I LOVE coffee so much that there are days I wish I could have it on an IV.
So whenever I check in a hotel, the first thing I raid is the free coffee in the mini bar. Which, for the life of me, has always been a couple of sachets of granulated instant coffee. If I’m lucky, it’s the 3-in-1 kind. I’m lousy with electric contraptions so after I’ve taken the time to figure out how to plug in the pot for boiling water, I’d get started on my caffeine binge.
It’s the kind of binge that will last the whole duration I’m billeted.
At my recent stay at Royal Plaza on Scotts – it’s been weeks and I thought my love affair with the place has waned with time, but apprently, not so – I had my caffeine cravings satiated 24/7 with not only the requisite free instant coffee in the mini bar, but also with my very own in-room Nespresso coffee maker! It was unassumingly placed on top of the credenza right below the flat screen TV that it took a real coffee enthusiast, Friendship, to sense its presence within our breathing space.
The most amazing thing about this Nespresso coffee maker is that it is a single-serve machine that does exactly what it is intended to do, and amazingly so. Of course, being the lousy person that I am when it comes to gadgets, I had to first quietly observe Friendship make one cup before I even had the courage to work the machine myself.
Nespresso is the most convenient coffee maker you’d ever find. You don’t need to fuss anymore about putting coffee filters in place or scooping the right measure of ground coffee every single time. All you have to do is lift the chrome top cover, place a capsule of ground coffee, replace the cover (you’d feel the action will plunge the capsule in place), select either an espresso shot or a full cup of drip coffee, and you’re seconds away to caffeine heaven.
You don’t need a “for dummies” guide to operate Nespresso. The coffee capsules – available in a range of blends so there’s always one to suit your of-the-moment liking – fit only one way, and the only other thing you actually have to worry about is if there’s enough water in the see-through carafe conveniently located at the back of the machine.
I couldn’t help waxing nostalgic about having a two-week affair with Nespresso. It was there for me for the many personalities that make me up. And believe me, it’s quite a wide spectrum. When I had to pull all-nighters, I popped in Ristretto. For when I was passing time, waiting for dinner plans or invitations to come to fuition, I would have a cup of Vivalto Lungo in hand.
And when it was time to call it a night, I’d just lounge around in bed, having only the hotel’s luxurious robe on, put the TV on TLC (where the cooking shows are), and sip through at least two cups of Decaffeinato.
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