Does anybody want a really fancy espresso machine? It’s only been used once, and it was very expensive when I bought it, but the darn thing takes so much work to operate–grinding and pressing and priming and brewing–that I’d have to quit my job to use it properly. It’s a Saeco Espresso Classico, it’s taking up space on my counter, and I’m never, ever going to use it again. Fortunately, I just got one of those Nespresso machines, where you pop in a coffee pod, press a button, and it does all the work for you, so I don’t have to. I love good espresso, but I’m lazy about making it and too cheap to buy it at a coffee joint, so this solves every one of those problems. And the coffee in those Nespresso pods is better than ever. The company just came out with a couple of new, limited edition blends, Trieste and Napoli, and they’re as good as any fancy-pants coffee I’ve ever tried. So I have a free Saeco espresso machine for the first taker. Just drop by and I’ll give it to you. I’ve moved on, and I’m never looking back.
I was served samples of Nespresso’s Trieste and Napoli blends in a nice Italian restaurant in Manhattan called Naples 45, and each was delicioso. Do you remember those old Folgers commercials, where they go to an upscale restaurant like the former Tavern on the Green and "secretly replace the fine coffee they normally serve with dark, sparkling Folgers crystals"? It was kind of like that. Well, there were no secrets, but they did replace the fine coffee normally served at Napoli 45 with Nespresso Trieste and Napoli blends, and both were great.
It was a lunch announcing the launch of these blends, and we’d been eating pizza and drinking wine, which made the post-meal espresso jolt all the more welcome, but they seriously tasted like every other fancy espresso pulled from those fancy machines like the one I’m getting rid of. They’re easily of a quality level befitting an upscale Italian restaurant in New York.
The Trieste and Napoli coffee pods are designed to evoke the heritage and flavors of the two Italian cities. The Napoli blend is inspired by Naples, in the south of Italy, and features Arabica beans from South America, Africa, and Asia, with a hint of Robusta beans. It has an aggressive taste with smokey notes, and I liked it a lot.
I enjoyed the Trieste even more. It’s named after the northeastern Italian port city, which is a mix of German, Italian, and Slavic cultures, and served as the gateway to the coffee-mad Austro-Hungarian empire. Trieste is a blend of 100% Arabica beans from Brazil and eastern Africa, and has flavor notes of chocolate and hazelnut, which might be why I liked it so much.
I also preferred it for a random, weird reason: the bathyscaphe used by Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard for his 1960 descent to the bottom of the Mariana Trench–the deepest part of the ocean–was named Trieste, and I interviewed Piccard about the experience before he died. That interview was later made into a short movie by German film maker Roman Wolter that you can watch here.
But back to the coffee. It’s great, and you should try it, even if you’re not as lazy an espresso-maker as me. Even when the Trieste and Napoli blends have disappeared from store shelves, I’ll still be using my Nespresso U with its other blends, because it’s easy, fast, and makes great espresso. That is, unless it starts saying nasty things about me. That might be more than I can bear.