upgrade ours soon – bookmarking this post for when we decide to take the plunge! xx

    • Susie
      March 15, 2017 / 9:21 am

      Aw thanks so much Anuschka! Happy to help xx

  3. March 15, 2017 / 7:24 am

    This is literally my dream coffee machine!!! We gave an espresso maker but I’m a latte drinker!!! Such a great post susie! X

    • Susie
      March 15, 2017 / 9:19 am

      Thanks so much Kirsty- have a great day x

  4. March 15, 2017 / 7:24 am

    The machine looks great. I’ve got to start making more Matcha lattes at home. Bought some really awesome Matcha powder from LA. x

    • Susie
      March 15, 2017 / 9:19 am

      Matcha has really grown on me recently!

  5. March 15, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Looks like you had fun! That machine is so cool. I am awful at coffee art but can’t wait to see more of your lovely coffees on your insta feed.

    • Susie
      March 15, 2017 / 9:18 am

      Ah thanks Ashanti!

  6. March 15, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Coffee jealousy right now ha, great little read

  7. Hannah Trickett
    March 15, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Some serious piece of kit! looks cool

  8. March 15, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Ooh this is just what I need, my Nespresso machine’s a few years old now and would love to be able to froth milk properly! x

    • Susie
      March 15, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      We’ve gone froth mad here!

  9. March 15, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    While I don’t drink coffee, I would love to be able to create latte art and I can only imagine how hard they are to create!

  10. March 15, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    The hubby is the coffee drinker at home. I’m strictly de-caf tea! Sounds like you had a great time in Leeds. How did I not know about the water-taxi thingy? I’ve only been in Leeds for 20 years!!

    • Susie
      March 15, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Haha! Its such fun Karen xx

  11. March 22, 2017 / 9:54 am

    I really like the look of it. It’s classic. I do have one but prefer this! X

  12. Andy Parsons
    March 23, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    I also prefer to use coffee machine at home and benefits are a plenty. What I like the most is that I can get a coffee whenever I want specially early morning.