I decided to take a little vacation from the blog last week and enjoy as much of my family as possible while we were in Iowa. I will be writing about our time there later this week, but let me just say, it was amazing. For the first time in well over a decade, I saw all my Aunt's and Uncle's on my Mom's side of the family and most of my cousins (and their babies!). From morning to night we celebrated family.
The time went too fast.
The husband, child and I stayed at my Aunt Kay's home which was also the primary meeting location for the family. Before even leaving for Iowa, all the cooks of the group decided that we did not want to spend the entire visit cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. Knowing the afternoons and evenings would be absolute chaos, my Aunt chose to keep breakfast easy (smart lady) by setting up a coffee/tea station with bagels and/or muffins.
Just like me, I learned that everyone in my family loves and needs their morning coffee(s). As you could imagine, this coffee and breakfast station become key to maintaining morning sanity for all involved and the most popular corner of the kitchen between the hours of 6am and noon.
While the idea of an in-home coffee station isn't original, during the holidays it is essential. My Aunt didn't waste time serving and refilling coffee over and over and over and no one had to search around the kitchen for fresh coffee grounds and sugar.
So, naturally, I had to copy her.
I got home and cleared a little corner in my kitchen. Christmas isn't for another few weeks, but I host plenty of play dates at my house, giving me the perfect excuse to test out my new De’Longhi Lattissima Touch espresso maker with guests.
I received this latest addition to the best-selling Lattissima line a few weeks ago and I am in love. This compact Automatic Cappuccino System combines with Nespresso premium espresso capsules to create a simple, one touch method for making authentic espresso beverages in your very own kitchen. And, boy oh boy! This highly functional little machine not only delivers delicious coffee drinks, but also makes my mornings so easy.
Aside from helping me get out of bed in the morning and keep guests caffeinated and happy (yes, the two go together), this amazing little machine has an automatic cappuccino system creating perfectly layered espresso drinks with dense, rich, long-lasting foam extracted under the ideal flow of water with 19 bars of pressure- the ultimate amount for drawing the most flavor and desired temperature in each cup. To make life a little easier it uses recyclable aluminum capsules so no need to measure or clean up, and, due to its Thermoblock Heating system, waiting time for your hot espresso beverage is only 20 seconds.
Because some mornings, I simply cannot wait any longer.
Plus, yes it gets better, this compact machine has a large-capacity water tank which makes refilling as quick and simple as making your beverages
You guys, this machine is a dream to use. You pop in a pod, press a button and 20 seconds later you have coffee-shop coffee. Perfect for any coffee lover, perfect for entertaining and perfect for personal use.
Yes, the De’Longhi Lattissima Touch is going to make my life a whole lot easier.
You can make your coffee bar corner as simple or wild as you want. Since my goal is simplicity and time outside of the kitchen, my corner had cups, muffins, sugar, extra milk and lots and lots of pod refills.
But this awesome little machine and coffee corner won't just be used in the morning. Switch out the muffins and bagels for for pie and cookies and viola! a dessert bar with fresh delicious espresso for anyone who needs a little caffeine after a big meal (definitely me).
I highly recommend the De’Longhi Lattissima Touch as a gift for all your coffee loving people. Or, maybe someone special who loves to entertain guests. Oooor, since you've worked extra hard this year, as a gift for yourself.
After all, it is the gift that keeps on giving.
De’Longhi Lattissima Touch / Retail price: $499.99
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DELONGHI. The opinions and text are all mine.