May 15, 2008
"Untitled" the winner of the Second Nespresso Design Competition looks more like
a nightlight than an espresso machine.
Nespresso always have the most amazing designs for their single serve coffee machines. Recently they held an awards ceremony for their second design contest in Milan. In total 4 winners were announced, including:
- First place was awarded to Brice Genre and Hanika Perez of the Université Toulouse Le Mirail in France for their creative design, "Untitled," which is an incredibly original coffee maker resembling a thermosensitive work of art that gradually changes appearance thanks to the heat of the water. Renowned designer Giulio Cappellini from Italy presented the €12,000 cash prize to the two students
- The second-place award went to Andreas Diefenbach from Staatliche Akademie Der Bildenden Künste in Germany. His design was entitled, "Pearl," a round coffee-maker with a luxurious design.
- Millete Balazs and Telekes Tamas from MOME - Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Hungary, was the third-place winner with their in-flight coffee machine, "Enjoy It While Flying."
- The Special mention was awarded to Francois Saudubray from EID in France for his "SOPRANO" design. An ingenious system of covers, each with a colour that is association with a particular Nespresso Grand Cru, makes it possible to preserve the aroma of coffee while recognizing one's cup.
Check out the interactive feature at Nespresso Design Contest Winners, and the full set of winner pictures after the jump.
Continue reading: "Second Nespresso Design Contest Winners - CoffeeLuxury Celebrated"
March 13, 2008
Nespresso has just announced their limited edition coffee for 2008 - Goroka. Goroka is described as precious, sophisticated, chiseled, and unique. The coffee is from East Papua New Guinea, and made from Arabica beans grown in a very humid and warm tropical rainforest. Goroka gets its name from the Mountain town where all coffee harvests are sent to be hulled before being sent all over the world.
We recommend visiting the Goroka site, as Nespresso always pulls out all the stops in presenting their limited edition coffees. We'll have to see if we can get some Goroka capsules for our Nespresso before they sell out.
The Nespresso Goroka Limited Edition 2008 coffee capsules will work in your Nespresso D90, Nespresso Le Cube, Nespresso Romeo, Nespresso Lattissima, Nespresso C100T, and other Nespresso single serve coffee and espresso makers.
At Nespresso Limited Edition 2008 Goroka
February 28, 2008
Eric Favre is the creator of Nespresso. Eric Favre patented the Nespresso process in 1978, the first step of the amazing story of an inventor turning his idea into one of the world's most successful single serve espresso and coffee products. We found some very interesting pictures and videos from the Lift Conference, and think if you can handle a little french - the video is very interesting. Even if you can't speak french, the pictures and feel of what Eric is communicating is there.
February 14, 2008
The Nespresso Romeo is one of the most unique single serve espresso and coffee makers around. It features a little balcony where your Nespresso capsule disappears, and then turns into an amazing shot of espresso. The Nespresso Romeo is also pretty high in price - debuting in the $800+ range. Now you can get this bundle at just $699 and it comes with 2 double walled Bodum Assam espresso glasses. That's a pretty amazing deal for a very unique espresso machine. You can read our full review of the Nespresso Romeo here.
At Nespresso E350 Romeo Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Coffee Machine + Bodum Assam Double Wall Espresso
January 23, 2008
We've yet to see it ourselves, but we overheard in the SingleServeCoffee.com Forums that Linens-N-Things is carrying the C100T/Aeroccino combo for $289.00. That's a pretty amazing deal given the Nespresso C100T is $229 and the Aeroccino is usually $89.95. And Linens-N-Things usually has a 20% coupon available. Let us know if you find this amazing deal in store.
Check out our review of the Nespresso C100T and the Aeroccino.
January 4, 2008
Image from the Financial Times
We think you'll enjoy this interesting article on Nespresso at the Financial Times. We also think you'd like to know we got quoted in the article about the cost of single serve coffee. Not too shabby for the New Year being only 4 days old.
