I am not a coffee drinker. Too bitter, too hot. For years, I started my morning with water or a splash of juice. I ordered steamed milk with almond flavor when forced to meet at coffee shops. Then my 30s happened. Kids. Career. Second career. I began to crave 12 ounces of comfort and caffeination to kick start my day. I like a non-fat vanilla latte. I don't like the price. No, I can't learn to like plain coffee. I've tried. I didn't even replace the coffee maker we got as a wedding gift when I dropped it on the floor a few years ago. What's the point? I've looked at machines that would make me a fancy drink, but they seemed, well, fancy--too expensive and too complicated for my amateur taste. I don't grind beans.
Over the holidays, my parents surprised me with a Mr. Coffee latte maker. It's possible I'm more excited about it than my new iPad. Ground coffee (or espresso -- although I still haven't figured out where to buy ground espresso), water, milk and a splash of vanilla. It brews! It froths! My perfect latte is ready in two minutes. Even my relatives (coffee drinkers, the lot of 'em) were impressed. And in a couple of weeks, I'll be able to justify a new sweater with the money I've saved. Cheers. Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte, $99, Bed, Bath & Beyond