If you have ever spent a full day with me, you may be surprised to learn that I used to be anti-coffee. No one drank it in my house when I was growing up so I didn’t have any really strong desire to try it. At 16 I had a sip of someone’s joe and I wasn’t impressed. It would take me nearly twenty years to give it another try.

While I was in the hospital after having my fourth child my husband went out and bought a coffee maker. He must have grown tired of buying his coffee from the local coffee shop. I came home from the hospital and found myself exhausted, and more than a little jealous of his morning pick me up. It was time to give coffee another try! I can’t say I enjoyed the taste right away, but the burst of energy was more than welcome for this tired Mom. I soon learned that my husband’s double-double is not my preference. I like milk, not cream, and one teaspoon of sugar is plenty. I also prefer a mild cup of coffee and always fresh. Now I enjoy the flavour and the caffeine, and I never miss my morning coffee, or my afternoon coffee! My demand for fresh coffee has just been made easier by my Hamilton Beach 5 Cup Brewer.

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The 5 Cup Personal Brewer has a removable mesh filter inside for my coffee grounds. I just add water and grounds and press the on button! It allows me to make 3-5 cups of coffee fresh when I want them. I need no paper filters and it keeps coffee hot and fresh for an hour, which is more time than I need to finish a few cups of coffee. I love that it’s portable as well, so I can plug it in next to my computer and refill my cup while I work.

Last week I was visiting Albuquerque and discovered one of the greatest inventions of all time: the coffee milkshake. Apparently this is a well known treat for many people, but for me it was a new and delicious discovery that I couldn’t wait to get home and recreate. I have been told it can be made with coffee flavoured ice cream, but the coffee milkshake I enjoyed was made with real coffee and vanilla ice cream. It was divine and I will not insult my taste buds by tricking them with anything other than an authentic coffee milkshake.


Coffee Milkshakes

Recipe Type: Beverage
Author: Sheri McDonald
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
My own coffee milkshake creation
  • 3 cups hot coffee
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream (approximate)
  • Whipped cream as topping
  1. Prepare 3 cups of hot coffee.
  2. Mix the coffee, ice and 1 cup of ice cream in a blender under mixed.
  3. Fill half of a 12 ounce glass with vanilla ice cream.
  4. Pour the blender mix over the ice cream in the glass.
  5. Add whip cream and a straw and enjoy!

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There are a lot of great uses for the 5 cup personal brewer. My husband thinks it would be perfect for him to take to work so he can make fresh coffee on his break. He works on different job sites all of the time, so this would be a great choice for him to have with him. I think it would be perfect for long car rides, if you have an outlet available in your vehicle, like we do. I will definitely be taking it with me on camping trips. When would you use a 5 cup personal brewer?

This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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