Monday, December 21, 2009

Product Review: What Could Be Better?

When the promo team over at contacted me about doing a review, I thought long and hard about which product I would like. It's not every day that I do product reviews, and it's certainly not every day that I get to pick the product to review.

I spent an inordinate amount of time on the sight, I contemplated some new pots, or perhaps a cookware set. But I nixed those choices, figuring that until I have my own kitchen, a product like that would only be exciting to my mother. My thoughts turned toward gadgets, as they generally do. But I still couldn't think of a good product to order.

Later that day, as I sat in the local coffee shop with some friends, shmoozing over some cappuccino, I realized what I need to order.

I went home, hurried back to my computer, and checked on I was astonished to discover their immense selection. If I ever open up a restaurant and find myself in need of a commercial sized coffee machine, I would definitely look for one on

After sifting through the hundreds of coffee makers, finding the cappuccino machines, then sifting through the $700 dollar coppuccino machines, I found what I was looking for. A DeLonghi cappuccino/expresso machine, priced at 39.99. The list price for the machine was somewhere in the seventy dollar range, but I don't know how that compares to other sites.

According to the specified procedure, I posted a preview post, then emailed my contact at with my product number. Within minutes, I received a confimation email from CSN stores, with my order, the shipping information, and of course, the best part; a price reduction to $0.00, by virtue of being an "advertising partner."

As simple as that.

Wednesday afternoon, halfway across the world for a Chanukah party, I get a text from MP: "there is a box here for you." Naturally, I spent the entire party dreaming about cappuccino. When I got home at about 1 in the morning, a time which would drive any sane individual into bed, I tore open the box, and stopped just short of actually making myself a cup of expresso in the middle of the night.

The next morning, I was out of bed extra early. Only to discover coffee isn't included. ;-) One trip to the local coffee-selling shop later, and I was proudly fiddling with steam knobs and mesh filters. And then-

The world's most delicious cup of coffee. Ever. No jokes.

That night, I couldn't eat supper. I'm sure you understand, it was fleishigs. And that would mean no cappuccino for hours. No can do.

Anyhow, just to return to the service and the sight of CSN stores, I was really happy. Obviously, when receiving the product for free, one's standards would be a little lowered. On a whole though, I would definitely shop again at

So head over there, check out the awesome selection, easy navigation ad great prices at CSN Stores, and if you are a real life friend, what are you waiting for? C'mon over for some cappuccino!


Dude with hat (aka BTS) said...

Heyyyyy that's a cappuccino for two!!!

Staying Afloat said...

Sounds awesome.

a) does it have a timer?
b) did nothing require toiveling?

G6 said...

Although I'm still salivating at the choices over there - they have SO MUCH STUFF!!! (I totally would have frozen at the prospect of having to choose something, though I'd probably go more with a mandolin or something), I've gotta ask the most obvious, though off-topic, unanswered question:
How did you explain the coffee maker to MP?!?!?

Something Different said...

BTS- oh, well don't worry. One cappuccino isn't nearly enough for me.

SA- No, it just has an on/off switch. Remarkably easy to use, for a good price. And yes, there is a glass carafe that I toiveled, plus a metal mesh filter. I didn't include it in the post under Rule number 6834 of blogging- nobody really cares about the intricate details.

G6- They really do. :-) You can contact them if you want...
And I told my family that I ordered a cappuccino maker online. They know I am very into coffee, so they didn't think anything of it. I simply neglected to mention that it was free.

itsagift said...

Rule number 6834? Woah, there must be a lot of rules to blogging!
What are the top ten?
(Just throwing an idea out to you...)

BigChamor21 said...

Coffee was splendiforous;)

halfshared said...

When am I going to get my cuppa cappuccino?