Nespresso Pixie 30/03/2012 Homemade, Orchard I’m sure many of you have heard of Nespresso. I’ve seen and tried their machines at hotel rooms and honestly, I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, not that I didn’t like Nespresso. I just don’t like plain espresso shots in general, and I know I’m not alone. However, a trip to their boutique changed my perception. I was welcomed with a cup of latte from Nesperesso’s very own machine. It was gooooood. The thing is, I’ve always thought that Nespresso could only produce espresso shots judging from the size of their machines. Those machines with the milk steamers are usually very big and bulky, but Nespresso had a much neater and more petit solution for milk frothing. (I’ll go into that later.) Back to the coffee. A good cup of coffee has an apparent layer of creamer on top when extracted at high pressure (19 bar). In case you didn’t know, Nespresso machines extract coffee from individual air-locked capsules. And if you have been wondering what’s inside the capsules.. Here it is – ground coffee powder from roasted beans. The stronger the coffee, the finer the powder. After grasping a better idea on coffees and such, it was time for something more hands-on. Thanks to Crowd and Nespresso, I had these two magical machines delivered right to my doorstep. Complete with capsules and perfectly sized cups. They call the whole “Nespresso Experience.” I can now wake up to lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos everyday at the comfort of my home (for two whole weeks). Other than espressos, there is also an option for long blacks, which are recommended to be made using the ‘Lungo’ capsules. And remember the milk frothing part I mentioned earlier (to produce lattes and cappuccinos)? It could be done using Aeroccino3. Simply pour in the right amount of milk and press a button. Easy like A B C. You don’t even need skills, just need the right milk – the best so far is full cream fresh milk. I had so much fun with the machine and I invented my own ‘Banana Cappuccino’ using my favourite Korean banana milk. It was a superb blend with the ‘Dulsao do Brasil’ from the ‘Balanced’ family. Coffees from the ‘Balanced’ family often exude aromas of honey or roasted cereal. The other two major families are ‘Intense’ and ‘Flowery-Fruity,’ and they feature strong cocoa spicy characteristics and flowery citrusy winey notes respectively. My top fives after trying out almost all the flavours. It is almost impossible to not fall in love with Nespresso Pixie. Not only it’s easy to use, it doesn’t compromise performance with its compactibility. Nespresso Pixie starts up in 25 seconds, versus 1 minute for the other Nespresso machines; Pixie auto shuts down after 9 minutes of inactivity while the rest just go into standby mode after 30 minutes, so the Pixie actually helps cut down a lot on electricity usage! It ain’t called an eco machine for nothing. So, if I have tempted you enough, here’s your chance to WIN the award-winning Nespresso Pixie machine! Answer a simple question, fill in some details, and you are on your way! What are you waiting for? Nespresso Boutique Contest #01-14, ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801 (Nearest MRT: Orchard) (+65) 6509 8939 Mon – Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm Website Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.