Ordering a double shot espresso is something I do when I badly need an extra will to live. Caffeine just gives you the purpose to stay productive and get things done.
I haven’t considered making an espresso at home before. But when the XTREME Home 1.5L Coffee Machine found its way to my kitchen’s countertop, I realized how a small espresso machine can be life-changing for those in love with coffee and the kick it brings.
Foray in making espresso
At home, I own an electric coffeemaker, a capsule machine, a french press, and a cold brew maker. You could say that coffee is one of my love languages — it’s how I prefer to express and receive love. But I’m not a coffee aficionado despite owning different tools and machines.
This is why I enlisted Mark’s help — one of my best friends whom I consider a caffeine-dependent lifeform. We brought the espresso machine and placed it in the Ford Everest Sport’s compartment. It was compact and easy to carry around with its 3kg weight.
We were dead set in using the small appliance instead of a De’Longhi Primadonna for our annual reunion, and boy, we were in love.
Suddenly, the XTREME Home 1.5L Coffee Machine found itself inside the Ford Everest Sport, traveling from the City of Parañaque to the province of Pampanga, and in between the cities of San Fernando and Angeles on a week-long trip.
Easy to figure out
We set up the coffee machine in our breakfast nook on the kitchen countertop, together with the ingredients we pooled together that delight our palates.
Setting the small appliance is child’s play, even for someone who isn’t particular with espresso machines. Out of the box, the coffee machine came with a 1.5L detachable transparent water tank, two dual-stainless steel filters apt for one or two cups, and a plastic coffee spoon.
Further, it’s uncomplicated to use with its simple touch panel control. When plugged, the panel will light up. From there, you can turn it on or off with a power button, choose between a single shot or double shot espresso, or pick the high-pressure frothing function to froth your milk.
When not in use for more than 25 minutes, the machine automatically shuts down. Although, you can easily wake it up with a soft press on its panel.
Warm your heart with a cup of coffee
The XTREME Home 1.5L Coffee Machine uses a die-casting aluminum alloy boiler while packing a 20-bar powerful pressure pump inside. With its materials, the device is protected from overheating and overpressure.
Throughout our week’s use, we didn’t find ourselves having trouble with the heat it produces — and that’s coming from someone who made ten double-shot espressos consecutively for nearly an hour.
You may be shocked that it took nearly an hour for us to prepare everyone’s coffee. But that’s because there were ten of us, and the process is extensive. Although, it takes less than a minute to brew the coffee whether you press the single shot or double shot espresso function.
What took us long in preparing everyone’s morning coffee is the process of changing the coffee grounds, cleaning the stainless steel filter, brewing again, frothing the milk, and even trying to make art.
I’ve originally wanted something naughty to be drawn on top of my coffee, but it might take a while for me to learn how to do it properly. Better tune in to my Instagram so you can get an update. 😂
Nevertheless, during our stint, my best friend Mark introduced us to the art of making your espresso, and the importance of frothing the milk to create a texture that would make your morning coffee gratifying to drink. But there’s more to it than I realize.
Learning love languages through coffee
Despite the long process of preparing coffee, which appears to be tiresome to some people (read: friends who wake up late), I found a sudden appreciation in the art of making espresso.
It’s not just a cup of coffee that will wake you up. The process of making and serving coffee encapsulates what love languages are about.
The time and effort to make the perfect cup of espresso that will suit your or someone else’s palate is an act of service. Receiving a cup of coffee feels like a gift — especially when the drink’s ready right when you wake up.
Meanwhile, expressing gratitude and hearing praise for serving a delectable coffee fall under words of affirmation. Holding a warm cup imitates the warmth felt when holding someone’s hands — teaching us the love language of physical touch.
And what I love the most: Quality time. We hang out with our loved ones over a cup of warm coffee, on a sunny morning or a cold afternoon outside. I definitely saw espressos and espresso machines in a new light, and now, it has taken a spot in my heart.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
Whether you’re someone learning to appreciate coffee, transitioning from traditional brewing methods, or just someone who’s fond of caffeine — the XTREME Home 1.5L Coffee Machine can be a great addition to your practical smart home.
It won’t take much space with its compact size. And it’s easy to operate. You don’t have to use your brain cells right away when you’re just starting your day.
Surely, this is an easy recommendation, whether you’re a coffee aficionado, a caffeine-dependent rookie, or a clueless beginner in need of a simple, small coffee machine.
Moreover, the XTREME Home 1.5L Coffee Machine is a small appliance you’d welcome in your life, whatever stage you’re at. It’s perfect for singles who love giving themselves a shot of caffeine any time of the day, couples who found joy dilly-dallying over cups of coffee, or friends sharing their hot goss while sipping espresso like a leveled-up Marites.
The XTREME Home 1.5L Coffee Machine retails for PhP 3,735. It’s available for purchase on XTREME’s concept stores and its official online stores on Shopee and Lazada.
