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Accidental Barista

January 3rd, 2012
by Allison Kaplan

I am not a coffee drinker. Too bitter, too hot. For years, I started my morning with water or a splash of juice. I ordered steamed milk with almond flavor when forced to meet at coffee shops. Then my 30s happened. Kids. Career. Second career. I began to crave 12 ounces of  comfort and caffeination to kick start my day.

I like a non-fat vanilla latte. I don’t like the price.

No, I can’t learn to like plain coffee. I’ve tried. I didn’t even replace the coffee maker we got as a wedding gift when I dropped it on the floor a few years ago. What’s the point? I’ve looked at machines that would make me a fancy drink, but they seemed, well, fancy–too expensive and too complicated for my amateur taste. I don’t grind beans.

Over the holidays, my parents surprised me with a Mr. Coffee latte maker. It’s possible I’m more excited about it than my new iPad. Ground coffee (or espresso — although I still haven’t figured out where to buy ground espresso), water, milk and a splash of vanilla. It brews! It froths! My perfect latte is ready in two minutes. Even my relatives (coffee drinkers, the lot of ‘em) were impressed.

And in a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to justify a new sweater with the money I’ve saved. Cheers.

Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte, $99, Bed, Bath & Beyond

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3 Responses to “Accidental Barista”

  1. Kelly Hersom says:

    Ally, espresso grounds is the same as ground coffee beans. It’s all in the cut of the bean. Go to the and they will explain it to you!!! Cheers!!

  2. Jill says:

    Espresso is in fact the same as coffee, however, it is ground much more finely…a lot like powdered sugar. If you buy Starbucks Espresso, you can ask them to grind it for you. Just be sure to ask for them to grind it for an espresso maker and not for a drip machine. I used to work at Starbucks during my HS and college years :)

    Thanks for sharing this machine! I just added it to our wedding registry…I so hope we get it!!!

  3. Mcfee says:

    I always get my espresso beans ground at Dunn Bros on Grand Ave. Fresh and strong! If you put it in an airtight container, it can last for a while.

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