Nespresso cleaning options

Gourmesso Nespresso Machine CleanerCheck out this How to Clean a Nespresso Machine page just added to Learn the difference between cleaners and descalers and see a few product options.

Nespresso’s new VirtuoLine

Nespresso's new VirtuoLine coffee maker

Nespresso has finally given in to American and Canadian coffee preferences — larger cups of coffee! This completely re-modeled Nespresso machine has a new pod size and shape — the pods are much larger, and rounder — to complement the larger brew — up to 17 ounces.

It’s an interesting approach: the machine lets you choose exactly how much coffee you want to brew, from .3 ounces to 17 ounces. This might take care of the nagging problem of constantly having to reset your Nespresso machine to get the capacity you want.

From the start, Nespresso’s got 12 grand cru coffee blends, including a very American half-caff!

The machines come in a variety of colors, including black, chrome and red. the style is Nespresso-like: clean, stylish, contemporary. If you purchase now, Sur la Table is bundling them with an Aeroccino for only $349, plus free shipping (at time of this post).

Shop the Brand New Nespresso VertuoLine   Buy at

illy Demitasse Stirrers

Illy Demitasse Stirrers

The first time you ever saw these “baby spoons,” you probably laughed so hard that milk squirted out your nose! But we’re a lot more sophisticated now then we were as kids, and now we understand these are “stirrers,” not spoons. And they’re perfect for the best coffees: espressos and lungos. Plunk in a cube or two of sugar (brown is especially good), three or four stirs, lightly tap the stirrer on the side of your cup, and vois là!

These especially nice espresso stirrers come from illy. Since you’re at this site, I’m assuming you know that illy is top-notch coffee. And you’re probably a fan of Illy coffee bars and cafes. [Feel free to wax on about your favorite in the comments area below.]

Now, about these stirrers… you can get them directly from illy . They’ll set you back about $30 for a set of six (at time of this post). You’ll appreciate the delicate design and stainless steel construction (sounds great for that final tap against your espresso cup.)

$30 for set of 6Order now from illy.

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