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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Lavazza Espresso Point 850 at CoffeeCow.com ~ Giveaway

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Mamas need coffee!!! We are always running on less sleep than we probably need. We could all use a little coffee break!

At CoffeeCow.com, you can find a large selection of coffee makers and pods/capsules for brewing machines. Any of these machines would make a great Mother’s Day gift!

As a huge coffee lover, I’ve been enjoying learning how to use my new Lavazza Espresso Point 850 machine. Lavazza is a leading name in coffee, and this machine is designed to make creating a cafe experience fun and easy for your family.

This Lavazza brewer takes special capsules that are pre-measured with the right amount of espresso grind. Drop in a capsule, lock in the handle and brew your espresso with the push of a button. You have to push the button again to stop brewing, which allows you to adjust the strength of the brew. Cleanup is a breeze because you just throw out the capsule and don’t have coffee grounds to wipe up.

Cappuccino is much trickier and even after making many cups of steamed milk, I will admit disappointment with the results. Press and hold the steam button until it lights up, then put the steam wand into the milk and open the steam valve. You have to hold the wand at JUST the right angle to get the froth to build up – the instructions say to immerse the wand halfway but this does nothing, what you need to do is tilt the mug sideways a bit, and let the bottom of the wand bubble the milk at the top of the milk.

Still, you are not going to get that stiff foam that holds like at a coffee shop… I found the froth fizzled within a couple minutes. And if you use too much milk,the steam won’t adequately heat the milk, so you end up with lukewarm coffee. I am hoping I will keep learning how to perfect the steamed milk aspect of this machine!!

One other thing to remember is you MUST let the brewer heat up for fifteen minutes otherwise your espresso will not be hot and you will not have enough steam.

I liked how the water reservoir in the back is generous enough to make several cups of espresso, so that is good for if you make after dinner coffees for guests.

My hubby refinished an old dresser for me so I could create a coffee bar to include my new machine!! Doesn’t it look lovely? Please stop by for coffee soon!!

WIN IT: Get your own Lavazza Espresso Point 850 to enjoy!! ARV $149.99. Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!


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GIVEAWAY RULES: Open US. 18+ to enter/win.  Winner will be emailed directly and have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize! Ends 11:59 on May 11, 2012. Fulfillment handled by CoffeeCow.com.

Thanks to CoffeeCow.com for sending the coffee maker for review and offering a great giveaway!! All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

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Laurie EmersonMay 10, 2012 - 10:24 pm

I don’t know what I would do without my coffee! I love waking up to the smell of it every morning as to me it is a comforting aroma and makes me feel like all is right in the world.
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

Lana BradstreamMay 10, 2012 - 10:18 pm

My husband and I both start our mornings with coffee. Depending on my mood, I will put some flavored creamer in mine, but not while he’s looking!
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JammieMay 10, 2012 - 10:01 pm

My love for coffee is very bad! I was going to McD’s daily and getting Iced Coffees.
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JulieMay 10, 2012 - 9:40 pm

I love my morning coffee if I dont get it I well it is not pretty .I remember my first cup when I was little my granny gave me a sip. I always think of my granny when I drink it she always said it was the best cup of coffee she had ever had every time she had a cup:)

YonaMay 10, 2012 - 9:18 pm

I probably drink coffee every day – at least one cup per day. I love flavored brews or add flavored creamer. The possibbilities are endless.
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KarenMay 10, 2012 - 9:01 pm

Espresso and cappucino are my favorites. Thanks for the giveaway.

tallcappMay 10, 2012 - 8:01 pm

I adore a great cup of cappucino.

R HicksMay 10, 2012 - 5:02 pm

I have been drinking coffee for over 20 years. I can’t imagine a morning with a my fav. brew!

brich22 at earthlink dot net

Donald HayesMay 10, 2012 - 4:58 pm

As a kid from SW Louisiana, I’ve long dreamed of the day when my beloved Community Coffee will be made available in K-Cups.

Tara WoodsMay 10, 2012 - 4:52 pm

I love coffee with two sugars and french vanilla creamer first thing in the morning.

JenniferMay 10, 2012 - 1:04 pm

I love everything coffee! The smell, the taste, the feeling of sitting back and enjoying a cup… ah…

Lisa LMay 10, 2012 - 12:33 pm

I love coffee..I have a few cups a day. Love the smell too!

