Coffee is no longer a basic start to the day when running into the office when you don’t have time for breakfast, it’s become an indulgent art to be taken very seriously!
Gone are the days of instant coffee and done. There are hundreds of different coffee beans, many different ways to actually make your coffee and even more ways to drink your coffee (hello iced, flat, whipped, spiced…), it’s safe to say it’s an art rather than a mindless task.
I personally love my coffee. I’ve always been a huge coffee drinker and spent my younger years pretty much hooked on cappuccinos. I noticed I was getting a lot of anxiety which was linked to the amount of caffeine I was drinking so cut down and now I mostly stick to decaf. Don’t be fooled though, my switch over to decaf hasn’t meant that my love of a good coffee has been left behind.
Last year I had to assess the amount of money I was spending on my coffee outside of the house as it was getting a little out of hand to say the least! You don’t need to spend top dollar to enjoy great coffee and you certainly don’t need to visit your local cafe, you can become your own barista and have fun making your own cup of Joe.
We have two coffee machines currently, but have tried a few over the years. The two machines we have now have me covered no matter what I’m looking for, so let’s take a look!
I feel like everyone and their mother has a Nespresso machine and I totally get why. I love our Nespresso machine because it’s quick and easy. If we’re in a rush or are having a few coffees throughout the day, it’s easy to use, quick to make and offers an almost endless choice of coffee including other drinks like matcha and turmeric lattes with companies now creating pods for Nespresso machines.
I have a range of decaf coffees and aforementioned lattes for everyday and a few caffeinated options for when I’m having a real treat! The machine we have is the Prodigio, which seems to be one of the rarer machines as I have trouble finding it, but are actually trying out a Pixie, which I actually think I prefer. I like that it’s a bit smaller and more compact.
The main concern with Nespresso machines is the use of plastic pods and when you think about how many you’re using on a daily basis, this amount of plastic can really add up. This isn’t the case for every brand of pods though and you can find some great companies who make compostable pods and the coffee is not bad at all. You can also make sure you recycle the Nespresso pods you do use. They give you a recycling bag when you go into the store or you can request this online and they can pick it up from your house when you get a delivery or you can take it into a store to be recycled.
Sage Duo Temp Pro
This machine is a big step up from the Nespresso! The Sage is more for the wannabe at home barista who likes to experiment outside of your stand espresso or americano.
The machine comes with a few different cup sizes so you can get the perfect amount of coffee for your drink of choice, a steamer to perfect the milk depending on whether you’re making a latte or a cappuccino, and a hot water setting for topping up your flat white.
It’s a great machine and allows you to make pretty much any coffee you want. I love the milk frother as my favourite coffee for indulging is a latte and being dairy free it’s surprisingly hard to create a good froth using almond or coconut milk. The Sage achieves this perfectly and my lattes are worthy of even the most fussy of coffee drinkers.
What I like about the Sage is that you can have a bit more fun with it. You’re not just popping in a pod and pressing a button, you have to actually get involved and put in a bit more work, but for those who love coffee, the process is just as much a part of the enjoyment as the final product.
We use this machine on the weekend and it feels like a special treat. It’s also really nice when people come over and you can make coffee to everyone’s taste.
I highly recommend both of these machines for completely different reasons. If you’re a total coffee nut and love the process then having a full on bells and whistles machine, the Sage is perfect for you. If you’re more about the end result and just want a quick and easy way to get your caffeine fix then a Nespresso machine is probably the better choice.
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