Review: Hausbrandt USA Espresso Pods for ESE Machines by Single Serve Coffee
Espresso. Yes - espresso. Over the past year each day more and more we love you espresso. When we first started this crazy single serve coffee gig we had no idea how much a part of our life you would become. We're amazed at the shear variety and quality of espresso pods. We shouldn't really be that amazed (the espresso pod came well before the coffee pod) but we continue to find top quality espresso pods like the ones from Hausbrandt USA.
These espresso pods that fit in most E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) machines are superb. The taste of all the espresso we had from them was nothing short of amazing. The coffees all have a rich unique flavor, and we especially liked their Brasil Santos espresso pods.
In order to use any espresso pod you'll need a Francis!Francis! X5 or some E.S.E. certified machine. We used the Grimac provided to us by Baronet Coffee for our tests.
History of Hausbrandt
As with any coffee roaster, Hausbrandt has a rich history. Starting in Italy and branching out across the world, Hausbrand has found some of the best coffees available and developed over the past century.
From the Hausbrandt site:
At the end of the 19th century, coffee continued to maintain household dimensions – each family purchased and roasted the green beans according to their needs. A visionary man, Captain Hausbrandt, changed all this when he founded the first “Coffee Roasters of Trieste” in 1892. His project was to market roasted coffee that was ready for use. Captain Hausbrandt’s strategy was innovative for the time and based on three fundamental elements:
- Technological advancements, thanks to the use of the first electrical powered machinery
- The exclusive Grevenbroich system obtained a perfect degree of roasting, and a cooling system guaranteed the preservation of freshly roasted coffee's aroma.Efficient distribution aimed at fast and direct delivery even in small quantities.
- The choice of Trieste, a constantly developing city, as its headquarters.
All this enabled the Hausbrandt firm to establish a reputation for quality, to continue investing in avant-garde technology, and to stimulate the passion and professionalism of all those who are connected to the company.
Espresso Pods Available from Hausbrandt USA
Currently Hausbrandt USA has the following espresso pods available:
- AA (Kenya)
- Antigua (Guatemala)
- Blue Mountain (Jamaica)
- Decaffeinato Pods
- Espresso Cialda
- Espresso Cialda Office Package
- Santos (Brasil)
- Sidamo (Ethiopia)
- Tarrazu (Costa Rica)
We liked all the espresso we had from the Hausbrandt USA espresso pods, but we have to say the Brasil Santos is top notch. Such a sweet rich treat is rarely found in the espresso pod world. We loved the finish and each shot of espresso fired from the Grimac went down without a hitch.
The Blue Mountain espresso pods were also quite good. We liked the refined straight forward nature of the coffee with a sweet note that was embedded in the crema.
These are great espresso pods. We can't but highly recommend you trying some. We have also found that Hausbrandt has two locations in the US - one in Philadelphia and one in New York.
You can also order the Hausbrandt USA espresso pods online at Hausbrandt USA.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 12, 2005 8:00 AM