Giveaway: Café Modena from Breville

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Tsh is the founder of this blog and is currently traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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Welcome to Simple Living Media’s  Home for the Holidays!  We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

Today I’m giving away a Café Modena Espresso Machine from Breville. This is the perfect at-home espresso maker — it’s small, it’s simple to use, and it makes delicious cappuccinos, macchiatos, or whatever coffee drink you fancy.

Kyle and I have been happy for years using only a French press for our daily joe. And we still use it — but it’s been a blast making americanos and lattes on the spot, with no need to drive to a café and spend $4 for a drink.

Valued at $149, this thing pays for itself in almost a month, if you were to buy an expensive drink daily (and if you read Simple Mom, you probably don’t — but now you don’t need to!).

Learn more about this little beauty and how to win it.

When Kyle and I first took it out of the box, we were a smidge intimidated. How do these things work? But honestly, we had our first drink made in about 15 minutes. Breville provided plenty of visuals in their instruction manual, so it only took us a few times to get the espresso measurements they way we like it. It also comes with a:

  • stainless steel frothing pitcher,
  • combo measuring spoon and tamping tool,
  • cleaning wand,
  • stainless steel frothing pitcher, and
  • two cute little espresso cups and saucers.

At first, we thought something was wrong with our machine because when we turned the dial to start frothing milk, it started making a low-grade thumping noise. It almost sounded like it was broken. We did a bit of research, though, and it turns out this is what pump machines do — as in, this is a simple higher-end machine similar to those found in commercial coffee shops.

The frothing tool is powered by a 15 bar Italian-made pump, not steam. So it works in a flash, and is super easy to use. Back in our early days of marriage we had a simple steam machine, and I could never get the froth right. With the Café Modena, it’s perfect each time.

There are only two things I wish were different on this machine:

1. The frothing wand spits out a bit of water at first.  This isn’t a major deal, though, since you have the frothing pitcher right there to catch it.  You can pour it out and then pour in your milk, but I just leave it in there and let it mix in the milk.  We’re talking about a teaspoon of water, so to me, this isn’t a big deal.

2. It’s also a bit hard to see the water level in the back.  You have to angle yourself just-so to see how much water you have, which is important — you don’t ever want to run an espresso machine without enough water, or you’ll burn the pump.

Breville sent us their indoor smart grill a few years ago, and we’ve been extremely pleased with it. They’re a great company that makes quality, aesthetically-pleasing products that are simple to use.

I’m not a fan of single-tasking gadgets in the kitchen, but Breville makes tools that can carry you through all your culinary feats. Their mini grills mean you can barbecue year-round or make simple paninis in a flash, their variety of cooking tools help you speed up your daily cooking needs, and of course, their line of espresso machines turn your kitchen into a café.

Kyle and I have used our Café Modena daily since we got it, and have been extremely pleased. All in all, this is a great workhorse machine in our kitchen, and it would make a fabulous Christmas present for the coffee lover in your life.

One Simple Mom reader will win a Café Modena Espresso Machine from Breville!

How to win

Everyone has two chances to win. Here’s how:

1. Comment on this post, answering this question: What’s your favorite coffee drink? Or if you don’t drink coffee yourself, who would you give this to and why?

2. For an extra entry, “like” Breville and Simple Mom on Facebook. — you can use the provided buttons below. Then leave an additional comment letting me know you’ve done so.

Breville:

Simple Mom:

This giveaway will end tonight, Monday, November 29 at 11:59 p.m. I hope you win! We’ll announce the winners of all the holiday giveaways at the end of the week.

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  1. My favorite coffee drink is a mocha. Thanks for the give-away!

  2. I would give this to my husband. I do not drink coffee, so it really isn’t a part of our home, but I know he would find it very luxurious to have fancy coffee drinks at home and not just once in a while.

  3. I “like” Breville and Simple Mom on Facebook.

    Thanks!

  4. Tall Soy Latte. Yum!

  5. My husband and I were just talking about how we would like to get into “real” coffee not the powder you pour out of a package. This would be prefect! I always enjoy a mocha when I get the chance.

  6. I love cappuccinos! What a great giveaway!

  7. I liked both on facebook.

  8. I love regular coffee with vanilla creamer.

  9. I love a latte with a little syrup…

  10. I now “like” Simple Mom and Breville on Facebook. Thanks again!

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    Melissa Moore says:

    I love a good vanilla latte!

