I like my coffee – it’s widely known that I despise that dirty water some call “tea” – and over time it’s become clear that espresso, and espresso-based coffees – are by far my favourite.

So when I got some nice birthday money, I decided that now was the time, and a shiny new espresso machine now sits on our kitchen worktop.

I love, not just the coffee, but the routine of setting up, brewing, steaming, cleaning, and of course, drinking.  It’s easier to use and clean than a hob-top pot too.

Partly inspired by my friends’ attempts the aim, with some practice, is to try and produce some latte art.

Oh, and it may make good coffee, but surely the BIGGEST bonus is frothy, steamed-milk hot chocolate.  Mmmm mmmmm!