Italy on our honeymoon, we loved the Italian cappuccinos. We were convinced that we needed to make a $2,000 investment in an espresso machine when we got home. When we made it to our stay in the Tuscan countryside, we stayed at a bed and breakfast and were served delicious espresso in a simple, classic espresso maker. It cost about $40 at Williams-Sonoma... worth every penny.
Fill water to fill line inside the base of espresso pot. Insert the basket and spoon in 8 tablespoons of ground espresso. Pack it down with the base of a glass. Screw on the top of pot. Put it on the stove over a high heat for about 10 minutes until the top is full. Remove from heat.
In your coffee cup, put 1/2 cup of milk in the microwave for 1 minute. When it comes out, froth the milk with a small whisk or micro-frother (also can be found at Williams-Sonoma for $15).
Pour espresso into the frothed milk.
Serve it with the homemade donuts... get the homemade donuts recipe here.