If you were a coffee shop kinda gal pre-baby, then you probably experienced a rather abrupt wake-up call after your sweet little bundle entered the picture.
After all, coffee shops aren't quite as appealing with a babe in arms. It's just not as convenient to pack up your baby, drive to the nearest coffee shop, wait in line, and spend that precious four dollars and fifty cents. That drive requires time AND it requires you to change out of your pajamas.
So, if you're like most moms, you turned to your good 'ol friend - the coffeemaker - after baby debuted. You rejected that Starbucks sign and stayed in with your little spitter-upper.
But just because you gave up the posh shop with the jazz music and comfy seats does NOT mean you have to give up good coffee. On the contrary, you can make BETTER coffee at home - especially if you have the right pot and the right bean.
If you're currently in the market for a coffeemaker, I highly recommend Cuisinart's Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker ($199). It's stylish, sleek, multifunctional, and -most importantly - it makes really good coffee.
The pot features a burr grinder (better than a blade grinder, I've heard), a thermal carafe (to keep your coffee hot and fresh for hours), and an automatic timer (you can set it the night before so your cup is ready right when you want it). It's easy-to-use and eliminates the need for a separate grinder altogether.
If you're a coffee drinker, you don't have to mourn the loss of coffee shop stops. Just make a cup of joe at home and savor the quietude of home...and the comfort of your pajamas.
YOUR TURN: If you're a coffee drinker, do you make coffee at home...or do you stop in at shops throughout the week?