nespresso // a review

if you know me, you know this girl doesn’t do anything before coffee. i’m totally that person that spends the $4-$5 dollars a day at my local coffee shop and i’m not ashamed (maybe a little, but i’ve come to terms with it).

now that i’m out in the middle of nowhere gilbert, my options are starbucks (no thanks) or driving out of my way to pay for a coffee from somewhere that isn’t my favorite coffee shop. so i decided i would forgo the purchasing of my coffee and simply purchase an at home machine.

i had a keurig in the past and hated it. it was watery and no matter the coffee i got it was just overall bad. from that i contemplated what i did like and why the keurig didn’t do it for me. i realized i needed espresso so i decided this time ’round i needed something that would give me espresso *enter nespresso machine*

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I got my nespresso from best buy but I price matched it with a target machine so you can find that here. before purchasing this machine i did some research on the overall brand and what people thought of the coffee against normal machines or the keurig. most people seemed extremely loyal to their nespresso machine and i decided I would give it a go.

i got the cheapest machine they offer simply because #college #broke but also because essentially they all brew the same cup of coffee. mine happened to come with a milk frother (which a lot seemed to) so that was a nice bonus, but i’m not a foam fan so it probably won’t get much use.

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as for the actual machine i think it’s really neat. it has a water reservoir so you only have to fill it up every 2-3 cups. it also has two size options so you can have a straight espresso shot or one closer to an americano (i think it’s meant to be a double shot, but it just tastes more watery). it also has a compartment where the old pods fall once they are used so you don’t have to dig out the pods after each use. all of these get a big thumbs ups from me!

as for the coffee i think it is great and exactly what i was looking for! a sampler pack came with my machine so i’ve been working my way through that to find what i like the best but i went ahead and ran up to the nespresso store in scottsdale to sample and purchase some extra pods. i got the intenso iced blend and the roma blend.

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i always have my coffee iced so i tend to brew the pod (with a little sugar in the bottom if i’m craving sweet) and pour that over ice. the secret weapon to great at home coffee is creamer and i love the silk soy coffee creamer!

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overall i am really happy with my nespresso machine! (and so is katelyn who benefits from it as well!) i don’t think i can say that i will never go buy coffee again, but it is exactly what i wanted now that i am far away.

whats your favorite coffee?

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coffee in halifax // caught in canada

hello my lovely blog readers! i’m so excited to be back in the blogging saddle! i took a super quick trip up to canada for a wedding and i didn’t post anything while i was gone because i was sick, helping the bride and honestly because i was trying to see as much of halifax as i could!

so today i bring you a post i have been planning since i booked this trip and it is about all the coffee places i visited. i made a choice not to visit tim hortons or starbucks because i was pretty sure everyone knew how their coffee tasted, but i gathered a short list of places i wanted to try and here is what i came up with!

1. Second Cup

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my first day in halifax i was pretty out of it and didn’t fancy driving too far so i ended up at second cup coffee company. if you live in canada this is a pretty common coffee chain and you can find it in almost any city. because it was a place i had never tried i still figured it was worth a few words in this post.

i would describe second cup as just… not great. my quad shot latte cost 7$ which is crazy and i honestly couldn’t even taste the coffee. the best part of this place was how close it was to my grandma’s apartment in bayer’s lake. if you’re in a rush to get a coffee i would recommend sticking with your normal starbucks than going to second cup.

2. Lucky Penny Co.

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lucky penny is probably the most esthetically pleasing coffee house we got to visit! from the moment you walk in the cozy feeling and beautiful decor invites you to stay a while. the coffee wasn’t anything special, but i think that if i lived in halifax, this coffee place would be my choice to sit in and study. something they did that was different was they steamed my soy milk before putting it over ice, but it tasted good so all was well! because it is on quinpool road parking is more difficult but so worth it!

