The Simple Change that (almost) Turned Me into a Morning Person
If you’ve read my post about my weekend in Amsterdam, you may remember that Dutch coffee both changed and ruined my life. When I came home from vacation, my daily coffee with Hazelnut creamer now tasted like dirty dishwater. To be fair, what I was drinking in The Netherlands was actually espresso and milk, but my prior experiences with espresso had been that it was strong, bitter, and desperately needed sugar. My Dutch lattes, however, were rich and creamy and needed no additions. I struggle with a sweet tooth, so the fact that I didn’t need to add sugar or flavoring was huge. I also felt satisfied after just one cup, rather than the 2 or 3 I was used to drinking at home.
I had received an espresso machine as a wedding gift several years ago and never really used it. I was completely intimidated by it. It was difficult to operate and clean, so I didn’t think making espresso at home would ever become part of my daily routine. Then along came Nespresso. I’ve been using a Keurig for years, so the idea of popping in a pod and hitting start was familiar and easy.
After comparing all the different models, I decided on the Nespresso Inissia + Aeroccino. The Aeroccino steams and/or froths your milk, so you can make lattes, cappuccinos, etc. (Lillian really enjoys just drinking the “fluffy” milk by itself).
We got a drawer to hold our pods, and the Inissia and Aeroccino sit right up on top of that, taking up very little room on our counter. I was concerned that it would be difficult to clean, but it’s not at all! I just wipe it with a warm rag after each use. There are very few parts and they come out easily for a weekly deep cleaning.
Hubby prefers a simple strong cup of espresso, but I like to make lattes, and my go-to pod is a pretty pink one called Rosabaya. According to the Nespresso website, Rosabaya has red fruit and “winey” notes. No wonder it’s my fave. I steam about a quarter cup of whole organic milk to mix with my espresso and I have the wonderful creamy cup of coffee I fell in love with in Europe.
The cost of the machine and the milk frother is about $200, which I think is reasonable, but if you’re smart you can get it for less. Black Friday is coming up, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find a great deal if you do your research. The Inissia sells at many department stores, so even if you miss out on Black Friday deals, you can probably use a store coupon at another time. The pods are about 75 cents each, which is a steal when you think that you’d be paying around $3 for an espresso at a cafe. I’ve been extremely happy with the quality for the price, and the ease of use really solidifies that I have no interest in a fancy schmancy machine that costs twice as much.
Once I began making lattes at home, I also adopted a more European attitude of enjoying coffee. I sit down, with a simple, beautiful white cup and saucer, and truly savor the experience. Lillian happily eats her morning banana while I sip my coffee and check my email. It makes me calmer and is a nicer way to begin each day than chugging a cup of joe on the run.