At Good Fika, we could list the reasons why we love coffee for hours (or days). It provides us with a boost of energy upon waking up in the morning and gets us past that 3 p.m. workday slump—but it’s much more than a means to an end.
There are several ways that our favorite beverage can be prepared, with endless opportunities to satiate one’s taste buds. It can be enjoyed with milk, non-dairy creamer, sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and much more. Plus, the smell of the freshly brewed coffee simply cannot be topped.
Sipping a mug of coffee is also a very important social activity. Friends, family members, and coworkers often exchange meaningful thoughts and entertaining stories over a hot cup of joe. Coffee can connect people.
The team at Good Fika aims to educate coffee enthusiasts on the different varieties, the pros and cons, and how each brand or variety should be prepared for optimal enjoyment.
What is Nespresso Coffee?
Nespresso is Swiss food company Nestlé’s version of the beloved Italian drink, espresso. It achieved global recognition and gained worldwide popularity in 2008. The fine ground coffee comes in small plastic pods and must be used in a Nespresso machine, which can cost anywhere from $100 to $400 CAD, depending on the model. Nespresso pods are single use and must be thrown out or recycled after a cup of espresso is brewed.
A common misconception about Nespresso is that the pods contain instant coffee, which is completely untrue. Each cup takes only a few seconds to brew but that doesn’t mean that it’s instant coffee. The quick flow rate and high pressure of the water moving through the pod is what makes the journey so fast.
Each capsule is filled with finely ground coffee beans. Some of the pods are classified by the coffee’s country of origin, including: Peru, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Colombia. Nespresso coffee comes in many different flavour profiles like intense, full-bodied, floral, malty, smooth, spiced, with cereal notes, and much more.
Nespresso owners can also buy pods designed to brew specialty drinks like lattes. Some of the available flavors are Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla Custard Pie, Caramel Cookie, and Hazelino Muffin. Nespresso capsules can be ordered online or purchased at Nespresso boutique stores. There are approximately 270 Nespresso shops found all over the world.
Nespresso machines take coffee to the next level, while remaining straightforward and fast. Those who own the machine seldomly miss sipping on their old drip coffee.
How Do You Make a Cup of Coffee with Nespresso?
It’s extremely hard to mess up a cup of Nespresso. After you place a pod into the top of the machine and the lid is closed, the pod is punctured. From there, you select the desired size of beverage (this is only necessary on certain models), and then the machine will pump hot water through the capsule that spins rapidly. Then, voila! The coffee will drip down into your mug and that wonderful scent will fill the room. To avoid any grounds in the mug, each pod has a special filter.
Once the cup of espresso, the pod should be recycled at a nearby Nespresso location or by mailing them back using the pre-paid envelopes often provided by the company in your order.
Nespresso capsules should not be re-used, so when you need your next cup (and you will) you’ll need to switch the pod out for a new one.
What’s So Great about Nespresso?
There are several reasons why a Nespresso machine is a worthy investment, including:
- The variety of coffee roasts and beverages. Nespresso fanatics are able to switch coffee roasts on a daily basis. One day they can treat themselves to a quick espresso shot of Nicaragua La Cumplida Refinada and the next, they can indulge in a hazelnut-flavoured latte. Nespresso users’ tastebuds never have to get bored by drinking the exact same coffee for weeks until the bag of beans is finished. If someone prefers grinding their own beans for the freshest cup of coffee, Nespresso even sells empty pods that can be filled with grinds.
- Each pod brews single servings. While one pod can be used for two cups at most, each capsule isn’t filling a large coffee pot to the brim. When drinking coffee from a pot, the last cup is usually stale and cold. With Nespresso, each mug is piping hot and rich in flavour.
- The machines are convenient. They are pre-programmed to make the best cup of coffee possible and it will taste the same every time. Making a shot of espresso the old fashioned way, without an espresso machine, requires a lot of time, precision, and energy. Nespresso creates a delicious shot of espresso at the press of a button. There is nothing quite like a strong espresso before heading off to work on Monday morning.
- It pays off. People with Nespresso machines can skip their daily trip to Starbucks for a $6 latte and make it at their own home instead. The machine is an initial investment but it definitely pays for itself.
- The quality of the coffee. Many people find that pod coffee is watery and lacks flavour but the general consensus is that Nespresso capsules are filled with high quality grounds.
What Are We Not as Thrilled About?
When looking at a Nespresso machine and its capsules, many people wonder just how environmentally friendly it really is. Unlike brewing coffee with french press or regular coffee maker, Nespresso creates waste that doesn’t break down naturally. Nespresso’s aluminum pods require a lot of energy resources to produce and they often get thrown in the landfill as not everyone recycles correctly. After they get tossed into the landfill, it’s estimated that one single pod can take 500 years to decompose.
Even the inventor of Nespresso, Éric Favre, has voiced his regrets about creating a product that uses so much aluminum as it is harmful to the environment if not recycled. Favre left Nespresso and went on to develop a machine called Monodor, which uses pods that don’t contain aluminum.
When it comes to internet criticism, some folks have suggested that Nespresso coffee is similar to the quality at Starbucks. So if a person is used to authentic espresso straight from the cobblestone streets of Italy, a cup of Nespresso will likely underwhelm them. Others note that the Nespresso varieties are great when mixed with creamers and sugar but aren’t the best when consumed on it’s own.
Unlike brewing coffee in a french press, residue can build up in the Nespresso machine so it must be cleaned frequently otherwise it will produce coffee with a moldy taste.
Our Final Thoughts
The team at Good Fika wants people to enjoy every aspect of their coffee—the taste, the smell, the texture, and the look. Nespresso coffee is certainly a step above drip coffee when it comes to how it tastes as it’s much stronger and less watery. When someone makes a cup of Nespresso, they can expect the same quality every time, whereas it’s easy to use too much water or too many coffee grounds when eye-balling measurements for the french press or drip machine.
Investing in a Nespresso machine and the pods that go along with it can end up saving someone a huge chunk of money. Daily trips to the nearby coffee shop can end up costing around $40 to $50 dollars per week. And that’s not even including the money spent on tasty muffins and scones stacked in the coffee shop’s display case. While the machine is a substantial upfront expense, Nespresso users will end up saving money in the long run. However, they must commit to recycling the pods by returning them to a Nespresso boutique or putting them out with the recycling each week.
But life is way too short for watery, tasteless coffee so for those who no longer feel enjoyment or excitement while sipping their current coffee, it might be time to try Nespresso.
For more information on espresso machine options, visit our blog post on INSERT NAME WITH HYPERLINK