I am not a morning person. I don’t know how anyone can be. A friend once told me she wakes up every morning with the notion that great things can happen. I wake up wondering what I did to deserve such punishment.

My mornings always start off with a bang. A loud explosive bang. Or a thud if you will. Between the hours of 7am and 7:50am, I must get 4 kids up and ready. Yelling, stomping, and throwing clothes also occurs during this time. When I return from dropping my 5-year-old off at school and before I start homeschooling my 10-year-old, I sit and relax with a cup of coffee. This is my first coffee break of the day.

My life is crazy and chaotic. I love my life, but each day is a long and exhausting ride.  Besides the quick jump to the day and homeschooling my daughter, I also have a house to clean, a toddler to potty-train, laundry, cooking, cleaning, soccer practice, Tae Kwon Do lessons, gymnastics, or a myriad of chauffeuring that needs to take place. If I didn’t set aside little breaks within the day, I would be eaten alive by stress and exhaustion.

These days my breaks are more enjoyable because I got a fancy new coffeemaker. I used to be one of those that believe all you needed was a cheap little coffee pot. And so, I had one. Then I developed a taste for espresso, so I got an espresso machine. On hot days, I like iced-coffee, so more space in my kitchen is wasted. Now, all those caffeinated space suckers are compacted into my Ninja Coffee Bar Thermal Carafe System. It isn’t really a coffee bar, more of a glorious coffeemaker.

Here are my 5 favorite things about my new “Coffee Bar.”

  1.  I don’t have to hear everyone complain that my coffee is too strong. There is an option to brew one cup at a time. Place a cup in the “Bar” and you get your coffee made to your strength.
  2. No more spending a ton of money every year on fancy coffee. There are days where you need that extra tastiness to your coffee. The Ninja Coffee Bar Thermal Carafe comes with a frother and has settings for cappuccino or many other specialty coffees. And they are easy to make. Impress your friends with your barista skills the next time they visit.
  3. It has “Ninja” in the title. Yeah, anything with the word “Ninja” is cool.
  4. All those morning appliances are wrapped into one. I live in NYC, which means kitchen space is limited. Now I can use my countertops for other things, like meal preparation.
  5. The espresso you can make will rival any café in Italy. And I love my Italian espresso when I travel.

My breaks are necessary for my sanity. My Ninja Coffee Bar makes my breaks feel luxurious.

And for those wondering, I take 2 coffee breaks. One after dropping my son off at school and the other around 11:30 after teaching my daughter math. Both cups are well-deserved and enjoyed.

Disclaimer: I was given a Ninja Coffee Bar Thermal Carafe for review. The words and opinions are my own. 

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