Sadly, I never learned how to drink coffee.
When I was in college I asked my dad to teach me how to drink coffee, but he said, “Don’t even start.”
So I never did. The only coffee I enjoy now is by Haagen-Dazs.
Maybe that’s why I’m always sleepy.
I’m okay with not drinking coffee, but I started to have coffee envy when Nespresso came out with these cute little machines with shiny coffee pods.
Lots of Filipinos own Nespresso machines, but for many years they had to buy their machines and pods abroad. Now here’s the good news: Nespresso is now available online through www.nespresso.ph.
On August 11, you can also buy them at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la Plaza and Abenson’s BGC.
A customer hotline (02 477-7870) will connect consumers with Nespresso Coffee Specialists, who can answer questions and receive orders.
“Now you can have Nespresso coffee without leaving your home and have it delivered right at your doorstep,” said Melissa Valdez, Brand and Marketing Head at Novateur Coffee Concepts Inc., which distributes Nespresso in the Philippines.
The brand has been in the Philippines for a number of years, selling only to businesses and institutions.
Since its creation in 1986, Nespresso has redefined and revolutionized the way millions of people enjoy their coffee today, shaping the global coffee culture and becoming the reference for portioned coffee or coffee pods.
For many, Nespresso is part of a stylish and cosmopolitan lifestyle. You know you’re in a good hotel if you see a Nespresso machine in your room.
Nespresso at the Four Seasons Hong Kong
Only 1-2 percent of the world’s coffee crop meets Nespresso’s strict quality and aroma profile requirements for its Grand Cru coffees. These rare coffees, from the world’s most well-renowned coffee growing regions, are crafted into exceptional blends and single origin coffees, specially developed to suit every taste preference.
The Grand Cru coffees are available in 24 blends, each one featuring a distinct aroma profile, and hermetically sealed in aluminum capsule which preserves the freshness and aromas of the coffee against damaging factors, such as light, air and humidity and ensures that all aromas are protected until extraction in the consumers’ cups.
According to Valdez, the coffee doesn’t come in contact with oxygen until after the machine pierces the pod.
Valdez said the most popular flavors in the Philippines are Arpeggio (rich and creamy) and Livanto (round and balanced).
Nespresso will be making home machines available in the Philippines.
The Ezzenza Mini (PHP 6,500) is perfect for small homes or condo units. Offering two programmable cup sizes, the Essenza Minimachine creates perfect coffee just the way you like it. Choose from two shapes and three colors to suit your taste.
The Pixie (Php 13,900) with premium metal slide panels, is energy efficient, and has a compact and minimalist design.
The Inissia (Php 14,000) includes the Aeroccino milk frother, which steams or froths milk at the push of a button.
The other machines include the Citiz (Php 14,000)
and the top of the line Latissima Touch (Php 26,000).
Those with smaller machines can also purchase the easy to clean Aeroccino milk device.
Nespresso machines are equipped with a unique technology that delivers an optimal equilibrium between the right water temperature, quantity and speed, along with the optimal extraction pressure, creating the perfect cup every time. Each parameter has been calculated with great precision to ensure that all the aromas from each Grand Cru can be expressed, giving it body and creating a dense and thick crema, the sign of ultimate coffee quality. Crema is the foam that forms at the top of coffee.
Here’s more exciting news: Nespresso will open its first ever Nespresso Boutique in the Philippines in December.
Before then, shop online at www.nespresso.ph