DanielleMay 10, 2012 - 12:30 pm

I like how you can shop for all your coffee needs in one easy, accessible location. And, you have a wide variety of products.

Harold DMay 10, 2012 - 11:33 am

I like the TASSIMO Coffee Maker, awesome and beautiful! Also, I love coffee… here’s a poem that I made up about coffee…. Coffee, Coffee I love you…. Coffee, Coffee to you I’ll be true. haha.

Sarah JaneMay 10, 2012 - 8:32 am

I LOVE my coffee, especially on mornings when I have to work at the hospital. It’s a nice pick me up. My favorite way to drink it is with half and half. I’ve always wanted to try a Keurig coffee maker, but don’t like the idea of the waste. I have never checked to see if the cups are recyclable though.
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Debbie CMay 10, 2012 - 12:40 am

I like it that they carry so many brands and varieties, such as Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee Coffee.

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Roxann ClarkMay 9, 2012 - 7:23 pm

I drink coffee all day, I like strong and black

Jamie @ Roubinek RealityMay 9, 2012 - 5:40 pm

I can’t drink much coffee right now, while I’m pregnant, but I know I am going to need it again after baby is born! LOVE LOVE LOVE coffee!
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Theresa DMay 9, 2012 - 2:15 pm

I love coffee, I drink it hot in the morning and then have a couple of cups of Iced Coffee in the afternoon. I have always wanted an espresso machine to enjoy at home. Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway.

AmyMay 9, 2012 - 12:49 pm

I love the way coffee smells. And the way a real latte comes with a pretty picture on top, and the foam holds the coffee in the cup, so it doesn’t spill. But really, what’s not to love about coffee? I love that study after study has shown it is a powerful antioxidant and helps prevent colon cancer.

Maryjane1967May 9, 2012 - 12:40 pm

A day without coffee NEVER!!!! I am a coffeeholic and proud of it ;)

Diane FMay 9, 2012 - 11:27 am

I love coffee! I love the fact that you can buy whatever you need to make your coffee, even splenda from Coffee Cow! Someday I am going to get a Keurig Coffee Maker.

Molly BusslerMay 9, 2012 - 9:59 am

I also love the Brewer: Bunn VP17-(3 Lower)

rachel b.May 9, 2012 - 5:35 am

i love coffee especially espresso. had my first cup when i was 8 and have been in love ever since. i love drinking lattes the most

KassandraMay 9, 2012 - 2:56 am

I love when my dad roasts coffee beans and then we grind them up, and have a fresh cup. There is nothing quite as good as freshly roasted coffee.
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Rebecca M.May 8, 2012 - 5:01 pm

I LOVE my coffee! I have to say I am a bit addicted. There is nothing better than a few minutes by myself in the morning before anyone else is up with a great cup of coffee!

NancyMay 8, 2012 - 4:00 pm

I also love the Keurig Brewers and K Cups!

christina mooreMay 8, 2012 - 3:17 pm

I discovered the Coffee Cow has Donut Shop Maple Glazed Pods, I would love to win this my daughter, she loves her coffee

Monica PelletierMay 8, 2012 - 2:47 pm

I only like fancy coffee so this could help me drink them at home! All that yummy foam!

deana cMay 8, 2012 - 12:54 pm

My absolute favorit hot beverage is espresso!

KimberlyMay 8, 2012 - 8:38 am

I never used to enjoy “adult” beverages. Within 2 weeks of bringing my daughter home, I was craving coffee. I found myself doing a google search to determine how much I could have while breastfeeding. I still don’t like beer though. :)

Gina IsbelMay 8, 2012 - 4:52 am

Thank you for the opportunity to enter such a wonderful giveaway!

Ashley MorrisseyMay 8, 2012 - 3:53 am

Coffee is the ONLY thing that can put a spring in my step in the morning! Love it.

-Ashley Marie Morrissey
ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

GiannaMay 8, 2012 - 1:48 am

I love flavored coffee.

