My Saeco Minuto and I have been getting along great lately. We’ve been hanging out in the mornings, getting to know each other better. She makes me the perfect coffee, while I read the paper. And on those days when I really need a boost, she’ll make me another one in my travel mug just before I fly out the door. Sometimes I wonder how I managed without her all these years.
She’s even converted all the picky coffee drinkers in my house. With all her options, she satisfies everybody. My youngest uses her for frothing milk or making a cappuccino, the hubby likes a full cup of coffee, and I tend to go for the shots of espresso. Everybody’s happy!
You may remember from my last post that I have been testing out the Saeco Minuto coffee machine, after a lifetime of being devoted to my stovetop espresso maker. Well, the little stovetop coffee maker is now sitting in the cupboard, probably feeling very neglected, while the whole family is letting their inner barista out. And the best part is, our new Saeco machine is really easy to use.
Here are the controls. This is what you see after you turn the machine on, letting you know it’s loaded with beans and ready to go.
And I should mention that this machine grinds beans for every cup, so you get the freshest coffee possible. You load the beans into one compartment at the top, you fill the water tank in the other compartment, and you’re good to go. There is even a small chute for adding ground beans if you want to use different coffee for a particular cup. You might use this for someone who wanted a cup of decaf, for example.
Once the machine is loaded up, all you need to do is press a button. For a full cup of coffee, just press the “Medium Coffee” button. Use the “Large Coffee” setting for travel mug sizes.
Here it is in action:
The best part of having these 3 options is you can mix and match. This is a big deal for someone like me, who needs at least 10 adjectives to order the coffee I want when I go to Starbucks. I usually have a double shot of espresso with added milk to make a rich tasting latte in the morning. And when I go out, I brew a medium with an added shot of espresso in my to-go cup. This perfectly replicates my usual latte-grande-single-shot-decaf-lactose-free-milk-110 that I order from Starbucks. And it’s much cheaper, too!
With all the great coffee we have been drinking lately, I’ve been inspired to think about sweet things that go perfectly with coffee. A beautiful match is Zabaglione, an Italian dessert made with whipped egg yolks and sugar. This has what my mom calls “sostanza,” or “energy,” which makes it a perfectly acceptable breakfast food for young immigrant Italian children. Some of the best breakfasts of my life were a cup of zabaglione with a shot of espresso, and a few cookies for dipping. Sometimes, I’d even get a little Marsala wine mixed in instead. I went off to school happily those days.
So I had to introduce my new Saeco to my homemade Zabaglione. Isabel and I had this for breakfast last weekend, with Chips Ahoy for dipping – my childhood cookie. You can try it, too. It’s the easiest dessert to make. I always prefer my Zabaglione with coffee, but you can serve it with sliced fresh fruit or berries. Top it with crushed amaretti cookies, and you’ll impress your guests.
Next up, I’ll be getting to know the milk frother on the Saeco. Stay tuned for some great cappuccinos coming up!
Want to know more about this great coffee machine? Have a look at my earlier review of the Saeco Minuto.
Thank you to Saeco for sending me this beautiful espresso maker to try out. All opinions are my own.
Zabaglione With Coffee
4 egg yolks
4 tbsp sugar
2 cups of coffee, strongly brewed
1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in double boiler over gently boiling water. Continue whisking until thickened. Take care not to overheat the eggs or they will scramble. Take off and on heat if necessary.
2. Divide the mixture in half and add to each cup of coffee.
3. Serve with cookies for dipping.