Because I married the greatest guy in the world, he understands my need for coffee. So for my birthday, he upgraded my Nespresso C190 to a fire-engine red D290 Concept machine. And I am in love. With the machine and my husband.
Nespresso machines use proprietary capsules (pods), which means you can make espresso drinks in moments, without the mess and effort involved in grinding and tamping beans. And the most shocking part of these nontraditional coffee makers is that you're not sacrificing quality for a cleaner kitchen. In fact, loyal Nespresso drinkers wind up preferring their brew to more complex solutions.
Ever since our first Nespresso machine joined the family, about four years ago, my Starbucks jaunts have been limited to airports in foreign countries. For 55 cents a cup, I can make my own cappuccinos, lattes, and even caramel macchiatos right in my own home. It's my 5-minute morning ritual at this point, and it can be yours, too.
The D290 features a 19-bar high-pressure pump, one button operation, and super-easy clean up. And you don't even have to take my word for it -- reviews for this particular machine are great at Amazon. And if that crazy high price has you shaking your head at my foolishness, do yourself a favor and check out Nespresso's own refurbished outlet at eBay. That's where mine came from, at half the retail price.