May 24, 2011

Part II: The Nespresso Experience - Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems

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On very special weekends when I was young, maybe just starting school, Dad would take me and my little brother to Mt Royal train station in Baltimore. It was a long grey stone building with big arched windows and a tall square tower with a big clock on each side and the trains came in down on a lower level and you walked down wide stairs and I'd tell my little brother to hold my hand and hold the rail and soon we would be down at the bottom and there would be lots of people and you could hear a whistle as the train got near the station and everyone looked and it was really big and noisy and you had to put your hands over your ears and when it pulled in great clouds came out and then when it stopped the steam engine hissed and panted while people got on and off.

Dad would take us to Mr. Theodore. He was the conductor and he told the train when it could go and Mr. Theodore always told Dad he would take good care of us and bring us back on the 5:30 and Dad asked us if we would do everything Mr. Theodore said and we said "Yes!"

Looking back on it I imagine that having the kids off on a days adventure was also a great adventure for Mom and Dad, but back then it was as close to a perfect day as two little kids could imagine.

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Steam was still king on the corridor between Richmond Virginia and Boston Massachusetts but we were only going as far as New York City. Mr. Theodore would lift my little brother up into the Car and then I'd climb on and we'd follow him to our seats (there was always a little card on the table with our names on it) and we'd wave out the window as the train made a big jump and then started slowly to move out of the station.

As the train began going faster and faster and faster and the telephone poles whipping by and the power lines rising and falling, the waiters in the white uniforms would begin serving people breakfast.

Every time I make a cup of espresso with my Nespresso machine it brings back memories of those days, the waiters in their starched white uniforms, the white towel draped over their arm, the aromas from those tiny cups of strong coffee (Mr. Theodore said my brother was too young for coffee but let me have a cup with lots of sugar) in the thick white cups and the little pastries that just melted in your mouth and the way the people talked and sipped from those little cups as the farmlands and the cities slipped by outside the windows.

Nespresso espresso and their machines are like those days, elegant, solidly built, functional yet esthetic, the capsules offering a world of new and exotic tastes to experience. It is steel and chrome and bright aluminum capsules.

Capsules are sold in sleeves of ten and at Nespresso a minimum order is five sleeves. Shipping is a flat $6.95 in The US and two day delivery is the standard. The capsules range in price from $0.55 to $0.62 each and hold 5.5 grams of finely ground and tamped coffee.


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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 24, 2011 7:39 AM

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