I am a coffee shop junkie. Some mornings when I woke up feeling crabby, nothing would change the day’s outlook more than a “mochasippi” from a local coffee joint. Apparently, I had many crabby mornings, because a month later, the barista would recognize my voice (and order) at the drive-thru window and tell me, “Morning, Miss Amy!”.
Well, it got to the point where I would stare at my bank statements, and realize, I’m spending far too much moolah on something so simple as coffee. I need to change this. One Particular Kitchen wrote about some fabulous iced coffee she makes, but I was skeptical about this. How could it compare to my precious mochasippi?
Well, a couple of weeks ago, I volunteered to be part of a test run group for The Nest. If chosen, I would get an appliance to test out and review (compliments of The Nest). Imagine my surprise when I got an email about testing out a coffee machine! I’ve never owned a coffee machine before (although with the amount of coffee I consume, I knew it would be a money saver!)
When I received the coffee machine, which is a Hamilton Stay or Go, I noticed that you can brew (double strength) iced coffee base with this machine. No excuses y’all. I knew that I had to try out this iced coffee, and well folks, I’m hooked!
This coffee machine comes with two travel mugs and a pot (you can brew 1 mug, 2 mugs or a pot). Since I’m the only coffee drinker in the house, the mug brewing feature became a MUST! Also, this machine is fool-proof. For someone who has never used a coffee machine in her life, this thing was a cinch to figure out. Also, if you and your husband have different tastes in coffee, there is a special double basket that will brew two different coffees into the two separate travel mugs provided. Neato, eh?
I got sent this coffee to sample from Starbucks as well. It was delicious as a base for the iced coffee.
I have been playing around with the recipe a little bit, and this is my favorite so far. There will be much more experimentation in the future though. Sometimes when I’m feeling ultra coffee shop, I add a squirt of whipped cream and syrup on top! Yummy!
1/2 double strength coffee base
1/2 2% milk
light chocolate syrup, to taste
Very simple. Very yummy and my wallet couldn’t be happier!
Note: This coffee machine and coffee was sent to me for review by thenest.com at no cost to me. My review, however, is 100% my thoughts, as I was allowed to give good/bad reviews on the machine.