I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a coffee drinker but on the odd occasion where I’ve found myself in a cafe for a meeting and surprisingly a raspberry “Spider” isn’t a fitting beverage, I’ve dabbled with lattes and mochas. So when someone lovely from Nespresso (who also happens to be a direct link to George Clooney) invites you to an intimate High Coffee experience for Mother’s Day, you go.
As I live over an hour out of the city a fancy car was sent to pick me up, I think it suits me don’t you? My chauffeur’s name was Steve and he was absolutely charming. We exchanged stories about our line of work and he told me of his days driving the streets of New York which gave us plenty to talk about for the entire drive in. Did I mention I’m excited about my trip?
The High Coffee was set up in a stunning boardroom in the PR office with waitstaff, gorgeous flower arrangements and of course, a Nespresso Coffee Expert Barista… unfortunately no Clooney.
It didn’t take long for the others to arrive, each with their Mother or special lady in their life. Dana was my guest as sadly Monica wasn’t able to come. I love getting the opportunity to share the fun stuff I get to do with her since she has to put up with me venting about the rough stuff. Still, it was really nice to just chill out, relax and enjoy the moment with Dana.
After everyone was seated we got a little bit of an intro into the Nespresso range, the machines available and the different functionalities of each. It was at this point that I grabbed a notebook and pen because I really am a coffee novice and I was in for an education.
The table was beautifully laid and I happily consumed my fair share of sandwiches and citrus tarts. I’m also a bit of a sucker for pastel paper straws in tiny glass bottles… oh and roses, I love roses.
Taking the time to smell them was over, for it was time to test our palettes with salt, suger, lemon and dark chocolate. By placing each item on different areas on our tongues we could gauge reactions to saltiness, sweetness and bitterness which ultimately guided us to our preferred blends of coffee. Everyone’s result was different.
In total there are 16 Grands Crus, 3 of which are decaf. Limited edition blends are also released which are currently “Trieste” and “Napoli”.
We were taught about extractions and how the amount of time water is in contact with the beans, determines the sweetness or bitterness of the coffee. There are three different extractions: Ristretto (25ml), Espresso (40ml), Lungo (110ml). I did not know that, I thought it just came out.
After having tried a few distinctive blends and having a little chat to the expert Barista Sarah I placed an order for her suggested blend “Volutto” by way of a cappuccino. Whilst we waited Dana and I tucked into the delicious treats.
I mean, how could we not? Those are raspberry caramel tarts people, they tasted better than they looked so that’s saying something. Yes, those are pumpkin sandwiches that have since left me with a craving, not exactly something you can just whip up spur of the moment.
Ta-Da! It looked perfect and after a couple of sips I accidentally interrupted the conversation by blurting out “Oh I’m sorry but I just have to say that this is the first coffee I’ve ever liked, like ever!“… one of those moments where I was glad George wasn’t in the room because I sounded like Taylor Swift.
Deciding what to wear was incredibly easy. I’d bought this Art Deco Print Dress from ASOS Curve because the print reminded me of the Chrysler Building. Black pumps and a simple blow dry and I was done, no need for accessories. I also toted my 3 Annie’s silver Audrey Lu for added glam but forgot to grab it for the picture. I seriously take that bag everywhere, even when I don’t have a camera with me.
I had a very lovely Mother’s Day treat thanks to Nespresso and you could have one everyday thanks to their current cash back offer. Tomorrow morning, Dads across the country will be wandering aimlessly into stores and walking out with vibrating slippers, hand creams and chocolates. Why not forward this post to him in advance and hope he get’s the hint… hey Steve, check your inbox!
I was a guest of Nespresso, this is not a sponsored post and as with all my content, all opinions are my own. If I ever get the opportunity to give away a machine I’ll be sure to let you know. Dinner with Clooney is completely out of the question though, I know because I asked… sigh.