Admittedly, I’m not a coffee drinker. I drink tea. I absolutely love tea. Earl Grey is my favorite and when I discover fellow tea friends, I squeal. I’ve tried coffee before and somehow, strangely, I never quite got hooked onto it. I survived my junior college and uni years and work life without a single drop of coffee. Madness I know but chocolates do have caffeine too 😉
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when Nespresso kindly invited me for the media and consumer launch of the Maestria. Work didn’t permit to make it for the media event during the day so I popped down for the consumer launch and you know what, going with no expectations was actually lovely. I left with 3 cups of coffee in my tummy 😛
The Maestria which retails for SGD788, is a stunning red evocative machine that allows coffee lovers to bring the expertise and artistry of barista to the comfort of your homes, without requiring any skills. I love how the machine resembles Wal-E. Don’t you think the two retro looking knobs resemble the eyes of a robot? The dials allow coffee lovers to oscillate between their preference of an espresso or lung drink by simply adjusting to adapt the cup length. You know how you can request to personalize your coffee at a cafe? This now can be done at home too with the pivoting cup stand that accommodates both short and long cups.
Excellent cappuccinos and caffe latte are made well because of one key factor – creating milk froth at the precise density and the Maestria enables coffee lovers to prepare milk recipes like an expert, at home. The steam pipe on the side of the Maestria uses a cutting-edge air intake technology to optimize the preparation of the perfect light froth. While watching the demonstration, I noticed how professional sounding the Maestria sounds as the milk is being prepared and thickened – almost reminiscent of being in a true blue coffee joint. I think all coffee lovers enjoy the noises, touch and movements associated with carefully prepared barista coffee and the Maestria replicates that extremely well. It’s not just a coffee machine, it brings the experience of coffee making from the cafe to your home. Needless to say, I was really impressed with how a rather tiny machine could churn out so much in a short span of time.
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Nespresso Singapore collaborated with local celebrities – Glenn Ong, Kit Chan and Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (of St Pierre, Rocks-Urban Grill+Bar, Brussels Sprouts, Picotin Express and more), to create their personal unique Chinese New Year inspired coffee recipes (see below the cut for some of the recipes!).
I had the fortune to try all 3 of the concoctions! Glenn’s Espresso Vodka Affogato Shot was strong and made me slightly giddy high 😛 I also sampled Kit Chan’s Nephew Matthew’s Favorite Tiramisu, Chef Emmanuel’s Fortune Smiles Granita and his Abundance of Joy recipe which was a personal favorite. This was inspired by pineapple tarts! It had a subtle spicy flavor, a hint of pineapple sweetness and had a smooth pleasant finishing with the couple of mini pillowy marshmallows that topped it off all.
It was such an eye-opener and it piqued my interest (a little bit more) in coffee. Perhaps I need to attend a barista or coffee appreciation workshop and maybe, I’ll be a convert. Who knows? I just need a lot of persuasion.
Nespresso invited me to attend the Maestria launch and consumer event however, all opinions are solely my own.
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