Disclaimer: We received the Bambino Plus Espresso Machine from Breville in exchange for an honest review! All opinions expressed are 100% my own!
As a busy mom of 2 girls with 3 businesses, life is busy! I’m wearing all the hats and doing all the things thus coffee is life! Let me tell you, my Bambino Plus from Breville changed the way I start my mornings! In addition to my busy schedule, I am also training for the Vancouver Sun Run for my 3rd year as a sponsored runner.
This year, as I mentally wrapped my mind around running the 3rd year, I knew nutrition needed to be a focus so I decided to cut out refined sugar during my training to see how much of a difference it might make. Let me tell you, you never know how bad your coffee is until you stop adding sugar to it!
I am often asked how I do all the things, be all the places and wear all the hats; routine is essential for my success. Since becoming a mother, I learned that I truly am a creature of habit as are my children! My morning coffee is a huge part of the day. The girls know before Mommy does anything, she has a glass of water and a coffee but taking sugar out of coffee took a bit of enjoyment out of my love for my morning coffee.
While cutting out sugar the first time, I learned the difference a quality coffee makes which includes the machine that makes the coffee. Something about an espresso just seems so much more productive in my day! There are no coffee’s laying around for me to forget about it and then microwaves 3 times over.
When you love a good espresso, you realize how expensive that love can be if you’re hitting up coffee shops to get your caffeine fix. Maybe we should look at making the investment into an espresso machine?
What did I learn about the Bambino Plus & Other Espresso Machines?
There are a lot of options out there. This is probably the most difficult part. They come in different sizes and all are capable of different things. Some only make one cup at a time and some are most definitely more expensive than others. The options can be overwhelming, so I suggest really narrowing down exactly what you’re looking for in an espresso machine before diving into your research.
One of the things that I loved about the Bambino from Breville is that it’s extremely user-friendly and compact. With a 3 second heat up time and precise espresso extraction, there are no more long waits in a lineup for a quality coffee or latte, it’s right at your fingertips in your own home! The Bambino Plus delivers a barista-quality performance using a 54mm portafilter with 19 grams for full flavor and an automatic steam wand for milk texturing.
I knew when looking into espresso machines, that we would want something very straight forward. Nothing over the top but certainly equipt with all the necessary gadgets to make a mean cup of espresso and perhaps a latte! The Bambino Plus is so user-friendly that even my 10-year-old has figured out how to use it to make Hot Chocolate for both her and her sister.
I really delved deep into the specifics of which espresso machine was going to be the newest member of our kitchen. The Bambino Plus ThermoJet heating system allows it to achieve the optimum extraction temperature in just 3 seconds. This means amazing coffee even quicker than my regular coffee maker!
Breville truly has thought of everything! Clearly, they take coffee as seriously as I do! The Bambino plus has low-pressure pre-infusion which gradually increases pressure to ensure all the flavors of the coffee are drawn out evenly.
What did I love the most? The machine itself is not big and bulky, it fits perfectly on our counter top and doesn’t take up too much space! It’s so user-friendly that my oldest can use it and can set the temperature so Zoe’s hot chocolate is a little bit cooler in temperature than hers. Thanks to The Bambino Plus, I enjoy a quality espresso at home and after attending a barista master class, I can even create artisan lattes such as a Lavender Latte. No more long waits for overpriced coffees at the coffee shop.
Make your own Lavender Latte using my recipe below!
To make a delicious Lavender Latte, simply add 2 TBSP of my refined sugar-free lavender syrup to your preferred mug. Follow the directions on the Bambino Plus to make your own Espresso shot and add to lavender syrup. Texturize the milk to your liking and pour into your mug with espresso and lavender syrup. I use a spoon to keep the foam in the provided stainless steel milk jug until all the milk is added and then top with the foam. Garnish with dried lavender flowers if desired! Don’t have lavender syrup, follow my recipe below to make your own. Be sure to store in the fridge!
- 1/2 cup Dried Lavender
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1 Cup Water
Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup lavender to a saucepan, bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain out flowers and discard. In a clean saucepan, add ½ honey. Bring to a boil, stirring to combine honey & water. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, then stir in lavender liquid. Whisk until fully combined, remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to storage container and keep in the fridge.
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