Update – CafePod gets in touch

Following my earlier review of the Caf?Pod Nespresso-compatible coffee pod system, Caf?Pod Director Peter Grainger got in touch to express his concern over the problems I had been having.

It turns out I was one of a small percentage of Nespresso owners whose machines were slightly incompatible with the Caf?Pod capsules and Peter and his team were already in the process of launching a new design of capsule. When Peter offered to send me a few capsules for me to try, I of course said yes (who in their right mind would say no to free coffee?!) and I’m happy to say these ones worked perfectly. Continue reading “Update – CafePod gets in touch”

CafePod vs Nespresso

If you already know what Nespresso is and don’t care for my waffling, skip to the CafePod vs Nespresso review bit

Coffee and Nespresso

If (like me) you’re pretty much reliant on coffee before you can function in the morning then you’ve probably looked at the plethora of coffee capsule machines out there from companies like Tassimo, Dolce Gusto and Nespresso.  Coffee aficionados would probably tell you otherwise, but to me at least the machines are all pretty much the same thing: water and coffee capsule go in, coffee comes out.  Each brand has it’s own range of machines and capsules, so once you’ve bought the machine you’re locked into buying that brand of coffee… at least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. Continue reading “CafePod vs Nespresso”

Carluccios Peterborough announces opening date

After over a year in the planning, Peterborough’s hottest new Italian restaurant Carluccios is set to open it’s doors on January 31st. UPDATE Carluccios opens to the public on February 6th – the January date is a soft launch for staff training!

Where some other chain restaurants prefer out of town retail parks, Carluccios seems to prefer the city centre locations which is good for Peterborough as our city centre has been flat on it’s backside for a couple of years. Any new restaurant will put increasing pressure on existing restaurants, especially the independents like Riva and The Pizza House with 2012 seeing Topo Gigio on Cowgate pretty much close it’s doors (apparently it’s still open for private hire). Coincidentally, the new Carluccios restaurant is in what had previously been Topo Gigios and then a tea room.

My hope is that it the opening of Carluccios in Peterborough will encourage the independents to go above and beyond what the chains can normally offer by providing a more personal and intimate service, introducing seasonal menus using local ingredients.