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  • kevin Dec 9, 2013 03:23 PM
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I thought this coffee was supposed to be crappy but there's an outpost of it in BH that looks to be relatively new to my eyes.

What do you guys thinks ?????

Thanks.

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  1. It's a huge space. I can't imagine the rent on a place selling coffee pods. I peeked in to see if Penelope Cruz was lounging about (as in the Nespresso commercial). No such luck.

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    1. re: Wayno

      Damn, I'd grow through a lot if Cruz where there.

      1. re: kevin

        Was "grow" an intentional typo?

        1. re: Wayno

          sorry, i meant "go" through a lot instead of "grow".

          1. re: kevin

            Oh, I think you meant 'grow' :).

            1. re: latindancer

              Maybe you are correct. :)

      2. re: Wayno

        Isn't George Clooney in those commercials as well?

      3. This is not a store to make a profit. It is to get national PR attention for Nespresso and it seems to be working.

        1. As a spectator, I love the space and the metallic displays!

          The day we were there, they had just opened. The place was buzzing and there were no available tables. Consequently, I have not tried their coffee. The coffee was secondary; the space was like a museum in its displays. The wares and pod colors are beautiful.

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          1. re: liu

            Cool.

            For some reason, it reminds me of a coffee version of Giardelli Square Chocolate cafe in SF.

            Based on your reports, it sounds like just that.

            1. re: kevin

              I've visited the chocolate cafe in San Fran, but I do not remember it. Nespresso is up-to-the-moment modern and sleek inside with lots of tables and chatter for those wishing to indulge and linger in this very slick chamber.

              It is definitely on my list for a return visit as I want to try the product. Even if the coffee is not great, the marketing is spectacular!

              1. re: liu

                Ok, I will check it out.

                for sure.

                1. re: kevin

                  Even if it is just a pretty face, it is worth a visit!

                  1. re: liu

                    And hopefully Penelope will be there too for a tete a tete.

          2. just met some folks who have been living in spain for several years - they said "everyone" drinks nespresso espresso from the pods over there, because it's so convenient and it's very good.

            so, slick marketing aside, has anyone actually tried the coffee??

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            1. re: rmarisco

              We had a machine at my office a couple of years back. I'd say it was average at best. I also had a huge issue with the amount of waste generated by the pods, which - at least at the time - were not recyclable.

            2. They even actually even have a menu..
              http://www.nespresso-us.com/uploads/m...

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              1. re: wienermobile

                Oh, yes! It's a nice place to linger.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  Ah, I see they have wine, too. So, even if the coffee isn't great, it's probably the least expensive place to grab a glass of wine in that neighborhood (which is where I work). Kevin, come by; we'll have a glass and look for Penny. Dare I say, that would be a true pleasure Cruz.

                  1. re: Wayno

                    Is the wine in a pod too ????

                    Yeah, when I passed by there it looked a little out of place, like the Disneyification of coffee.

                  2. re: wienermobile

                    Wait just a second.

                    Are we paying for coffee out of a pod just like in the commercials ???????

                    1. re: kevin

                      YES!

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        That makes me very sad.

                      2. re: kevin

                        What, you don't want to become one of the pod people? In that case you had better not fall asleep...

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Which is why we have to drink lots of coffee at Nespresso, right ??????????

                    2. Yes, the coffee is crappy.
                      Aaaaand before anyone disagrees with that, this is Chowhound where restaurants are held at a higher standard, if you want to do the same with Nespresso, go to Coffeegeek.

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                      1. re: cls

                        <Yes, the coffee is crappy>

                        I, without knowledge of what it was, was served this in a beautiful antique cup and saucer a few weeks ago.
                        Me, being a snobbish coffee and bean 'expert', happily consumed some very deep, rich and aromatic coffee.
                        My host, without telling me I was drinking Nespresso, laughed heartily when I admitted to my liking of it after she'd told me what it was.
                        Now…I will never go out and purchase a machine as I've got a very nice collection of machines, industrial espresso included.
                        The thought of water filtering through one of those little things doesn't do it for me. It's definitely psychological. However the taste of that coffee wasn't 'crappy'. At all.

