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This $124 Espresso Machine Rivals My Favorite Coffee Shop's Lattes

This Gevi espresso machine paid for itself in just a month -- and it's on sale for Black Friday.

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I'll admit it: I'm a coffee snob. I used to prefer $7 lattes from a coffee shop over anything I tried making at home. But the coffee shop nearest to my house is mediocre, so I was driving between 20 and 40 minutes one way every day to get my caramel latte fix. Everything changed when I bought a Gevi espresso machine, which is on sale for $123 (save $77) for Black Friday -- the lowest price I've ever seen it drop to.

I never thought I could rival my favorite coffee shop's lattes, until I got my espresso machine. The Gevi is super easy to use once you get the hang of it to craft your favorite drink. If you're an avid latte drinker, I recommend finding a homemade recipe for whatever sauce you like -- for instance, caramel or vanilla. I always add the caramel first, then brew the espresso over it so it blends well. Then I pour the steamed milk through the center. (You'll need a milk frothing pitcher -- I have this one.) It tastes exactly the same as when the coffee shop makes it, but I just make mine less sweet.

Now, instead of spending $35 each week on fancy coffee drinks, I buy a bag of ground espresso beans for $20 every few weeks. I do recommend buying a canister to keep your coffee grounds fresh -- this is the one I bought. Also, if you don't have espresso cups, these are a great option. (Both are part of Amazon's Black Friday deals.)

I've now had the Gevi espresso machine for four months, and I'm still really impressed with it. 

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