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 Just ordered another one with an all white front as well. Can't wait.
 Yeah that's why it's gimmicky to me. It's like a flavored coffee. It's an excuse to buy cheap source material and sell it at a high price.
 Interesting... still sounds like a gimmick to me... but hey, why not?
 Yeah I have a hard time seeing how this works well. Coffee beans do absorb a lot of aroma/flavor from what's around it, but sticking it in an oak barrel shouldn't do that much. The reason aging alcohols in oak works is that the ethanol dissolves some of the chemical compounds in the oak into the liquid. Green coffee beans sitting in an oak barrel shouldn't pull much out of the oak.
This is another one of those things that's a must in a commercial setting, but not worth worrying about too much at home. If you are new to coffee (or new to good coffee) it's worth weighing and making sure you get the right ratios until you can eyeball it consistently. You'll still get a little variation coffee to coffee, but nothing too wild.
 I like this last part.
Listen, I'm not advocating the coffee you'll get from a Nespresso. My point is that all consumer grade espresso machines make really bad coffee. If one is committes to making espresso at home, Nespresso is at least easy to use and easy to maintain. Getting good espresso requires a machine that costs at least $5-6k new, a grinder that costs at least $500, both of which need to be maintained daily. Since grind and tamp are both really important to quality espresso, you also...
 The reality is that the roaster may have given you as much information as they had. A lot of specialty coffee comes from very small farms, and goes through many, many hands before it ends up in a bag/cup at your local cafe. Sometimes a lot of information travels along with the coffee, and sometimes it doesn't. Most good specialty roasters will only buy coffee where they at least know country of origin, varietal, and process, but that's often as much information as they...
I'm with everyone on the "just get a Nespresso" here. Home espresso machines are terrible, expensive, and require a lot of maintenance. If you want to drink espresso drinks, I'd recommend finding a local cafe you like. If you absolutely must do it at home, Nespresso is the best option. 
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