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Friday, April 23, 2010

Make It Yourself: Coffee

Okay, we admit it: despite our DIY convictions, we still stop at Starbucks and other overpriced coffee shops. But we stop there a lot less than we might, because we can make delicious espresso drinks at home for a fraction of the cost.

We've been doing this for many years, having started with a humble two-cup Braun espresso maker that cost us about $20 and is still going strong a quarter-century later. (We pack it when we travel.) About ten years ago we moved up to Starbucks' Barista model, which served us well for a long time and is still running. But for our anniversary a few years ago we splurged on a DeLonghi machine that requires very little fussing—it grinds the beans and neatly spits the used grounds into a special container. It wasn't cheap, but it's saved us a fortune.

If you find yourself dropping $4 or $5 a day at coffee shops, consider buying your own machine. It will quickly pay for itself and reward you with years of cheap, guilt-free espresso drinks. Even a $750 machine will pay for itself in a few months, depending on how much coffee you drink.

* The machine in the photo is Saeco's Etienne Louis.
We've never seen one in real life, but love the way it looks. Who wouldn't jump out of bed in the morning to make coffee on one of these?

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