Some people would walk a mile for a smoke. Not me, but I’m willing to drive for miles for a good fix of brewed coffee.
Fortunately, I have friends and relatives who know about my passion for coffee and have been kind enough to share their own blends to add to my own personal collection.
I have a good measure of coffee blends lined up in my cupboard – Ethiopian, Hawaiian, Vietnamese, Philippine, English and Brazilian – for my regular home-brewed coffee, but I still frequent Starbucks and other coffee chains for a taste of Espresso and other coffee concoctions that use expensive-looking machines.
My wife is also a coffee lover, so for me, there is more to coffee than just its taste. The flavor and aroma of coffee represent pleasant memories and timeless bonding moments, even if they mean endless chats and occasional moments of silence in times when we disagree.
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The Nespresso CitiZ
There is never a disagreement between us over coffee, more specifically in our recent decision to purchase a Nespresso CitiZ D121 Automatic Espresso Maker and Frother, a compact kitchen appliance designed to perform the function of a coffee shop barista at home with just a few easy steps and a simple push of a button.
There is something really magical about what a barista does to make an espresso and other milk-based coffees, like the cappuccino, macchiato, or latte, look and taste the way they do. The taste and froth – sometimes crafted with intricate designs – are features every coffee lover will come back for and enjoy every time.
The secret – I just found out – is not in the barista, but in the machine that produces those various coffee preparations. I am surprised that I could actually produce with perfect consistency those Italian sounding coffee blends to sip and enjoy right in my own home while watching my favorite show on TV or reading the news. My wife and I find in coffee a stimulating partner when working together or alone on projects.
I still enjoy the old, traditional brew from my old, inexpensive, but reliable coffee drip machine, but whenever I feel like having a special coffee treat for myself – which is getting to be more often than usual – my Nespresso CitiZ D120 Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother makes a good partner and reliable barista to have around the house.
I’m thinking of getting another one for my office as well, to treat visitors and friends. If they’re coffee lovers like my wife and me, then I’m sure they would love Nespresso CitiZ D120 Automatic Espresso Maker’s barista coffee flavors.
After all, what manager or worker has not been to a Starbucks, or Caribou Coffee, or Tully’s Coffee, or a local coffee shop? Nobody, I suppose, even if his or her objective is simply to attend a meeting, join a study group, or enjoy the company of a friend or friends. It’s like seeing myself drinking beer in the company of friends, although it’s very unlikely that you see me drinking beer alone. But with coffee, I see myself enjoying it both with friends and by myself.
Coffee Statistics Report
Did You Know?
Coffee statistics show that coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.
Coffee industry statistics show that only 20% of harvested coffee beans are considered to be a premium bean of the highest quality.
Coffee market statistics show that coffee is grown commercially in over 45 countries around the world.
Coffee trade statistics show that over 5 million people in Brazil are employed by the coffee trade.
Those employed in the coffee industry are involved mostly with the cultivation and harvesting of more than 3 billion coffee plants.
Coffee consumption statistics show that coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.
Secret of Espresso Coffee
If the secret is not in the barista, what then is it in a coffee shop that produces delectable coffee flavors? Primarily, I think it’s in the machine that processes the coffee and milk. Secondarily, it’s in the premix capsules that you use for making coffee.
The Nespresso CitiZ D120 Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother is designed to make one cup at a time. It works by pushing hot water through a high-pressure pump. It pricks a prepacked coffee ground from a disposable plastic capsule, followed by the same amount of milk to produce quality espresso. With the Nespresso, you can choose from a cappuccino, mocha, latte, and several other flavors. Each flavor comes in pairs of covered plastic cups containing the coffee flavor and milk. You can mix-match each flavor to come out with your own custom-made flavor.
I don’t really know the intricate details about the process, but it basically involves pouring water into a one-liter container, placing the capsule coffee ingredient into a built-in compartment one at a time, pressing the closer, turning on power, and waiting two minutes as you watch your desired espresso dripping slowly into your cup or mug. It was easy for me; it should be for you. Best of all you don’t have to attend a school for a barista to make a perfect cup each time.
Each pre-packed capsule is filled with just enough of the grind for each cup of delicious coffee. When done, some contents remain in the capsule but don’t bother trying to reuse them. The best has already been shipped into your first cup and what remain are tasteless remnants or sediments that are meant to be thrown to the trash bin.
If you don’t recognize the difference between instant coffee or three-in-one and brewed coffee or espresso, you might not find this equipment a good buy. A coffee lover knows the aroma of brewed coffee from afar and can immediately spot the difference between brewed and instant with one sip. If you don’t notice these or just don’t care, espresso coffee is probably not for you.
The machine itself is expensive. It costs from $100 to $200, a price not too many ordinary coffee drinkers are willing to shell out, or have no compelling reason to purchase. For them, it’s just another coffee gadget to occupy another premium space in their kitchen.
The pre-packed espresso capsules are substantially more expensive than the canned coffee roast or bottled instant coffee mix that you ordinarily find in supermarkets and groceries. On a per-cup basis, the cost difference could be outrageous, but given the number trips a coffee lover makes to Starbucks and other local coffee shops, coffee shop habitués, like myself, could always argue that we could recover the cost of the machine in the long term.
In short, an espresso maker is a machine for people who love and crave for good coffee as done by baristas in coffee shops. The cost should not be compared to a cup of instant or drip brewed coffee.
I must admit it’s hard for me to find a reason not to sound like endorsing the Nespresso CitiZ D120 Automatic Espresso Maker, but that’s how far I can go if I want to be objective about it. It’s a product I dreamt about as a coffee lover and it surprises me no end that there is such a product in the real world, that I have one right here in a small coffee nook in my own house.
Expression of Good Coffee
After having said what I think are a few reasons why people won’t buy the Nespresso CitiZ D120 Automatic Espresso Maker and Frother, I can’t help but discuss again its advantages from my point of view as a coffee lover:
Famous brand name of Nestle Nespresso, a unit under the Nestle Group of Switzerland
One-liter capacity water tank
High 19-bar pump that translates to high frothing action
Easily removable drip tray for trouble-free operation
Easy accessed capsule container
As I see it, sophistication is not the apt word to describe this machine, not even elegant. I think simple and functional are more like it. A cursory look at the manual that goes with the product allows for a trouble-free guide to easy operation.
If you don’t understand the written instructions, the manual contains illustrated instructions for the step-by-step process. Actually, that’s what I did, and it was an amazing success in only my first try. My second and third attempts were as successful. I made one good coffee after another without missing a beat.
In my first attempt as “barista,” I actually produced five cups, one each for myself, my wife, and three grown-up kids, using a wide array of flavors and strengths and combination of flavors. Is it mocha you want? No problem. I haven’t counted the flavors, but I know my favorite coffee flavors – mocha, cappuccino, macchiato, or latte – are all there for the taking whenever I feel like it. It’s plain brewed coffee in the morning and espresso in the afternoon and night.
As a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, I don’t keep ground coffee for long periods. As much as possible, I keep the beans in an unlighted drawer – away from direct sunlight – and grind them only just before brewing to savor its fresh taste and aroma.
With the Nespresso CitiZ D120 Automatic Espresso Maker and Frother, I know the coffee and creamer in airtight capsules are always fresh until the time they’re ready for brewing, which in my case is three times every day.
And if you love coffee the way my wife and I do, then I strongly suggest that you buy your own Nespresso CitiZ D120 Automatic Espresso Maker and Frother and enjoy your own home-made espresso in the comfort of home.