So, I'm rather lucky. Yup I'm counting my blessings : Healthy self & kids, roof over our heads and food in the press, and BLOODY AWESOME COFFEE IN MAH KITCHEN! The hubs came home with the Nespresso Delonghi Lattissima Pro (it was a demo model from one of his shows) and I was skeptical. Until I plugged it in, filled it with water and milk, and put it on.... that is when I fell a little bit in love.
I'm not a fan of overpriced, over syruped coffee. I can't have one more than once a week (Starbucks and Costa are hexpensive habits to have) and I am happy not to have it at all for months on end. But I do enjoy a lovely coffee (sans sugar or syrup) with a nice milky froth every now and again, and I like to be able to choose my blend. We have a great little coffee shop in Dundalk called Panama (its on the town square) and its a great little place to sit and watch the kids run about in the fountains on a hot day.
But in the winter: I like my coffee in my bed where I am toasty & warm or on the sofa, where I am toasty & warm. And this little machine has made great coffee on my sofa possible, with no messing about with wet coffee grounds & Cafetiere after.
It looks complicated but it is really not. And its neat and sleek on the counter, taking up a little more space than the kettle, but not as much as the toaster (which has been relegate to the top of the wall cupboards). Everything is designed to be easy to clean, easy to assemble, easy to use, with minimal fuss and faffing.
The milk frother jug fits in the fridge door neatly to keep the milk cold & fresh and every 2 days you take it apart (so easily The Husbag can do it) chuck it in the top self of the dishwasher (hallelujah!!! it goes in the dishwasher!!!), re-assemble, fill it with milk and you're good to go.
Making a cup of coffee is easy:
-Turn the machine on and allow it 30 seconds to heat up while you select your coffee (there are 22 varieties with limited edition flavours every so often)
-Pop the pod into the top of the machine, close the silver handle
-Push the button of your chosen coffee type (Lungo, Espresso, Ristretto on the left, or Latte, Cappuccino on the right)
If you choose one the pre-sets (Latte & Cappuccino) then the milk is dispensed first into the cup and then the coffee. Handy as its a single button push and you're done, all you have to do when its finished is turn the button on the top of the Milk Frother to clean and let it clean itself then put it back in the fridge (cold milk froths better). And you have an awesome, tasty, very professional looking cup of coffee at the touch of a button, in about 1 minute (including heat up time).
Oh and did I mention no throngs of people, no cues and no having to explain your order or spell your name? AAND THEN there is the fact that no one will look at you funny when you pitch up bleary-eyed in your jimmy-jams looking for your morning caffeine fix!
It also does properly hot frothy milk. My kids are loving this function. Their bed-time drinks are something a little bit special now. The button on the top of the Milk Frother controls how frothy your milk is, so you can have LOTS of bubbles on the top of your drink, or have more milk than froth.
This is a machine that I can allow my 9year old to use, its that easy. I have shown her that the silver milk nozzle gets very hot and how to avoid touching it and she has shown a bit of savvy when using it. So now I don't even have to get off the couch!!!
Now to cost: This model, the Latissima Pro, is rather pricey at €499.00 according to the Nespresso website. But you can get other models for a bit less, and you could probably get a great deal if you shopped around. And if you compare it with getting a Latte at a popular establishment, it will pay for itself in a year, see my calculations below. The pods are cheaper than I expected them to be: a sleeve of 10 pods (which means 10 coffees) costs between €3.60 and €4.20 .
Nespresso VS Starbucks: FIGHT!!
The Lattissima + is €299 at Harvey Norman
Official Nespresso Arpeggio pods are €3.60 for a 10 pack (lasts me a week) by 52 weeks = €187.2
So in the first year: €299+€187.20 = €486.20
And you don't even have to get dressed.
Starbucks large Latte costs approx €2.85, four times a week = €11.40 by 52 weeks in the year = €592.80. Notice here that you are only getting 4 coffees per week as opposed to 10 per week with the Nespresso.
After doing the calculations and seeing the numbers, if we didn't already have the machine, I would ask for one for my birthday or Christmas.
I have also found that I am not drinking as much coffee during the day... just one or 2 cups of Nespresso compared to 5 or 6 cups of instant coffee, and I'm not missing the sugar at all. I am a lot in love with my little machine. And I can't imagine starting my mornings at home any other way now. Its a little bit of luxury, that I can have and enjoy twice a day.
Are you a coffee drinker, would you consider getting a Machine? Or are you happy having to get dressed to go and get your coffee?
**Harvey Norman provided the Machine, but they didn't know I would be reviewing it. Nespresso pods purchased by me