For the Love of Coffee (Machines?)
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I admit to spending a little too much on coffee machines, in search of the perfect latte maker for home coffees.
In my 20’s I used to drink tea exclusively. As a teen, I used to drink coffee exclusively. As a mom, I run on coffee. I still drink tea but my mornings are not complete without that first cup of coffee.
I wake before my kids most mornings and I have my routine, it involves lattes. I love the quiet time, that first sip of a milky latte before the day gets loud and busy. It’s my time and over the last few years, I have dedicated some of that time to trying to perfect the at-home latte.
I haven’t yet. I doubt I ever will, and that’s ok. If I perfect it I would lose out on the enjoyment of the rare shopping trips I take with my eldest daughter where we bond over a fancy seasonal latte and a hot chocolate for her.
At 12 she reminds me of me, but better. She has a love of reading and art as I do, and she recently introduced her friends to our favorite coffee store where she insisted they all try a flavored hot chocolate.
I can imagine her there, with friends in a few years talking about boys or hopefully just books.
Tried and Tested Coffee Machines
An Obsession with the Perfect Latte Makers for Home Use
I have purchased enough coffee machines over the years that I can’t actually fit them all on my kitchen counter. I don’t know if it could be called an obsession. I wanted a latte maker for home style lattes that would rival the ones I drink in Costa or Starbucks.
Currently, I use a Nescafe Dolce Gusto pod coffee machine, a Tassimo and an espresso machine. My espresso machine has a milk steamer that I don’t use, instead opting for a separate milk frother.
I have always loved caramel so when I discovered the caramel latte, I was hooked. I started out making regular instant coffee and adding cream with a caramel syrup to sweeten, nice but not exactly what I wanted. The coffee wasn’t as good tasting as the store kind.
That’s when I purchased my Dolce Gusto, I had debated getting a pod machine as the pods are expensive but I found one on sale and that was that.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Machines
My Dolce Gusto machine is red and I love how it looks. The latte’s it makes look just like they do in the image above. The machine is a little loud to operate but not overly so. I like that there’s a huge range of pod’s available for not just lattes but espresso, hot chocolate, and cold drinks.
The Gusto is the only coffee machine I have that has a cold option, I’ve never used it. I didn’t discover my love for iced coffee until later.
I could list all the different pod options for the Dolce Gusto but it would be too long a list. They keep bringing out more branded pods and flavors. It would be pretty hard not to find a coffee you like in the range. You can see them all over on Amazon.com
There is really nothing I don’t like about the Dolce Gusto, I’ve had mine years now and it’s still working perfectly, so why did I buy a Tassimo?
Bosch Tassimo Vivo 2 Coffee Machine
I bought this Bosch Tassimo at a local store, I got it because it offered the one thing the Dolce didn’t, a Costa coffee range. I love the costa coffee, not the flavors, but the taste of the coffee.
I’m not a coffee expert in any way, I like what I like and to me costa coffee is strong and a little bitter and I like it.
If I feel like an at-home Costa latte, this machine does exactly that and they have the caramel latte’s that I love. They also have Cadburys chocolate pods which the kids love. The machine itself is quieter than the Gusto, although neither are very noisy.
Saying Goodbye to Coffee Pod’s
My 18-year-old son drinks coffee occasionally, guests also drink coffee, so pod’s work out expensive. For those reasons, I bought my first espresso machine. This one on Amazon.co.uk, It’s very similar to the one below.
I did a little research because I knew nothing about espresso machines and decided to get a 15 bar pump one as almost everything I read suggested it was the best type to buy.
I still know nothing about espresso machines. The milk frother I don’t use. It’s noisy and messy which doesn’t suit my early morning quiet time when I try not to wake the rest of the house. The coffee tastes good, I use the costa coffee for espresso machines which I buy in the store. I get the great taste of costa but, it’s not as hot as I like it. I may not be using the machine correctly, but mine came without instructions for some reason.
Instead of the steamer attached to my espresso machine, I use a simple milk frother like this one above. I bought mine in a local store but its very similar with the same functions as the one in the photo.
I love my milk frother, it’s so simple to use and clean and has hot and cold options. I use it for kids drinks and for my lattes. I didn’t actually think it would work as well as it does, but its always really frothy and a better temperature than I get with the steamed milk frother on my espresso machine. If you want to know more I wrote all about milk frothers here. Everything You Need to Know About Milk Frothers
Still Searching for the Perfect Home Latte
If you got all the way to here, you can probably tell by now that although I have a few different machines, I still haven’t found the perfect fit for my coffee needs.
I use all of the above, for different reasons, The Dolce Gusto has the best range,they do taste great and is possibly the best latte maker for home lattes. The Tassimo has Costa but again, the pod’s cost a lot and the espresso machine has costa but the coffee is lukewarm. The milk frother, I wouldn’t be without but what’s milk without coffee?