Originally Posted by gdl203
Wow wrong on so many levels...
Only here would an espresso be considered an exercise in molecular chemistry or a luxury item. Where I'm from, it's as basic as tap water. I can guarantee you that my corner cafe in Paris doesn't measure the ground coffee in grams, nor does he have a clue where the beans were grown or roasted. It's just a cup of coffee - with the right beans/blend and a decent machine, it should be fine. Which is why nespresso has been so fantastically successful - it's aimed to all the people who care about a good cup of coffee and it's convenience. I've used it for more than 15 years, it's far from a novelty or anything new.
Never understood the coffee geeks - they care about the process and ingredients far more than the end product. I would say that a vast majority of espresso I tasted that were made by geeks or their affiliated snub coffee stores were between terrible and acceptable. Very rarely better than a nespresso, even if they'd deny it.
What I find truly telling and much more relevant is what coffee people who like good food choose (people with a developed taste). I get better coffee at Jean-Georges or Corton than at any of the stupid hipster nerd espresso bars. That's because they aim to serve things that taste good. Corton (and many other high end restaurants) use Nespresso by the way.
And then there's keurig - that's just disgusting, coffee-flavored dirty dishwasher water. But then again, that's how I feel about most brewed coffee...
I agree to the extent that I hate coffee geeks and the anal retentiveness over brew time, ground fineness, pressure, etc.
But to me Nespresso falls into the same category as Starbucks : a product that attempts to imitate something great (an espresso, a corner cafÃ© with viennoiseries), fails, but still succeeds on the market due to lack of better options and slick marketing. Nespresso also bothers me to the extent that you can only use their capsules with the machine -- which is a bit like buying a toaster that can only use the manufacturer's bread -- and it is environmentally wasteful (though I think they have made some recent efforts to adopt recyclable capsules).
In any case I make Greek coffee at home (mmm - I may start a thread about it), which is delicious and just as convenient but I can use the beans I want and it's far less expensive.