Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:And there you have it: Nespresso is commoditized coffee, ultimately bland. Once you get past the pretty little cups and the gee whiz verbiage in the descriptions, it's still stuff that was ground weeks ago and parcelled into small lots (which increases its exposure to air).
It's not like you to be tiresome, Jeff. This was established and given many posts ago. I stipulated it from the beginning. To leap to "it's all the same" is too far a leap for you to make.
All coffee is commoditized. Doesn't mean it is "ultimately bland." Differences remain. If you understand that you are consuming coffee that has been handled and, yes, podded and vacuum sealed, then it's all valid to me.
I've been to the coffee plantations. I've roasted coffees, I've sampled extensively. Unfortunately, much as I'd really like to, every time I want a good cup, I can't go to that place in Costa Rica I like so much, help them harvest the beans, process and cook the beans to absolutely the peak of perfection for me, and make that cup of coffee right there.
You live in New York. That means you make compromises every time you drink a cup of coffee. It has to be picked, processed, shipped, graded, sorted, roasted. Commoditized, as you call it. I'm willing to make certain compromises for my convenience, So are you. You're willing to compromise differently than I am, or less. That's fine.
The one thing I will agree with you on is that Nespresso/Nestle poses a certain limit on the range of coffees I can make in my machine (from whence their profit comes.) I'd be happy to use the Illy pods for the most part, if I could. Can't. There are non-Nespresso alternative pod companies out there, but I don't know how good there coffee is, or how well their pods actually work.
There are also means (as you know there would be) to laboriously re-use and re-engineer Nespresso capsules with your own choice of coffee...although to me that begs the purpose of having the Nespresso in the first place, I'd think.
Tell you what, come to visit me (both of you) in Portland and I'll offer you an espresso. You can refuse, then we'll go to Barista, where I can promise you you'll be more than satisfied by their ferocious focus on a superb cup. All of us will end up happy.