Coffee, coffee, coffee, you know how much I looove my coffee. As I originally come from Melbourne, a coffee lover’s dream destination (if you love coffee you need to go!), I’m a huge coffee snob/obsessor/amateur connoisseur.
In Melbourne, well in Australia in general, we always have coffee dates. Simply going out for coffee with friends and family is a big thing, probably more so than going out for lunch. I guess it almost has European vibes about it. Although instead of espresso and piccolos, we choose cappuccinos and lattes (flat whites are meant to be this big Aussie thing, but I’ll let you in on a secret, I actually have never tried one before, and don’t even know what they are!).
Here, in the UK, the coffee scene is getting bigger and bigger. Since I’ve moved here I’ve noticed the ‘going out for coffee’ lifestyle increasing, which makes me super excited.
To top off my excitement about this coffee-loving scene, worldwide coffee pioneer, Nespresso has landed where I’m based in the UK, Liverpool.
I was extremely honoured to be invited to the opening of their new Boutique concept, which is the first of its kind in the UK.
Located on Peter’s Lane in Liverpool One, the innovative and very luxurious Boutique is a mesmerising, immersive and stylish retail environment, where guests can experience coffee like never before. As soon as you walk through the Boutique’s doors, you are taken into a coffee wonderland, where you are able to learn more about the world of coffee, and gain a deeper understanding of the history, sustainability and quality of the Nespresso story.
When I arrived at the opening, I was taken aback by the luxurious decor of the space. With a gold tone colour scheme, lush plants and coffee trees, and of course the latest Nespresso machines, accessories collection and coffee capsules presented oh-so-perfectly, the boutique has a beautiful, calming environment about it. It feels like it could be your home, albeit a very sophisticated one!
Having been designed by award winning architecture and interior design practice, Universal Design Studio, it’s not surprising the space looks and feels so first class. I could see myself spending many afternoons here, learning new coffee rituals, tasting many Nespressos and chatting to the extremely knowledgeable Coffee Specialists.
While I soaked up the contemporary surroundings and dreamy atmosphere of the Boutique, I kept being drawn to one particular area – a wall filled top to toe with coffee capsule boxes. The wall injected colour and an almost industrial feel to the space, and I remember thinking, ‘ I need this wall in my home’. It’s like a shoe closet, but for coffee, hello perfection!
Then there were the tabletops, which were unlike anything I’ve seen before. I was privileged to meet Managing Director of Nespresso, UK, Francisco Nogueira, who explained to me, the decor of the Boutique concept includes sustainably-designed materials. This included the unique tabletops I had been eyeing earlier, which were created with used coffee grounds from Nespresso’s factory in Switzerland. The wood for the Boutique has also been 100% sourced from the Nespresso reforestation programs on coffee farms.
Nespresso’s commitment to minimise waste through various ways is so inspiring. One example of this, is how they have implemented recycle drop-off points, so customers can come and recycle their used Nespresso capsules. The used capsules can also be picked up by Nespresso when the customer receives a new coffee delivery, or they can be taken into the store to be recycled. How wonderful is that?! I had no idea Nespresso had such a strong sustainable culture and identity, and it’s made me fall in love with the company even more.
During the evening of the opening, we were taken on a coffee exploration where we sat at the Atelier Table with our Coffee Specialist for the night, Marcelo. Marcelo took us through a tasting where we tried two coffees side by side to understand which coffee type we preferred. The two we tasted were the Colombia Aguadas and Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from the Explorations 2 collection, both of which had delightful and complex flavours, but were very dissimilar in taste.
Colombia Aguadas is a medium roasting with a sweet candied fruits and red berry flavour, and Ethiopia Yirgacheffe is lightly roasted with a velvety texture and has delicate white floral notes of jasmine blossom. Although I love a deeper roast flavour, I was quite surprised to find I preferred the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. I’m not the biggest sweet tooth, so although the Colombia Aguadas was delicious, its sweetness was a little too much for me. Funnily enough, nearly everyone else, enjoyed the Colombia Aguadas more. Just shows how everyone has different taste preferences!
When visiting the Boutique, you too can have this tasting experience to discover and understand your taste preferences, as well as try any of Nespresso’s entire range of 24 OriginalLine espresso coffees, 20 Vertuo espresso and large-cup coffees. This is the perfect way to ensure you’re purchasing the coffee your taste buds love, while finding out more about Nespresso’s impressive range. Make sure you go ahead and try a coffee you haven’t tasted before, you may end up liking something you never thought you would.
Both the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Colombia Aguadas (the coffees we had the pleasure in tasting) have been paired in a duo-pack together and, due to their rarity, are only available twice a year in very small quantities. So, when you visit the Liverpool One Nespresso Boutique, make sure to ask to taste these two gorgeously aromatic coffees and ask to hear about the unique heritage behind both of these highly sought-after varieties.
After our speciality tasting of these two distinctive coffees, we were spoiled with delicious sweet and savoury canapés created by Chef Paul Askew, from The Arts School Liverpool.
These canapés were intricately created and included coffee as one of the ingredients. This was a fabulously quirky and fun way to show you don’t always have to drink a cup of coffee to enjoy your Nespresso, you can enjoy it in your food too!
The evening was a magical, coffee-centric way to celebrate the opening of the Boutique concept not only in Liverpool, but as the first of its kind in the UK. It was also such an insightful event for me, as I learnt so much more about the Nespresso brand.
I have to say I’m so passionate about their coffee, their quality, their environmental and social conscience, their innovation, their branding, their products, everything about Nespresso I love. I am genuinely over the moon and so honoured to not only have been invited to the opening of the Boutique, but to collaborate with Nespresso too.
The Nespresso Boutique concept is now open in Liverpool One, so if you live nearby, or are visiting this cosmopolitan city in the future, please visit this luxuriously chic space to immerse yourself in the Ultimate Coffee Experience.
You’ll discover and expand your coffee appreciation and exploration, understand where your coffee comes from and hear the stories that lie behind your delicious daily cup, and like me, will become an amateur coffee connoisseur (I like to think I am!).
Nespresso Boutique, welcome to Liverpool.
Coffee lovers, welcome to your luxe coffee heaven.
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Editor’s note: This was a sponsored post in collaboration with Nespresso, however the creative direction, words and opinions of this article are my own.