When the generous folks at Saeco reached out and offered me their Saeco Moltio Carafe to review, I jumped at the chance. I've had almost every type of coffee maker in my home. Drip coffee maker, French coffee press, manual espresso machine and I've long been in the search for the perfect cappuccino at home.
We've been using a single serve pod coffee maker for the last while but it hasn't been sitting well with me lately. The pods can be expensive and aren't easily recycled. With this espresso machine though, the only waste is the coffee grounds. And this machine makes it so easy to have an exceptional cup of coffee.
I'm not a coffee snob - a double-double at the ice rink is perfect - but there are times when only an espresso, cappuccino or latte will do. I especially love to savour hearty coffees at the end of a meal, when you take your time with each sip as you enjoy the last bits of conversation. It's a bit of an Italian experience in the everyday.
The espresso machines I've used in the past were never easy - too many steps and room for error - but this one has me converted. It does everything for you: optimizing the tamping and grind of the coffee beans; self-cleaning of the frothing mechanism, and dispensing the perfect amount of coffee and steamed milk every time. It comes with a hefty instruction manual, but after a few minutes of getting the temperature (hot), aroma (very strong), and mix of froth and coffee just the way I wanted it and customized to the size of my cups, I felt like my own personal barista.
I start each morning now with a cappuccino. It's the perfect kick start and warms me up for the brisk walk to drop Chloe off at school. Now that I've mastered my lattes, I'm eager to play around with the machine and try out a few recipes. I tried an Affogato (espresso over gelato) this summer for the first time and can't wait to see if I can replicate it at home.
Are you a coffee connoisseur? What are your favourite brand of beans? I'm learning that the beans make all the difference!
Disclosure: I was generously provided a Saeco Moltio Carafe for review. All opinions and obsession with coffee are my own.