And yet I have an assortment of coffee cups in different styles. Depending on the type of coffee, I can serve it in white ceramic espresso cups, Guzzini cappuccino cups, traditional Fiestaware coffee cups, or large mugs for lattes.
traditional espresso cups
Guzzini cappuccino cups
Fiestaware coffee cup
mugs for lattes
all Italian kitchens have a Bialetti
the Barista espresso machine
a French coffee press
my brand new Nespresso Vertuo
Easy and ElegantThe Nespresso machine is very easy to use. Much like the Keurig, simply insert a pod and push the button; however, having just gone through two Keurig machines in 15 months, the Nespresso is a sturdier machine. It's less bulky and cumbersome, and it looks sleek and elegant on the kitchen counter.
The Nespresso EspressoAt the touch of a button the Nespresso makes excellent espresso, dark and rich, covered with a perfect layer of crema. The espresso can be enjoyed as is, or used as a base for other drinks such as cappuccino, caffé latte, or caffé macchiato.
Coffee with CremaFor those who don't drink espresso, the Nespresso also makes great coffee (7.7 oz or 14 oz). Due to their centrifusion technology, even regular coffee emerges with a top layer of crema. Delicious.
Tank 1, Tank 2There are two tanks -- one for water, and the other for used pods (when you lift the top the used pod is automatically deposited into the second tank). The second tank is important for the following point ...
Reuse and RecycleNespresso is environmentally friendly. When you place an order for pods, you can request (free of charge) a postage paid bag for sending back the pods to be recycled. Simply empty the second tank with the used pods into the bag, seal it, and mail it away.
Easy OrderingNow, about those pods. Know that unless you have a Nespresso Boutique in your area, you will have to get into the habit of ordering your Nespresso pods online or with their app. For some people who are used to seeing K-cups everywhere, this may be a game changer, but it wasn't for me. I like the ease of placing an order and having it arrive nicely packaged to my house. Also, I like going to ONE source for my coffee where I know the quality is always of the highest standard.
No Math NeededI know people who get all mathematical on me and try to determine the price per unit of pods or K-cups. Enough already. I always figure that it costs less for me to use a pod than it is to go to a coffee shop. I shop smart, take advantage of deals, and since I don't get manicures or have weekly salon appointments, I will get the good coffee.
~Pod storage. There are a number of storage ideas out there, but I went with simple -- a penny candy glass jar which I got at Target and keep in the cabinet right above my Cappuccino Corner.
penny candy glass jar for pod storage
~I purchased a Nespresso milk frother (the aeroccino) in order to froth milk. In less than two minutes, my almond milk has the fluffiest, most perfect froth for my cappuccino. I can't wait until winter when I can use it to froth milk for hot chocolate.
~When I have regular coffee I always like to add a little creamer. I recently discovered Califia Farms Dairy-Free Almond Milk Creamer and it is exquisite. Just a tiny splash elevates my coffee to another level.
~The Cappuccino Corner is the small area on my kitchen countertop which is all about coffee. Everything I need to make coffee is in this area, and it's where I start my mornings. And if you'd like a cappuccino or espresso, Bia's café is always open.