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Why Yes, I Did Make That

By Lise Merle

Hamilton Beach Cappuccino & Espresso Maker – the perfect combination of Yup, I’m Fancy and Why Yes, I Did Make That

Fancy coffee machines.

I received one as a gift about 25 years ago and literally never used it.

“Thank you, no,” I thought. You can keep your fancy, steamy, foofy coffee “station” and make a sour face when it turns out not-quite-up-to-your-silly-high-standards. I’ll be over here with my trusty Hamilton Beach drip coffee maker (plus hot water dispenser!) where nothing ever goes wrong.

And then one night a few months ago, as I was watching one of my many reality TV guilty pleasures (Real House of New Jersey) which was set in Melissa Gorga’s kitchen while she and husband Joe have a disagreement about Joe buying a restaurant without her knowledge. Like a surprise! A surprise that’s AN ACTUAL RESTAURANT! This is how we rich and famous do it. I mean, I bet Melissa would be AS HAPPY if Joe had unloaded a dishwasher or folded some laundry but I digress.

While Joe was defending his position, he went and prepared himself an espresso on the stove, and proceeded to drink it out of the most delicate, tiny cup which is when I thought HOLY HELL, I NEED TO BE FANCY LIKE THE HUSBANDS OF REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY ARE FANCY.

But no stove. I would forget in a second and melt my espresso maker.

I love my new Hamilton Beach Cappuccino & Espresso Maker more than a real housewife loves flipping tables when she’s mad.

Numero Uno? It is easy peasy Italian squeezy to operate. After filling with water and priming the pump, I can have a steaming hot cup of fanciness in my hand in less than a minute. Note: this is 12 minutes faster than my 12 cup drip. Correction: my OLD 12 cup drip.

Number 2: the coffee is pressed and locked by a side bar you squish down and results in the creamiest, freshest brew.

And adding fresh steamed or frothed milk (or for me, on a high fat whipping cream for my Keto diet) is as simple as flipping a switch.

My favorite recipe is 2 pumps Torani Sugar Free Caramel, 1 oz Heavy Whipping Cream and 1 TBS Salted Butter Steamed. Then? A double dose pressed fine grind coffee brewed on top.

It is so good, it could break your heart.

Truly. Our Hamilton Beach Cappuccino & Espresso Maker has earned a permanent spot on our coffee counter. Our old 12-cup HB coffee maker has been relegated to the storage pantry until we need coffee for an army.

Because the Hamilton Beach Cappuccino & Espresso Maker? Is a star. In addition to everything said above, it also features:
A 15 bar Italian Pump
Slide & Lock Filter Holder
Uses fresh ground or pre-mesured ESE pods
A no fuss milk frother
Thermo-block technology
An easy fill 30 oz removable water reservoir
Removable drip tray.

You can get your very own Fancy as A Real Housewife Hamilton Beach Cappuccino & Espresso Maker GASP! on sale right now at Walmart for only $128 vs the regular price of $197.97 and at other major retailers in person and online including The Bay and Amazon.ca ($161).

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