I was recently invited to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon in Cardiff at Waterloo Tea House. The event was a collaboration between Currys and Nespresso to spread the word about the Nespresso brand and what they are all about.
I believe I was the first to arrive, which was quite nerve-racking but I was soon joined by some other great bloggers, who I’d never met before and we were all given some mocktails to sip while we gossiped. I had a ginger one, which wasn’t my thing sadly, but I was told the cinnamon mocha was lovely.
After everyone arrived (and there were a LOT of bloggers there) we were split up into a few groups to make our way around the activities. My group’s first stop was the ‘play station:
Here is where we got the low down on Nespresso as a brand and got to make some yummy coffee in these swanky machines. They range in price from around £80 right up to almost £500 so there is a price to fit most budgets, obviously the higher the cost, the more fandangled the machine, but they all use the same pods so the coffee is always of the highest quality.
Quality really is what Nespresso is all about. You can only buy the pods directly from them, so you know you are always getting the best. They also strive to have quality customer services. When you register your machine you join ‘The Club’ you are given 24/7 access to speak to an advisor 365 days of the year! So if you were laying in bed awake at 3am on Christmas eve worrying about what was the best coffee to serve with your mid afternoon mince pies you can give them a ring and an expert will ready and willing to help on the other end of the line!
What I really liked about Nespresso was their attitude to recycling. Instead of leaving it up to the customer to figure out the best way to recycle the little plastic pods filled with coffee grounds and topped with foil, they actually send you a recycling bag that you fill up and you just let them know when it’s full, they collect it and do all the hard work for you!
We got to have a little play with the machines after choosing which flavour we wanted. I opted for the Ciocattino which was very much like drinking a bar of dark chocolate! I was impressed that the machines manage to get the layers in the coffee that even some of the fancier coffee shops seem to fail miserably on!
Next we went and had some lunch. The food at Waterloo Tea is to die for! There was plenty to eat including Salmon and various delicious salads, which were really tasty, but my favourite had to be these little things:
After lunch we tried our hand at latte art. The aim was to get this little heart on the top of our coffee:
It may not have been a great attempt at a heart, but it was good enough to get me through to the final round where the best of each group were pitted against each other with the chance to win a bottle of bubbly. I put my failure down to the fact that by the end of the day I was a little jittery after all the caffeine in my system (and that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)
Next we did a bit of cupping. There was plenty of slurping going on in this activity. Now get your minds out of the gutter, it’s only the fancy way of saying coffee tasting! The slurping helps the coffee hit all of your taste buds and lets you get the maximum flavour. We were supposed to try and pick out subtle tastes, like vanilla or woody hints. My palate is obviously not that refined as, apart from the afore mentioned chocolate one, they all just tasted of coffee to me!
At the end of the event we all had some yummy cakes, you have to agree the look divine. I opted to avoid the coffee variety and had a slice of the lemon cake instead, which was so, so moist!
In all I had a fantastic afternoon and am so grateful to Currys, Nespresso, Waterloo Tea and the Joe Blogs bloggers network for laying on such a fun and unique experience and for inviting all us snap happy bloggers along. Seriously, blogging events are the only place it’s possibly considered rude NOT to constantly have your face in your phone or taking photos of every tiny little thing!
Currys have also written a post about the afternoon which you can read here.
Do you own a Nespresso machine?