Here’s a super cute set of coffee mugs with a unique feature: each one includes a stirring spoon that slides into the mug handle!

We really like the design of these “Cafe Americano” mugs, too. They have an earthy color scheme and a pottery feel with subtle colors in shades of brown, blue and tan.

The graphics on the sides are muted, tasteful and a bit whimsical, with “coffee, coffee, coffee” embedded at the top and bottom.

The design is colorful in a subtle way that looks handcrafted and doesn’t overwhelm.

They’re also microwave safe and dishwasher safe, as you expect, so they are versatile and easy to clean. These mugs are a good compliment to your kitchen so you can enjoy your daily dose of coffee or espresso in pretty style.


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We love playing with espresso machines and writing about them. The ones at restaurants are large and complicated and even some home models are fairly huge.

But there’s another way to make espresso that’s small, simple and inexpensive so it’s one of our favorites.

Check out the Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker. It’s a stovetop espresso maker that’s impossible not to love.

Bialetti’s Moka Express espresso maker series uses a special valve and filter system to force steam through the coffee grounds. You get a rich espresso with a thick crema.

Serve as straight espresso shots or add hot milk for latte-style beverages.

In addition to making great espresso coffee, the Bialetti stovetop espresso maker features a beautiful and classic design. Just look how gorgeous it is.

Bialetti has been making these “moka pot” style espresso machines for over 80 years and they have perfected this device.

The 6-cup model is the post popular size and it’s a #1 Best Seller. There are also other sizes to choose from to meet your specific needs.

Even if you’ve invested in a larger espresso machine a Bialetti moka pot is a worthwhile addition to your coffee making kitchen gear.


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Cold Brew Coffee has become extremely popular over the last few years.

It’s coffee brewed without heat, usually overnight, to create a strong, concentrated coffee known for a smooth flavor with less bitterness than hot coffee.

Because it’s never heated and there’s no ice added it can be served to the desired strength without tasting “watered-down.” It’s always smooth and full strength.

Here’s a great little coffee making device that lets you easily make cold brew coffee at home. It’s the Ovalware RJ3 Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser.

Just fill with coffee grounds and cold water then leave in the fridge overnight. Your coffee will be strong and ready to drink in the morning.

The Ovalware cold brew coffee maker has a stainless steel filter system and an airtight seal that protects the flavor of the coffee.

Why pay $4 a cup for cold brew at your local coffee shop when you can make better cold brew yourself?


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For daily coffee making at home, a simple coffee machine is a great thing to have. It should be super easy to use and easy to clean.

This little four cup coffee maker from Cuisinart does the job well. Just add a filter and come grounds, pour in the water and hit the button. Coffee is ready in a few minutes.

The filter holder is removable so just pull it out occasionally and rinse it off easily.

A nice touch is the included stainless steel carafe. It holds heat well and it’s much more durable than a glass carafe. If this one drops it will be fine. In fact it would have to be fall a long way to even get a small dent.

You can pour a cup while it’s still brewing and the drip mechanism will pause (though we think letting a full pot brew all the way makes for better tasting coffee!).

This coffee maker doesn’t have a timer so you just need to click the button to start the brew. It’s super simple and reliable. This little Cuisinart coffee maker automatically turns off after 30 minutes do you can feel safe and not worry about whether you shut it off when you leave in the morning.

Overall we think this is great choice for a coffee maker since it’s simple, durable and reliable.


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We’re taking a look at options for the best pump espresso machine under $100.

An espresso machine for under $100 is going to be a pretty good deal. It will pay for itself after about twenty drinks compared to buying lattes at the local coffee shop.

Keep in mind that for under $100 you’re not getting a super high-end machine. You’re not even getting a mid-range espresso machine. This is definitely still inexpensive espresso machine territory.

These are the kinds of machines that should last just a few years. You’ll need to keep them clean and make sure the nozzles don’t get dirty. But they will give you plenty of good espresso.

So we like this Mr Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker. This is a bigger brother to the popular and very inexpensive Mr Coffee ECM160.

It has 40 ounce water reservoir (twice the size of the smaller model) and the pump allows much higher 15 bar pressure. This makes it easier and faster to pull shots and steam milk. Most importantly, it gives you the ability to make two espresso shots at once.

It’s about $75 which makes it a really solid value. We recommend this machine for an inexpensive espresso maker.


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