I think the answer lies in the size, convenience, and lack of mess. It's just so easy. I can pull a quick shot of espresso on the way out the door whereas Sam takes a good ten minutes grinding, tamping, futzing and cleaning up after his. Don't get me wrong: I love that he does it, and I always enjoy the espresso he makes, but this is one of those instances where convenience rules. There's little clean-up with the Nespresso and it takes up very little counter space. For anyone who has an apartment or very little usable space in their kitchen, it's a dream.
Does it sound like I'm convincing myself? That's because I am — a little. I see all of its flaws; I see all the reasons to turn to Sam's machine and find a better home for mine. And yet: it has a stately spot front and center next to the toaster.
Do you have a love/hate relationship with an appliance or tool in your kitchen?
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