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  • Flight Risk (The Gypsy Moth) "Exiled Yankee" - Easy, quick, rewardingFun with coffee machines!

    I really don't need another coffee maker of any sort. For one thing, I live in a very small house with an exceptionally cramped kitchen, and very limited counterspace. But something about this item said, Adventure.

    I am not sorry I got it. The Mr Coffee Cafe Latte machine just about made a place for itself in my kitchen. It has a neat look to it; all burnished steel and shiny black components. I am far from being a genius with technology, but the instructions on rigging up the latte machine and putting it into service were clear and to the point, and I had a steaming cup of frothy latte in very short order. It was fun to hear and see the little whisk do its thing, and the end result was worth it all.

    The lid holding the whisk cannot be immersed or put into a dishwasher, and I didn't put the pot under water either, but both clean up easily by hand.

    This nifty little deal is a great addition to my kitchen and will see a lot of use. Recommended for ease of service and quality of product.
  • P. Jacobs "pmjacobs00" - Owned this a year and still thrilled!I'm a bit of a soda fiend and was carrying bottle after bottle of soda home from the grocery store and still always running out. I saw the ads for the Soda Stream and was worried it was a high priced gimmick or novelty. I couldn't find any at sale prices. I took the risk to get this starter kit and have been thrilled from day one! I can make a liter or two of soda in moments. I usually keep chilled water in the fridge and make three bottles at a time. The Soda Stream is an attractive silver and black, and sits on my kitchen counter just like a coffee maker. It is simple plastic but no parts have broken in the year I have owned it. The canisters swap out easily in moments.

    You can only use Soda Stream bottles as they screw into the maker so extra bottles cost about $10.00 each. You have to hand wash them as they can't take the heat of a dishwasher but a simple rinse is sufficient. I have never had a bottle fail so think of possibly a hundred or more plastic bottles of soda that I haven't had to buy, supporting that this is an eco-friendly machine. The half-liter bottle is a good carrying around size.

    Carbonated canisters cost $30 new and $15 to trade them in for refills. While many stores sell supplies, such as Wal-Mart, fewer sell canister refills. Staples sells canister refills and they are everywhere. I have three canisters. I get refills when two are empty so I never run out at home. Try out just one and see how long it last you. One does more refills than I can count.

    While many of the flavors are very tasty they don't seem to match their brand counterparts. I love real diet coke, but not the Soda Stream diet cola flavor. Instead my favorites are the diet Doctor Pete and root beers, and sometimes the ginger ale, lemon, and lime as alternates. There are over 20 flavors in Soda Stream brad plus more by other makers. For real drinkers this makes it super easy to make the right mixer for your alcoholic drink, or just plain soda, without having to keep all those mixers at home. I bought a couple of half litter bottles to make up smaller amounts of different flavors. I also like to make some soda extra fizzy and it is totally up to me to match my mood.

    Health wise, while some people worry about soda not being good for them, my doctor said I was borderline diabetic and needed to lose weight. My diet allowed sugar free soda as an alternate to sugary desserts which does help (lost 40+ pounds so far.)

    I would recommend the Soda Stream without hesitation to any regular soda drinker.
  • Andrew J. Wallace "Andy Wallace" - Another gem in the Best American Mysteries seriesFirst, a disclaimer. I am a big fan of the Best American Mystery series. I began reading the series 10-12 years ago, sitting in an airport lounge waiting for a long delayed flight to take off. After reading just a few stories, I was hooked. Each year, I eagerly await the next release in the series.
    I have not read all the stories yet, but so far, I am very pleased with the book. I have long been a fan of Michael Connelly, and enjoyed his story, "A Fine Mist of Blood." Joyce Carol Oates, a frequent contributor, delivers another strong story in "So Near Any Time Always". While it's always a treat to find a new story from a familiar writer, I especially like finding "new" authors. I particularly enjoyed "Smothered and Covered". I have often found myself at a Waffle House at odd hours, pondering life its ownself, and this story hit home.
    Highly recommended.