Welcome to Coffee with the Mrs.' 2010 Holiday Gift Guide! I have to begin the fun by starting out your shopping list with a gift that is guaranteed to please the coffee lover on your list. (I'm partial to coffee. What can I say?)
This item comes from Jura-Capresso where high quality brewers are sold to use in home so you can create your own "coffee shop perfect" cup of joe. The selection of brewers, grinders, steamers, and frothers is extensive. Capresso definitely sells something for every coffee fan.
For review, I was sent the 4-Cup Espresso and Cappuccino Machine. And while the words "4-Cup" mean that the machine is compact and it can't make more than a couple drinks at a time (depending on your preference in taste and portion size), this was the perfect machine for my home and our "coffee lifestyle" if you will.
I was immediately in love with the look of the machine. It is very sleek and it fit in quite well with our other small appliances. Admittedly, though, I didn't know the first thing about working with Espresso and I was a little intimidated. Luckily, the machine came with a book that walked me through brewing Espresso, making a latte, and also making a cappuccino. After doing some studying, I was ready to give it a try.
Watch me make my very first Hazelnut latte.
This first attempt wasn't perfect but perfection was well within reach with a little practice. It's all about figuring out my preference in flavor and creating my drink around that. And that's the beauty of this machine. I can decide how strong to make my coffee, whether or not I'd like to add steamed milk with it, and how I combine the 2 to create my specialty drink.
Can you tell I'm a fan?
Here are some of the machine's features and benefits taken from the Capresso website:
- 4-cup high-tech steam/boiler system
- Boiler cap with built-in safety valve
- Unique Coffee/Steam Selector allows you to move from coffee to steaming and to adjust coffee strength to your taste
- Swivel frother with adjustable steam output allows you to steam large or small amounts of milk in seconds for frothing (Cappuccinos) and steaming (Lattes)
- The powerful steam/boiler reduces warm-up time to under 2 minutes, producing 2 to 4 cappuccinos or lattes in under 5 minutes
- Convenient filter holder with thumb guard for safe use
- Illuminated on/off switch
- Dishwasher safe glass carafe
- Removable drip tray for easy clean-up