My Nespresso machine is now broken for quite a while. It does brew coffee, but it stops pouring it after every 5 ml or so, which is rather annoying. Then Lamia suggested she could buy me a new one for Father’s Day. I told her this was really not necessary, but after I had met her for lunch today (a company holiday, which means Oskar is in school and Aggie takes care of Thomas) we passed by the Nespresso boutique at Takashimaya.
I was not convinced at first. Turns out Nespresso is now selling a “connected” machine which brews coffee with the tap of a finger on your phone, manages your capsule stock and can be programmed for brewing coffee at a certain time. You’d think I’d go for that – but in fact I don’t. While I am interested in connected devices and IoT stuff, I think an Espresso machine which can be controlled via a smartphone app is kinda stupid: you still have to insert the capsule (one at a time), and you still need to place the cup below the nozzle (one at a time), which makes tapping on some “brew coffee” button on your phone a joke. Why not push that button right then directly on the machine? – you are standing in front of it anyway.
In the end I did get a new machine, though, and Lamia really bought it for me (despite the fact that she hates coffee)!
She’s the coolest wife ever, hands down!
I also like that it automatically disposes the capsules after brewing the Espresso and that it has a swiveling water tank, which makes refilling so much more easy: no more awkward pulling and balancing the filled water thank anymore. Two features, by the way, which the connected machine did not have.