If you’re a big caffeine addict like me, you probably look at your bank account sometimes and wonder what keeps you going back to coffee shops. When I was in college, I had to make a resolution not to buy my coffee anywhere except the local spot where I could grab a cup of black coffee for two dollars. Even still, going there once a day, twice on the hard days, I was spending almost $1000 a year on coffee. Of course, I couldn’t stop. There was one summer where my funds got so low I was forced to feed my caffeine habit with dollar store instant coffee. I’m not ashamed of it, in fact at the end of that summer I remember looking at my bank account and feeling proud not to see my usual long list of $2.00 purchases. Of course, every lesson we learn we must also forget, and then learn again.
After college I travelled across Europe for a year
I had little-to-no income, so I was very strict about my budget. Strict, except for in one area. I had found the glorious joy of espresso. Real espresso. The kind Starbuck’s employees dream about. After traveling for months, I finally settled down in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam. When I was traveling I would buy an espresso whenever I found myself in a nice cafe. Of course, having no income and a lot of traveling to do I made the most of my meager savings by eating tons of baguettes with cheese, so I didn’t spend too much time eating out. Once I settled down, however, I quickly found a great café near my apartment (the real caffeine hounds can sniff em out) and I began stopping by for an espresso every morning before getting to work. My bank account suffered dearly, and at the end of my first month in Amsterdam I was practically pulling my hair out over how much of my savings had gone just to espresso.
Thats when I discovered Nespresso
If you’ve ever used a Keurig, you’ll get the general idea of how Nespresso works. You set the actual Nespresso machine up in your kitchen (or hallway or bathroom or wherever the need for an espresso suddenly strikes you), you insert little espresso pods into the top, turn it on and voilá, espresso! Of course you also need to bring your own milk for the machine to steam, but let’s not get caught up on the details. We’re talking about real, cheap espressos here!
I discovered Nespresso through word-of-mouth
Albert Heijn, a popular grocery store chain here in Amsterdam, often serves free coffee to customers in the morning. After I was left in financial ruin from a month of espresso, I would stop by Albert Heijn instead. It saved money, but free grocery store coffee after a binge of high-quality espresso left me less than satisfied. Then one day, they were serving free espresso. Free Espresso! I was in paradise. I asked the employee serving them if they would have this every day. In my head I was already altering my morning routine so I could stop by each morning. I found out it was only that day, but the employee showed me the machine they were using. It was a Nespresso! And here I was thinking they had some belabored espresso artist in the back of the grocery store
After finding out how cheap the machine and the pods were, I bought one from the store that day. My favorite part about it is the flavor, really. Unlike the Keurig, which makes great coffee but which is still vastly different from fresh-brewed coffee at a coffee shop, the Nespresso really tastes authentic. The pods gave me some trouble at first. After I ran out of the initial sample batch for trying the different flavors, I wasn’t sure where to buy more of the Nespresso pods. Turns out, you can purchase all of the flavors online, and you can find it right here!
One final note about Nespresso
The pods, currently, are incredibly unsustainable environmentally. I use two techniques to combat this. One, I reuse old pods by using a “foil method,” which I recommend you look into once you have a Nespresso machine. The second method for combatting excessive waste is by buying a reusable pod and filling it with your favorite espresso mixes for use in the machine.