Milan is a city that lives and breathes history, beauty and food… glorious food! People travel from the world over to take in everything here from the grand Duomo to the speciality designer shops, and they leave with their wallets emptied, their shopping bags overflowing and their stomachs full. While I’ve come to call this city “home” twice a year for several years now, for Milan Fashion Week, it wasn’t until last month that I really was given a chance to slow down and take in the life of the city. I was in town to be one of the first to try a very special launch, coming this autumn, from Nespresso.
Let’s take a step back and explain. Each year Nespresso creates a number of limited edition coffees, to be used in their machines, which you may see everywhere from five star resorts to your neighbour’s countertops.These are special flavours of coffee that are developed by experts to offer new sensory experiences and are sometimes created especially to reflect particular countries or cities. This year, Milan and Palermo are welcomed to the fold and Nespresso invited me to take part in experiencing the parts of Milan that inspired their coffee experts to create the Tribute to Milano limited edition. When someone asks you to Milan to explore, eat and enjoy, you don’t say no. So off I went, on a journey of epic adventure and discovery.
For hours I walked the city each day, taking in the sounds and smells around me, the people speaking passionately in the streets, the scents from restaurants and coffee bars scattered around the city and the incredible shops that had me guarding my American Express. As each moment passed I became more and more curious about how this city could ever be captured in a capsule that could bring Milan to the kitchens of coffee lovers around the world. Then I met the Nespresso experts, Karsten Ranitzsch and Alexis Rodriguez, who are specialists in aroma, notes, bodies, flavours and more. They were the magicians left with the task and they aced it, 100%.
Exploring Milan and its fast paced coffee culture, the hustle and bustle of every street corner and the passionate ways of the local people, made this a rather arduous task when it comes to creating a coffee. They wanted a coffee capsule that could hold its own – a coffee moment that would bring the world into the cafés of Milan and to the counter culture, no matter where they were enjoying their Tribute to Milano capsule.From searching the world to find the perfect coffee bean for the task, to sipping many coffee samples in perfecting the blend, these two didn’t just have the task of creating any old coffee – they had the task of bringing the world to Milan with just one sip.
How anyone can spend an afternoon with these two and drink coffee in the same way after will forever escape me. I was taught to smell, sip and savor each and every drop of coffee and along the way I even got a complete look at how Tribute to Milano was made into capsule you can use in your Nespresso machine each morning.
Oh, and of course we got the whole thing on video!
Be sure to watch this space as I’ll be sharing more from my experience in Milan, from coffee at Corso Como to late night river strolls.
Until then, here’s a quick snapshot of some of my favourite moments, that I believe perfectly reflect a coffee that will take your tastebuds by storm. Milan…