Eighty-three percent of Americans drink it, $30 billion-a-year is spent on it and my day doesn’t start without it. The incredibly delicious drink of which I speak is, if you haven’t already guessed, coffee. We have become unequivocally a coffee loving culture, and the best part of waking up is no longer a stale dark roast hiding in your cupboard. Coffee has become an art form, with such a huge and varied assortment of options it’s nearly impossible to count them all.
One company that has by all accounts taken the coffee lover’s world by storm is Nespresso, a brand built around the idea of giving everyone the ability to create the perfect cup of espresso coffee at home, cup after cup. They’ve taken the guesswork out of bean selection, roasting options, water temperature, brew time etc., and given the world a straightforward way of customizing their perfect cup by simply selecting a capsule. Select a capsule, press a button, and you have incredibly great coffee or espresso, time after time.
There are numerous Nespresso machines to choose from in a variety of styles and colors, but the machine I chose was the Nespresso Lattissima Touch, and I simply adore it. I was first introduced to Nespresso in multiple luxury hotels I stayed at, and upon trying it for the first time, was immediately amazed at the ease and convenience of it. The machine heats up in a mere 25 seconds, during which you select your favorite Nespresso coffee capsule, and the coffee itself is made with a single touch of a button. Choose either the Ristretto (.84 oz), Espresso (1.356 oz) or Lungo (3.72 oz) buttons for the corresponding coffee size without milk, or select either the Cappuccino or Latte sizes for Nespresso’s preset coffee with milk settings. For more customization you can also select one of the three coffee settings, then manually select the amount of milk you’d like as well. Additionally, to further customize your cup, you can change the milk froth texture regulator to further suit your tastes and vary the foam consistency.
And while the process of making coffee is both simple and unbelievably fast, the process of selecting a coffee is equally as intelligent, accomplished by picking from one of Nespresso’s many available capsules. Choose by flavor, intensity, origin, or other options, and you’re guaranteed the perfect cup of coffee every time. And while Nespresso’s many options may seem daunting, I would suggest starting with a sample pack, giving you a chance to try a wide variety of roasts, from light to dark, fruity to nutty. If you already know what you like, Nespresso has an easy to navigate filtering system that lets you narrow your options down by intensity, tasting mode (ristretto to Lungo) and aromatic profile.
Once you’ve made your coffee, cleanup is equally as easy, with no messy coffee grounds or filters to deal with. Open the capsule lever and the capsule is dropped into a holder that can be emptied at a later date, no need to scrub or wash out as grounds are contained within the original capsule. Any leftover milk can be stored in the frothing container and refrigerated for future use. And as an added bonus, the machine automatically powers off as well, saving energy.
As for whether or not the Lattissima Touch will fit your kitchen’s design, the lines are simple and clean with the finishing options in black titanium or palladium silver (my choice), making it at home in anything from classic to the most modern of kitchens. The footprint of the machine is also quite small, so if you do choose to hide it away or you live in the city with a small kitchen, it a perfect option, as it takes up very little space.
If you, like me, are looking for the fastest and easiest way to make great coffee, you can pick up the Nespresso Lattissima Touch directly from Nespresso along with their full line of capsules. I’d recommend ordering the Indulgent Pack initially in order to try the full range of Nespresso capsules. Also, after my own bit of research, Nespresso offers the best prices for the capsules by buying direct, so be careful not to overpay when shopping at third party sellers.
*I am not being paid by Nespresso or partnered with them in any way.