Who would not want to have a good super-automatic coffee machine in their house? For users who are not barista experts – that is, most – super-automatic coffee makers allow us to enjoy espresso coffees and other specialties with milk foam, simply by pressing a button on the machine. No processes, no waiting, no technical requirements.
But of course, these coffee makers, apart from being a marvel of technology put at the service of the consumer, have an important drawback: their price. They are high range devices and with a cost that multiplies several times what a normal coffee machine of any other type costs.
And not everyone can afford such an investment.
To help you a little, and respond to a very old demand from our readers, we have developed this guide where we collect the most interesting models of cheap automatic coffee maker machines. Those that allow us to enjoy at home all the virtues of a machine of this type, without having to pay four-figure prices or ask for a loan from the bank.
You already know that on our website we are happy to help any user interested in buying a coffee machine. And more if there is so much money involved as is the case of these.
Before presenting our selection, we must make clear two premises:
When we talk about cheap super automatic coffee machines, we always refer to automatic express coffee machines . We are not going to contemplate here many other automatic water flow coffee machines, such as capsules or some drip.
To elaborate the ranking, we always set the rates for new models. We have not taken into account automatic offer coffee machines, or specific promotions, which are often applied to second-hand or reconditioned coffee machines, and which naturally do not reflect the true market situation.
The average price of an automatic espresso machine, so we will consider “cheap ” those below that figure. Because of our experience and global knowledge of the industry, we understand that taking home one of these machines for less than is really acquiring a very economical super automatic coffee machine.
A few years ago when Sunflower was just a baby and I was beginning to discover the world of Waldorf pedagogy, Isabel Fernandez del Castillo (author of the famous book, the Birth Revolution and later the godmother of Metamorphosis), gave a few days in Mallorca where He commented that the best investment we can make in toys for a child is a kitchen to put in the kitchen.
She is also a Waldorf mom, she precisely takes her daughters to a Waldorf school in Madrid, and when she commented on this, which surprised me because of the logic that it is and how little it is applied, I went a step further towards this pedagogy.
That’s why Sunflower has always had a playful environment in the kitchen of our house, where it has all the elements at its disposal to play symbolically and represent domestic chores.
The importance of home play environments
The director of my daughter’s school, Laura Play, once told me a phrase that stuck with me: “Children do not need many toys, much less sophisticated toys; they are the toy factories that need children”.
It was one of those true truths that make you wonder about the need for children to be stuffed with toys at all times, most of them of poor quality and that also do not accompany their natural process of discovering and experiencing the world.
For that reason, and as you already know, I am in favor that at home there is not a great over stimulation of toys and those that are true (of noble materials, not plastic) and are very thoughtful.
In addition, whenever possible, it is ideal to define areas for play activities within the home (on the outside area I already spoke to you here); from a zone to paint, color and make crafts, a corner of the dolls, a bench or easel with baskets and different simple game elements (such as building blocks, natural elements, wooden animals or knitwear, fabrics …) and of course a corner with a play kitchen.
This brings advantages. To begin, sorting the space where the child plays
And making sure everything is in place will suggest to the child that there is a general order in life.
In addition, the orderly arrangement of the toys in the different spaces will encourage the child to motivate himself in his game and in this way it will be easy to find him one day playing quietly and only when he wakes up. While if the toys are piled in a box , do not suggest anything. What’s more, the child feels invaded by objects (because objects have a presence that carries the environment) and what he does is close to them, as if he did not see them.
Organize the symbolic play area of the kitchen in the kitchen!
One thing you have already discovered as a mother / father is that your child wants to be where you are.
The places in the house where we spend most time during the day are the living room and the kitchen , so it is important to establish play areas in both spaces, and what better way to take advantage of all the action and imitation potential that is developed in the kitchen that with a game environment.
A toy kitchen is a basic game element for both a boy and a girl.
We could make some DIY kitchen, you can make a simple imitation kitchen and sink with a wooden box, in which a hole is opened in the upper surface and placed in the hollow a metal basin. The kitchen controls can be drawn by hand. It would be even better to place a front door with hinges and shelves inside, but it is not essential.
On Interest you can find some very inspiring ideas of DIY wood kitchens, made with pallets or with a bedside table for example.
If you buy a kitchen, please make it wooden!
If you opt for the option of buying play kitchen, something very important (at least for me) is that it is made of wood and not plastic.
It is not the first time I tell you (see here), but plastic is a cold element that does not teach or transmit anything to the child, which does not exist in nature and on the other hand does not allow a coherent experience for the child.
For example, you will agree with me that it is not the same to lift a large wooden truck to a large plastic truck. When you lift a large element so easily, without much effort, the experience of weight that we transmit to the child is as false, instead a wooden toy that weighs, that has texture, consistency and also transmits sensations such as the warmth of the wood, offers a more authentic vision of reality.
So if you are looking for a kitchen, it should be made of wood, although I know from experience that it is not always easy to find it, because there are often lacquered with many bright colors and details, for me, unnecessary.
In our case, the symbolic play corner in the kitchen began as a tiny wooden module (what a shame I do not have a photo), and now we have this bamboo kitchen, which I love because of its simplicity and at the same time complete that is. I cannot like it anymore, it’s so Waldorf!
