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This whole work from home thing has me rethinking my coffee routine. Previously I've done a few things I had a small Mr. Coffee years ago that only made about four cups, then I got a 12 cup and finally a Keurig. They all served their purpose. I left the house well-caffeinated. It was sufficient for throwing some coffee and cream in a mug but it wasn't anything fancy. I usually supplemented multiple times a week with some Starbucks. While I still really love my Starbucks it was too expensive and it's too hard to leave the house in the middle of the day. It was time for an upgrade.

I've been thinking for a while about getting a coffee maker that can do espresso or a few other things. A friend of mine recommended a Ninja so I went looking. I found the Ninja 10 Cup at Bed, Bath and Beyond on sale. I also had a giftcard so that helped. I was excited because it had a milk frother, you guys I feel fancy. It took some figuring out but I finally got it. 

It's really compact and everything fits on the machine itself. I like that because I don't really have that much cabinet space and I'm less likely to use things if I have to go looking for them. The frotther is attached to the machine and pops out. You tuck it back in when you're not using it so it fits nicely on your counter. It works pretty slick, just hold your cup of milk and the button is on the top. A few seconds and you're done. 

So funny story I was at the store buying the coffee grounds holder and was trying to find a scoop. I couldn't find anythiing good and I came home and told Derek about it. He was like "it has one..." and pulled it off the side of the coffee maker ::headslap::. It has two sides and measurements to give you an idea of what you need for each size. 

Small thing too is there is a permanent filter or you can use a paper filter. I don't want to clean a permanent filter so it's paper for me. Maybe it's better, but I don't want to clean it, so sue me. 

My other favorite thing is that there are multiple options. Being at home I don't need to make a whole post all the time, then I have to wash it blah blah. You can make a single cup, XL cup, two travel sizes and half a carafe or a full one. There is an option for a 4 oz cup as well. Apparently, there is a way to make iced coffees too but it's not my style. Most days I just go for the XL cup, but it's nice to have multiple options. The instructions also came with some recipes and I hope to play around with that sometime as well. 

Overall, it's a little pricey but I think its worth the investment. It's not quite as elaborate as some of those expression machines you can buy at Pottery Barn , but it's a good middle point. Simple, easy to use and looks nice in your kitchen. At this point that is just as important to me as functionality. Stay caffeinated my friends!