I don’t know about your office, but let me tell you how coffee works — or, rather, has worked up to now — in my office:
It exists. If I am on deadline and in need of caffeination, then I go to the printer room and help myself to a cup. I would call this coffee just south of likable. If I want a cup of coffee that’s just north of likable, then I walk to the nearest Starbucks-style coffee shop.
Then a Keurig brewer appeared in the building. No pods, just the brewer. It took me a moment for the lightbulb to go off (probably because I hadn’t had enough coffee), but I soon saw what I needed to do. I bought my own pods to keep in my desk. That way I can have a cup of coffee that is north of likable any time I want.
This is the wave of the future, right? We will all soon enough be lazily drinking coffee pods at home, then going to the office to drink more pods.
A few weeks ago I was in Lenox Square when Nespresso had taken over the ground floor with a huge display for its new VertuoLine brewers that produce drip coffee as well as espresso. I listened to the sales pitch, got my free pod and lined up to watch it get brewed into a nice 8-ounce cup of coffee with a thick head of crema on top.
Krups has also gone to pod world with a line of machines, though I’ve never watched them in action.
I can’t say I’ve ever loved a cup of pod coffee, but it does the trick. I suspect this first box of pods in my won’t be the last.
- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog