For My Inner Barista!

Maestro would like to introduce my newest purchase, something that I’ve wanted for years, and of course something that my parents refused to fix at home… What is it?


Breville Café Roma Espresso Machine


I used to work at Starbucks over the summertime and seriously, if money wasn’t an issue, I’d be a barista any day! Well, I’ll always look forward to having a cup of coffee while sitting out on the patio tables at Starbucks once I retire. Until then, I’ll rely on my inner barista to carry me through these years and make me delicious cups of coffee with my new Breville machine. The brand is founded in Australia and is known for making the world’s first sandwich toaster in 1932, which spread through the western countries like smallpox. These days, Breville has made numerous fine kitchenware and has won countless innovative awards.

At home, we actually had a state of the art Gaggia machine which was bought for 1000$ ten years ago, that was a LOT of money back then. Gaggia is also a competitor being the first Italian company to make the modern steamless espresso machine. Since 2010, Gaggia was bought over by Saeco (division of Philips) and the machines are no longer completely made in Italy. It’s unfortunate that my my parents don’t recognize the value of our espresso machine. They just dumped it in the corner, not being used for years, and finally took it out one day to find that something was a bit wonky and just threw it out!!! As one can imagine, I was pretty horrified when I found out last year. I mean, I was seriously pissed! All along I’m the one who LOVES lattés and have always been eyeing this machine. I was confident that Gaggia‘s CS would ask us to just send the machine back, they’d fix it at some cost for 100-200$ max, and you’d have years to enjoy from it again. Anyhow, enough of my rant lol, but thank you for reading this section!

My beautiful machine was bought on during the boxing week specials where there were a couple of items ranging from 50-70% off. I guess you can say that I have a knack for things that might go on sale soon, so a couple of weeks before, I was already stalking it everyday lol. I think a lot of people don’t realize that you can get almost anything that you want at really good discounts. The thing is that you have to be patient and regularly stalk, stalk, stalk!!! lol

The pin is for cleaning the milk frothing nozzle and there’s another smaller pin on the other end that’s covered by the cap in the pic below. The smaller pin is to poke at the filters if they get clogged with espresso grains.

Stay tuned, I will make another post soon for how to make your own latté, the Starbucks style!!!

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