The holiday window displays are already up in New York City, and the tree is standing tall and proud in Rockefeller Plaza. You can feel the buzz of holiday excitement on the city streets, and when the gorgeous displays go into the windows, I can’t help myself. I bundle up and head straight to the city for some holiday shopping.
This week, I had the chance to check out the Nespresso Madison Boutique on the Upper East Side. I was blown away by the beautiful interior and even more beautiful cups of coffee I got to try. Nespresso is truly turning coffee into art and this translates into everything from the coffee capsules to the machines they offer to the aesthetic of their store. You walk in to find an open space that makes you feel at ease: wooden floors, live green plants scaling the wall, and a circular mural that looks a lot like it belongs in the MoMa, which is actually made out of recycled Nespresso aluminum.
There were several tables full of the various Nespresso machines and capsule flavors. You can walk right up, select the coffee or espresso you want to try, and a Coffee Specialist will brew it for you to sample. If your taste buds are onboard, they’ll ring you up right then and there! It’s such an enjoyable and interactive way to shop, both for yourself and others. I was especially excited by the barcode on the Vertuo capsules. Machines from Nespresso’s Vertuo range-which brew coffee and espresso- use barcode-reading technology to identify which capsule you used. The machine reads the barcode and knows exactly how much water to add to brew the perfect cup! You can also grab a coffee from the takeaway station, and then head downstairs to sip your brew of choice among cozy booths and neon lights. It might be a necessary break if your Christmas list is anywhere near as long as mine!
Another thing I love about Nespresso is that they’re environmentally conscious and taking action to promote sustainability. You can get a prepaid UPS recycling bag to mail back used capsules or drop them off at one of the 500+ collection points. I always find it comforting when a company takes on an important initiative like this.
After sampling a lot of coffee and doing a little exploring, I walked away with a few names checked off my list. Three machines really stood out to me because they were perfect for three very different people on my gift list. I never thought I’d be able to shop for all of them in the same store, but I guess there’s one thing they all have in common: a love for rich, quality coffee. I came away with the Evoluo, VertuoPlus, and Creatista Plus, which I’ll be talking about on the blog very soon!
If you’re struggling with someone on your list, are a coffee fanatic yourself, or just want to have a really cool shopping experience, you’ve got to stop by the Nespresso Madison Boutique! You’ll probably run into me there.
This post was sponsored by Nespresso, but all opinions are 100% my own.
Photography by George Elder