I fill my basket with Costco's Kirkland Espresso Blend (roasted by Starbucks) and tap down gently.
There are some timing issues here. You want to pour some of the hot milk into the cups before the shots are done. Adding the espresso to the milk first prevents them from sitting and being what they call "burned shots". I have learned this from two of my kids who have worked high school and college jobs as barrister's. That by the way has proven to be a nice savings as family members get a discount! Add your shots to the milk, give it a stir then pour in the rest of the milk. At the end top off with the delicious foam thick and heavy for a cappuccino, and just a light touch for a latte.
The very top picture was my attempt at foam art...I was going for a heart, and I got lips :D
If anyone out there knows how to do foam art...please let me know :>
Up date on the milk frother:
The name of the frother is Cappuccino Creamer Frabosk Italy
The above url was the cheapest I could find it on a quick search of the web...$24.00 sounds a bit much???
My sister Knitting Mania picked it up for me from a shop in Fresno, CA. As I recall they were very reasonabley priced. I think you could use a glass one to pop in the micro wave. I see those at places like T.J. Max's, Tuesday Mornings, and Ross.