This post is sponsored by and brought to you in part by Nespresso Malaysia. Opinions are my own based on my own machine I purchased 5 years ago
You know I like to cook, here at Chez PB, but my kitchen hasn’t been as active in recent times. What I do most often in there these days, is head for my Nespresso machine first thing in the morning, and make coffee. I may love talking about beauty, but I’m equally passionate about food and coffee. I would be a zombie with a headache, without my morning coffee!
Featured: Nespresso Lattissima One machine
No day starts without a steaming hot cup of the thick, black, bitter brew. The smell of roasted beans. The bitter yet fragrant aroma filled with promise of a lovely jolt of caffeine to wake your system up. Ah…
I’ve owned a Nespresso machine for over 5 years. You may remember seeing it in these pictures. The model I bought is no longer in production, but it has served me well all these years and continues to serve me well. Surprisingly, I get quite a few queries about it, and about Nespresso coffee in general. I know, you can never tell who’s reading your content online! 😀
So I thought I’d share once and for all, why I love my Nespresso machine, and why I think now’s a good time as any to take the plunge, as it were. A tribute to the 5 years I’ve owned mine, and because I can share that Nespresso is running a Long Black Friday promotion with some good deals (and a promo code!) that starts 2 days before Black Friday! 😀
It’s so easy to get the perfect cup of coffee
I once had a coffee machine that needed me to grind my beans, tamp it down, get the water just right, and the pressure just so, to make that lovely cuppa. I enjoyed it, but it was far too much work in the morning, when what you really want is just that shot of caffeine to get you out the door.
The Nespresso machine uses single use capsules. Pop one capsule into the machine and let it work its magic, while you get breakfast ready. No need to fuss around trying to figure out if your water is hot enough, or if you have put enough coffee, or if you’ve put too much water. It is, as I and my friend agree, a coffee machine perfect for busy working people 😀
One capsule for the perfect cup of espresso, topped by the signature Nespresso smooth creamy crema, that gets the synapses firing. You do realize that Nespresso machines make espresso coffees right? That’s about 40ml of perfectly concentrated brew. Perfect to pick you up in the morning and kick start your engines.
If you prefer something lighter, dilute it with more water and turn it into a Long Black. This is how I normally take it, unless I need something strong. If you prefer something taller, opt for the Lungo capsules and make a medium cup (110ml) with just one push of the button.
If you prefer, add in some milk for a latte, or milk foam for a cappuccino, with their attachments. But I take my coffees thick, black and dark like my soul 😛
There are so many flavours to try
Part of the fun of having a Nespresso machine is being able to try the different coffees and roasts they have. You can buy a starter set with all the flavours they have, or taste them and then decide which you like best.
I’ve tried practically all the flavours Nespresso makes, over the years. Some are easier to drink than others, but when I buy capsules, my favourites are the Lungo ones, because I can get a good, big cup of coffee at one go, without having to trot off to the nearest cafe.
Each year, they come up with some new limited edition flavours that always keeps things interesting. You can usually taste the slight difference in these. I remember that I rather enjoyed the orange and liquorice version from 2017. This year, they made a selection with Paris Black, Praline (Hazelnut) and Macaron (Almond) and I had to pick them up to try. I quite enjoy the Praline one – there is a subtle nutty taste that is quite pleasant.
Be as intense or as light as you like
Which brings me to how you want your coffee. Nespresso capsules come in different intensities. I drink just one coffee a day (insomnia problems) so I like to make it count! My choice therefore goes with the intense flavours. I rarely buy anything rated an Intensity 6 and below. It is always Intensity 6 and up, all the way to Kazaar or Ristretto at a whopping Intensity 12! 😛
When I drink Kazaar or Ristretto, I always water it down into a Long Black because it is too intense even for me to knock back as an espresso 😛
But if you don’t want or need anything so strong, or perhaps you take more than one coffee a day, then opt for the lighter ones. They aren’t as thick nor as bitter, and often, you will taste the sweetness or fruity flavours coming through in the likes of Cosi or Volluto. I always keep some on hand, because some days call for a light nudge, while others needs a major kick to the system, before the engine starts firing 😀
Oh, and if you like the taste and aroma of coffee without the caffeine jolt to the system, then they make Decaffinated capsules too.
Nespresso Long Black Friday deals
The Nespresso machines on offer today are far sleeker and in some cases, much more compact than previous models. I roadtested the new Lattisima One, and was pleasantly surprised that it did not take up much counter space at all. It even has a chamber for milk so you can indulge in top quality lattes and cappuccinos right in the comfort of home.
To get your engines running, Nespresso is running a Long Black Friday at www.nespresso.com/my/ from 21-26 November 2018 so you can grab your machine and coffee to help you stay up for the Black Friday sales 🙂 I picked mine up during a promotion back in the day and I can safely vouch that you get the best deals during promotion time.
- The beautifully minimalist Lattissima One is RM949 with purchase of 100 capsules (10 sleeves) of coffee for creamy home brewed cappucino that rivals anything from your local coffee joint
- Use my discount code “BFPARISB” to get RM20 off Nespresso purchases for the first 50 redemptions made online at the Nespresso website during the Long Black Friday sale from 21-26 November 2018 (That’s like getting almost 1 sleeve of capsules free!) so I’d stock up on capsules if I were you 😉
Explore the world of Nespresso at the boutique
OK, this isn’t technically only for Nespresso machine owners, but for everyone.
Nespresso boutiques are very welcoming to induct you into the world of rich coffee. When you visit their stores, you can discover new coffee experiences by sampling their coffee. This is to allow you to try the coffee, so you know if you like how it tastes, before buying the capsules. I always make it a point to taste the limited edition coffees that they release now and again.
So, if you are ever walking by a Nespresso boutique (There’s one at The Gardens Mid Valley mall in Kuala Lumpur) pop in, and ask to try their coffee. They are usually obliging, and will make you a cup to your taste and requirements – milk, sugar or simply black. This way, you get to experience how the machines work, to figure out which type of machine suits your taste and lifestyle preferences best, and more importantly, which coffee you prefer.
Whenever I go to The Gardens in the morning, I usually pop by for a quick cup, and a chat about their new coffees or to check out the new machines. I also drop off my used capsules for recycling. Each order or purchase of capsules comes with a recycling bag. So pop your used capsules in there and drop them off at the boutique.
If you live far away from a Nespresso store, you can order your capsules online. I used to do that before the store opened up here last year, and have no quibbles with their service. Don’t forget to use the discount code!
Are you a Nespresso fan? Is it time to be one?
I am a big fan of Nespresso, if you didn’t already know. I was so excited when I found out that we were getting our very own Nespresso boutique in Kuala Lumpur! Yes, it may sound a little sad, but hey, I do have a life (and loves) outside of beauty stuff 😀 Now, tell me if you plan to hit up the Nespresso Long Black Friday sales 😉
Find out more about Nespresso, Nespresso coffee capsules and machines and Long Black Friday deals at www.nespresso.com/my/en