(Yes, I know the coffee in the echo title refers to
chatting, not drinking coffee...)
I've been working from home since 2020, and adjusting to
not paying as much for gas, working earlier hours without
needing to commute into an office, and paying much more
for home utilities as I keep a house warm that used to sit
empty during the day.
I had an old manual espresso maker that I'd bought at a
sample sale back in 2001 that finally died, and decided to
splurge on a new espresso machine. I bought a Gaggia Brera
in December and love it.
The best part? Since I work from home, I don't spend money
on buying coffee out anymore - and I can make my wife a
latte for the road in about 5 minutes. It's easily paid
for itself in a couple of months.
You could still control the temperature of the rooms you are
not using during the day no? I live in a rather large 2-level
home, 1200sqft per level, and simply close off the rooms that I
do not frequent.
The Brera seems huge to feed a single cup! Why does it have to
be so big?
It's got a decent sized-boiler - you can pull two expresso
shots then immediately go about steaming milk or pulling
boiling water for an americano.
Two things that make it larger than some others are the
system for disposing of coffee pucks and the front-mounted
water reservoir. That makes it easy to maintain the unit
if it's under a counter, like mine is.
Anyway.. boiling water the simple way in a kettle, and letting
gravity and a paper cone do its magic is quite good and fast
I would imagine that your espresso machine would need far more maintenance and cleaning than a simple water-only Bosch/Tassimo
system. I know you said that the machine "has already paid for
itself" in a few months (keeping in mind that the cost of
bistro coffees are overpriced to begin with), but I hope the
machine doesn't create maintenance headaches and added cost
down the road.
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