If you missed this story on Instagram, today is your lucky day. I’m about to share possibly my most embarrassing moment with the entire internet.
Here we go.
Back in the ~2015 days of blogging, Nespresso made a move for bloggers aka influencers. My 2012 Tumblr page is showing. At the time, I’d recently published a blog post on my morning routine, including a non-Nespresso coffee brand, and they jumped at the chance to win me over by sending me a new machine and a few accessories. What joy! My ~27-old government salaried self knew full well that I had no business purchasing one of these on my own so to be the proud new owner of a fancy machine because of a business I started felt *good*.
The machine arrived: It was a shiny, sage green color with matching milk frother and glass mugs. Instantaneously, I was an accomplished adult. I unboxed the machine, set up a cute little coffee corner in my apartment, and made my first cup of Nespresso coffee.
I hated the taste. Ugh. It didn’t make a full cup. What a scam! And it was really bitter. Did I get a bad pod? Additionally, I decided that while I thought the milk frother was cute, I had no need for it. What a bust. I’d stick to my Starbucks.
It never occurred to me that perhaps this Nespresso company made not-coffee-pot-coffee…
Years later, and I mean years later, I arrived in Chicago amidst a global pandemic. Times had changed and you could no longer go into a Starbucks to order. So I did what anyone who spends too much on burnt coffee would do, I downloaded the app. Here, you could select your drink and trick yourself into thinking you were making it healthier by choosing almond milk over 2% and choosing only 1 pump of syrup over the automated 4. One day, in an effort to really find the combination that was going to give me the healthiest latte option, I went through the customization options. This is when I saw: Shots of espresso. Shots of espresso? There’s espresso in my Starbucks coffee? That was the day I learned how not-coffee-pot-coffee was made and the day I realized I had received a machine that made these delightful beverages so many years ago.
Pause. for. effect.
Upon this realization that I could make fancy coffee at home and no longer needed to spend $5 on a cup of sugar, I reached out to my community on Instagram for coffee machine recommendations and the “Nespresso” submissions were overwhelming. While I’d been there and done that, I now knew what I’d done wrong the first time. The women who recommended their machines really recommended their machines. So, after receiving a lot of “game-changer” and “your life will never be the same”, I embarked upon an extensive research project into the best machine for myself as I am quite a particular panda.
It needed to be easy and the machine + the coffee needed to be within my budget. I got a lot of recommendations for those super fancy machines that you see at local coffee shops where you grind and pack the espresso yourself. But there are “none situations” (as Nurse Ruth in New Girl would say) where that would happen. I’m more of a–pod + button–gal and I knew that in order to enjoy my morning coffee I needed to stick to my truth. Honestly, I exhausted everything that wasn’t Nespresso before ultimately ending up researching their machines and the company. The ~2015 situation was still fresh in my mind and I worried about not liking the flavor of the Nespresso pods. Finding basic flavors like hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla helped ease my mind a bit, as did realizing that Nespresso is like the Subaru of espresso companies, says the proud Forester owner since 2017. I thought I wanted pods but recycling was top of mind. I knew they had a recycling program but what did they actually do with the pods once they were mailed in?
Responsibility is their priority which makes me feel better about the use of pods. Their commitment to recycling includes recycling center drop-off locations and free, pre-labeled capsule recycling bags that you can easily mail in. I tape my capsule recycling bags to the inside of the door under my kitchen sink for easy access and then mail them in once they’re full.
If you’re interested in learning more about their sustainability + recycling program, you can read up on it here. + this post is not sponsored.
I’m ~3 months into the Nespresso life and I must admit, I’m not sure how I ever lived differently. I bought a Vertuo machine (my exact machine + the frother are on sale right now), an aeroccino frother, and found my stride in the most basic of flavors. I have these pods auto-shipped once a month, add frothed almond milk (that takes the same amount of time to froth as the coffee does to pour), and a splash of creamer. It couldn’t be more simple and I could not recommend it more!