Well it’s another Monday. Even though life may look a bit different right now, the one thing that remains a constant right now is my love for coffee. I remember when Starbucks became a big thing and my mom and her best friend would drop us off at school and go straight to the Starbucks to hang out. (Well I’m pretty sure they were going to do PTA things, but it always felt like we were being ditched!) I also was convinced my mom was addicted to coffee so I guess it’s true that I’ve really turned into her 😂
Though, of course, we’re not going to Starbucks. We have had the occasional coffee from our local cafe (more to support them than anything else). But we’re making our own coffee every morning and then doing an espresso drink every afternoon. Mike and I trade off doing it in the morning– whichever person makes it brings a cup up to the other person so they can have coffee in bed. At this point, it’s the little things that bring joy!
I wanted to share the two machines we use because I am SO grateful for them. I did a lot of research for both and, well, I think they are THE BEST you can buy.
When Mike and I lived in Hoboken, our plain regular coffee maker just stopped working one day right outside of the warranty window (naturally). After a lot of research, we settled on the Moccamaster. Everyone who had one raved. I looked past the hefty price tag and went for it, hoping it was as amazing as everyone claimed it to be. Spoiler alert: it is. This machine makes THE BEST coffee I’ve ever had in a home. It’s super fast and insanely quiet too. It’s kind of embarrassing how often we rave about it– but it’s just that good. We have to spread the word!!! And even though it’s expensive, we’re getting our money’s worth no question.
Then I splurged on this Breville for my birthday present to myself last year. It felt like a bit of an extravagant gift at the time, but omg am I happy to have this little guy! In fact, I love it so much that if I were to do it again, I think I’d actually get one of the fancier machines. With that said though, this little guy does everything we need. It pulls are really good shot of espresso and you steam your milk for drinks too.
10/10 recommend. One thing that I haven’t always been the best at is that it’s okay to invest in quality products if they’re going to really serve you well for years. Sure the $30 coffee maker I had in Hoboken was fine and the coffee was fine. But now I LOVE every morning’s cup. And I had been going out to get cappuccinos every afternoon, then gave up disposable coffee cups so I was missing that “treat.” Turns out I love making espresso at home and now (or rather then? ugh 💔) going out to a cafe was a true treat. They were big spends but the return has been worth it, and then some. Especially now– they bring a sense of normalcy into the day and the coffee and espresso are two things I look forward to.