Coffee is an essential part of my day. I cant remember when I first started to get a like for the brown gold, but I know I have spent a whole lot of money on takeaway coffees. Like most other Danes I like my first cup to be big. I am in no way a coffee aficionado, and I am in no way comfortable with terms like American Gibraltars, Chemex pour-over, soy-frothed dry cap; in all honesty I almost wanted to give the guy in front me a soy-frothed dry slap the other day when I heard it in the line to buy my expensive take away in the airport. Don’t get me wrong, I love a nicely brewed well-balanced cup, but I also don’t find satisfying spending too long brewing a cup. Guess that’s also why I’ve never really taken on slow drip, French press etc. There must be an easier way getting me from “leave me alone, or die” to “good morning, honey!”. And there is, luckily for Mr. LA. That’s where pod coffee comes in.
I have been enjoying my Nespresso for years; I tried multiple machines, but always found the sizes of the cups a little bit limiting. So I am super excited about Nespresso’s brand new concept, launching in Denmark today, Vertuo – the first Nespresso system to offer both large-cup coffee options and authentic espresso at the touch of a button. Its been 10 years in the making and already been out in the US for a few years, but finally its available in Europe.
It is indeed a whole new system. The capsules are bigger and pre-programed. The intelligent extraction system uses barcode technology to recognize the different brewing parameters for each cup. Based on the data printed on the capsule, the machine precisely calibrates settings such as infusion time, water temperature and flow rate, rotational speed and cup length.
I am really drawn to the infusion and brewing phase. I love the single touch rise and fall of the electric hood, and the auto-ejecting of the previous capsule when opened is so cool. When ready, the capsule then spins up to 7,000 rotations per minute, optimizing the flow of water through the coffee to extract the best flavors and create an incomparable crema, every time.
As always, the capsules are made in 100% reusable aluminum, to me that seems a lot better than cheaper plastic versions, which we all know just ends up in landfills or burnt. There are five different possibilities in sizes: Espresso (40 ml), Double Espresso (80 ml), Gran Lungo (150 ml), Mug (230 ml) and Alto (414 ml), which are ONE very big cup of coffee.
I am so happy with the opportunity of making bigger cups, if also saves me a few trips up and down the stairs. I also feel like the new machine heats up the water more, the coffee seems warmer, which would make sense with the bigger cups, but I am not sure if this is correct though. And last, the actual machine also doesn’t take up too much space on the counter with I think is a big plus, speaking of plus, I got to test the Vertuoplus, which brews your coffee with just one hit of a button. I guess the only downside, is that you cannot use your old Nespresso capsules, so finish those, before you unpack your new Vertuo.
I strongly encourage you to keep an eye out with my Instagram as well, as I might do a flash give away when you least expect it.
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