Nespresso vs Kettle vs Filter

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What hot beverage making facilities do you offer in your rooms?

Nespresso machines are getting popular in people's homes should they also be in a B&B?

What you put a Nespresso in your guest rooms?

 

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I finally got a Nespresso machine, for myself. Wow! I feel like I'm in Italy! I got this one, which makes both espresso and regular coffee, and includes the amazing milk frother.

Each pod has a barcode on it that tells the machine how much water and centrifugal pressure to use for that particular pod, to make a perfect cup. So some pods automatically make a small cup of espresso and others make a big cup of great coffee.

It's easier to use than a Keurig (which is very easy) but I can't see ever being able to put this out for guests to use. The cheapest pods I've found are $1.10 each!

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We have the other type of Nespresso machine and it's very easy to use and the capsules are a lot cheaper. And at 19 bars of pressure, it really pushes the water through the capsule.

But we bought a small Philips Saeco for the guests. We still use a frother for milk, though, even though it has a wand.

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Arks wrote:

It's easier to use than a Keurig (which is very easy) but I can't see ever being able to put this out for guests to use. The cheapest pods I've found are $1.10 each!

Agreed on being cost-conscious! We look for the Keurig value boxes where each pod comes in at around .35 ea!!! (usually the 100 ct at discount stores or online merchants!) Otherwise we're brewing a carafe!

Foo-Foo coffee is reserved for the "Chief Cook and Laundry Maid" - aka, ME! (and made before guests start coming downstairs!) 

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We do have a Nespresso Dolce Gusto in the kitchen which allot of guests use for a couple of nights and than that's it usually (most probably the excitement of doing coffee with a machine wears out) but I do have to show them how to use it unless they have one at home, we also have a kettle with some tea and coffee in the room. Unfortunately as others have said the fact that the machine can only be used with plastic pods that have to be thrown away is a bit environmentally unfriendly and the prices are a bit more expensive than the sachets (although there are slightly cheaper ones which would not be from the machine manufacturer). 

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That's not Nespresso, that's Nestlé/Bosch. Nespresso is a little different, it creates 19 bars of pressure to push the water at high pressure through the beans. 

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You're right! It's a Nescafe (Nestle), I was reading Nespresso and ended up writing it Smiling 

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Keurig in the Main House for our three rooms there. Keurig's in each Suite in our Carriage House and River House. 

Debated adding a Nespresso to our Main House after getting one as a gift and liking it - but decided too many guests would either not get what it was, and not be happy with espresso instead of a full cup of coffee, or would just make a mess. 

Keurig pods are about .35-.60 each at Costco depending on the brand and sales. You can't find Nespresso pods for less than .80 each. Another reason I've opted not to offer one. 

I might put one out for a week as a test, but given that the pods are double the cost of our Keurig's, I really don't think the added wow factor offsets the cost.

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We pay about 40c for a Nespresso compatible pod (classic, not Vertueo). You can find them even on Amazon. They are actually all over the place around here, some that are naturally compostable (Nespresso takes theirs back for recycling). See https://www.amazon.com/Nespresso-Compatible-Gourmet-Coffee-Capsules/dp/B01EIA2YXI/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1493013015&sr=8-3&keywords=nespresso+compatible for one brand that's just 35c on your side of the border. We've used the Rene and the Lavica. In fact Lavica sometimes has a special offer that put the price down even further and they also do tea capsules.

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We've also used the Kups brand, which was in boxes of 120. Some are not as fancy as the Nespresso and not in individual packs. But a drawer helps, where you can label them. Or a bowl if you find a brand that doesn't use the same colour for everything.

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We have a kettle in every room and little sachets of instant coffee, tea bags and hot chocolate.

I must admit I'm not happy with this coffee offering and I've been thinking about change for a while. 

I don't like the pod machines on the basis that you're paying 4 times the price for coffee and all that plastic can't be environmentally good.

We give guests a french press at breakfast, that's an option but what would people do with the used grounds and how would I put coffee in the room.

