JL: In New York City, coffee has almost become this thing that people drink just to get through the day. What kind of advice do you have for people to bring more enjoyment into the coffee experience?
TG: Well, I think most of us are multitasking — we’re having our coffee, we’re checking our email, we’re on the computer writing things at the same time, or commuting or chatting with our coworkers — I think it’s good to have a bit of quiet time and really savor our coffee. I like to step away from all my gadgets and technology, and have a meditative calming moment. I do it in the morning: I get up, I make my bed, I go into the kitchen, I make one Nespresso, have it, look at the paper — just the headlines — go back upstairs, go shower and shave, and go back downstairs and have another Nespresso, and then I get dressed. For me it’s a whole ritual in the morning.
JL: How many cups of Nespresso do you end up having a day?
TG: Maybe five — but they’re all before noon.
JL: So with the holidays coming up so quickly, what tips do you have for those that are planning on entertaining this year?
TG: I always say, make it as easy for yourself as possible. I always advise that hosts serve one specialty cocktail — it’s easy enough to do but adds something really interesting and fun to the experience. Then just have red and white wine and beer. And keep your snacks simple! People are there for the company, not for a tasting.