I can’t imagine a day without coffee. I can’t imagine! – Howard Schultz
The first thing that we do every morning, without fail, is to switch our coffee maker on. Within ten minutes of emerging from the land of dreams, the comforting and reassuring drip of the coffee maker is the only sound that we need to lure us into the waking world.
Without our first coffee of the day, we wouldn’t be able to function and we certainly wouldn’t be able to cope with the demands of the nine-to-face working day.
Caffeine is the only fuel that our tank will accept and it’s the only way that we can jump-start our brains and join the everyday hubbub that keeps the world turning.
And we’re not alone, as coffee is America’s delicious drug of choice and provides the ticket that we all need to ride the locomotive to individual, and mass success.
Coffee shops are one of the fastest-growing businesses in the world, and regardless of the shape that the economy is in, they continue to grow unabated as they try to keep up with, and cater to, our constant and unending demand for coffee.
It doesn’t matter which city or town you live in, thanks to our slavish devotion to, and need for, caffeine, it’s impossible to walk more than a couple of blocks without stumbling headlong into a coffee shop.
But it’s not enough, as even though coffee shops are springing up everywhere, they can’t provide all of the coffee that we need.
When we head home in the evening, and when we rise first thing in the morning, we still need coffee, and the only way to get that sweet caffeine hit that we spend our days jonesing for, is if we make it ourselves.
Making our own coffee used to be easy. We’d just switch the aforementioned drip coffee maker on and five minutes later, we’d have coffee.
The world has changed though and thanks to being exposed to a multitude of different varieties of coffee in an endless succession of different coffee shops, good old-fashioned, diner-style coffee just won’t, and doesn’t, cut it anymore.
Having been exposed to everything that coffee can be, we expect and want more from our cup of joe, and we want it to be available at the touch of a button, whenever we want it.
The truth is, we’ve been spoiled by the coffee revolution, and having become its ready and willing victims, we’ve become used to the finer coffee things in life. And that’s where Nespresso comes in.
Who Is Nespresso?
If like us, you’re caffeine fiends, dedicated to the worship of the bean and devoted to savoring every drop of finely blended and brewed coffee, you’ve probably heard the name Nespresso mentioned in hushed whispers while standing in line at Starbucks waiting for your next cup of the good stuff.
They’ve slowly, but surely become a legend among legions of coffee fans the world over, and while most companies are rarely deserving of the mythology that builds up around them, that isn’t the case with Nespresso.
They have earned their reputation among the caffeine faithful the hard way, by changing the way that we think about, and consume our favorite beverage.
The Nespresso story started in 1975 when a Nestle employee noticed a disproportionate amount of customers waiting for coffee outside of a coffee shop in Rome.
After some investigation, he discovered that the only difference between that shop and the others in Rome was the way that its baristas operated and used their coffee machines to deliver their customer’s orders.
Following some careful study and believing that he had uncovered the secret, the employee returned to Nestle and began work on the machine that would change his destiny and that of the company that he worked for.
Greatness takes time though and following a number of failed start and abortive attempts to make a machine that could replicate the process that the shop in Italy used, in 1986 Nespresso was finally ready to unleash their coffee on an unsuspecting world.
Things may have changed drastically during the last four decades, but one thing has remained constant, Nespresso’s unwavering commitment to producing the sort of coffee making machines that make their faithful fanbase weep with joy.
And one of their flagship coffee making machines, that their admirers swear by is the Inissia.
We’re coffee people, we’ve already established that, so it was a little surprising to us that we hadn’t crossed paths with the Inissia before.
Even though it bears the Nespresso name, the Inissia is actually made by De’Longhi another well-established brand with a long and storied history in the manufacture of coffee machines.
As it turns out, it isn’t the result of some elaborate corporate coffee shenanigans or a caffeine conspiracy theory, the Inissia really is a DeLonghi machine but it wears the Nespresso name because it uses the Nespresso system of coffee production to make it’s incredibly tasty coffee.
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The Nespresso Way
All Nespresso machines are dependent on the coffee pod system that Nespresso developed, patented, and made their own.
The Inissia is a barista grade machine that uses a nineteen bar pressure system to serve a single cup of either espresso or coffee at the touch of a button.
It really is as easy as it sounds. Load the pod, fill the water reservoir, choose the size of cup that you want it to make, one a half-ounce espresso size cup of a five-ounce mug, which Nespresso insists on calling a Lungo.
Before we go any further, we should make it clear that you can get an Inissia with an Aeroccino milk frother that’s designed to deliver the full coffee shop experience, but as we’re die-hard coffee devotees we believe that coffee should only be drunk one way; black.
Adding milk just ruins the flavor and we’re pleased to be able to say that it seems like the people at Nespresso and DeLonghi agree with us, as the Inissia was made to serve and make coffee one way, and that’s the way we like it, black.
The first thing that we noticed was how quickly the Inissia managed to go from a cold start to serving up a full cup of coffee.
Less than two minutes after filling up its twenty-four-ounce reservoir and hitting the go button, we had our first cup of pod brewed coffee and, for once a coffee company was actually telling the truth.
It tasted like it had been brewed by a highly trained Italian barista rather than the ham-fisted enthusiastic amateurs who actually made it by putting a pod in the right compartment adding water and pressing a couple of buttons.
While the coffee that the Inissia makes is outstanding and is served at just the right temperature, the thing that we loved most about this wonderful little (and it is little, so no matter how much room you don’t think you have in your kitchen, you’ll have enough counter space for this tiny coffee maker) machine was the pod system that it uses.
With an incredible variety of flavors and varieties available, you can have your coffee the way you like it, whenever you like it at the touch of a button.
And you won’t have to waste your time standing in line at your local coffee shop to get it.
It Isn’t All Sunshine And Coffee Flavored Roses
There’s no denying the fact that we love the Inissia, it’s versatility, and the nearly endless catalog of flavors that Nespresso’s pod system includes and the speed at which it makes coffee, and the ease and simplicity of its operating system.
All of that is true, and while we wouldn’t hesitate to use it on a daily basis (which we have been doing since it came into our possession), the fact that it’ll only make a single cup of coffee at any given time when its reservoir holds enough water to make more is a little odd.
Why not just reduce the size of the reservoir and make it even more compact and desirable than it already is?
And if we’re being honest, while it’s nice to be able to switch between pods and sample different flavors of coffee, the fact that we had to load a new pod every single time we wanted a cup of joe ended up becoming something of a chore.
It’s also, given how much coffee we consume on a daily basis, going to end up becoming incredibly expensive as we’ve been burning through the initial batch of pods that we had at an astonishing speed.
That’s the problem when something tastes as good as the coffee that the Inissia makes is, you just want more and more of it all the time and the pod well runs dry a lot quicker than you think it will.
The Final Word – The Inissia Verdict
Truthfully we love this machine and we’ve become life-long fans of the Nespresso way of doing things, and we can see ourselves using this coffee maker for a long, long time to come.
Will it become our daily coffee maker of choice?
Unfortunately not, as even though the coffee it makes is among some of the best that we’ve had in a long time and has significantly reduced the profits of our local coffee shop since we stopped frequenting it in the advent of starting to use this remarkable machine, it just doesn’t make enough coffee at any given time to satisfy our caffeine appetite.
Now, if Nespresso figured out a way for this machine to make a pot instead of a cup, then things would be very, very different.
But until that day arrives, we’ll just make do with the odd cup of Inissia brewed coffee every couple of days and stay true to our faithful old coffee maker.