You've probably read the bit of financial advice that says that if you don't buy a Starbucks cappuccino every morning before work, you can save a whopping $812 a year.
Well, the coffee machine makers seem to have heard this as well, because $812 is almost exactly what the newest models of cappuccino makers cost. Upwards of EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS for a consumer grade coffee maker! I don't know about the rest of you, but Robb and I don't live in a world where we can justify such a purchase.
Oh Sure. We love a good cup of cappuccino in the morning. But even love has its limits.
While I was in France, our trusty Krups cappuccino maker bit the dust.
Robb did his research, reading all the geeky coffee-boy discussions online, and bought a refurbished Breville coffee maker. (This thing retails for $250, but he found one for much, much less.) The coffee maker showed up at our apartment a few days after I got back from from France, and I immediately hated it. Robb and I have a lovely apartment, but a woefully tiny kitchen, and this machine was a BEAST. I would not be exaggerating if I were to say that it hogged up a quarter of all our counter space. This machine, like most of the newer cappuccino makers was pump (not steam) driven, and it made horrible thumping noises while brewing. It was also ridiculously complicated. If you weren't careful, it would burn you. I did not love this machine.
And so it got boxed up, to be returned.
In the mean time, we hauled out a vintage machine that we had bought at a thrift store on the border of Baltimore and Towson. My memory is that we bought this the same day that we bought a great cappuccino maker that someone probably got as a wedding or housewarming gift. The vintage coffee maker was purchased because it was really cheap, and because it was so unbelievably beautiful. It looks like a stainless steel marine mammal, but it made shockingly undrinkable coffee. We kept is as Kitchen Sculpture, not because it was terribly functional.
Yesterday, Robb went out shopping again. He brought home another Krups. Apparently, the coffee makers are chasing after the $800 coffee maker demographic, and are trying to get American consumers to buy the expensive models by discontinuing all but the crappiest of their other models. After one day of use, Robb doubts that this flimsy rickety machine be bought will last us for three months.
So, now we're asking blog readers this question:
Have any of you recently purchased a decent apartment-sized cappuccino maker that brews from fresh grounds (not those little sachet things), is built to last for a couple of years, and doesn't cost hundreds of dollars. I know there's got to be such a thing.
Failing that, do any of you have a used machine that's been collecting dust in your basement that you might want to sell us?