At my house we have a sleek little Nespresso machine and an older, heavy Italian model that belongs to my boyfriend, Sam. Both have prime real estate on the counter: Sam uses his almost exclusively; I use mine almost exclusively. He calls my espresso "faux'spresso," insisting it doesn't taste as good and lamenting the fact that the pods are so wasteful. In a way, I agree. And yet, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I've come to realize I have a love/hate relationship with the machine. I see Sam's arguments: I hate the fact that the pods aren't recyclable. Also, earlier this week I wrote about the cost of coffee and mentioned the price of the little pods. They're not cheap! Plus, to be honest, I don't fancy the sleek, modern design nearly as much as I do the older models that boast distinctive character and charm. So why continue using it?
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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