Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nespresso Boutique - South Beach Miami, Florida

I know this is bad...but I could not resist.  Miami's coffee scene is unusual and by unusual I mean non-existent.  I could only find one real specialty coffee place in Miami (Panther Coffee) and God bless them for trying to bring change to a place that is littered with battered espresso machines and a general lack of knowledge surrounding what good coffee really is.  I was walking through the normal people section of South Beach and noticed the Nespresso Boutique Cafe.  I decided to go in with an open mind and see what a 6 dollar coffee would buy me there.

The Good
This place was way cool looking.  Definitely a boutique style.  Think millions of dollars in design and a few dollars leftover for coffee and you have a palace of a coffee shop.
The Bad
They intended to simplify the coffee selection process by breaking out their coffee offering into a rating system from 1 to 10, which was sorted by lightest to darkest (BOOO!).  That's it.  No further knowledge. Even if I pretended the coffee wasn't slammed into little plastic cups that go into landfills it is a hard thing to buy into.  They wanted me to select #10 for my cap, so I obviously picked #6 because a burnt coffee was going to send me over the edge.

This is what came out:

I'm going to be fair.  Though this is not really correct there are some things about it that were redeeming.  The milk was the right temperature.  I couldn't believe it.  I was able to drink this as soon as they brought it.  I'm happy to report they know the right temperature to steam the milk to.  The cup size was also right which was refreshing.  The espresso was non-existent. It was completely lost in the milk until it completely cooled.  After the drink cooled it tasted, well not so great.  I got a sweet piece of chocolate and a nice presentation though.  


Garbage...nice retail location but no reason to ever go.  I hate POD's.

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    Well it is a pretty place isn't it? it is funny that people put so much money into a store front like this and so much work into the presentation of the coffee/espresso to only have the finished product taste terrible.

    The other side of the coin is, 75% of the people will never realize it and continue to come, hand over their money and think it is great.

    Oh well, they will grow up one day,