                        1. re: latindancer

                          It's interesting to see the results when the visual clues are removed which key our built in biases, or on the hand what occurs when we think we are being fed or drinking something that is "highly rated" by experts or those who we think are experts.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Well said, Servorg.

                            Everything tastes better in a "beautiful antique cup" or with a dab of yuzu paste on top with grated pink salt or when served with a sprig of parsley! Presentation and space are so integral to the taste. When the other senses are roused, the sense of taste is stimulated accordingly.

                            1. re: liu

                              <Everything tastes better in a 'beautiful antique cup'?

                              Well, not everything.

                              I've tasted some pretty lousy attempts at espresso and coffee in some pretty fabulous cups and saucers.
                              I've been drinking coffee well over 5 decades…
                              I was born and raised in a city where there's, literally, a coffeehouse on every city block.
                              Three generations of family members who roasted and ground their own beans. Coffee is very important in my life…
                              While I agree with 'presentation and space' as being 'integral to the taste' I think I can honestly say some of the best food I've ever tasted had nothing to do with the way it was presented. Specifically…
                              A barbecue in the middle of the desert with meat served on an old, battered and rusted tin plate, eaten with my hands.

                              1. re: latindancer

                                A barbecue in the middle of the desert with meat served on an old, battered and rusted tin plate, eaten with my hands.

                                ------------------------------------------------------

                                Now where was that at ??????

                                1. re: latindancer

                                  "A barbecue in the middle of the desert with meat served on an old, battered and rusted tin plate, eaten with my hands."
                                  _ _ _

                                  latindancer, that sounds pretty romantic to me..."presentation and space," well, the desert is a nice space!! AND it depends on the company, too. That "old, battered and rusted tin plate" reminds me of the camping days of my youth...romantic memories there, too!

                              2. re: Servorg

                                I have a bias against coffee pods, I wholeheartedly admit.
                                It's just odd to me. Beans should be ground and brewed or pulled.

                                The taste of that deep, rich and full-bodied coffee was surprising to me.
                                I've never been interested in the 'experts' who have tried to get me to try it.
                                When I was served it, without knowing what it was, I was really shocked how good it was. It could have been served in an old stained cup and I still would have really enjoyed it.

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  This reminds me of that movie where the wines from Napa in an unprecedented defeat beat out the first-growth Bordeaux from France in a blind taste test.

                                2. re: latindancer

                                  Love it. Yeah. We are kind of snobbs. Ok. Maybe I'll just speak for myself.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    to have an espresso at home, that takes moments and costs less than a buck per pop... i like nespresso and i always thought the gist was "enjoy at home" so maybe coffee shop in BH just a add on for the store...

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      My curiosity is now so piqued by this discussion, I think I'm going to walk the 2 blocks over there in a little while to see how bad or not-so-bad the coffee really is.

                                      1. re: Wayno

                                        Please report back, on the double, given that I won't be able to make it today.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Okay, I didn't go "on the double," but I just checked it out. Very happening inside; most of the tables were occupied, and half the bar seats were. The espressos are rated from 1 through 12ish in terms of "intensity." And you can have each of those made into a latte, a cappu, Americano, etc. There are also decafs in 3 different intensities, 7 being the highest. Since it was so late in the day, I went for a decaf Americano, with the #7. It tasted fine, but that's it. Not enough flavor for me. I need to try one of the higher-numbered leaded items. There's also a pretty full menu of sandwiches and pastries and wines by the glass. It's all quite pricey - the American was $4.50, sandwiches are about $16 and pastries are $8. Wines are in the $14 - 16 range. On the other hand, the "baristas" at the bar, where I sat, are quite lovely, to say the least. I almost tipped $5 on my $4.50 Americano.

                                      2. re: jessejames

                                        "...so maybe coffee shop in BH just a add..."

                                        To borrow your words, the BH Nespresso shop is one big ad...and you're in it!

                                        1. re: liu

                                          actually im not in it dude. when you find an easier and cheaper way to have espresso at home, let me know.

