The Future of Coffee: Nespresso Delivers Frothy Deliciousness in Under a Minute

Most people are pretty picky about their coffee. Whether you take it with cream, half ‘n’ half, sugar, Splenda, decaf, soy, a squirt of caramel syrup or a dash of cinnamon, there is an 83% chance that you drink the stuff if you live in the United States. No matter your preference, there is one thing we can all agree on: there is no one-pot-fits all. The scenario leaves regular consumers with essentially three choices: put up with cheap coffee that is not quite right; spend a ton on prepared or to-go varieties; or step into the 21st century and purchase a one-cup coffee maker.

A Nespresso machine bears little resemblance to a typical coffee maker. And as you might guess they both produce vastly different results. Unless you have had the pleasure of indulging in a freshly brewed cup, it’s almost difficult to convey how nice a Nespresso coffee is, especially when you throw in a thick layer of milk froth.

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Eight models are currently on offer ranging from the tiny Pixie to the more robust (and more barista-feeling) Latissima. The latter of the two is larger mainly because it has an attached Aeroccino Plus to froth milk, while for smaller models like Pixie there is one available separately, saving on counter space. All of the models are super easy to use: fill the water basin (assuming you need to, they hold enough for several cups), drop in a coffee capsule, place your cup below the drip and turn on the machine. It takes about 30 seconds to heat the water and a few more to fill the cup, so all in all you have a steaming cup of delicious Nespresso coffee in under a minute.

There are 19 different roasts, known as Grand Cru, to choose from. Naturally they each vary in strength, with notes from chocolate or nuttiness to orange and bourbon. Despite the number of choices in flavor, Nespresso only uses coffee beans from the top one percent available in the world and the production process is riddled with quality testing. For the majority the beans come out of South America, namely Brazil and Colombia, but they can also be sourced from places like India and Africa depending on the blend. On occasion, the brand releases limited edition capsules like 2012’s Kona Blends, hailing of course from Hawaii.

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