A (coffee) Confession

A (coffee) Confession October 11, 2010

I have to make a confession.

I abandoned my trusty AeroPress coffee maker for my office after an experience in Ireland last summer with Nespresso’s simple, no-frills, no-hassles, no-fail espresso machine (Nespresso C110-US-GR-NE CitiZ). My colleague, Joel Willitts, supports me when I say, “This is one fine espresso machine.”

No matter how purist I have been with my home Rancilio Silvia, grinding my own beans with a hand grinder, no matter how much I’ve been committed to that machine … at my office I don’t have the time to be grinding and pounding and cleaning … so when I tasted one cup of Nespresso last summer, I said, “That thing was designed for the office.”

Team it up with that nice Nespresso Aeroccino Plus milk frother and you can kiss the money-guzzling coffee shops goodbye.

Don’t be a drip.

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  • Ann F-R

    and, I just got my first Aeropress, Scot… I’m clearly behind the coffee times! This reminds me of my husband & son w/ their techie “toys”, only less expensive. 🙂

  • scotmcknight

    Ann, I will still use mine plenty often …

  • I love my Aeropress! But that machine looks awesome – maybe for when I grow up.

  • scotmcknight

    Wow, immediately Google Ads to the right have had some ads appearing about coffee machines.

  • Stephen Mook

    Sounds delightful, yet we can’t stop supporting our local coffee shops!

  • Andy H

    Scot, did this life-changing experience take place in the Irish Bible Institute? If so, Louise wants to claim a commission from Nespresso – because she got that machine for the IBI office!

  • Daniel

    $261! LOL. Suffering and slaving away at NP. So that’s why you are so wound up in class!

  • scotmcknight

    AndyH, yep, Louise gets credit for this! But Steven got the cup of coffee for me. So, at whom do I point?

  • I JUST bought an Aeropress. Great, I’m so irrelevant.

  • EricW

    So how does this compare tastewise and pricewise (i.e., price per espresso pod) with the $125-promo price of the Y1 iperEspresso (Francis Francis Y1) offered by illy as advertised in The Week magazine – 1-877-469-4559 promo code PWK10 or illyusa.com/PWK10?

    FWIW, I was an AeroPress enthusiast until I switched to a Melitta drip Ready Set Joe.

    I discovered that you can get fuller flavor with the AeroPress if you use Melitta #2 or #4 filters with the micro perforations (allows some coffee oils/aromatics to get through) that are cut the shape and size of the AeroPress circular filters. You can get 4 such circular filters from each Melitta #4 filter, or get almost 4 such filters (2 will have a jagged edge) with the #2 filters.

  • scotmcknight

    EricW, you’re ahead of me on this one. I can’t compare what I’ve not tasted.

  • DRT

    # Power output: 1260 watts
    # Pump or steam: Pump
    # Maximum pump pressure: 19 bars
    # Color: Steel Gray
    # Water tank capacity: 4-2/9 cups
    # Manufacturer: Nespresso
    # Built-in tamper: No

    Is 19 bars good? 🙂

  • scotmcknight

    19 bars is real good.

  • StaffordG

    Scot, as a fellow Rancilio Silvia owner and espresso enthusiast, I am shocked and dismayed that you would turn to the dark side so quickly. Is Miss Silvia a good fit for the office? Not a chance, but to abandon espresso in favour of coffee pods???? Never.

    For all those AeroPress owners feeling irrelevant and out of date, the AeroPress is still considered to be one of THE best ways to brew coffee – along with syphon pots and press pots. Press on, coffee lovers!

  • scotmcknight


    Truth be told, I’m a latte drinker.

    The AeroPress makes a great coffee but I had to add milk/creamer to it — this option is more up my alley.

    #1: latte
    #2: AeroPress coffee, even with milk

    #100: Starbs.

  • God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


    Serriously though Scot, Pods?

    ok ok Let me come by and try them before I judge

  • scotmcknight

    Billy, amazing. I was wondering about this the other day. I wondered if one could use tin foil to replace the top.

    come by and try it … you’ll be surprised.

  • scotmcknight

    Billy Kangas, at FB, posted this link:


  • rjs

    Ah … Mr. Coffee – economical and functional.

  • Riley Allen

    rjs @19 Amen to that.

  • Bit a price different between my Aeropress and this thing. I think I’ll pay for seminary classes with the money I save 🙂

  • DRT

    rjs@20: “Ah … Mr. Coffee – economical and functional.”

    You would make a terrible Roman Catholic.

  • Oh man Scot. Sad that the old Aeropress office days are gone. I’ll still think of you when I use mine.

    (plus, I’m with Billy on “pods???”)