Rebecca SmithMay 7, 2012 - 10:17 pm

Coffee Lover Here! I drink 2-3 pots a day, a bit of an addict..
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Beth RMay 7, 2012 - 8:24 pm

The coffee bar is adorable!!! My favorite is really anything. I just love the smell

valerieMay 7, 2012 - 8:01 pm

I developed a love for coffee in college when I worked as a barista. Unfortunately this has led me to become a bit of a coffee snob-the stuff brewed in my office just doesn’t cut it!

ginaMay 7, 2012 - 7:24 pm

Coffee Flavorings: Blueberry Pancake

Linda Meyers-GabbardMay 7, 2012 - 9:03 am

Coffee? Coffee. COFFEE!!!!!!
Yes, I am a coffee lover. You could almost say I have an addiction to coffee.
It started as a youth over 40 years ago. You could almost say my Dear Late Grandmother is to blame for starting me on the path of a coffee addict.
It was in her kitchen, sitting at her kitchen table, I remember like it was yesterday.
I was 9 years old. My first cup. It was more milk than coffee but ahhhhh….. It was still Coffee to me.

Thank you MamMaw for all you taught me and all your love. I’ll see you again someday.

Cheryl RahkonenMay 7, 2012 - 1:26 am

I like that you can get free shipping on orders over $50. Also you can earn cowbucks on your orders and use them on the next order. Must mention that you can buy in bulk such as a 2 lb bag of Hazlenut Cappuccino for only $8.99 -what a deal. They have everything from aluminum foil to water filters – all at reasonable prices. I love this site.

Jan MessaliMay 6, 2012 - 9:59 pm

I discovered the Coffee Cow has Donut Shop Maple Glazed Pods… yum!
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Stephanie HMay 6, 2012 - 8:45 pm

I personally do not like coffee but my manager on the other had love coffee but especially espresso. So this as a gift for her birthday . I could never afford such a gift right now. win or lose thanks for the entry.

s richesMay 5, 2012 - 6:32 am

I like the Donut shop apple fritter pods.

ElenaMay 4, 2012 - 1:54 pm

I love coffee! I drink capuccino every day!

ElaineMay 4, 2012 - 12:24 am

I love my coffee in the morning on the front porch, listening to the birds! UMMMMM!

Michelle MMay 3, 2012 - 11:13 pm

I love the smell of coffee…and of course the taste!

Gina M MaddoxMay 3, 2012 - 8:37 pm

i love that they sell kcups!
Thanks for the chance to win!
gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Ellie WMay 3, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Would you believe I’ve never had an Espresso? I think it’s about time to remedy that.

Sandy VanHoeyMay 3, 2012 - 11:49 am

I am a HUGE coffee drinker. Not only drink it in the morning, but throughout the day as well. Has to be with French vanilla creamer and sweetner. Their DOLCE GUSTO CAPPUCCINO ICE looks good though

Carla GarciaMay 3, 2012 - 9:29 am

i love coffee… it all started when i was a toddler. my mom would fix me what we down here in the deep south call “coffee milk”. Its milk with a little bit of coffee. As an adult, i still drink my coffee milk, but now its about half coffee and half milk. :-) It’s tradition down here and we were all raised on coffee milk!

Rachel MillerMay 3, 2012 - 8:43 am

I love how there are so many flavors available :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Ashley HughesMay 2, 2012 - 10:48 pm

I like that coffee station pic. I need to make one of those! I hate how my coffee maker is stuffed in the kitchen. It needs it’s own space… I just might have to go to some garage sales and find a dresser/stand to do that with. Great idea!

Leanne HillMay 2, 2012 - 8:30 pm

I love the variety of kcups at coffeecow, i think i just may bookmark that site :)

LouisMay 2, 2012 - 6:24 pm

love that coffeecow caries so many different brands, I usually prefer the 100 % colombian coffee

Paulina NMay 2, 2012 - 2:31 pm

We need to start making our own coffee. We have spent way too much money buying it at coffee shops!

ColleenMarie82May 2, 2012 - 11:13 am

I like the Brewer: Bunn 10 Cup Home #NH-Black

Ashley HattenMay 2, 2012 - 10:59 am

Coffee cow has an awesome selection of Kcups! I’ve ordered from them before and they have great customer service thanks for the giveaway! my Dad would love this, I’d give it to him for Fathers Day if I won :)
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JaymeMay 2, 2012 - 6:37 am

What an awesome giveaway! I LOVE my morning coffee. Its this mother little piece of heaven each & every day! This is a beauty too!!

