Case Study: 'I'm sometimes tempted to bring my machine into work with me...'
Gerard Harrington, from Santry in Dublin, never drank coffee until he moved to Australia in 2010. "I used to be a tea man, but on my work breaks in Sydney I started having coffee instead and that's where I really got a taste for it," he says. "The coffee over there is unbelievably good."
When he arrived home in Ireland last year, Harrington went on the hunt for a takeaway coffee that would match the quality of the coffee in Sydney, but nothing came close. "The coffee over here is so disappointing," the 28-year-old says. So when his brother gave him a gift of a Nespresso Inissia machine (€99), Harrington was delighted.
"I love Nespresso coffee. I've worked my way through the whole range and I love them all," he says. "I don't really go out for coffee that much anymore. The Nespresso does it for me really."
Harrington, a childcare worker at an autism respite centre, drinks about three or four cups of coffee a day. "I don't drink tea at all anymore," he says. "And I can't drink instant coffee at all, even when I'm working shifts and I'm wrecked. I'm sometimes tempted to bring my machine into work with me."
Harrington plans to upgrade his machine in a year or so, but thinks he'll stick with the Nespresso brand. "A mate of mine in Australia had one of those big pump machines and it was pretty messy - grinding the coffee and putting it into a compartment. Nespresso is so handy, you just throw in the capsule, a bit of water and it's good to go. I love the handiness of it."