A couple of years ago I ventured into selling Italian coffee in the UK. Coffee has always been my best friend, let’s face it, my day would be dark and dull without it. I love my coffee and I only want good coffee.
So I went to visit small coffee artisans in Italy and I picked my favourite one: a small family run business an hour away from my home town. The coffee was fantastic, really good quality, freshly roasted…it smelled and tasted divine! I was really excited about it and I set up my own stall, I had fun decorating it and I loved chatting to people over a hot cup of coffee.
They all loved the coffee but let’s face it competition was fierce and unless I was prepared to market it properly (which I didn’t) it was never going to work. I suppose for me it was just a bit of fun rather than a more serious business.
In the last 15 years coffee shops have really taken off in the UK and you can find so many different types of coffee beans to satisfy the most refined of palates.
My selling experience was short lived but it learned lots from it. Mostly I realized how many people have now moved towards more sophisticated coffee makers with pods (like Nespresso and Nescafe’). Not just in Italy then, these machines are everywhere now. I felt behind with the times. Was it just me still stuck with the traditional (but beloved!) moka pot?
I have always refused to move “upmarket” and buy an espresso maker machine until I was given one as a wedding present. I can now compare the two which are both good and have their pros and cons.
If you don’t know what a moka pot is this is often called stovetop espresso maker and works by passing hot pressurized water by steam up through the coffee grounds to make a strong, satisfying cup of coffee. More precisely moka pots don’t make espresso as this must actually be brewed under at least 9 bar.
With a moka:
– you have the flexibility to choose any type coffee you like and you can grind your own beans (love this!)
-it is cheap to buy so is the cost of a single cup of coffee
-it makes a clear, good and satisfying cup of coffee
-it is messier: you need to rinse the pot well after using it.
-it takes longer to prepare a coffee
With a coffee machine like Nespresso:
-you must buy their own coffee pods
-the machine and the pods are much more expensive
-it makes a more dense and proper creamy espresso just like you would get at a coffee bar
-you can make your coffee in one single click
-no need to wash up anything
I am a traditionalist and I am still stuck to my old humble moka pot whereas hubby prefers the creaminess of the Nespresso. Where do you stand? How do you make your coffee?
The espresso cups featured in this post (look at the lambs logo on these cups!) have kindly been supplied by Herdy. They are cute, robust and from now on they will replace my old battered cups which I had for ages.
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