We have it placed next to the table waitress of the coffee machine, what allows us to take advantage of the inferior shelves to keep other utensils and complements for her.
The texture of this kitchen is super nice and also brings some wooden pots and utensils, and has doors that open and plenty of storage space. The stoves also rotate with a click.
If you are interested, this kitchen can be found here.
Other things that we have in this corner, in addition to natural things that we are changing as nuts, pineapples, shells, sticks (used to cook in addition to everything you get for the kitchen), are fruits and vegetables made of wood.
Highly recommended for their excellent quality and finishes are those of the Erzi brand and I really mean it, because they are amazing of beautiful and when you touch them it is that you stay in love. The online store Baby Capricious has a good selection of this brand and I think they are very recommendable especially the sets that have a bit of everything.
And there you have it, a couple of wooden spoons, some small plates and glasses and trays to fill, empty, and make your creations. Nothing else is needed, and I can assure you that many times you are working in the kitchen, your child will also do it in theirs, by your side. You can spend hours like that!
I appreciate a decent jar of frosty brew. When I go to our ice chest, it generally is by all accounts loaded with sustenance. Try not to misunderstand me, I appreciate the nourishment too yet I do some of the time think that its disappointing that the beverages have been taken out.
So off I went to scan for an answer and discovered that there is an extensive variety of smaller than normal ice chests available at display. There is such a large amount of a decision that I figured I would endeavor to enable other individuals to make up their psyches which write to get.
Who do you need it for?
On the off chance that you need one for the kids, you can get something that will simply hold about six jars of soda and place it in their play room. That ought to be sufficiently enormous to keep them glad.
In the event that you are a major brew consumer and get a kick out of the chance to welcome your companions over to watch the match, you can get a lager chiller style icebox which will hold the same number of jars as you figure you may require. They can hold up to eighty jars and I feel that that is bounty sufficiently enormous for anything I may require.
You can get one which is perfect for supper parties. This will be ideal for containers of wine and some have the office to keep the white wine and the red wine in independent compartments and at various temperatures. You can get one just to keep that one unique container chilly or they are additionally made for up to around 40 bottles so you can have an extremely upbeat night.
Do you need it just to use at home or is it something you need to take out on picnics or something like that? Some of them really have wheels on the base to make it less demanding to move around. Put a convenient smaller than expected ice chest in the storage compartment of the auto with a couple of jars in it and they will be pleasant and chilled when you are prepared to drink them.
Keep in mind that a few spots won’t let you take something as large as this is to the setting. Regularly this applies at sports stadiums as an excessive number of lagers can make the group anxious.
So much discussion of brew is influencing me to feel very parched so I am headed toward get an icy one out of my small scale ice chest and extinguish my thirst.
You have probably already observed in your canine companion, dogs usually have a ritual before sleeping, they say they make their bed. This can take many forms depending on the animals: scratching, modeling, turning, … some of them even have rather surprising manias.
Foebus shapes his cushion
Far from being abnormal, some of these habits are inherited directly from the line of canids and more specifically from cousin Wolf, their closest relative. It is indeed a natural instinct for wild animals to prepare their sleeping , even if they do not have comfortable cushions or beds to sleep.
From the wolf to the dog, sleeping is sacred …
Unlike domesticated dogs, preparing for sleeping is a survival instinct for the wolf:
– By turning around the chosen location, the wolf will leave olfactory marks that will mark its territory.
– By scratching the ground, he checks that no harmful animal (snake, scorpion, ants …) will attack it during the night and / or disturb his sleep.
– While digging, the wolf models his bed. It also looks for some freshness in the earth in summer, as it prepares a cocoon in winter so that once rolled into a ball, it limits exposure to cold or other elements.
One can of course wonder why dogs living at home have kept this ritual, especially for those sleeping inside a house or apartment, because the risks of attack are still much lower. But preparing your pets bed is innate for dogs as for other domesticated animals (the cat also optimizes sleeping). The choice of the sleeping place is also very important, it can influence the behavior of the dog and its well-being.
Crab allows the dog to prepare his sleeping as his instinct dictates
Some owners are sometimes annoyed to watch their dog mistreat evening after night the bed they gave them , and some cushions do not resist anyway. This was our case with Foebus, and that’s what pushed us to understand the behavior of the dog to offer him a sleeping solution that meets his primary needs (even wild a little distant).
The highly malleable padding of the Crab cushion is composed of cork particles and cedar beads, it allows the dog to shape his bed to feel safe once he is comfortably settled to sleep. It also provides good support (very important for the joints of some breeds of dog), and the comfort of the cushion will not move in time because the material does not get stuck (unlike foams, polystyrene beads and polyfil ).
The dog will be able to trample, scratch, move with the weight of his body as he would instinctively with loose soil to find his ideal position. In addition, for the most wolves of our companions, the cushion naturally releases a sweet smell of forest , which they seem to particularly appreciate.
Foebus on the edge of the Crab cushion to make it oval
For the past 2 years, Foebus has been testing the Cléb cushions for the first time, and has just stopped destroying his bed, a relief after the 20 cushions thrown in the previous years. We continue to observe his sleeping ritual day after day, and are always surprised to see how he appropriates his cushions by manipulating them to adopt such or such a position (sometimes improbable) for a short nap or for the night, a little as we would do on a big beanbag to sit there, to lie down, …