SAGE Barista Express, the best-selling coffee machine during Lockdown at Currys PC World
Currys PC World commissioned a survey to find out what appliances people couldn’t live without during lockdown.
Lia Stokes writes:
With 74% of people saying they attempted to bake during lockdown and 59% saying they drink 2-4 cups of coffee per day, there’s no guessing when it comes to the appliances we’ve been relying on this year.
When it came to lockdown in March this year, it seems people were relying heavily on their coffee machines with more than a quarter of respondents saying it was their hero appliance during this time!
Other close contenders were the humble kettle, as well as the dishwasher – possibly the top argument-saving appliance in the home. Some rather unexpected lockdown heroes included a sous vide and a pet hair hoover!
Caffeine was king during this period with 65% of people saying they have and use a coffee machine and 59% saying they drink between 2-4 cups per day.
There’s no doubt many of us embraced our inner baker this year with a whopping 74% of people saying they tried their hand at it. Although banana bread was undoubtedly the internet’s favourite food this year, just 29% of people admitted to whipping up a batch of their own.
Cakes were in fact the preferred choice, with 34% of people claiming to have created their own showstoppers. 28% of people opted to bake their own bread (including Brian O’Driscoll!) during lockdown including sourdough, brown bread and focaccia and not a single respondent used a breadmaker to assist their efforts! However, stand mixers accounted for 34% of the efforts while electric hand mixers made up 46.5%.
From top: Morphy Richards Rose Gold Collection Filter €69.99); De Longhi Dedica Coffee Machine (€219.99)
Happy International Coffee Day!
It comes around so fast.
To celebrate, Currys PC World is celebrating with offers on coffee machines in stores nationwide.
Time perhaps to ditch the instant?
Lia Stokes writes:
During lockdown many of us had no choice but to start perfecting our own orders at home and Currys PC World saw this reflected in the sales of coffee machines, which, in the height of lockdown over March and April, saw sales online grow by over 1300% YOY.
Bean-to-Cup machines were the most popular machine type, with consumers becoming their own barista!
But what machine should I get?
Head of Electricals at Dixons Carphone, Jaimie Cantwel, writes:
If you’re new to the world of coffee and looking for a quick fix at the touch of a button, a coffee pod machine such as the NESPRESSO by Krups Vertuo Next Premium Coffee Machine (€119.99 save €100) is a great option. Many of our pod machines also have integrated milk frothers so you can enjoy everything from an espresso to a latte.
If you have a no fuss approach to coffee, a filter coffee machine like the MORPHY RICHARDS Rose Gold Collection Filter Coffee Machine (€69.99 save €30) could be just the trick, with a pot of coffee ready to pour as you need it, throughout the day.
“If you’re looking to upgrade your home coffee experience but enjoy the ease of a pod machine, an espresso machine such as the Breville Barista Max (€449.99, save €100) is perfect. Taking all the guesswork out of making the perfect cup, this machine, with integrated grinder and milk frother, precisely controls the water temperature and lets you choose between a single or double shot of espresso for your perfect cup.
Many of us have been missing our to-go coffee treats over the past few months so if you’re looking to go pro at home, a bean to cup option is as close as you can get!
The De’Longhi Autentica (€829.99) can make all kinds of coffee at the touch of a button.
No cash, coffee beans were given for this post.
His name is Faolán for a start.
Ashbourne, County Meath.
Bean-based entrepreneur Faolán Smyth at the much-delayed ‘official launch’ of his coffee shop and CBD oil emporium Colours By Design and the realisation of a dream.
“The positive reaction and incredible support from the local community has been amazing. I am so grateful to have fulfilled my dream of opening this coffee shop with fantastic coffee whilst also introducing a new Irish brand like GreenHeart to help educate the benefits of CBD oils. It’s helping more than ever during these stressful times.”
Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Irish-made stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org marked ‘Irish-made Stuff’. No fee.
This lovely coffee shop (which when fully open is doggie friendly) is open for takeaway now. Great coffee and good social distancing being practiced. Mr Hugh (second left) and Lette (far left) are featured.
Takeaway coffee in your area, anyone?