Coffee bags (like tea bags) I think are the best bet, but they always seem to need a machine.

I need to investigate more.

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Highlands John wrote:

Coffee bags (like tea bags) I think are the best bet, but they always seem to need a machine.

I need to investigate more.

We used the Starbucks instant Via packets, which seemed better than the usual coffee bags. The Via Columbia made the HuffPost #1 spot for instant coffee.

I wonder if anybody has tried the coffee concentrate (usually cold brew) out there to make hot coffee instead of iced coffee.  It might be a way to offer better flavor if it doesn't have to be watered down too much to make it hot.

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have you thought about these? http://www.outofeden.co.uk/products/4070_4071_4072/the-little-coffee-bag-co-

its like a tea bag for coffee don't know what it tastes like mind

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Before we got the Keurig, we had coffee bags. Several different companies put them out. Coffee snobs were unimpressed with the taste, but it was better than nothing.

Agree with the pod problems. We found a company that makes biodegrade pods. Still pricey, but better than the coffee bags or providing nothing. Or putting out an air pot and hearing complaints about how it ran out.

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I'm not in the US.... our guests don't like the Keuring at all... just too weak. We don't offer in room, but we have centrally located hot water and we offer Nespresso as well. Tradition around here is to offer tea only later in the day, but we are going to move the Nespresso to guest access. Around here, we have a lot of people who want the Nespresso. What I want is a small glass fronted fridge to keep milk in.

We have a Lattissima, so I could keep the milk container in there so that they can produce cappuccino or latte macchiato, rather than standard espresso and macchiato.

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A counter top fridge like hotels have at the buffet? That's a great idea. We have an under counter dorm fridge with freezer where we keep milk. No room on the counter. I think Lowe's or home Depot might have what you're looking for.

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I have found the 1.6cf versions, but most are closed door. In fact, I started looking on supplier websites in China to see if I could find a small version with a glass door, often used as hotel mini-bars as well. I actually wonder if there is enough of a market for this between the two countries as to bring in a 20ft container of them. Small enough for the rooms. They have versions that are thermo and versions with compressors. Fridge only. But the glass door is a major feature. It makes it easier to maintain (you can see in, if they left things, if you need to refill, etc.) Like https://www.amazon.com/Avanti-1-7-Cubic-Superconductor-Beverage-Mirrored/dp/B004Q6K36A or even...

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AMSTYLE-WINE-BEER-8-BOTTLE-REFRIGERATOR-23L-MINI-BAR-COOLER-FRIDGE-NEW-EEC-034-A-034
and that has a glass door

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Morticia wrote:

A counter top fridge like hotels have at the buffet? That's a great idea. We have an under counter dorm fridge with freezer where we keep milk. No room on the counter. I think Lowe's or home Depot might have what you're looking for.

We don't keep the milk in the freezer...

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giggle!

 

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You had already commented so I couldn't fix it.

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We use Mini-moos during the day and put out half and half in a pitcher for breakfast.

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We used to use the moos. But, we had the fridge there and decided to go with milk and half and half in bottles. The moos were going bad, guests thought they were butter, oh the list goes on...

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We don't seem to have the UHT milk "moos" as you call them around here. The only other option is powdered creamer. None of which are good.

Incidentally, on the ship, for the first part of the trip they had UHT yogurt. Yes, yogurt that didn't need to be refrigerated.... nope, not for me.

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The Keurings seem to be the most popular around here. Dr. Offices have them now 

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Ditto Beachie and Mort.

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NOTHING in rooms. I have a Keurig and a water reservoir for tea in the dining room for other than during breakfast. For breakfast, I do fresh-ground, fresh-perked coffee. If i have tea people, the reservoir is always on.

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Keurig and hot water kettle in the breakfast room.

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Nothing in the rooms. We have a kettle and a Keurig in the guest common area.

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Me - no - we had one in the lounge and was more trouble than it was worth - only makes small espresso shots and half the people couldn't use it and got water everywhere - was a massive pain. Only people who successfully used it had one at home.

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