I’m a picky Polly when it comes to coffee.
Ever since I’ve put the brakes on dairy, there’s something no-so-satisfying about a dash of thin almond milk in a big mug of java—and I’m really not a big fan of the flavored, syrupy non-dairy creamers out there. Lately, I’ve only enjoyed coffee in the form of an almond milk latte, which I’d have to buy from a cafe. But after a while, that really added up—especially when cafes tend to charge an extra buck or so for substituting almond milk. Not to mention, I’d have to leave home for my caffeine fix. A huge issue, no, but a minor pain in the butt that was totally fixable, yes… (Scroll to bottom of post for contest entry details and sources on decor, clothes etc.)
Long story short, I realized it was high time I get a proper espresso machine so I could enjoy lattes at home—and avoid having to leave the house in sunglasses and a hat upon waking just to spend $6. After a few hours of research, Breville kept coming up as one of the best machines you could get. Even my coffee-obsessed dad (and espresso machine fiend) mentioned them as the benchmark brand.
So usher in Breville’s Barista Express. Buy one for yourself here, or take your chances and enter below for a(n espresso) shot at winning one!
Personally, I didn’t want a fully automated machine—I actually enjoy the little morning ritual of making a cup of something—but the thought of going fully manual (having both a machine and a separate grinder) was a bit much for me, and for my humble counter-space. This machine is the perfect amount of automated. It took a few tries to get my preference for bean grind coarseness and amount down, but once you set it how you like it, you simply tap the portafilter in, and it’ll grind the perfect amount of fresh beans every time. But then you get control back for the fun parts—the tamping and locking. After that, it’s a push of a button and voila! I take it a step further and foam almond milk every morning to make a latte, and Shawn adds hot water (also one button) for an Americano, but you get the idea. Once you know your preferences, it’s really easy to set it, forget it and enjoy.
There’s also some cute features I didn’t notice at first. When the catch-tray is full of water, a little buoy floats up between the steel grates with a yellow sign that says “empty me!” And tucked behind the catch-tray there’s a little storage bin for all the accessories (the extra portafilter trays, the razor, cleaning kit etc.) Compact and cute. Nice job, Breville!
Soooooo, without further ado, if you want to win a Breville Barista Express machine for yourself, here’s how to enter:
And for bonus entries:
- Like Sabrina Smelko on Facebook
- Like Breville Canada on Facebook
- Follow Breville Canada on Twitter
- Follow Sabrina Smelko on Twitter
I’ll tally up all entries in a bag and pull the name from a hat next Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. Winner will be announced then!
PS: My top is from Ted Baker, black jeans from Topshop, mugs from HomeSense, and the wall storage rails are from IKEA. Books are: Jamie Oliver’s ‘Everyday Superfood’, Douglas Coupland’s ‘everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything’, and James Jean’s ‘Rebus’.