December 16, 2009
As Nespresso Club members are aware, each year around this time marks the release of 3 flavored espresso varieties known as the Nespresso "Variations" collection. These flavors are available for a limited time only and once Nespresso stops selling them, that's it... they're gone until further notice, sometimes never to be seen again. So we decided to order a bunch this year, and try and review them before they're gone.
This year's flavors are apricot, chestnut cream & gingerbread. The coffee base for each flavor is the Livanto capsule which ranks in at a strength of 6 on the packaging sleeves. We have to admit, we went into this order thinking that we'd only love 1 flavor while hating another & "maybe" liking the 3rd. Little did we know how surprised we'd be by what would emerge as our favorite & least favorite flavors of the bunch.
Continue reading: "Review: Nespresso Variations 2009 Ginger, Apricot, and Chesnut Cream Coffee Capsules"
December 3, 2009
Each winter Nespresso launches a set of Nespresso variations that have are built around unique flavor profiles. Three new varieties, "Gingerbread," "apricot" and "chestnut cream," launch this year and are available at Nespresso's site. Last year's Gingerbread Confit knocked our coffee socks off, so we really look forward to Gingerbread this year to see what other madness they've cooked up.
- CHESTNUT CREAM Reminiscent of very sweet and concentrated jarred chestnut cream, recalls the traditional "marron glace," or "candied chestnut."
- APRICOT Reminiscent of a very fresh, ripe and juicy apricot; unlike the more intense dried apricot flavor.
- GINGERBREAD Reminiscent of crystalized orange zest or peel, honey, cinnamon and ginger in a brown sugar base.
October 30, 2009
Yep - that's right it's a concept designed by Frenchman Charles Teyssier which seeks to replace Tony Stark's super heart with a Nespresso machine coffee heart. Seems like a decent trade off to me, but other than the looks there's not much more here. Then again, Nespresso machines are always the most interesting and best looking espresso machines we see, and we love the round design reminiscent of the new Dolce Gusto design. See all the pictures at the Design Blog.
October 21, 2009
That's right people - Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David sip Nespresso while filming Curb Your Enthusiasm. Thanks to Shawn for spotting the Nespresso D290 on one of our favorite shows.
Just got around to watching Season 7, Episode 3 of Curb Your Enthusiasm (the one where Larry has the big Seinfeld Reunion Show idea). In the scene where Larry is trying to convince Jerry to do the reunion show, there's clearly a Nespresso Concept D290 (or maybe it's a C290?) along with some Nespresso Lungo capsules on the counter top behind Jerry's sofa.
October 20, 2009
Scott over at SingleServeEspresso.com has a full review of Singatoba. Singtoba is this season's Special Club Capsule from Nespresso, hailing from the island of Sumatra. The 100% Blue Batak Arabica beans are sourced from the northern part of the island and goes through a ferment and wash type process that has it acquiring both flavor complexity and its characteristic blue hue. Nespresso seems to have gone all out here and split roasted the coffee, light roasting some portion of the blend to keep the fruity and earthy notes, while dark roasting a portion of the batch to develop the body and the strength of the espresso.
Click on through for Scott's full review, but we also really love the deep earthy notes along with a roast profile that medium to dark coffee drinkers will love. Great stuff - and thanks to Nespresso for sending us our Singtoba capsules to try as well.
October 6, 2009
That's right you can now buy the Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker at Amazon for $279. This marks it's other retailer debut besides only being available at Nespresso Boutiques and other brick and mortar retailers here in the US. We really like the slim design, and smaller footprint of the Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker (read our full review here). Features of the CitiZ model include:
- 19 Bar pressure pump
- Energy saving mode
- Automatic volume control
- Mini brewing unit
- Folding cup support
At Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker
July 9, 2009
Nespresso is going greener by recyling more coffee capsules, and reducing it's carbon footprint. And how are they going to do it? Nespresso is taking its green game to the next level with an announcement of a company-wide Ecolaboration project. Ecolaboration brings together all of Nespresso's disparate environmental projects under one roof, and covers the entire lifecycle of the coffee-capsule product - from coffee to capsule.
During the next four years, Nespresso aims to increase the amount of coffee it purchases from its AAA Sustainable Quality program to 80 percent, from the current target of 50 percent by 2010. Nespresso has also set a goal of recycling 75 percent of its coffee capsules by 2013, tripling the number currently recycled.
They are also reducing the amount of carbon it takes to make a coffee capsule by 20 percent per cup of coffee. Each cup currently generates 98 grams of CO2e emissions. Also - they will be redesigning the machines to use less energy - thus reducing C02 emissions from the power the machine uses that is not green energy.
July 1, 2009
Q1 for 2009 is looking really good for Nespresso so far. How good? Well how does 20 percent sales growth in 2009 given the recession sound to you? It sounds really good to us, and proof that a premium portioned coffee product is looking recession proof.
"We are very confident about double digits for 2009," Richard Girardot told a news conference as he opened a major new plant in the Swiss town of Avenches. Nespresso saw sales growth slow to somewhere in the 20s in the first quarter of 2009. Asked how sales had developed since then, Girardot said the trend had stayed about the same and he expected a similar rate for the full year.
June 26, 2009
Our sister site SingleServeEspresso.com has a review of the NexPod refillable capsules for Nespresso. NexPod is a new pod system for the Nespresso line of makers that allows you to use your own capsules with your favorite espresso coffee. You might even be able to save a little money over the ~$0.55 cost per Nespresso capsule; SSE paid $23 on eBay for their NexPod shipped from Switzerland. That puts it at about $0.28 each empty capsule. Adding up the cost of about 4-5g of coffee per capsule, that adds about a dime to the cost of each unit. These can save about $15 - $20 per box of 80 units; not bad.
Their verdict? The NexPod is a little hard to use and maybe not worth the time and effort, but it does allow you to use your own coffee. Click on through for the full review.
At NexPod Review
May 15, 2009
Yes - we said four and there are six pictured. Three are from
the pure origin, and the other three are the entire lungo line.
Nespresso has announced three new Pure Origin Nespresso capsules, and one new Fortissio Lungo. These new coffee capsules from Nespresso will offer Nespresso owners more variety, and will extend the current line of Nespresso Grand Crus instead of just being a seasonal offering.
The Pure Origin Nespresso capsules are from 3 unique countries:
- Rosabaya de Colombia - full body with a delicate acidity
- Dulsao do Brasil - bright and sunny
- Indriya from India - peppery with hints of spices like nutmeg and others
The Fortissio Lungo which extends the lungo line is a more intense lungo coffee created from Central and South American Arabicas.
It's really nice to see after many years Nespresso extend their line of Nespresso offerings, and to add the Pure Origin coffees. We've tried each one, and they are indeed different and help push the boundaries of what Nespresso has been offering.