AnneMay 1, 2012 - 8:30 pm

Coffee is my joy in the morning! I’ve discovered my favorite method to brew is the French Press, and nothing beats grinding the beans fresh.

Nikole H.May 1, 2012 - 6:54 pm

I loooove coffee — I must have 2 cups every morning :) And since I’m 29-30 weeks pregnant I have to force myself to stop there! Fortunately my bottle seems to be handling the caffeine ;)

Terri S.May 1, 2012 - 5:29 pm

This is a wonderful giveaway for hubby – he loves coffee especially espresso. I’m a tea drinker and like the Bigelow Variety Tea Tray 64ct on CoffeeCow’s site.

Mary CasperMay 1, 2012 - 6:55 am

I did not really like coffee years ago but have acquired a taste for it lately especially the flavored and speciality coffees

Jean FMay 1, 2012 - 5:39 am

I love the range of coffee they offer

Joy NewlanApril 30, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Addicted to coffe at this house. There is something so comforting about holding a warm mug next to the fire place in the morning…

steve payneApril 30, 2012 - 11:12 pm

I love how my coffee is nice and hot and gets me going.

Heather GApril 30, 2012 - 10:37 pm

I love the selection at coffee cow!

Zoe RaeApril 30, 2012 - 9:57 pm

I like the CUISINART K-CUP brewer. I’d love to try the Caramel Creme flavoring.

Rebecca GrahamApril 30, 2012 - 9:56 pm

I like the Tassimo and T discs on CoffeeCow.

debnmike mApril 30, 2012 - 9:54 pm

I envy your coffee set up. Need to replicate!

Jen N.April 30, 2012 - 7:24 pm

I LOVE everything about coffee! I tried to go w/o during my pregnancy- but that did not work…

HannahApril 30, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Coffee is a definite pick me up that I enjoy daily. Great blog by the way! :-)

AmberApril 30, 2012 - 4:37 pm

So cool! Your coffee bar looks AMAZING too, love the look and style. I also like the Keurig Brewer from Coffee Cow! Thanks :)

Jodi KershukApril 30, 2012 - 3:56 pm

I’m a huge fan of coffee! We call it Mama’s Fuel.

BlackAsphodelApril 30, 2012 - 3:53 pm

I like how these look: http://www.coffeecow.com/PublicPages/TassimoLandingPage.aspx

My e-mail: blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com

DiApril 30, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Love the coffee bar! You guys are so good about refinishing furniture. I on the other hand have a dresser I am supposed to be working on sitting down stairs. I am so unmotivated.

paige chandlerApril 30, 2012 - 1:30 pm

I love my coffee with lots of equals :( and half and half. I also love cappuccino.

karen bApril 30, 2012 - 11:41 am

I really enjoy my first up of coffee in the morning, it is always the best, visiting the site I would also love to own a Pod Coffees, thanks so much

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Amy ZachekApril 30, 2012 - 10:00 am

I have an intense passion for coffee. I’m really strapped for cash, but I always seem to spend my last few dollars on lattes. I just can’t get enough of espresso!! I really like White Chocolate Chai Lattes – I know that it sounds intense, but it’s super sweet and delicious. Try it if you get the chance!

EMMA L HORTONApril 30, 2012 - 9:24 am

I LOVE FRENCH VANILLA COFFEE

LindaApril 30, 2012 - 8:03 am

Oh my goodness, I love coffee, I HAVE to have it every morning, it gets me going!

Carrie PhelpsApril 30, 2012 - 5:24 am

I like that they sell Green Mountain Coffee, my favorite!

AmberApril 30, 2012 - 2:44 am

I adore brewing my own coffee because the smell is so intoxicating and stays throughout my house!

Kelly NicholsonApril 30, 2012 - 1:57 am

Leave a topic-related comment! Tell me what you love at CoffeeCow.com, or about your love of coffee! Generic comments like “I want to win” or “enter me” will be disqualified

i just love coffe,and all coffe site are great..just like that one

Angela HartnessApril 30, 2012 - 1:48 am

I would like the Coffee Flavorings: Chocolate Raspberry.

