Friday, April 30, 2010

{Handy Coffee Lovers Gadgets}

I love coffee. It's a big part of my life. My husband proposed to me in a coffee shop, for crying out loud! Coffee just makes me happy. It smells good, tastes good, and looks so pretty in coffee mugs. Hot or cold, frills or plain, it's just wonderful. I love all the varieties of ways to make a cup of joe too. The options are endless.

Two little nifty items we received from our wedding is the Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker and Cooks Power Blender with attachments. I love these items and they get used a lot around our home:)

Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker

 My bridesmaids purchased this for me and I am addicted to it! I use it all the time. I takes a little learning, but once you get the hang of it, it's really easy and makes an uber delish cappuccino, latte, or frap. You can find it at Amazon for under $40.

Cooks Power Blender

This item is so awesome for blending up smoothies, or my favorite, frappuccinos! You can find it at JCPenny on sale right now for about $30.
I use this several times per week and it rocks! So easy to use and cleanup is a breeze. Yesterday, a friend came over for lunch and I made Black Raspberry Chip fraps using this. They were wonderful! I just wing it but you can hardly mess this up. The recipe goes something like this:

Black Raspberry Chip Frappuccino {1 serving}
1/3 C espresso
1 C Breyers Black Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream
2 - 3 ice cubes
1/8 C Milk
Whipped Topping
Chocolate Syrup

Prepare espresso in espresso machine. Combine espresso, ice cream, ice cubes, and milk in blender. Top with whipped topping and syrup drizzle. Sip and enjoy!

Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker

This is the next item on my list of wishes:) I currently own a bare bones Black&Decker. You can find it at Amazon for under $70.
  • Retro-style, black-chrome coffeemaker brews 12 5-ounce cups
  • 24-hour clock/timer for wake-up coffee; brew-pause; programmable shut-off
  • 1-to-4- or 5-to-12-cup brewing options provide maximum flavor; Gold Tone filter
  • Charcoal water filter; decalcification indicator; heat-adjustable warming plate


  1. Ok you are a girl after my own heart. LOVE LOVE LOVE coffee!!! Such a fun post!

  2. I may just have to get that smoothie blender...that looks amazing!


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