Congratulations Jody and Jazzy K!
Coffee lovers usually fall somewhere on the spectrum of coffee types – from a steaming mug of instant, to a top-of-the shelf cat-poo $15-dollars-a-cup brew. Me? Well I’m nowhere near the top of the chain, but I do appreciate a good, strong, full-flavoured cup of joe from time to time (while also hanging out with the instant drinkers. I’m sorry! It’s a nostalgia thing).
I remember a friend’s parents spent a small fortune one year to buy themselves an espresso machine for their home. I marvelled at its shiny prettiness, before thinking it was never going to be something I could afford for myself. I did buy my caffeine-craving husband an espresso machine for his birthday several years ago, and that poor thing has been hammered daily (often several times a day) until it now groans in protest when we so much as even look at it sideways.
Everywhere I look, people have moved into the future with the pod-type coffee machines – no mess, perfect portions every time, freshness sealed right in those little capsules, etc. I wasn’t really into them – too much packaging, and the pods were only available online. That’s hardly convenient. What if you’re in a severe coffee emergency? You couldn’t just run to the shop and grab a bag.
Well, times have changed. The coffee machines of the future are here, and they want to be in your kitchen. Pods are here and they’re in you’re supermarket. Woolworths have stepped into the coffee game with the Caffitaly Coffee System and a range of coffee capsules to go with it. They have everything from decaf to Colombian Espresso, and there are also Lavazza and Gloria Jeans brand capsules available. I still think there’ s too much packaging for the individual pods though, and I look forward to there being a recycling program similar to other brands of coffee capsules.
If you’re into making cafe-quality coffee at home without the hassle and the high cost, well you’ve come to the right place. I like to make a coffee in a reusable cup before I head out, and the times I do buy a coffee out and about, I’ve been known to wince at the price! You might want to buy a Caffitaly to make your own coffee in your own home, or pop it in a Christmas stocking for a coffee-loving loved one (they are currently half-price at $49 – bargain). You might also want to enter our competition to win one of two machines for yourself!
I found the machine super-simple to use, and that there were a variety of coffee strengths and flavours available at Woolies. I was of course skeptical of the Woolworths-brand coffee, but it held its own. Nice and strong with a good flavour.
I also saw that Twinings had tea pods for the machine, and you’d better believe I tested that with my stringent tea tests. If you’re meant to brew tea for three minutes, how does it compare coming through a 30-second coffee pod machine?
Now to the fun part for you guys: two winners will each receive a Caffitaly Coffee System worth $99.
For entry, you must leave a comment telling me your earliest coffee memory. I remember at seven years old when my nana was making me a cup of tea, I asked for a coffee (I wanted to be like my mum). My nana very cheekily told me that coffee kills little kids and I could only have tea. I’m not sure when I was brave enough to put her theory to the test, but I was an established coffee drinker by the time my little brother was born when I was 10. Sure it had about 25 teaspoons of sugar in it, but it was delicious nonetheless!
Two winners will be chosen on Saturday, December 28 at noon, on the basis of their comment. They will be notified by email and named on this post. Australian residents only, please.
Good luck! May the coffee be with you.