Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Low Tech and Affordable Espresso Machine!

Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to have an excellent coffee while being frugal at the same time? Well, look no further.

One of the best things about being an owner of a cafe during our time in Spain was being able to make the perfect espresso whenever we wanted. After selling the Cafe and moving back to the states, we still love coffee (unfortunately we can hardly stand normal drip coffee)! However, it would be pretty impractical to drop 5Gs on a machine like this just for private use. And while a personal espresso machine like this might do the job $500 is still too pricey for me.

In Spain, it was pretty rare to find someone with a drip coffee maker in their home. Instead the typical home was equipped with a Cafetera (I have no idea what to call it in English). The beauty of this machine is that you get an espresso quality coffee, but all you need is a stove-top (even an open flame will do). They are easy to pack and take with you. If we are out of town for more than three days or so I normally bring it along. You can find them in IKEA or occasionally in import stores like World Market. You should be able to get a decent one for $20-30 and it is totally worth it to bypass the aluminum ones and splurge for the stainless steal.

In my next post I will explain the art of making the perfect espresso on your Cafetera.