Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kitchen Lust: FrancisFrancis! Espresso Machine

Like any good New Yorker, I love coffee. Cannot get enough. Would drink it morning, noon and night if I could, and often do, frankly. (Not all the time, though - a girl needs to leave room for her Diet Coke and her booze.)

My coffeemaker of choice is a Bodum Chambord French press - I love it for the counter space it saves and also for the rich, hearty brew it produces. But one thing it doesn't do is make espresso.

To date, I haven't invested in an espresso maker - it seems like an awful lot of money for something that would probably be used two times a week, maximum. Plus, it would take up precious counter space in my tiny kitchen. But, if I could buy any espresso maker on earth, I think it would have to be this powder-blue FrancisFrancis! model. It's gorgeous, it's hard-working, and it's long-lasting. What more could a girl want?

But, alas, at almost $900, it's way out of reach. So I think I might go low-tech and spring for this Bialetti stovetop model. Starting at $20 for a three-cupper, it seems like the way to go. Plus, it's charmingly retro in its own way, dontcha think?I sure do.


Wendy said...

Meg I loved my Mokka when I lived alone. We use it now when we go camping! You should absolutely have one.

Meg Blocker said...

Cool! I think this will be the next thing I buy for the kitchen, as soon as I can get down to SoHo to hit Sur La Table. Next Sunday, maybe...yay!

abadeeba said...

Regarding your potential quest for an espresso machine, try something in between $900 and $20, specifically about $179. It's called the Nespresso C90 and it's the most used thing on my countertop. Looks pretty cool too.

Meg Blocker said...

Thanks for the tip!

I actually ended up buying the Moka - cost is a factor, but even more limiting is my complete and total lack of counter space (I have about 2 1/2 square feet of it in my whole kitchen). I've had a couple cups so far, and they've been great!

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