Coffee. It’s the glue that holds my marriage together.
This is because early on in our marriage, my husband developed the lovely habit of bringing me a nice coffee to wake me up in the morning. He leaves it on my bedside table, which makes the enormous effort involved in opening my eyes in the morning just a tiny bit easier.
I’m not much of a morning person.
You may think this coffee thing he does is an indulgence, but it’s not. Things like this are an absolute necessity in a marriage. You can forgive A LOT of things if you get bedside coffee in the morning. My husband is a smart man.
But he might be getting a little nervous, because I have a new morning best friend.
It’s the Saeco Minuto.
This baby has been taking care of all my coffee needs in the morning.
You should know I am extraordinarily picky about my coffee. I’m the kind of person who uses 10 adjectives to order coffee at Starbucks.
I was raised on strong, dark espresso. Back in the day, a huge mug of milk and espresso with a few cookies was considered a healthy breakfast in an Italian family like mine. On special days, you’d get some whipped zabaglione thrown in there. Yup, healthy.
And the astonishing thing is that I have always used a simple stove top espresso maker for my coffee. Here’s my well-used coffee maker:
It’s probably 20 years old. My mom even gave me a mini version when I first moved out. And I’ve never met a coffee machine that came close in terms of making the perfect cup of coffee.
But this Saeco Minuto has won me over. It’s easy to use, fast, and makes exquisite coffee. I can start my day with a shot of espresso, with or without my husband.
I feel a new sense of coffee independence coming on!
Here it is in action:
And this is what the espresso looks like:
That lovely frothy stuff on top is called crema, folks – and that’s a sign of a great espresso. People are being served espresso with beautiful crema in all the finest cafes in Italy, and now also in my kitchen.
This is what my morning looks like now –
And the story doesn’t end here, either. I have the rest of my family to think of too. Rick likes his coffee Canadian style – long and less strong. He drinks caffeinated, I often like decaf. Sometimes we like a latte or cappuccino. And then we have 2 teens who have their own ideas, ‘cause teens always know everything. Can one machine satisfy the whole family? Or will there be coffee wars?
Hmmm…. stay tuned and see if the Saeco Minuto can keep this picky bunch happy. In the meantime, I need to keep testing out the machine. Time for another coffee!
Thank you to Saeco for sending me this beautiful espresso maker to try out. All opinions are my own.