Say what you will about Keurig-style pod coffee machines, but they are a godsend for lazy people. And now Nespresso -- purveyor of pod-based espresso -- is selling a machine called the VertuoLine that makes you a full cup o' joe.
For the uninitiated, Nespresso makes fancy/expensive machines that you can pop a little aluminium cup the size of a serving of half-and-half, press a button, and get espresso. To coffee snobs, it's blasphemy. To regular humans who just need a lil' pick me up, it's magic. Nespresso VertuoLine systems have a sleek, almost vintage aesthetic, too. They won't look half bad on your kitchen counter.
The latest machine, which we saw unveiled this morning at a caffeine-laced event in New York, can do up a regular serving of espresso or a 250mL cup of coffee. The pods have also been redesigned for the new machine. Now they look more like tiny space ships than shiny aluminium thimbles. Stick one in the top of the machine, press the button (the machine automatically reads whether or not you're making coffee or espresso), wait 15-20 seconds, and bam! java city, population you, a sloth of a human being who needs caffeine to get going.
The Nespresso VertuoLine comes in red, black and chrome, and goes on sale tomorrow for $US300. Australian pricing and availability has not yet been announced.