TCL launches new QD-Mini LED 4K TV for gaming
The ‘Ultra Game Master’
TCL has officially launched the TCL C755, a QD-Mini LED 4K TV that is set to break barriers as an “Ultra Game Master.”
Coming in a three-sided frameless design, the TCL C755 will be available in four variants up to 98 inches large.
Here’s a quick overview of its specs:
- Color gamut: 96% DCI-P3
- Resolution: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160
- Refresh rate: 144Hz VRR
- Operating system: Google TV with built-in Google Assistant
- Support for HDR 10+
- Support for Dolby Atmos
- Support for DTS-HD+DTS Virtual: X
- IMAX Enhanced display
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi6, HDMI 2.1, HDMI CEC
The TV presents vivid visuals with lifelike colors and an ultra-high contrast ratio, thanks to its screen that is divided into over 500 dimming zones.
These zones allow the TV to precisely correct and balance the backlight and image by calculating the brightness intensity for each zone based on signals, leading to images shown with more light and shadow details.
The display also leverages Quantum Dot technology and the AiPQ Processor 3.0 to deliver vibrant and lifelike images that come with excellent contrast.
For gaming, the TCL C755 models use Game Master 2.0 for a smoother and more immersive display and audio experience.
The TVs support advanced features such as IMAX Enhanced display, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Virtual:X to help in achieving that.
They also utilize AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and HDMI 2.1*4 for higher resolutions and greater bandwidth.
The TCL C755 is now available at authorized dealers. Pricing are as follows:
- 55″ — Php 53,995
- 65″ — Php 67,995
- 75″ Php 99,995
- 98″ — Php 249,995
TCL announces C845 All-Around TV with Mini LED technology
The all-around master
TCL has announced its latest addition to the C series: the TCL C845 TV. Featuring Mini LED technology, the new TV is dubbed as the all-around master.
Available in the 65-inch variant, the C845 TV supports Dolby Vision and Atmos, is IMAX enhanced, has up to a 144Hz variable refresh rate, and is TUV Low Blue Light-certified.
At the core of the TV is the company’s Mini LED technology that provides higher brightness, greater contrast, and wider color gamut for a more dynamic and immersive picture quality.
The C845 TV also features a suite of AiPQ Processor 5 algorithms, namely Ai-Contrast, Ai-Clarity, Ai-Color, Ai-Motion, and Ai-HDR.
This processor perceives and captures every real-world detail into its database, optimizing pictures based on human recognition.
When it comes to sound, the TV has a 2.1 CH and subwoofer, along with Hi-Fi 60W to be able to hear unique details clearly.
Connectivity isn’t a problem either as users can connect their Apple device directly for a bigger screen.
For more details on the product’s availability and price, visit its official listing here.
Xiaomi Smart Living Showcase: Latest TV, Smart Band, Kids Watch unveiled
Now available for purchase
Xiaomi gave mallgoers a first look at its newest cutting-edge devices during its two-day Smart Living Showcase 2023 at SM North EDSA from October 7 to 8.
The product lineup included the Xiaomi TV A Pro Series, Xiaomi Smart Band 8, and Xiaomi Smart Kids Watch, which are now all available for sale.
Xiaomi TV A Pro Series
Xiaomi’s latest smart TV delivers 8K visuals and immersive Dolby Atmos audio, all while having a sleek design and bezel-less display.
The TV A Pro Series has an AI-powered feature that can upscale any content to near 8K quality. The product also leverages Quantum Dot technology for vivid colors and contrast.
There are five sizes under the series, priced at the following rates:
- 32”: PhP 8,990
- 43”: PhP 16,990
- 50”: PhP 20,990
- 55”: PhP 22,990
- 65”: PhP 32,490
Until October 13, purchases made via Lazada get a free soundbar worth PhP 2,999 or an extra PhP 500 off.
General sales start from October 14 at all Xiaomi Stores.
Xiaomi Smart Band 8
Xiaomi’s latest wearable is an elegant device that serves as both a fitness tracker and personal health companion.
Aside from monitoring heart rate, sleep quality, stress levels, and more, the Smart Band 8 can be connected to a user’s smartphone and other devices.
It can notify you of calls and messages, control music playback, and even act as a remote camera shutter.
The band has a long battery life of up to 16 days on a single charge and a customizable watch face.
It is priced at just PhP 1,999 and is available on Lazada, Shopee, TikTok, and Xiaomi’s physical stores.
Xiaomi Smart Kids Watch
Lastly, the Smart Kids Watch is a device for parents who want to keep in touch with their kids while letting them have fun and explore.
The watch can connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and has a Nano SIM card slot to make phone calls and video calls without needing a smartphone.
With a child-friendly design and educational elements for learning and entertainment, the watch can also be used to help children hone skills and interests.
The Smart Kids Watch is priced at PhP 4,899 and is available on Lazada, TikTok, and physical stores.
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