The trick is to make such goods alluring and to set a price that is steep but affordable. UK newspaper executives sometimes moan that consumers refuse to pay 50p for a newspaper when they spend £2 on a coffee at Starbucks, but a newspaper is not the same thing as a Starbucks espresso. A shot of Nespresso – essentially – is the same.
“People can have their own coffee shop at home. They save because, even though it is more expensive than drip coffee, it is still a third of the price of Starbucks,” says Jay Brewer, founder of singleservecoffee.com, a website devoted entirely to, well, you get the idea.
December 4, 2007
Nespresso has introduced three new flavors for their 2007 variations. Last year they introduced Absolute Vanilla, Spicy Apple, and Aniseed (the Aniseed being our favorite), but this year they've gone a bit more mainstream. The flavors are Chocolate Orange, Almond, and Cardamom. We're especially excited for the Cardamom flavor - sure to be a bit spicy and exciting.
The Nespresso Variations 2007 coffee capsules will work in your Nespresso D90, Nespresso Le Cube, Nespresso Romeo, Nespresso Lattissima, Nespresso C100T, and other Nespresso single serve coffee and espresso makers.
At Nespresso Variations 2007
November 15, 2007
We simply love the Nespresso Lattissima (you can read our full review here). If you're looking to get that special someone something truly special, the Nespresso Lattissima delivers cappuccinos and lattes with the touch of a button. It can also make some of the best espresso money can buy, and sure it will set you back $699, but don't you think that single serve coffee drinker in your life is worth it?
Nespresso Lattissima Highlights:
- One touch fresh milk froth function for preparing a range of espresso-based beverages
- Adjustable cup platform for filling coffee cups, as well as latte glasses
- Auto clean automatic rinsing function
- Heated upper surface for warming cups on the satin chrome model
Nespresso Lattissima Technical Details:
- Twin pump heating system, one for frothing and one for making espresso - can be used at the same time
- 19 Bar high-pressure pump
- Auto cappuccino function, which produces a one-touch cappuccino in less than one minute or latte macchiato in one minute and 20 seconds
- A mini brewing unit
- Removable milk container
- Removable water container
- Water level reader
- Capsule holder for 12-15 capsules
- Weight is 11 pounds
November 7, 2007
The Nespresso C100T Essenza is still one of our most used and favorite single serve espresso and coffee machines here at Single Serve Coffee. It's one of the most affordable Nespresso machines as well at just over $200, and has a very tiny footprint on your countertop. We also just really like the way the Nespresso C100T Essenza looks - a nice flowing top along with a perfect set of colors in a matte finish. If you're wondering what the big change is from the Nespresso C90 to the Nespresso C100T Essenza, it's the ability to program an espresso and lungo sized coffee on the two coffee buttons that appear on the front of the machine.
Overall features are:
- High-pressure pump (19 bars)
- Thermoblock heating element
- Programmable and automatic control of the amount of coffee in the cup
- Functional handle allows for easy coffee preparation
- Automatic ejection of used capsules on lifting the handle
- Collection container for used capsules
- Removable water tank (1L capacity)
- ABS housing
At Nespresso C100T Essenza
October 17, 2007
Having visited the Nespresso boutique in New York over the summer, we can see why Nestle would want to have more Nespresso boutique locations. The feeling of very high end coffee and pastries fills the air, and you can view and use just about any Nespresso machine the company makes including the new Nespresso Lattissima. And given the sales of home single serve coffee and espresso rising, the company wants to open up to 40 Nespresso boutiques to capture the demand for high-pressure home espresso systems.
And how big is that growth? Managers at the company and existing Nespresso boutiques think it could be as high as 3x current sales. Wow. That's good news for everyone who owns a Nespresso single serve coffee machine.
Okay - here's the rollout as we know it so far - the second Nespresso boutique will open in Bloomingdales in Soho, New York, and the third U.S. Nespresso boutique will open this year in a Bloomingdale's in Washington, and six more are planned for 2008, including a Los Angeles store, and a Miami store may open in 2009.
We'll let you know if one is going to open in an area near you, but don't count on a Nespresso boutique on every corner in the US., but we can dare to dream.