Originally Posted by gdl203
I've used Nespresso for at least 12 or 13 years now and I chuckle (internally) when I visit friends with more "prestigious" equipment, who grind their own coffee and serve me a result that is significantly inferior to the N espresso.
IMO, there's nothing wrong with the Nespresso equipment or system itself either - great, durable machines, great quality beans. If that makes you feel better, Corton, a 2 Michelin star restaurant, serves only Nespresso at the end of meals.
This is not the equivalent of the non-iron shirt at all. It's a perfect example of OTT snubbism that's disconnected from the reality of the product's quality.
In re-reading my comment, I recognize it may have been unduly harsh and "snubbish" (or "snobbish"), but the premise behind it is simple: as a home roaster, I fundamentally cannot understand embracing pre-ground, less than fresh coffee -- or the suggestion that it can produce a result "significantly superior" to a properly tamped and pulled shot made with fresh, correctly ground coffee.
Pulling a great shot is a pain in the ass to learn, and the equipment required to get one is not inexpensive -- so yes, there are time and cost impediments here; but once you get past these two barriers (one small the other larger), it is simple to pull consistently outstanding shots.
I am not suggesting that pods produce "bad" coffee, but without question they cannot produce anything akin to a transcendent shot.
That said, most people don't care enough about coffee to obsess over the difference between these distinctions; similarly, there are things I really care little about that others ponder day and night. To each his own.
As to the use of pods in other venues, they are not uncommon -- precisely because making espresso is time consuming and messy. Thomas Keller uses Illy pods in his espresso machines at the Bouchon bakery, and it would not surprise me if he used them in other restaurants. What they care about is that they serve good coffee, not that they serve coffee for which you'd stand in line.