Monday, March 11, 2013

So Long Starbucks

Don't get me wrong, I love Starbucks. I could easily go every single day and back in college that's just what I did. Once we had jobs and a home and bills however, my Starbucks cravings had to be curbed for the sake of our marriage and budget. I don't go nearly as often as I did during my college years but I was still hitting up the joint about 2-3 times a week. Times that by the price of a latte and I was easily spending $15-20 a week. I needed an alternative and even tried my hand at making my own cold-brewed ice coffee which was good, but not the same as espresso. So when my birthday rolled around last weekend I knew just what to ask for.

I first discovered the Nespresso machine this past Christmas when a friend of ours had it at his house. He made us lattes and they were so delicious. It didn't hurt that the machine was adorable too so it was right then and there that I leaned over to Dan and told him I wanted one for my birthday. And like the fantastic husband he is, he remembered and went in on it with his parents.

This model came with an aeroccino, which is just a fancy term for milk frother. You put the milk in cold and it gets heated and frothed in about a minute. You can even froth it cold if you so choose.

Now how does this compare to Starbucks prices? Since the machine was a gift, there was no outright expense to make up for. You do have to buy the pods though which equal out to about $1 each if you buy them in bulk on Amazon. Then you simply provide your own milk and any syrups or flavorings your heart desires. I'm actually thinking of hitting up Starbucks for a bottle of their vanilla syrup (about $10) and I will be able to make my favorite latte for so much less! Woot.

Needless to say, I love it. And if you are in the market for one of your own, I highly recommend it. And no, I was not sponsored in any way to write this post I simply love this machine and if Nespresso wants to send a few free pods my way I'll gladly accept. In case you're wondering what happened to the tea bar that used to live on this counter, it has now being relocated to the cabinet above. For those worried about my caffeine consumption while pregnant, rest assured that I limit myself to one shot of espresso which contains 70 mg of caffeine, well below the recommended 200 mg limit.

Psst...I starting making my own vanilla syrup! See that recipe here.

Check out the video tour of our coffee bar and Nespresso review here!

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