So we serve Nespresso at home, and all was well in the world.
Last week, I got a folder from Nespresso by mail. They sometimes do this, to urge you to buy a tin of horribly expensive (but at the same time horribly delicious) cookies to go with your coffee, or to get a matching set of coffee spoons or something like that. Most of it, we look through briefly and then it gets recycled.
But this time, the folder was for a tea machine. Nestlé's Special.T (cheesy pun-name alert!) is a single-cup tea brewer, that takes the type of tea in consideration with respect to temperature and seeping time. That's pretty neat -- I guess they integrate RFID tags in the capsules or something. And like with Nespresso, the vacuum-sealed capsules do preserve the taste of the tea very well.
Yes, I am a tea snob. At home, we only serve loose-leaf tea. At the office, I have my own tea pot for loose-leaf tea, and I store my private tea-stash in a small tea-container made from wood cut from the bark of a cherry tea (most expensive souvenir ever). I do care about stuff like temperatures and seeping times.
And yet I will not get this machine, because of one simple reason: it's single-serve. I drink no less than a pot, and I suspect many tea lovers do too.
On the other hand, Nespresso is king in coffee for Michelin-star restaurants. I wouldn't mind having the choice and quality in tea when we go out to dinner that this machine would bring.