3. Local Jo Café

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local jo is an adorable café tucked away in what seems to be a residential neighborhood. this place was PACKED when we went, with almost every table filled with people chatting away. the coffee wasn’t my favorite (mainly because i was dumb and didn’t ask how many shots were in a latte and only ended up with one in my drink) but i wish i hadn’t had breakfast because the food looked to be the main attraction of the place!

4. Jumping Bean

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jumping bean was a recommendation from my grandmother! (she somehow knew the owner and as i’ve come to realize it’s common in halifax for everyone to know everyone’s mother). this was my day two coffee and after suffering through second cup on my first day jumping bean was a god sent! the coffee was amazing and the bright orange decor on the walls was cheery. if you’re in bedford head over to jumping bean!

5. Java Blend

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java blend is another coffee shop that was very inviting! it was busy on the Sunday morning we popped over and for good reason. the coffee was absolutely perfect. it had a sweeter flavor to the espresso with almost subtle hints to caramel. another big plus to this place was it was easy to find and had great parking!

6. Cortado Tasting Room

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finally we have cortado. this place blew me out of the water and is my #1 must try coffee place. to start the decor was amazing and had a very modern yet home-y feel. the staff was AWESOME(!); i went with both of my grandmothers and the women at the cash was nice and helpful to answer questions they had. also the barista who made our coffees was joking with us about his coffee art (which ps was awesome, even if he said it’s ‘blob art’). but most importantly, the coffee. i got the same thing at each coffee shop (an iced soy latte) and this was leaps and bounds above the rest. that is because i have never tasted a coffee where the espresso itself had so many flavor layers. it is hard to describe, but if you have the opportunity, take a dip into cortado to discover the magic for yourself!

where is your favorite coffee place??

(ps. the header picture is of a print i got from lost and found in halifax!)

New Outlook

I think it’s amazing when an event in your life just changes…everything. Most of the time we think of change as a negative and let’s be honest in this time in our lives it usually is. I’m fortunate to be in a place in my life where it got better. It feels like when you are a teenager that everything is crashing around you but the beauty is that… it isn’t.

I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop at the University of Sussex in Brighton. I’m sipping on the most froo froo coffee in the entire world (see its amazing-ness below) and I never imagined that would happen.

I think this generation often forgets how young we are. It feels as if as soon as we graduate high school that we have to have life figured out, but we don’t, and the truth is most people twice our age also don’t have life figured out. When I went into University I wanted to be a doctor and couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life. But slowly I fell out of love with it and I was panicked because I was NOT the friend that didn’t know her major. But suddenly I was. Thank god for the Mester’s who made me slowly realize that it’s ok to do something different (after many talks around the famous Mester family kitchen table).

I knew I needed a change. And then there was the University of Sussex. I am in love. Abosolitely smitten with this place. I think my video professor put it best “everyone says think outside of the box, but at Sussex there is no box”( and oh ya I’m in a video class!!)  The people here have a passion that I have never seen before. I was absolutely floored by a guy I met in my video class that said “I was going to do physics, but I love graphic design, so why not do it?”

The city of Brighton is a town covered in beautiful people doing what they love. The art is crazy and it makes me so inspired to just… do. To do life. I think the best words of wisdom I got while deciding to re-design my life was my Nana Liz, ” find what you love and then find someone to pay you to do it”, which was ultimately my biggest fear. But fear just seems to leave when you’re sitting by the ocean eating lunch (crazy right?).

So I’m changing. And I have a new outlook. I think I care less to (about what people think of me and how I think of people). I’m young. SO YOUNG. And I can’t wait to start life-ing how I want.

Please meet Tori, my roommate and the true BAE. This girl has the most genuinely infectious positive outlook and one day, when I grow up, I wanna be like her I took this picture at Sussex Photo Society (that’s something new I’m doing)

This is a giant mural of dogs…. i’all just leave it there.

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 My other beautiful roommate, Mari. There is so much fiery passion in this adorable little girl (who we call mom because, she’s soooooo old :)) I want to be able to fight for what I believe in like her one day.

This is something else I’m doing that is new. Graphic stuff. I love Star Wars ❤