I received this coffee making machine as a gift from my girlfriend last Christmas, and it has proven to be one of those gifts that keeps on giving. Its definitely the best gift I have ever received!
The Lattissima is the ultimate in home coffee making appliances, and the flagship of the Nespresso range, costing between €350 and €400.
The Lattissima shares a lot in common with the iPad, its expensive and a luxury and doesn’t entirely justify itself, but its also hugely desirable and has an aspirational quality.
To own and use the Lattissima you need to join the Nespresso Club, this is the part of the gift that keeps on giving. With Nespresso Club you feel you are becoming a coffee connoisseur and there is an exclusivity to the whole experience that I really enjoy. Everything from the packaging to the invoices and the brightly coloured “lungo” capsules all feels amazingly high-end and “reassuringly expensive”.
The machine works by filling a water compartment and attaching a milk jug, then you pop in your capsule and press go.
There’s no cleaning, no tidy up and yet the coffee is as good as you will get at almost any coffee shop or café.
Every month new flavours of coffee capsules are released, some of them are limited editions or special collections and recently a decaf capsule was added to the range. Nespresso Club is a well supported and well run operation and that keeps it interesting and new.
The only criticism I would have is the excessive pricing on their accessories range, they stock a stainless steel teaspoon at €14 per spoon which I find extortionist but obviously you don’t have to buy it!
The capsules cost about €0.40 each and I generally order about €60 worth of stock every 6-8 months.