I was very lucky recently to be asked to attend the opening of the new Nespresso boutique in Perth along Murray Street. Was feeling all very glitteratti as I patiently waited with other guests on the red carpet (oh yes there was actual red carpet) and I must admit I was feeling a little under dressed to have come straight from work. I think I should have probably headed home and dolled myself up a little more, as I saw some of the fashionistas swanning by.
Was hard to not be impressed when you first walked in – very sleek and sophisticated, with the right balance of ambiant lighting and that added dash of wow with the paparazzi flashing their cameras left right and centre as folks walked in. They were aiming to make a solid first impression and doing a more than fine job.
We were offered glasses of champgne as we entered and I remember my thought upon first sipping it was what a pleasant and effervescent glass of bubbles this was.
When the friendly waiters bought around bottles to top us up I realised why I’d been impressed…. Veuve Clicquot, what a delight!!
The layout of the store was quite spacious and I thought the wall of coloured pods made quite the impressive rainbow, would almost be a shame to ever have to disturb the pretty pods…. but I suspect they will soon be rushing off the shelves.
Coffee machines and cup and saucers were displayed in well lit cubes along each wall.
I do like cups
It was an electic mix they had in the crowd… a solid collection of Perthonalities…. a past Eagle, an electronics mogul and previous football club chairman, a Masterchef contestant and two of the nicest gals ever to represent West Australia in My Kitchen Rules. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, you should have seen the line up of food bloggers they rolled out! Some of my favourites – The Food Pornographer, The Perth Food Engineers, Foodie Cravings, Libertine Eats, Simon Says Eat and Perth Food Journal. Entirely tremendous. I was well chuffed to be rubbing shoulders with these fellow foodies 🙂
The selection of snacks that were on offer were to be commended! Definitely not run of the mill!
Delicious slices of duck on a cherry compote, dusted with coffee – these were my favourite!
As well as that were these spicey pumpkin based treats…..
Or these dainty quiches…
And fancy mushrooms en croute
Or does it get more indulgent than lobster?
Well obviously they won me over with their catering efforts and the choice bubbles, but I also stopped to sample the coffee – come on, it’s what the store is all about!! They had one of their fancier appliances on the go and cups of coffee were made to order.
I went for the medium strength option. I can’t remember the name of the particular pod, but I do recall that one my first sip I thought to myself I am glad that I went for medium – it packed a punch strength wise!
Now I will admit that I did not make it to the end of this special function. I had started work early and conscious of another start the next day I ducked out around 8ish. So I failed oto hear the preesnation by the GM of Nespresso, which I was disappointed about and also the aboriginal dancers they had. From all accounts though – both were very impressive.
I’m sure this Nespresso boutique will do particularly well, espeically in the lead up to Christmas. On the few occasions I’d wandered past the Myer Perth Nespresso Cafe upstairs it always seemed to pull a very decent crowd and now a store in the mall totally devoted to coffee fiends, of which I’m sure we all know one or two, is sure to be well received.
Conscious of this, I think a Nespresso coffee machine would be a solid investment…. would give me the oppportunity to peruse the picturesque pod wall for my favourite and hey good coffee in the morning at the press of a button – what’s not to love about that!
Thank you for the invite, thank you for the coffee! Nespresso – you’ll be a popular newbie! 🙂