Welcome to the Jingle Jam Giveaway Hop hosted byMamaNYC and Cheap Is The *New* Classy! Let’s kick off the holiday season with a bang! The linky at the end of the post has some amazing prizes geared towards music, toys, food, kitchens and everything else. This event will run from December 1-15th, so you will have plenty of time to enter all of our giveaways! Good luck and Happy Holidays!
My Sponsor: IMUSA
I am a huge coffee fanatic. There is nothing I like better than to start my morning with a strong cup of coffee! I often find myself stopping at coffee shops in the afternoon in an effort to inhale enough caffeine to keep me going for the rest of the day! I bet you have someone like me on your holiday gift list! Somebody who is drawn to everything coffee flavored….coffee icecream, iced coffees, chocolate stir spoons to actually STIR their beloved coffee with? If you have somebody like this on your holiday wish list, chances are they would love to have their own espresso machine so they could make espresso and decadent coffee creations right at home. I recently received a Bistro 4 Cup Electric Espresso Maker and a set of Espresso Cups from IMUSA to review and I have to say I was thrilled to have an excuse to actually drink more coffee! If you aren’t familiar with IMUSA, here is some information about them from their website:
IMUSA, the #1 Hispanic & International cookware company, gives you access to the latest authentic & fusion recipes, cooking tips, celebrity chef tips and news, contests, giveaways & more!Innovative, authentic & affordable, IMUSA’s line of products help bring the Abuelas’ (grandmas’) recipes to life while also capturing the adventurist spirit of culinary globetrotters. Today, the IMUSA brand has moved beyond borders to become the leading brand of Hispanic housewares and a culinary brand ambassador of other international cusines including the new Pan-Asian line of products.
IMUSA carries an extensive line of household products that range from cutting boards and cheese graters to griddles and tamale steamers. Many of these items are classics in a tradition Hispanic kitchen but whether you are of Spanish origin or not they will no doubt be useful in your own kitchen as well. If you want to learn to incorporate different types of Spanish cuisine into your family mealtime they have a wonderful recipe selection that is broken down into region. Cuban, Latin, Mexican, and Puerto Rican cuisines are all just a tad bit different and the IMUSA website is a great source of information on Spanish cuisine.
The Bistro 4 Cup Electric Espresso Maker I received is nicely compact but large enough to make a nice little pot of espresso. Some of the features of this espresso machine include a light indicator, an adjustable on/of steam control, a froth nozzle, a removable stainless steel filter holder and a glass carafe which holds 4 servings of espresso. It also has a removable drip tray for easy cleaning which is a very nice feature indeed! It comes with a recipe book if you need a little inspiration.
The IMUSA espresso cups come in many different colors including red, yellow, white, brown, and several other combinations. This is a set of 4 cups and 4 saucers made of high fire glazed ceramic. It comes with a handy chrome rack to help you keep them all organized. They have a very attractive glossy finish to them and seem to be very well made. This is a tiny little set that you should be able to find space for on your counter very easily.
IMUSA Espresso Machine
So, this is the first time I have ever made espresso myself. I have seen it done but have no experience at all with espresso machines. That means, I actually had to read the instruction manual to figure it out. I usually try to skip that part but you really should look through it to familiarize yourself with how the unit goes together. It is pretty simple…fill the glass carafe with water and pour it into the housing at the back/top of the unity. Screw on the top and close the lid. Fill the coffee holder attachment with ground coffee and screw it in place. I was a little unsure if I had it completely locked into place but since everything worked fine I guess I did! Then, turn the handle to the ‘coffee’ position. Then, just wait! If you want steamed milk for a cappuccino you fill a glass measuring cup with some milk and hold it under the frother attachment while moving the handle from ‘coffee’ to ‘steam’. When your milk is frothed in just a minute or so you move it back to ‘coffee’ to finish brewing your espresso. All in all, the process took only a few minutes and after the addition of some hot cocoa and peppermint syrup I had a peppermint mocha cappuccino to rival any specialty coffee house!
If you are looking for a compact and simple espresso maker, this is a nice unit. It won’t grind your beans or let you set strength or anything those super expensive models probably do. However, it is a small, inexpensive unit that makes a very decent cup of espresso.
IMUSA has offered one of my readers an espresso machine and set of mugs. This is a rafflecopter giveaway so follow the directions in the form below to enter. This giveaway ends at midnight EST on December 15th, 2012.
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