Leanne MApril 30, 2012 - 12:42 am

I don’t think I could survive without coffee = my fav is a vanilla latte

Theresa JenkinsApril 30, 2012 - 12:27 am

Mom and Dad still brew Espresso from a stove top coffee pot … at 50 I am now learning to drink espresso ;The Lavazza Espresso Point 850 looks user friendly that even my 83 yrs young parents would have fun with this

Lashanee BullockApril 29, 2012 - 11:39 pm

my mom loves coffee and this would make a great mothers day gift

Lynda DelApril 29, 2012 - 11:23 pm

I am a coffee junkie and would love to win this!

nickieApril 29, 2012 - 10:40 pm

I like french vanilla or anything vanilla flavored :)

Ann FantomApril 29, 2012 - 9:10 pm

I would like to get the Green Mountain Coffee Hazelnut K-Cups

LaTanyaApril 29, 2012 - 7:13 pm

I like anything french vanilla or vanilla flavored.

Bonnye SensenigApril 29, 2012 - 7:10 pm

I am in love with my keurig! would\; love this too im sure!

Melissa H.April 29, 2012 - 6:42 pm

I really love dark roasted coffee! Before getting pregnant, I drank about a cup a day of French-pressed. I had it more for the taste than the caffeine! :)

Amanda AlvaradoApril 29, 2012 - 6:26 pm

Oops forgot to let you know the FB link in the rafflecopter for CoffeeCow is giving that red box…not sure if it’s just me or not (which by the way rafflecopter’s been acting on my computer it just might be me!)

Amanda AlvaradoApril 29, 2012 - 6:24 pm

I am addicted to McD’s Vanilla Lattes! I average about 1 a day! LOL Just think how much money we could save if I had one of these at home!! Although then that would mean dh wouldn’t get his frappes! ;-)

rebeccaApril 29, 2012 - 6:17 pm

I like that the site has a huge selection of makers! And I could use the site and save my favorites!

MKDaddyApril 29, 2012 - 5:08 pm

I must admit…that coffee bar looks great. The amount of spilled coffee it holds is amazing!! ha ha

Anna-LeighApril 29, 2012 - 3:42 pm

I have a terrible coffee addiction! Maybe if I could brew espresso at home I could save a little $$ ;-)

KatrinaApril 29, 2012 - 2:42 pm

I love coffee. But I am a coffee snob. hehe. I worked in Coffee for 9 years… I loved it, and used to drink a lot, but now all of a sudden I can barely handle anything that isn’t decaf. Maybe it’s the pregnancy… either way, a decaf iced coffee is my favorite!

Jessica AApril 29, 2012 - 2:42 pm

I’d love to stop by for some coffee soon!! :) That machine looks amazing and I’d definitely like to win! Hubs and I just adore our morning (or mid-day!) cup of coffee!

Jessica HaysApril 29, 2012 - 12:30 pm

I love the Cow Bucks! They give you money for buying something that I love and need!!

jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

Trisha W.April 29, 2012 - 11:10 am

That coffee bar is so cute. I love how you have a complimentary themed poster on the wall too. Perhaps next you will get a little bistro set to place near your coffee bar.

anne perryApril 29, 2012 - 11:02 am

I like the huge selection of coffee machines!!

Kimberly SchotzApril 29, 2012 - 10:50 am

Your coffee bar is awesome! I don’t drink coffee but my hubby does. I like the selection of coffee
Kims2312@verizon.net

Sarh SApril 29, 2012 - 9:09 am

I wish I had a coffee bar like yours! I bet my mom would come sit with me and have coffee every morning!

Allyson BossieApril 29, 2012 - 8:58 am

Coffee Flavorings: Blueberry Pancake Blueberry coffee rocks! (sipping my blueberry coffee :D )

amanda roachApril 29, 2012 - 8:24 am

i love their selection. i must have coffee as soon as i wake up.lol

Crunchy Beach MamaApril 29, 2012 - 8:20 am

oh my I lovvvve your coffee bar!!!!!!! soooo creative!! I want to come over! :)

WendyApril 29, 2012 - 2:57 am

I love to wake up with the aroma of coffee brewing!

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