Nespresso: Afternoon Tea or Afternoon Coffee?

Monday, April 18, 2011 8 No tags Permalink 0

Saturday afternoon, in the middle of a thunderstorm, Monsieur P and I took refuge inside the Nespresso shop/cafe on the corner of Mercer and Prince Street. It proved to be a good choice, with cozy deep chairs that swivel, low tables and…

…espresso, chocolate, and a vanilla macaron (by Macaron Cafe) to sooth our weary feet and rain-soaked shopping bags. He had the espresso and I ate all the sweets.

On each table they leave a copy of the Nespresso Magazine, “the exclusive magazine for Nespresso club members.” I’m not a member, but was more than happy to flip through the magazine while Monsieur P took care of work emails. This particular issue was #15, the London issue, and it successfully managed to champion the Nespresso brand while providing thorough coverage of who, what, where (and wear!) of London.

The particular article that caught my attention was “Afternoon Coffee.” Tea! Why wasn’t it afternoon tea? Well, Nespresso of course ;) Monsieur P thought that was funny and winked in a way that suggested maybe I serve him espresso instead of tea for this weekend’s afternoon tea. He was also in strong favor of the page that proposed, “A timeless classic: scone, coffee and whisky. An afternoon tea fit for a gent.

However it was the recipes I found interesting, including one for coffee with spiced syrup…something I’d like to try next time, replacing the coffee with a brisk black tea. The spiced syrup calls for cinnamon sticks, start anise, green cardamon, coriander seed, and peppercorns. Can you smell it already? And then there was another recipe calling for smoked salmon and piccalilli tea sandwiches. Have you heard of piccalilli before? I’m familiar with relish, but the term “piccalilli” is definitely new to me. The recipe calls for mixing cottage cheese, dill and pepper with the piccalilli, then layering with smoked salmon and cucumber for tea sandwiches on white bread. Many tea sandwiches on the “to make/eat” list and not enough time, I better get to work!

Nespresso
92 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-1825

8 Comments
  • K and S
    April 19, 2011

    picalilli is new to me, but I have heard that nespresso sells tea pods too…

  • anonymous
    April 19, 2011

    Kathy,The spiced syrup sounds like something similar to chai. I think it would work well with tea. Hope you do get to trying it.

  • K and S
    April 19, 2011

    sorry that was keurig not nespresso :p that has the tea pods

  • anonymous
    April 19, 2011

    I love having tea with sandwiches and other treats in the afternoon. I think it is such a refined way to start out the day.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 19, 2011

    Hi Kat! Interesting! I have a Keurig at home…it broke awhile back and I never got around to fixing it…will look into their tea pods. But Nespresso should seriously do tea pods as well, it would open up a whole new market for them!Hi Reid! Yeah, it does! I didn't even think about that haha, will let you know how it goes :)Hi Stephanie! Totally agree with you…it relaxes your mind and sets you off to a good start :)

  • anonymous
    April 19, 2011

    Picalilli is a very British condiment although I think it originated in the time of the Raj in India…its a mustard and turmeric sauce with vegetables..usually cauliflower,courgettes,silverskin onions etc and vinegar..its quite sharp and goes very well with cheese,ploughmans'lunch etc

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 19, 2011

    Hi Louise! Thanks for the informative tidbit :) Picalilli sounds so good, I'll have to find a place here in NYC that carries it!

  • anonymous
    April 22, 2011

    The picalilli tea sandwiches sounds delicious! :) thanks for sharing!

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