We added a Nespresso CitiZ with Milk Frother in Limousine Black espresso machine to the office lineup – and we are loving it.
After seeing my new nephew at the hospital two or three hours after his birth, Aaron and I took one of my parents’ cars and headed over to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. We had a few things to do but after stopping in Tiffany & Company, we went to Williams-Sonoma and watched a demonstration of the Nespresso CitiZ with Milk Frother. I first read about this espresso machine in the Nestle stockholders report back when I decided to add Nestle to the KRIP portfolio whenever it became more attractively valued.
The Nespresso CitiZ espresso line fascinated me and even though we have the Douewe Egberts coffee machine from the Netherlands, the Technivorm Moccamaster (also from the Netherlands), and the Starbucks Italia Digital espresso machine, I wanted to buy one anyway because I have a deep, passionate love for good coffee. The reviews from other Nespresso owners were nearly flawless. Plus, my affection for Nestle – even if it is too richly priced based upon earnings, in my opinion – just gave me one more reason to buy it.
After sales tax, the total came to just shy of $400 and based upon the first few rounds, which included a vanilla caramel latte, a caramel cappuccino, an iced peppermint macchiato, and straight shots of espresso, it has been totally worth it. Even my mom gave it rave reviews and she is just as particular about her coffee as I am. I totally, unabashedly, and unequivocally recommend the Nespresso CitiZ with milk frother if you want to make lattes, espresso, cappuccinos, and macchiato at home in a matter of minutes.
The Nespresso Coffee Pod System (Nespresso Grand Cru Coffee)
There are several secrets to the Nespresso CitiZ success.
First, the coffee comes in a dozen or so pods that must be purchased directly from Nestle. Each pod has its own roast, flavor profile, and color. These are referred to as Grand Cru and there are currently 16 different choices from which you can choose.
Tonight, after several coffee drinks, I popped in a Grand Cru called Cosi, which is fruity, light and lemony. It immediately took me back to college when several of my friends worked at Small World Coffee in Princeton, New Jersey. The description: “Cosi is a lightly roasted espresso, with high typicity and a refreshing acidity. The combination of the finest East African Arabicas imbues this blend with a characteristic hint of lemon, which is balanced by the mildness of Central and South American Arabicas.” It tasted nothing like the others and because that scent, flavor, and experience is so deeply intwined with my past, it made me incredibly happy.
To order, you become a member of the Nespresso club, create batches of Grand Cru shipments you desire, pay for them, and have them delivered to your office or home. It will take me a couple of days to figure out exactly which of the Nespresso Grand Crus are my favorite but this is just a wonderful experience when I’m in the mood for espresso-based coffee drinks instead of regular drip coffee (which is not what the Nespresso CitiZ does).
Second, the milk frother allows you to make hot or cold drinks with two different whisk attachments. The Nespresso CitiZ actually heats or chills your beverage to help you reach the ideal temperature. I’m normally a hot espresso coffee drink guy and Aaron normally prefers iced or colder drinks, meaning we can both get what we want without any hassle, changeover, or extra effort.