Last summer, my boss had a socially distanced barbeque for our small team in his beautiful backyard. While there, we ate Korean barbeque and sampled a variety of other Asian dishes that were absolutely delicious. We drank Pellegrino. We drank wine after glass of wine.
When my boss’s wife served dessert, she also brought out an espresso, oat milk and honey drink. I sipped the drink in delight. It was so delicious I wanted to make it at home.
I didn’t have an espresso machine, so I used regular coffee. I went to Whole Foods and purchased oat milk. I had raw honey at home and used that in the drink. It wasn’t disgusting but it wasn’t the same. Coffee clearly wasn’t a substitute for espresso. I needed an espresso machine.
Nespresso went on my Christmas list and my mother bought it for me. Full disclaimer: I’m nearly 40 and could certainly have purchased it myself.
I love coffee. My husband and I grind beans every morning, boil water and let the coffee sit for 4 minutes prior to pressing our coffee. We take great pride in making a good cup of coffee and the French press has helped with that.
On Christmas morning, I opened my present and smiled when I saw a Nespresso machine. I was so excited to replicate the oat milk drink and enjoy a quick cup of coffee, espresso or cappuccino. Later that day, I set the machine up for my afternoon coffee. I used one of the pods in the sample pack and eagerly awaited my delicious cup of coffee. I envisioned the first sip of 5 second coffee and the amount of time it would save us every morning. The machine would be a huge time saver.
The coffee tasted like crap. It was so bitter, I couldn’t drink it. I told myself the machine needed time to get the bitter out. I told myself the pod I selected probably wasn’t for me. I needed to explore which pods matched my taste.
It’s been weeks and I’ve gone through most of the sample pack now. I found one that is palatable — Bianco Leggero. Along with brewing a pod, I use the milk frother attachment to make a cappuccino. Even with frothed milk, I still need sugar to drink it. I’ve been able to successfully avoid adding sugar to my coffee for 7 years now! It seemed like a step backward.
I am kicking myself for putting the machine on my list and having my mother waste her money. Of course, I won’t get rid of the machine just yet but I’m not quite sure how often I’ll use it. To be honest, it feels like more of a forced effort. While the French press is more time consuming, the coffee is consistently delicious. We drink light roast coffee and have found a method that works for us with the French press.
Recently we’ve been going to a coffee shop nearby that serves the most delicious pour over coffee. I’ve watched how they make it intrigued. I also received a Chemex for Christmas and have recently purchased a gooseneck kettle to try to replicate the pour over method at home.
I should have stuck with the french press and pour over methods. Coffee from a machine is simply not good. I also worry about adequately cleaning the machine.
Mistake made. Lesson learned. It’s time to move on. And it’s time for you not to make the same mistake. Don’t waste your money on a Nespresso machine! Take the time to brew yourself a good cup of coffee. Change the method and see what works for you. If you like coffee, it will be worth it!