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post #3901 of 4391
Italians seem to love Nespresso, they're all over the place there. Went to a conference where they had three big ones pulling shots at all the breaks.


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Originally Posted by NaTionS View Post

I'm not opposed to a nespresso machine, have never used them before though, are they significantly better than a Keurig? Because the times I've had coffee from Keurig pods have been unimpressive.

It's kind of an apples to oranges comparison. Nespresso is producing espresso, not drip coffee like Keurig.


Even on that basis though, I'd say Nespresso produces a higher quality result. It's at least decent espresso, rather than the profoundly mediocre coffee from Keurig. It's trivially easy to get better coffee at home than the Keurig, it's not so trivial to get decent espresso.
post #3902 of 4391
I think the issue with "manual" espresso machines is the inconsistency if you're not putting a lot of work into it. Also there is a lot of coffee waste. An issue in some places is getting beans that are roasted and blended to produce a good result, then once you do that coffee going stale is an issue. IMO, they are a pain in the ass in the home, too many strikes against them.
post #3903 of 4391
Yeah I waste a lot of coffee especially when dialing in. Also cleaning and maintaining when you only pull a few shots a day to drink is a bitch. Still fun tho
post #3904 of 4391
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Originally Posted by NaTionS View Post

are they significantly better than a Keurig?

Yes.

You will get a good cup of coffee that is very similar to an espresso. As I said the viscosity and mouthfeel are, as you might expect, not the same to put it mildly. Not bad, just nowhere near as good as a real espresso.

However, the flavors are excellent, there's a wide range of pods to suit any taste you want, the ratio of work to quality is phenomenal, it isn't terribly expensive, depending how many pods you go through... Really the only downside is how bad for the environment the pods are. At least Nespresso does a recycling program.

I am certainly no expert on anything coffee-related but I can answer more questions if you have them. There's also a Nespresso Club threak (too lazy to link it for you).

With that said.... Chic-fil-a has some damn good coffee. It isn't top tier but easily the best for fast food and it wouldn't be out of place at most cafes. They work with these guys outside of Atlanta so they are getting some good beans. http://thrivefarmers.com/
post #3905 of 4391
I feel like viscosity and mouthfeel is pretty similar. Also there's a lot of really crappy espresso out there but nespresso is pretty much always the same no matter who does it
post #3906 of 4391

I must say I was dubious, but I'm drinking a Vivalto Lungo right now, and it is shockingly good. Like I would take this over half the disappointments I've gotten in cafes. And the machine is so cheap! 

But I am committed: going to save up and buy a Linea Mini next year, then never go to cafes again. 

post #3907 of 4391
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

I feel like viscosity and mouthfeel is pretty similar.

Really? Like I know I've had espressos at Stumptown and a few other great places where it felt like waves of flavor continuing and a thickness that you just can't get in Nespresso, which to me seems like a thicker cup of coffee in some ways. But again, I'm not an expert. (I'm not saying this out of false modesty: i would listen to other people's opinions more than mine if I were a third party reading this).
post #3908 of 4391
Yeah I mean like espresso at nicer places are going to be better than nespresso for sure but the vast majority of espresso out there is mediocre to barely drinkable. I was comparing average espresso available to most people and nespresso and IMO nespresso wins. If you have some hipster coffee shop near you that ponies up the moola for synessos or slayers then yeah they probably are going to pull a nicer shot. I see what you're saying tho and have to backtrack and agree. Nespresso doesn't necessarily have that thick Crema on top and rich mouthfeel
post #3909 of 4391
My Nespresso occasionally comes out kind of grainy. It might need to be cleaned, but it's only an occasional thing. Never quite tracked it down.
post #3910 of 4391
It's good to run water after pulling a shot to clean it out.

Part of the mouthfeel differences is because modern cafes use too much coffee and pull absurdly short shots. Pull a shorter shot of Nespresso and bingo.
post #3911 of 4391
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Originally Posted by t3hg0suazn View Post
 

I must say I was dubious, but I'm drinking a Vivalto Lungo right now, and it is shockingly good. Like I would take this over half the disappointments I've gotten in cafes. And the machine is so cheap! 

But I am committed: going to save up and buy a Linea Mini next year, then never go to cafes again. 

Get a great grinder first or you won't realize the potential of the Linea. Also get ready for a long learning curve if you are new to pulling shots.

post #3912 of 4391
I have a mazzer mini but will probably upgrade to compak or mahlkonig. I've pulled shots on La Spaziale but my microfoam game is super weak
post #3913 of 4391
Appreciate all the discussion on Nespresso vs manual machine guys.

I think one of the malls near me has a Nespresso store, I'll stop by some time to check them out in person.
post #3914 of 4391
Any suggestions for coffee places to try out in the Chelsea area of NYC?
post #3915 of 4391

Joe's Pro 

Places I haven't been: Nineth Street Espresso in Chelsea Market, Culture Espresso

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