**This giveaway has ended. Check back on Sunday for the winners!**
We’re back for another Home for the Holidays giveaway, and this time, the home wannabe barista (Danny) is going to introduce the last item of the week here on Simple Bites!
Aimée’s family introduced me to coffee-culture, and it is pretty much here to stay. When we hosted a family reunion for them, we went through between 3/4 lb and 1 lb of coffee each day.
To get our coffee fix, we’ve used drip machines, single serve drip, French press, a cheap espresso machine that conked out after roughly 300 shots (2 months in our home), and more recently, a robust espresso machine on loan from my brother. We can finally return that one (thanks, bro) because we will be using our latest caffeine dispensing machine for a while.
If the title of this post did not clarify what it is, here’s a thousand-word description for what we’re giving away:
Valued at $699, this espresso maker will replace 2 items on our counter as the coffee grinder is built into the machine, just one of the nifty features it boasts. Read about how our mornings have gotten a lot better, as well as how to win The Breville Express for your own!
Clearly, I was thrilled to learn that this espresso machine was on its way and let out a whoop at the office when Aimée texted me the pic of the box on our living room floor. She had to ask the courier to push it into the house, as it is a fairly hefty machine. Since it was my Christmas gift, she didn’t open the package with the kids, and instead made them wait for me to get home. After a few deft strokes with my car keys on the tape, the kids were left to play with the boxes, and I got to play with the machine.
After washing the required parts that come in contact with the water, and giving the whole thing a wipe-down, I got down to the business of figuring out how to pull a decent espresso. It was easy. In fact, the espresso mahine warms up in under a minute (45 seconds as per the manual).
I found that the Breville Express easily grinds twice as fine and 3 times more consistently than the 10-year-old unit that we have been using – or as I now see it: tolerating. It is night-and-day upgrade. After a few adjustments for the grind and quantity of coffee dispensed, I have gotten a thick crema every time I’ve used it.
The coffee extraction is pre-programmed for single and double shots, but can be customized to more or less water, if you want to ‘play’ barista like me. Once you switch on the steam, it takes a few seconds to boil the water, and then you get a consistent supply of hot steam to warm/froth your milk.
Included in the box is a portafilter with 2 sets of coffee baskets: a single and double shot basket for beginners (the “set it and forget it” crowd) and one for people like me who want to play a bit more. There is also a milk pitcher, a frothing help device and a tamp that magnetizes right into the machine, so it doesn’t roll around your counter and/or you have a free hand to give a necessary morning juice cup to your kids.
Like most Breville appliances, this one looks like it can and will launch into space soon, and looks fabulous on our counter. You’re probably going to want to go ahead and ‘Like’ Breville on Facebook to keep up with promotions and products!
How to win
Everyone has two chances to win. Here’s how:
1. Comment on this post, answering this question: How would you describe yourself: Coffee geek, coffee addict, or coffee lover?
2. For an extra entry, follow both Simple Bites and Breville Canada on Twitter, and tweet about this giveaway. Make sure you include both our Twitter handles and this post’s URL. Your tweet can be something like this:
I want to win The Barista Express from @BrevilleCanada on @simplebites! http://su.pr/1m21R0 #Giveaway is 48h only.
This giveaway will end tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd at 11:59 p.m. I hope you win! We’ll announce the winners of all the holiday giveaways at the end of the week.