When I was in college, I had 3 or 4 jobs. My favorite was as a barista/manager at Starbucks. The cool thing about working at Starbucks is they send their team members to coffee school where we learned the ins and outs of coffee growing/roasting/brewing and taste-tested all sorts of coffees with different foods that brought out the flavor notes each brew offered. It was a really cool learning experience and jump started my love (and knowledge) of good coffee.
These days, getting a coffee house latte is a rare treat. With kids and schedules and budgets, they're not something that I get to enjoy often. The other day, I was digging around in our laundry room and found a hidden and forgotten treasure: my stovetop espresso/latte maker. I was/am so excited. Now I get to enjoy an espresso or latte anytime I want!
I used to be able to get my milk a lot frothier so I need to figure that out, but otherwise it makes a tasty latte. I'm treating myself right now!