  12. Frappaccinos! I would love to win this! My family would love for me to win this!

  13. I like Breville and Simple Mom on FB!

  14. My favorite coffee drink is Teccino herbal coffee. Yum, they have many great flavors. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I love a caramel macchiato!

  16. I’ve been making myself a “flat white” everyday with my stove top espresso mokka and milk frother. It’s a pretty much a latte with no foam. But, I do froth up the milk a little to incorporate some air in there. Or maybe you might call it a low foam cappuccino.

    I would love to upgrade to something like the Breville, the one I have doesn’t create that beautiful crema like the Modena.

  17. avatar
    Carrie Eacker says:

    Starbucks Vanilla Latte!

  18. I don’t drink coffee but my brother and his wife does and I would love to gift this to them for Christmas, they would love it.

  19. avatar
    Christina Busby says:

    I would love to give this to my husband for Christmas. He loves Americanos :)

  20. I tend to like cappuccino and lattes with a shot of syrup, caramel or chocolate or hazelnut.

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    Ella McKinsey says:

    My favorite coffee drink is pumpkin spice lattes. All I’d need is this machine, some pumpkin syrup, and some coffee and I’d be good to go!

  22. I don’t drink coffee, but it is one of the delights of my husband’s life! He would be the one to benefit from this machine.

  23. Oh, we LOVE our coffee. It’s a Vanilla Latte for me. I splurge and get one from a coffee stand once a week, but otherwise, it’s just trip with vanilla creamer.

  24. I’m a tea fan myself, but my husband loves espresso, and what a fabulous Christmas gift this would be!

  25. Ok I’ve liked Breville and Simple mom on FB! Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Decaf latte with an extra shot (I love the taste of the coffee but since I have been pregnant / breastfeeding for 3 1/2 years now I gave up caffeine)

  27. I love any coffee..but when I am out I get a flavored latte. It would be great if I could make them at home!

  28. My favorite coffee drink is definitely a frothy vanilla soymilk latte – and if the weather is hot, cold-brewed iced coffee with a float of vanilla soymilk. Mmmmm…

  29. My favorite coffee drink is instant coffee with hazelnt splenda and cream. Who likes instant coffee, really? I blame it on traveling in Europe!

  30. I’ve “liked” both on Facebook too. Hope I win! =)

  31. My favorite coffee drink is an eggnog latte – may sound yucky, but it’s great…and only available during the Christmas season! I’d love to try and make those at home!

  32. Can’t resist chocolate…mocha is my favorite

  33. Okay, I “like” Simple Mom and Breville on FB!

  34. Favorite drink- peppermint mocha latte!

  35. I like mochas…but a seasonal flavored latte wouldn’t be turned down either.

  36. I like Simple Mom on Facebook.

  37. My sister in law would love this! I’d give it to her.

  38. “liked” breville on facebook. Already “like” Simple Mom. :)

  39. I would give this to my mother-in-law. This way everyone in the family could enjoy using it when we were together.

  40. I love flavoured lattes. This would be so fun to own!

  41. I love seasonal drinks, like peppermint in winter.

  42. I like Simple Mom and Breville.

  43. My favorite is just a vanilla latte.

  44. Think of all of the Americanos I could make!

  45. ooo, pretty! my favorite is the mocha frap. thanks for the chance!

  46. avatar
    Caroline S says:

    A Carmel machiatto is my current favorite… Yum!

  47. Whoa.. this one got me to comment the first time after more than a year of being a simplemom’s reader. :) I love Starbucks coffee mocha but it’s out of our budget so we just brew our coffee using $12 french coffee press from Marshall. Thank you for the very insightful website and the give away.

  48. avatar
    Caroline S says:

    I “like” you on FB

  49. avatar
    Caroline S says:

    I “like” Breville on FB

  50. What a great giveaway!! And if you give me an espresso I’m in heaven!

  51. I “liked” Breville and Simple Mom!

  52. wow great givaway – i love starbucks toffee mocha.

  53. liked and liked

  54. My favorite is a carmel machiato.

  55. Forgot to add, I also liked both on facebook.

  56. Don’t like coffee, love hot chocolate but would love this so when my coffee loving friends come around I can serve them something they love, ie nice coffee rather than instant!!!

