Thursday, August 14, 2008

Rainy Day Coffee

It is a dreary day that is the end to a dreary week. Rain and yet more rain here in central Florida. It is the kind of rain that makes you want to sit at home with a good book and a good cup of coffee. On this rainy day I would like to introduce you to our latest hobby… meet our new espresso machine…
Espresso Machine (2)
side view of Espresso Machine

This little guy is fully automatic and makes fantastic espresso, cappuccinos, lattes and more. With the press of a button you can have one shot or multiple shots of espresso in literally seconds. Here is the first cappuccino that Norwood made…
Cappuccino top view
Not too much foam like a traditional cappuccino but as he got to know the wand better he has made cappuccinos better than what I have gotten out. This little machine saves us about $112 a week or about $2900 a year (minus the cost of coffee beans and milk so more around $2000 a year… yes we really do drink that much coffee!). Not to mention the time we used to spend just in line and waiting for our coffee at various coffee shops (of course we will still occasionally have an outing to a coffee shop but now the majority of our coffee come from Mr. Espresso himself). The machine is the best at home espresso machine that we have tried (and we have tried a few). In no way am I saying that this machine is as powerful as the ones they use in Starbucks and other favorite coffee shops, but it is the most powerful and easy to use at home machines we have tested.
Out of the box the unfamiliar barista needs to remember to prime the machine before the first cup of coffee (the instructions do not mention this and we thought it was broken until we ran it a couple of times and got it going).
It generally costs around $500 but you can find it as low as $350 at Costco (it was a sale price). It is well worth the money!
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1 comment:

Cuban Espresso said...

The Villa is a great machine. That cap looks delicious! I gotta go make one now, haha.