Culinary Adventures
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Officially ruined

Let me get something straight. I’ve always been an instant coffee girl. Quite happily. Yes, espresso is lovely, but without an espresso maker, who can afford to buy a daily espresso? Not I. Espresso was a once a fortnight treat. Until now.

The Koala and I were very spoilt and received a ROK manual espresso maker from my parents for Christmas.

Image from ROK website

Image from ROK website

I’ve been enjoying a lot of espresso lately. The ROK is a breeze to use and best of all, it’s FUN. Make something fun to use and it will practically run itself.

Why we love the ROK:

  • Great tasting espresso
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Fun
  • 10 year warranty
  • Does not require electricity (just add boiling water)
  • Beautifully designed
  • Comes with spoon/tamper (spamper)
  • Makes a double shot espresso by default

I’ve been avoiding coffee at work because I fear instant coffee wont live up to espresso, but after a couple of weeks of espresso, I had my first instant coffee and I found it tasted like ass.

What have you ruined for yourself lately?

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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


  1. Something very similar happened to me too two years ago when my mom got me a Nespresso machine! Now I can’t drink anything else. I am so spoiled!

  2. Ice cream. After learning how to make a french custard based ice cream I can no longer handle supermarket ice cream šŸ˜¦ It’s a Greek tragedy waiting to happen.

  3. Haha! That’s great šŸ™‚

    I haven’t used bottled pasta sauce for about three years now, and still I gaze longingly at them in the supermarket, wishing I could still buy one of those glossy bottles… knowing that I will still decide on sauce-from-scratch. A previous flatmate ruined bottled sauce for me!

  4. Love the look of this machine. I love my long blacks and espresso. Biggest perk about my job.. Fresh coffee every morning. Best. I actually cannot get started without it anymore. I think I’m an addict. Ah well, at least it’s not crack.

  5. Breakfast cereal. American granola is full of rubbish, so I started making my own…then experimenting with different variations…and now I have to make granola every week. I loved being in NZ and able to eat the Vogel’s stuff!

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