Today’s giveaway is for everybody who ever wanted a good espresso machine setup, but never had a chance to get all of the components at one time. This is everything you need to have a nice espresso station in your home kitchen without getting ridiculous on the price.
You can win everything pictured here:
Of course, the first thing we’re going to look at is the machine itself. I picked a De’Longhi 15 Bar Pump Espresso & Cappuccino Maker for this giveaway because De’Longhi is a trusted brand that always makes good stuff.
What’s That ’15 Bar’ Crap Mean And Why Should I Care?
Most lower end cost espresso machines are “steam driven”; this means that the liquid squeezed through the coffee grounds is completely dependent upon the pressure that the steam builds up inside the machine. The pressure of the steam will only reach about 3 bars, which isn’t enough to develop that foamy layer of crema on top of your cup of espresso that coffee shops are so famous for. It just won’t happen. Not only that, but you’re also at risk in the kitchen because of the temperature of the water in the machine: over 200 degrees. At that high of a heat, the espresso ends up REALLY hot and can end up tasting burnt. Yuck.
A machine that runs off of a 15 bar pump, however, creates a higher quality beverage and it isn’t likely to scald you. It’s worth spending the extra $50-$75 for a higher quality machine.
The next thing I’m going to include is a kitchen counter shelf for you to set your new machine on. Why? Well, because it’s easier to froth the milk in the pitcher if it’s a little elevated off of the counter top.
I’m also including a 10oz frothing pitcher, a basic tamper, and a frothing thermometer.
And who wants an espresso machine without the cups to go with it? Not me! The cups pictured are from Harold Import and include a stand for the cups and the saucers.
Finally, the last thing I’m going to include is an espresso knock box to knock the espresso grounds into. It’s a decorative addition to the entire setup and you can choose your color: red, black, or silver.
This whole set is a $180 value! And the only thing missing is the coffee.
Why am I not including coffee? Everyone who would want this set probably already has a brand of coffee in mind to use with it and I won’t pretend to know what it is. I mean, come on, when getting into the politics of what coffee brand is better, even Folgers vs Maxwell House is liable to bring blood between the closest of family. :-p
Are you a coffee connoisseur? Leave a comment down below!