October 27, 2014
Nespresso is at it again with a Special Reserve Maragogype Grand Cru for 2014. Following the success of Hawaii Kona Special Reserve 2012, Nespresso coffee experts have created a Special Reserve Maragogype Grand Cru 2014, composed of extremely rare and immensely precious coffee variety with uncommonly large coffee beans from Central and South America.
‘With Maragogype we have proudly outdone ourselves again,’ said Karsten Ranitzsch, Head of Coffee Nestlé Nespresso SA. ‘Thanks to our longstanding relationships with coffee smallholders, we could source the best Maragogype beans from four distinct origins. We have carefully blended and roasted them to highlight the specificities of their terroir. Due to the scarcity of these precious beans we can only produce a very limited amount, but it is our a privilege to offer this unique sensory experience to connoisseur Club Members who enjoy trying new and rare varieties.’
The Maragogype derives its name from a town in Brazil of the same name where the plant was first discovered in the late 19th century. The unusually large coffee plant, often twice the size of regular coffee plants, has the largest known coffee beans in the world.
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September 24, 2014
If you’re looking for a Nespresso capsule alternative you may want to check out Mixpresso. Made in Italy, Mixpresso offers 4 different espresso capsule options and they also have their own single serve espresso machines:
- Ricco, made from 100% full drums Robusta. A powerful & contrasting rich flavor that's a perfectly smooth experience on the tongue. A cup of this full-bodied roaster is simply perfect to suit the expectations of true lovers of quality traditional Italian Espresso.
- Luce- best defined as an angelic light and easy speciality decaf. It's our classic lively yet gentle flavor on the menu. Luce offers a snappy crisp and citrus body from the Central American coffee bean matched with a complete depth and sweetness of an Ethiopian classic.
- Classe is Mixpresso's Superior Blend. A Perfect harmony of aromatic coffee from the Arabica species, similar to that of the Lungo but blended with an excellent natural, rustic coffee from the Robusta species. A creamy, full bodied and easy to work coffee blend with a complex yet persistent taste.
- Lungo, is the line for coffee purists, obtained by five selected components of 100% Arabica species of coffee from Central & South America and East Africa. Its intense toasted aroma is accompanied by a combination of slightly fruity flavors in which you can percieve gentle notes of Myrtle.
They have 3 different machines with the main difference being color. There’s Logan, Isabelle, and Steve. We’re pretty sure these machines are Nespresso capsule compatible as well.
September 11, 2014
Cubania - Limited Edition Nespresso Coffee is out, and it’s intense. Inspired by the passion and warmth of the Cuban way of life, Nespresso has created a bold blend of Arabicas with a specially prepared Indian Robusta steam treated to obtain a dense texture and powerful bouquet with complex aromatics and inimitable strength of character. There’s no overwhelming bitterness to this coffee despite being so bold, and it ranks a whopping 13 on the Nespresso intensity scale.
Though Cubanía is inspired by Cuban lifestyle but is not made with Cuban coffee. You do need to pour a bit of sugar into the cup to get the flavor just right, and there’s even sugar packets to go along with the coffee. SH ordered some and says it’s pretty good stuff. What do you think?
September 2, 2014
Nespresso users have had very few ways to use their own coffee to make Nespresso compatible capsules. Bluecup is going to change all that if it’s funded on Kickstarter.
Creating Bluecup capsules is very easy to do.
- Simply put a capsule filled with good and favorite fresh espresso ground into the creator.
- Then place on top of it a foil, close and twist the creator, and it's all set.
- It’s even faster than warming up the Nespresso machine.
Funding so far is going well, and it’s one of the more exciting Nespresso accessories we’ve seen in awhile. Video after the jump.
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August 19, 2014
Voting to pick the Nespresso Variations Flavors for 2014 is going on right now at a mini-site Nespresso has set up. Only the top 3 out of 5 flavors will make it to our cups this Fall, so make sure you go and vote.
- Hazelnut Cookie
- Apple Crumble
- Berry Cupcake
- Lemon Pie
- Chocolate Mint
All of these flavors are inspired from desserts that we all know and love. We’d love to try Lemon Pie, and also Apple Crumble. The other flavors have all been done by others in the single serve coffee community. We do have to say Berry Cupcake could be an interesting chocolate meets berry twist.
Go vote now.
August 11, 2014
We’ve been working our way through Nespresso’s VertuoLine capsule line-up for the past several weeks and while we tried to find meaning behind the capsule names, we just kept thinking in the back of our minds that they were named after would-be Italian X-Men characters. From the strongest espresso in the line-up (Diavolitto) to the strongest coffee in the line-up (Stormio), the names seem to invoke a sense of darkness & intrigue. Whatever the inspiration for the naming may be, we decided to forge ahead with today’s review of Nespresso's VertuoLine Stormio Capsules. Would the strongest coffee be as strong as the strongest espresso on the VertuoLine system? Let’s find out.
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July 28, 2014
We continue our VertuoLine capsule reviews today by checking out one of their strongest intensity espressos, the Nespresso VertuoLine Diavolitto Capsules. The name was the first thing that piqued our interest and while we don’t know how to read or speak Italian, we got a basic connotation of what was inferred. A quick bit of experimentation on Google Translate quickly proved us right… uh… well, sort of. While Diavolitto is itself not an Italian word (as far as we’re aware) it is derived from diavol, which is apparently the Italian Romanian word for devil.
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July 21, 2014
When we reviewed our first VertuoLine capsules a while back (the hazelnut flavored Hazelino), we noted how the flavoring tasted different and a bit off from what we’re used to seeing in a conventional flavored coffee produced from the likes of a Keurig or Tassimo system. Since we ALWAYS take our coffee black during reviews in order to notice any subtle flavor notes which might be hiding in the cup, we pretty much ignored Nespresso’s recommendations to also try their VertuoLine capsules with added creamer.
That was apparently a big mistake. Once we followed their suggestions, we noticed that the strange almost chemical hazelnut taste was replaced by a more subdued hazelnut flavor and that the harsher oily notes in the coffee became greatly reduced to more normal levels. It completely transformed the entire tasting experience to a degree we weren’t expecting. In hindsight, we’d like to offer an apology of sorts to Nespresso and would like to point out that while our original score of 91 - Exceptional still stands for the Hazelino capsules when taken black, we’d have to give a slightly higher score of 94 - Exceptional once you add creamer into the mix (sorry, we still can’t get used to the odd foreign hazelnut flavor).
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July 15, 2014
Did you recently buy & register a Nespresso VertuoLine machine using your Nespresso Club account on Nespresso’s website? If so, you might be interested to learn that you could have a special offer waiting for you at your closest Nespresso Boutique retail store. During a recent visit to the Nespresso Counter within The Bay department store in Quebec City, Quebec we were reminded that we were still eligible for a welcome offer which was showing up on our account. (We refuse to call it a Boutique since it’s literally a counter inside a department store).
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July 10, 2014
The Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker comes in 3 different colors, but is only sold at one low price - $99. This makes the Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker a very affordable way to get into Nespresso espresso and single serve coffee. The machine features easy insertion and ejection of capsules, and is made for use with Nespresso coffee capsules.
- Compact brewing unit technology
- Fast preheating time: 25 seconds
- 19 Bar high pressure pump 2 Programmable buttons for Espresso and lungo preparation
- Removable 24 ounce water tank
- Folding cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses
- Used capsule container holds 9-11 used capsules
- Energy efficient; A Class energy rating
- Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
At Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker