coffee is a necessity. i used to go to starbucks but that was so expensive and i needed to pay for doggy daycare (yes somewhere along the line i became that person) and it was full of whiny children ordering ridiculous drinks. so i quit going there daily and now save that for a special treat. instead i make my americano at home- unless the husband is home and is making lattes. thanks to some wonderful friends the husband and i have an espresso machine right in our kitchen and it is well loved and used often. thanks guys! and really i should mention that they gave it to us almost a year ago- but the magic has yet to fade.