                                        2. re: jessejames

                                          I am with you, jj, it is great coffee.
                                          The milk foamer that runs with a spinning magnetic do-hicky on my machine is also lots of fun.

                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                            "Do-hicky" ????????

                                            It sounds like your are referencing your inner Servorg.

                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                              I forgot about the magnetic centrifuge-like foamer! That is, actually, pretty cool.

                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                Yes ciao bob we r having fun with that. Ladies love lattes. I like "ristretto" best.

                                              2. re: jessejames

                                                So since you own and like your machine I will defer to you (and another on this thread) on this question as I just received a Nespresso Citiz for Christmas...

                                                I wanted a machine that did 'everything'...cappuccino, espresso, coffee, so with the Nespresso, what do you do for a more 'daily' cup of coffee (with the understanding that's it's not actually a 'coffee' machine)?
                                                At this point, (and it's still all very new) I've programmed the long pour for about 8oz of water, and tried a few different flavors of pods, but I'm curious what those who have more experience with these machines are doing for a morning cup of long pull?

                                                1. re: rathersaucy

                                                  I like Cappuccino or espresso x 2 or more

                                                  Have fun with it!

                                                  1. re: rathersaucy

                                                    As you probably already figured out, Nespresso isn't a coffee machine. It is strictly for espresso and espresso drinks (ie. cappuccino, latte, etc).

                                                    If you just want a cup of drip coffee, the closest you're going to get is to make yourself an Americano. Shot (or 2) of espresso and add hot water to it. You can do this by pulling a shot w/o a capsule and it'll spit out hot water.

                                                    1. re: TailbackU

                                                      some of the cartridges are supposed ok for bigger cups and there is an option on my machine for it to make a bigger pull of coffee...only works ok with some of the "varietals" but i like the espresso better anyways...arpeggio and ristretto are the ones we like best...try some rum instead of sugar.

                                            2. re: cls

                                              I've been pulling my own espresso for decades. First at a coffeehouse in Berkeley when working my way through college, and for the last twenty years on a hand-pull La Pavoni we have at home. We were visiting our Friend the Movie Star (not, alas, Penelope) a couple of years ago and she had been given a Nespresso machine and an array of pods as awards-party swag.

                                              I have to say, it makes a damn good cup o' Joe; fluffy crema, nice small-bubble foam. But I only liked one of the flavors: whatever the darkest no-flavorings espresso roast was.

                                              But yes, the amount of pod-waste was annoying.

                                              1. re: jesstifer

                                                I just can't deal with that pod crap.

                                                What coffeehouse did you pull espressos at in Berkeley ?

                                                1. re: jesstifer

                                                  I received a Nespresso machine several years ago as a gift and love it. I live alone, don't drink a lot of coffee, and prefer espresso roasts, so it's perfect for me. I only order a couple of types of pods that tend toward the stronger, darker roasts. One pod makes a rather creamy drink (but without milk or cream) so it is convenient when I don't have any milk. I also find the dark roasts are great to mix with ice and vanilla protein powder to make protein shakes for breakfast.

                                                  I can't really see myself going to a Nespresso restaurant/coffee house. But I understand that they are quite popular in Europe.

                                                  1. re: Jwsel

                                                    So since you own and like your machine I will defer to you (and another on this thread) on this question as I just received a Nespresso Citiz for Christmas...
                                                    I wanted a machine that did 'everything'...cappuccino, espresso, coffee...so with the Nespresso, what do you do for a more 'daily' cup of coffee (with the understanding that's it's not actually a 'coffee' machine)?
                                                    At this point (and it's still all very new), I've programmed the long pour for about 8oz of water, and tried a few different flavors of pods, but I'm curious what those who have more experience with these machines are doing for a morning cup of long pull?

                                                    1. re: rathersaucy

                                                      I bought a Nespresso machine several years ago and love it. The coffee is really tasty, especially when I don't have time to go to a Starbucks or grind my own (a friend has a coffee plantation and Fed Ex'es me freshly roasted coffee).