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My Love Affair with Coffee and Breville’s Bambino Plus (Giveaway!)

It’s the first thing I look forward to in the morning and fuels me throughout the day. I even turn to it for an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s warm, creamy and delicious. What am I?

C – O – F – F – E – E  !

It’s no secret – I have a love affair with coffee. So, of course, I was delighted to try Breville’s Bambino™ Plus espresso machine. Who wouldn’t want to make delicious, premium quality coffee beverages at home?

I had experience using a premium espresso machine a few years back where I worked and loaded up on lattes several times a day. And since my husband is Italian, we had a vintage espresso machine passed down to us from family as well. We know what makes the perfect espresso! So we were both curious to see if the Breville Bambino™ Plus would fit the bill.

Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine

Breville Bambino™ Plus

This espresso machine arrived at our door right before Christmas, so over the holidays, I was able to set it up and try it out. I love that Breville Bambino™ Plus is a compact size as we don’t have a ton of counter space available. With a sleek stainless steel exterior, the machine is a beautiful addition to our kitchen.

Easy to use.

The Breville Bambino™ Plus is easy to use; it has three settings for temperature and frothing for milk if you’re making lattes or cappuccinos. It also comes with a single or double filter basket, along with a tamper and Razor trimming tool for easy measuring. We tend to use the double filter basket because we prefer our espresso long! The 54mm porta-filter with 19 grams is the key for full flavour and café quality coffee.

Warms up in 3 seconds.

It’s super convenient that you don’t have to wait for the machine to warm up before using; it’s ready to brew in three seconds. The Innovative Thermojet™ heating system achieves the optimum extraction temperature without the wait. The coffee temperature is perfect; the machine’s Digital Temperature Control (PID) delivers water at precisely the right temperature, ensuring optimal espresso extraction.

Froth milk like a Barista.

The automatic steam wand allows you to adjust the milk temperature and texture to suit your taste and makes barista quality foam. It’s also nice that the Bambino plus comes with a stainless steel milk jug! 

Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine | amotherworld

The verdict.

So what do we think? My husband and I are impressed. The espresso has the perfect temperature, is nice and thick in texture and has the right amount of “schiuma” or crema/foam. Since I can’t have regular milk, I was surprised that the steam wand is able to froth my almond milk enough to resemble a regular latte.

I love that I can make espresso, cappuccinos and lattes within minutes. The only problem now is, trying to control how many I should drink a day! Breville has been successful at creating an espresso machine that honours Italian tradition my making café quality coffee.

Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine | amotherworld

 

If you haven’t had any experience as a barista, you’ll want to take a Breville’s Bambino™ Plus.  And if you’re not sure which Breville’s machine is best for you,  you can answer this fun quiz.

Enter to Win

I have partnered with the lovely people at Breville to give one lucky amotherworld reader their very own Breville Bambino Plus!

Please fill in the Rafflecopter below to enter. Open to Canada only until February 28, 2019. Good luck!

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Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine | amotherworld

Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine | amotherworld

I received product from Breville Canada to review. As always the opinions expressed herein are my own.

My Love Affair with Coffee and Breville’s Bambino Plus giveaway | amotherworld

 

International Delight Iced Coffee Review

I love coffee… I do I do!

Hot coffee, cold coffee, lattes, espresso, cappuccino, iced coffee, you name it – I’m there!

So when I had an opportunity to try out International Delight #IcedCoffee from Collective Bias #CBias in three different flavors, I said ~ bring it on!

International Delight Iced Coffee comes in three flavours, Mocha, Vanilla and Original.

international coffee delight

What I like is that the coffees are made with skim milk which is good for the waistline.  One cup (240ml) has 150 calories and 2.5g of fat, which is really good compared to other coffee drinks that are full fat.

The coffee drinks are made with 100% premium Arabica coffee too which makes my taste buds happy.

 

The original had a really nice taste and the coffee flavour came through nicely.   It’s a nice cold coffee, similar to iced coffees you’d buy at the coffee shop.

I found the mocha to taste a little bit like chocolate milk!  I thought it had a nice flavour, as well as the vanilla. I enjoyed trying all three flavours.

My husband also tried the coffees and said they were “thick, rich and creamy.”  He thought the original and vanilla had a bit of an aftertaste but he liked the mocha flavour the absolute best.

Now if only I could be somewhere hot right now, preferably on a beach, sipping on one of these coffees…

International Delight’s Iced Coffees will be available in Walmart stores dairy section on January 15th, 2012. For more information you may visit their Facebook Page.

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias #CBias, however all opinions are my own.