Just like everyone tells you but you don’t understand until you’re in it – babies change your life in every way. Nick and I no longer have time for luxurious walks to get fancy coffee – hand in hand, just to come back home and take a nap, (omg that’s all I want to do right now). Now we’re on Cora’s schedule and since she’s not a fan of sleeping, we don’t get to be either. Enter: all the coffees.
We love coffee at our house. And not in a, ram a Vanilla Sugary Coffee pod into a [insert whatever brand pod coffee maker here], but in a walk to our local pour-over shop, or the little place around the corner that harvests and roasts its own beans, way. We like real, honest coffee. But since Cora’s schedule does not normally leave us lots of time to walk to get a pour over or a macchiato, we wanted to find a way that we could make coffee at home. Not good coffee. Great coffee. So obviously we had to look around at different reviews on websites like greatcoffeebrewers.com and popped into shops that we knew sold coffeee brewers until we managed to find some that worked for us.
We are huge fans of KitchenAid. I am a baker, (working on cooking, although my last foray into making dinner was BLAH – good thing Nick cooks so well), and the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer is my all-time favorite gadget. I generally knew that they made coffee makers, so we checked out their site to see what they offered. If you couldn’t tell by my second paragraph – I’m not a huge fan of the pod coffeemakers. I like the convenience, but I feel like it’s cheating. I didn’t want to jump on that train.
Welp, I’m on the train.
We tested out two different KitchenAid® coffee makers – One for making espresso drinks and one for CRAFT COFFEE. Yes. Sometimes I just want a latte or a cappuccino, so why not just be able to make them at your house. After testing the Nespresso® by KitchenAid® machine, I’m on the pod train. I’m driving that train. It comes with a milk frother that has changed our lives. That sounds melodramatic, but on the reals. If your not a pod fan, there are other alternative machines that don’t use pods to achieve your cup of goodness. You can read reviews on other coffee makers, such as espresso machines, at Full Moon Cafe to find your perfect match.
My one concern was the physical waste associated with pod coffee makers. It was important to me that the pods be recyclable. Nespresso will send you recycle bags free of charge and once you fill them, you can UPS them back to Nespresso free of charge for them to be recycled. #win
The Siphon Coffee Brewer was something I was dying to try. Percolator coffee is so old school and awesome, so I was curious to see how this one would work. So the first time I used it, I didn’t connect the two parts together like I was supposed to and the majority of the water evaporated out before Nick noticed and then we had about a cup of water for enough coffee for like eight cups. It was oil. Moral – READ THE DIRECTIONS. The second time we used it, after we had read the directions like normal humans, we were hooked. It’s what we use on the weekends now – since it takes about 15 minutes to completely brew, but it’s worth it. Trust. If you want to get yourself a coffee machine, I suggest you do it! Shop around for the best ones for you and your kitchen, there are many to choose from, I get a lot of recommendations from people, one that comes up quite a bit is a Sage Coffee Machine UK, they are sleek and stylish for your kitchen, why not have a look and see for yourself.
Slow vacuum coffee on the weekends and quick lattes before work – even though our routines have changed, our access to good coffee doesn’t have to. And our little 6 month-old coffee date is well worth it.
Because I know we are not the only ones who struggle in the mornings and need a little extra caffeinated help, I’ve teamed up with KitchenAid® to give away one of these two coffee makers! The winner will get to choose which one they would prefer – either the Nespresso® by KitchenAid® with Milk Frother or the Siphon Coffee Maker.
*Giveaway Closed* Congrats to Brooke Mascio!!!!
Our other coffee accoutrement linked below.
XOXO – Em
photos by Emma Parker Photography