Experience A Cup Above

I’m no creature of habit, but there are certain daily rituals that must be done for my day to start just right and to keep it move along—things like coffee and sweets. Today, I’m sharing one of my of favorite single serve coffee and espresso makers along with one of my favorite cookies, Mexican Wedding Cakes.

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Admittedly, I am a coffee snob, so I’ve been that person asking a barista to remake my coffee because it’s wrong. But now days, I work from home and the barista is me. 

I’m a master at making the perfect cup of espresso. But then, again, it’s not hard to do with a Nespresso machine.

Nespresso Vertuoline | Bakers Royale

I’ve tried a lot of at-home single-serve coffee and espresso machines on the market, ones priced from $89 to $599. Yep, I’ve gone through a few to get that at-home cup to be just right, but none have delivered like the Nespresso.

So when Nespresso asked if I’d like to join them and Experience a cup above and try their new Vertuoline Evoluo Machine, I of course said yes. The new machine brews both a large-cup coffee and authentic espresso with a simple touch of a button. Throw in the Aeroccino, Nespresso’s milk frother, and you have yourself all the tools needed to make cold or warm lattes.

Nespresso Vertuoline _ Bakers Royale

This falls right in line with Nespresso’s philosophy of bringing the extraordinary to the every day. I love that I can make coffee shop quality drinks in my kitchen. It’s small things like this that help me move along throughout the day uninterrupted. This is something I don’t take for granted, being that I can’t always stop once I start shooting, because even just ten minutes can mean my light will shift beyond what I intended for a shot.

Thankfully, all my coffee needs are an arm’s reach away and since the aluminum capsules are recycle-friendly, I can feel even better about lightening my carbon footprint. Along with that, Nespresso has engaged George Clooney, who is not only the brand’s new U.S. ambassador, but he also serves as a member of the Nespresso’s Sustainability Advisory Board where he collaborates on ideas and solutions towards improving the lives and futures of coffee farmers.

Now that you are in the know, this season when you are shopping for your new single serve coffee/espresso maker, here’s one that’s a little more environmentally friendly and the best of the best.

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For the Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie recipe, hit the jump here. And OMG, check out that photo above—that’s from 2010—back when I was only four weeks into this blog (before food photography consumed me and became a crazy passion!).

*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Nespresso. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make running this site possible.






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  1. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I am only just getting into coffee, but this excites me greatly! I cannot wait to give the Nespresso a try!!

    And these cookies! YES!

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonTori says

    Huge coffee fan here so I’m definitely gonna put in a good word with Santa about one of these machines this year. Also, I love these cookies so much, but what I also love is seeing one of your early photosI It’s like seeing one of Michelangelo’s doodles or Da Vinci’s first mud pie!

  3. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I’m a coffee snob too. :) and I have the Nespresso Maker from kitchenaid. . Your new Vertuoline Evoluo Machine and George Clooney, that makes for a great partnership! I love him! he does so much for so many people! love this post!

  4. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I have also tried A TON of single-serve coffee makers, and Nespresso is by far my favorite. I cannot wake up without a hot cafe latte from my trusty little machine! I’ve been using it for two years now, and I had no idea the pods were recyclable. Thanks so much for the tip!

  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonDiane (Created by Diane) says

    That sure looks like a WONDERFUL cup of coffee and such a delicious treat to go with it!

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAsha Shivakumar says

    We love coffee and have been looking at this machine for a while. You definitely have helped me make up my mind to go get it.
    Great pictures.

  7. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonsue|theviewfromgreatisland says

    I look forward to my first cup of coffee every morning so intensely it’s scary;) I think I need one of these in my life…

  8. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I’m a coffee snob also but the other walked in the Nespresso store and tried a coffee in this machine. I was pleased with the taste and the machine looks really good. It might be on my list of gifts to me this year :)

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