FOOD

George and coffee.

nespresso.jpgI’m Italian and I drink coffee, but not just any coffee. I like espresso, not too strong, not too bitter, not too sour… I’m picky!

I prefer to make it myself, but after having babies there is just no time to mess around with a traditional coffee maker! (I was happy to move back to Italy where espresso is available on every corner for less than 1 euro)!

Everything changed once we bought our first Nespresso machine. nespresso2.jpgNespresso is a quick and easy way to make good espresso at home. You insert a capsule, which contains the coffee powder, into the machine, and then press a button…. et voilà your coffee is ready! No need to clean afterwards as the empty capsule is automatically disposed of into a little drawer. The quality is great, and you can choose from many flavours, carefully described and rated for their strength. There are also 3 decaffeinated types and 3 in the Lungo range, for those of you who still prefer a big mug of coffee.
We have not looked back since; we love our coffee and it’s so easy to make that even my 3-year-old son offers to prepare coffee for his dad!

We own one of the simplest machines; it doesn’t take up much space and it looks great! The whole Nespresso line undoubtedly has an aesthetic appeal: machines and capsules stand out even in the presence of George Clooney! nespresso5.jpg
Just one tip. A critique often made is that the coffee is not hot enough. We have found that the De Longhi range of machines gives you hotter coffee than the Krups ones. And in case you are not satisfied, you can have some hot water warming the cup before preparing coffee or warm the cups in the microwave for a few seconds.

-Michela


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Esther
March 27, 2008

Yummmm… George Clooney… I mean – Nespresso!!!


Amanda
March 27, 2008

Ahhhh…yes, Nespresso. Has changed my life. I wish I had my sooner because as you mention, once I had baby #2, I couldn’t get out as much and needed my coffee more. I’m just back from holiday where the coffee wasn’t my favorite so I’m thrilled to be reunited with my Nespresso. Another tip is the aeroccino machine which is part of the nespresso collection – it froths and heats milk beautifully so we can make babyccino’s at home! Brilliant. Can’t say enough great things about it. Oh, and we’re in the UK and have the Magimix brand which definetly gets the espresso HOT. And my favorite roast is Ristretto!


March 27, 2008

Michela,
I couldn’t agree with you more. As I sit checking my morning email, an empty espresso cup sits to the left of my laptop and your Nespresso ponderings send me back downstairs for another round. I’m a Volluto & Livanto fan myself, while my husband prefers the creamy cap of the Arpeggio or Capriccio. I’ve found that House Guests who are Nespresso Virgins often take to Roma, while that flavor has never “done it” for me even though it’s pegged as the “perfect coffee for a short espresso”. Simply put, Nespresso is good enough to drink, even if George Clooney were not their spokesperson. The fact, that his face graces the cover of the Nespresso magazine which lounges on my glass coffee table, is simply the icing on the cake – or rather, the cream on the cappuccino, as the case may be.
Cheers!
The Antiques Diva
http://antiquesdiva.blogspot.com/


March 27, 2008

Michela,
I couldn’t agree with you more. As I sit checking my morning email, an empty espresso cup sits to the left of my laptop and your Nespresso ponderings send me back downstairs for another round. I’m a Volluto & Livanto fan myself, while my husband prefers the creamy cap of the Arpeggio or Capriccio. I’ve found that House Guests who are Nespresso Virgins often take to Roma, while that flavor has never “done it” for me even though it’s pegged as the “perfect coffee for a short espresso”. Simply put, Nespresso is good enough to drink, even if George Clooney were not their spokesperson. The fact, that his face graces the cover of the Nespresso magazine which lounges on my glass coffee table, is simply the icing on the cake – or rather, the cream on the cappuccino, as the case may be.
Cheers!
The Antiques Diva
http://antiquesdiva.blogspot.com/


March 27, 2008

My aunt and uncle in Switzerland love theirs! Just curious… are those cartridges recyclable? I don’t like the idea of generating waste.


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Courtney
March 27, 2008

It’s so funny because I always thought the whole idea sounded sort of corny. And I always really appreciate the ‘art’ of making the perfect cappuccino the old-fashioned way. (I prefer my Bialeti stove-top espresso maker).
BUT, when we were in the states over Christmas we stayed in an apartment that had one of these machines… And I have to say that it WAS really, really easy and so QUICK! Perfect if you have kids.
But I think I still prefer the old-fashioned way… if you can squeeze in the time!


Emilie
March 27, 2008

They do make great coffee, but those plastic cartridges are such a waste. I wish they would come up with a way of making them refillable…


March 27, 2008

Agreed! They don’t make a perfect espresso, but they make a very good,consistent espresso with almost no effort. We bought our first Nespresso machine in 2001. I think we must have packed it away and put it in storage when we moved to the Netherlands, because I can’t imagine we sold it or gave it away. We bought a new one here last year and I can’t believe we went six months without!

I do like my Aeroccino, too. It doesn’t foam milk as nicely as a good steaming arm, so I tend to make more lattes than capps now. But it’s easy to use. And man oh man – George could be my barista ANY TIME!


annemarieke
March 28, 2008

I think the cups are recyclable, if you take the effort to collect them and send them to nespresso…………

see:
http://www.nespresso.com/precom/recycling/en/home_ch_en.html


Michela
March 29, 2008

Amanda, you got me intrigued with the Aeroccino…but is it easy to clean?


Amanda
March 30, 2008

You know, it’s funny, mine is a little, ahem, under the weather. It is typically easy to clean. Just give it a quick rinse when you are through using it. It gets used a lot at our house each morning so the milk does get a little stuck on the surface and require a little scrubbing. I think I got mine too wet and it’s not working as well. Am actually heading to the Nespresso store today to discuss and of course, stock up on more coffee for houseguests arriving soon!


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