  57. My favorite coffee drink is a peppermint mocha latte.

  58. I like both breville and Simple Mom

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    Jennifer Goforth says:

    I do not drink coffee, but if I won, I would give it to my husband. He is an avid coffee drinker, as well as a fantastic husband and dad!

  60. My favorite drink is a latte with a little sweetness.

  61. I think my fav drink recently is the Caramel Brulee – one of Sbux’s holiday releases. I don’t even want to know the can count on that baby.

  62. I love a caramel macchiato. :)

  63. This is an easy one – Peppermint Mocha Latte with whip & sprinkles! :)

  64. French Vanilla decaf latte

  65. Normally I just take a dark roast, black. Although lately I’ve enjoyed throwing in a hazelnut-flavored creamer.

  66. just “liked” both of them on fb

  67. I’m a black coffee drinker, but a friend of mine makes a mean espresso that I do enjoy!

  68. My favorite drink is a caramel latte although, during this time of year, I love a yummy gingerbread latte. :)

  69. I just “liked” Simple Mom & Breville on Facebook.

  70. i love a latte in the afternoon!
    i’ve been making my own home version to save $ — leftover morning coffee and microwaved milk, frothed in the blender — but i’d love a fancy version!

  71. We have a starbucks drive thru very close to our home and I like to get a skinny vanilla latte or skinny cinnamon dolce lattes. I also like the seasonal drinks there (eggnog, peppermint mocha, gingerbread). My husband loves the mocha valencia (they don’t make them anymore). If I win this, I’d love to make him his favorite drink <3 in our kitchen! I do make pumpkin spice lattes using really strong coffee, but it would be nice to make them with this!

  72. I “like” Breville and Simple Mom on Facebook!

  73. I love a good white mocha!

  74. I don’t drink coffee, but my husband would love this!

  75. My favorite coffee drink is an Americano with peppermint syrup and cream.

  76. I like a good breve.

  77. I’m definitely a plain-jane coffee drinker but I gave up drinking the fancy drinks several years ago (really, who could afford nearly ten dollars for a large fancy coffee?)

    Anyway, my favourite drinks are mocha coffee’s and lattes!

  78. I’ve liked the fan pages!

  79. mmmm. coffee. what would this sleep deprived mama do without it!?

  80. I do love a tall soy caramel maccahiato. I’d just have to figure out how to make one with this machine!

  81. “like” both on facebook

  82. Peppermint mocha, of course!

  83. My husband makes great cappucino’s and latte’s. I don’t even know how to make coffee!! HAAH He would love this and could make me some!!

    Stacy

  84. avatar
    Suzanne K. says:

    My standby is a caramel latte, but Starbucks has a peppermint mocha this time of year that’s irresistible!

  85. Right now my favorite coffee drink is a Peppermint Mocha. During the rest of the year I love to drink Iced Carmel Maccihitos. Looking forward to all the giveaways this month. Thank you Simply Living!

  86. mmmmmm vanilla lattes but they are a treat. I mostly just drink regular coffee I make at home (which is good too)

  87. A mocha is what I order most often when I’m at a cafe.
    And an espresso machine is on my Christmas list!

  88. My favorite coffee drink isn’t actually coffee at all but a Chai. My husband on the other hand is addicted to Starbucks Americano’s so this machine would safe us money! And having the ability to froth milk for my chai would be great!

  89. I “like” Breville and Simple Mom on Facebook.

  90. avatar
    Donielle Ruth says:

    I love the Mocha Frappuccino!

  91. I am not a coffee drinker but my SIL is…she’d LOVE this!
    Sarah M

  92. Love love love cappuccino — more dry! Smiles!

  93. Favorite drink: Peppermint americano with half-n-half.

  94. I fell in love with cafe au lait on a trip to France years ago. I haven’t found anything closer to home that comes close.

  95. I don’t drink coffee, but my husband does. I would give this to him because he makes me a cup of tea every morning when he wakes up, and sometimes overlooks his own cup of coffee if he doesn’t have the time to make both.

  96. I liked Simple Mom on facebook! :)

  97. I am totally addicted to Starbucks Mocha Frappachino’s. I buy them by the case at BJ’s. If I could figure out a way to make it at home, boy, I would have extra crafting money! :)

  98. I love a macchiato – and since I am now 3 days past my due date in my first pregnancy, the re-introduction of caffeine into my morning routine is imminent. Yeah!!!

  99. I also ‘liked’ Breville!

  100. I like Simple Mom on Facebook