The Art of Coffee

Every craftsmanship done with passion and love is art to me! The art of coffee making is like the art of dressing up or the art of watchmaking … yesterday everything was united at the Nespresso booth at Watches & Wonders when Geneva-based artist Jean-Philippe Kalonji created an amazing portrait with coffee of me while I enjoyed my «Forte», an espresso from Nespresso Professional «Classics» coffee range.

At home I have a not only a wonderful closet  but also a wardrobe of coffee capsules as I love to change my coffee varieties depending my mood. Drinking coffee is my guilty pleasure and I truly enjoy those peaceful moments for myself.

Let me take you with me on my journey this week in Geneva …

Arrived at Watches and Wonders …
But first, Nespresso Professional coffee… As every coffee – or watch – is an unforgettable timeless moment.

When coffee triggers creativity …
Talking to Geneva-based artist Jean-Philippe Kalonji about his amazing work, who painted portraits with coffee yesterday.

My favorite…
«Forte», an espresso from the Nespresso Professional «Classics» coffee range.

Double tasking … getting portrayed by Jean-Philippe Kalonji while enjoying a cup of «Forte».

When coffee becomes an art in its own right …..

I absolutely love the result … the art of coffee!

Thank you Jean-Philippe Kalonji for capturing me so well and to Nespresso for this amazing experience.

LoL, Sandra

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Pure Indulgence: Gourmand Coffee

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I am a coffee addict and I always adore NESPRESSO‘s new creations for the Christmas season. This year’s scents turn to pure indulgence.

Have fun discovering the new gourmand limited editions that all contain only natural flavors and don’t miss the amazing recipe at the end of this post!

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Indulgent almond and vanilla flavors, reminiscent of sweet amaretti biscuits, enhance the roundness of Livanto.

Nespresso 3 Cardamom

The delicate harmony between vanilla and cardamom aromas awakens Livanto’s toasted notes for a surprising coffee experience.

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The daring marriage of Livanto’s fragrant roaster notes with dark chocolate flavour is livened up by ginger hints, offering you a delighting experience.

Ciocco Ginger Tropical


1 Ciocco Ginger capsule
1 slice of lemon
1 cl cherry syrup
15 cl ginger beer
Crushed ice
1 Ritual Recipe glass
1 Aeroccino or milk frother

Cut the lemon slice in quarters and put it into the glass. Add the cherry syrup, then the crushed ice and crush further. Pour the ginger beer. Moreover, pour one Ciocco Ginger Espresso (40 ml) in a recipient and foam it together with 3 ice cubes. Finally, add it on top of the ginger beer and decorate with a slice of lemon.

Merry X-mas to all of you!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Nespresso

Amazing Contest with Nespresso for U


I have to admit that I am completely addicted to coffee. I can stop eating sweets, drinking alcohol, but please never take away my coffee. Just the thought of my beautiful nice-smelling cup in the morning, gets me going and out of bed. Coffee actually has a lot of advantages and is not at all bad for you if you drink it in moderation. This is something I need to work on.

Many papers state that coffee is actually one of the healthiest beverages billions of people consume regularly. It can increase your metabolic rate and helps you burn fat if you don’t overdo your intake. Of course, only when consumed black or with a little milk or soy milk – which I like – coffee is great for your figure, as it is having zero calories, zero carbs, and zero fats. So leave away the sugar.

The caffeine in coffee keeps our brains alert and receptive of new information. So I hope that you have had your cup of coffee already because here is some information that you might be truly interested in:


NESPRESSO has launched a new coffee machine “that lives like you”: U the ultimate experience in simplicity, modularity and purity for coffee lovers around the world that offers an amazing concept!

The Nespresso story began 25 years ago with a simple but revolutionary idea: enable anyone to create the perfect cup of espresso at home. Today, Nespresso has made that idea even simpler by developing U, the next generation machine that shapes itself to suit you and your lifestyle. With clever, modular design, U can change its form to fit contemporary living spaces and interiors. On top of that, the cool machine has a tactile interface which memorises your favourite cup length, and thanks to the pre-programmed Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo sizes, there is no need to select it each time.

The first-of-its kind, it has a rounded, adjustable water tank which is able to seamlessly slide around, letting it change shape to suit your home or office space.

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In addition to a quick heat up time of 25 seconds, U features automatic brewing, so your coffee begins the second you drop your Nespresso capsule and effortlessly close its neat slider. Its immediate cut-off also makes it one of the cleanest machines – stopping any drips and automatically ejecting each capsule.


Available in four understated coloursPure Cream, Pure Black, Pure Grey and Pure Orange – and with some dedicated accessories such as an innovative tray with two adaptable magnetic dispensers, that can be attached to the sides of the U machine or also be stacked on top of each other for a slimmer storage solution. U is priced at CHF 179.-.

And here are some great news for my Swiss based followers: THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN YOUR OWN U!

Nespresso kindly offers two of their new innovative coffee machines to Sandra’s Closet readers. All you have to do is to send me an e-mail with the header “Nespresso” to and tell me which of the four colours you would love to have.

Contestants MUST live in Switzerland. All entries must be received until November 9, 2012. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. By entering this contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these official rules.

Personally speaking, I truly love Nespresso because of its flexibility. Every family member can choose his or her own style. For example, I absolutely adore flavoured coffee. Therefore I am completely “going nuts” for Nespresso’s upcoming three end-of-year Limited Edition Grands Crus Variations 2012 for the festive season:

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This year, it is inspired by three different notes of nut: Coconut, Hazelnut and Macadamia Nut. Originating from the Livanto family, each Grand Cru encapsulates its own distinct taste universe, opening up new coffee discoveries.

Nespresso HazelnutThe combination of lightly roasted hazelnut notes with the Livanto Grand Cru reveals praline flavours, giving it a fine balance in the mouth.
Macadamia Nut The rich savours of the macadamia nut combined with the roundness of the Livanto Grand Cru develop a surprising freshness and reveal citrus notes.
Coconut A perfect harmony between the coconut notes and the Livanto Grand Cru creates a gourmand experience reminiscent of coconut macaroons.

Each of the Variations 2012 are 100% of natural origin and contain only roast and ground coffees mixed with natural flavourings and is free from food allergens. Available worldwide from November 12, 2012. A sleeve will sell for CHF 5.70 in Nespresso boutiques and online.

This post was so mouth-watering for me that I drank 4 cups of coffee while typing it. Speaking of moderation… but it just tastes so good. Don’t forget to enter the contest and good luck!

LoL, Sandra.

Photos: Courtesy of Nespresso and © Sandra Bauknecht