has been a self-proclaimed Coffee Snob™ since discovering the world of fresh roasted beans at the tender young age of 17. For decades now, I’ve been a purist when it comes to buying whole beans, grinding myself, brewing either in a drip machine with a gold filter or in a French Press
, or hauling out the espresso machine when the mood strikes. Even when I was broke, I bought the best beans I could afford and performed my grinding/brewing rituals daily.
But technology has overtaken me, and the siren’s call to simplify, simplify, simplify is just too strong to resist. I’m tired of grinding, measuring, cleaning up the grounds that somehow always seem to scatter all over the countertops, of washing and prepping my coffeemaker the night before so I don’t have to at 5:30 in the morning, or having to clean out the French press (scooping the wet grounds into the trash, washing the pot) each time I use it. But I’m not tired of good coffee.
I’m seriously considering purchasing a Nespresso. Despite the fact that other coffee snobs I know hav
e happily succumbed to Nespressism, I’ve resisted for a number of reasons, not the least of which being the fact that I am known in my family as The Coffee Whisperer. I can coax a pretty good to great pot of coffee out of just about any machine and beans, and derive a great deal of satisfaction from this talent (one of my few). Going auto feels like cheating somehow. That, my lingering knee-jerk avoidance of Nestlé products (a residual from the 1980’s boycott due to the baby formula travesty
), and the fact that with these machines you’re locked into buying the Nespresso coffee capsules has kept me from exploring this option. But yesterday, I got a taste, thanks to the Nespresso lady at Bloomingdales, and I’m willing to be converted. Bloomie’s is offering special pricing right now, plus these machines will be discounted another 10% during the Friends and Family sale starting later this week, so I think I’m going to take the plunge.
I’ve been hunting down reviews online and they seem to be mostly positive. Anyone reading have any experience (positive or negative) with these machines?
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