I had the pleasure of attending a Nespresso event where they took us on a tasting trip around the world to savor the fabulous blends in their new Grand Cru collection, and I didn’t even have to pack a bag!
The event was held in the Soho Nespresso boutique which was made over to look like the interior of an airline, complete with Nespresso flight attendants bringing us our “in flight” beverages. Even more exciting than the decor, however, was the fact that this event was hosted by the absolutely stunning Padma Lakshmi from Bravo’s Top Chef who is also the brand ambassador for Nespresso.
Padma drew on her Top Chef foodie background and educated us on how a great coffee and dessert pairing is like a great wine and meal pairing where the right combination can enhance both the coffee and dessert experience. For example, milder coffee blends, like the Nespresso Grand Cru Dulsao pair well with simpler desserts like berries and cream while stronger, spicier blends like the Nespresso Grand Cru Indira compliment and enhance more complex desserts like bananas foster.
Speaking of desserts, Padma also shared with us the recipe for her Nespresso Vanilla Coffee with Carmel Milk Froth dessert which is both delicious and incredibly easy to make, and is sure to impress at your next dinner party. The recipe for this delectable dish is located at the bottom of my review!
The in flight meal service included a tasting of the Nespresso Grand Cru blends Dulsao (a mild blend from Brazil), Rosabaya (a medium blend from Columbia) and, my personal favorite Indira (a strong, spicy blend from India). These fabulous blends are just 3 of the 16 available in the Nespresso Grand Cru collection that has a little something for everyone’s coffee palate.
The Pixie is an amazingly compact machine in the Nespresso line that still delivers big when it comes to making the perfect coffee or espresso. Available in 6 colors, the Pixie heats up in 30 seconds and automatically powers off after 9 minutes of inactivity to reduce energy consumption making it much more efficient than me before my first cup of coffee has kicked in.
The Aeroccino Milk Frother is an amazing 3 in 1 frother that can make steamed milk, frothed milk with impressive amounts of foam and cold frothed milk, all with the touch of a button. The Aeroccino Frother is also very easy to clean which is a feature I always appreciate!
In honor of this heat wave that we are having, here is a delicious Nespresso coffee confection to cool you off.
Nespresso Vanilla Coffee with Carmel Milk Froth
2 capsules of Indriya from India Grand Cru
1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
3 tablespoons of milk froth
2 teaspoons of caramel syrup
1 teaspoon of chocolate chips
1. Prepare the cold milk froth using the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus and then add the caramel syrup. Set aside for now
2. With your Nespresso machine, prepare two espresso shots (I recommend the Indriya from India Grand Crus). Pour them into a cold glass
3. Add the scoop of vanilla ice cream immediately and cover with the caramel milk froth
4. Decorate with chocolate chips and enjoy!
For more information about the Nespresso Pixie machine, Aeroccino Milk Frother, Grand Cru collection or any of the other fabulous Nespresso products, visit them online or at a Nespresso boutique near you.
Sample provided for review