• Nespresso Limited Editions
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    All Nespresso Limited Editions ever

    Ever is a bold claim, but it is close to a full list of all Nespresso Limited Editions that were released since the beginning. Across their nearly 3 decades’ old history, Nespresso has not only released tens of capsules for both their Original and Vertuo lines, but dozens of Limited Edition pods. These pods weren’t present at the initial release of the Nespresso single serve machines, but were born only in 1994. The very first was a selected pod called “Special Club” that every year had a different type of coffee inside. That was 8 years since the introduction of the first Nespresso machine on the market, in 1986. Since…

  • Crema on top of coffee
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    Nespresso vs Espresso: how do they compare?

    There is a long held debate on whether Nespresso is real espresso or not, and how does the coffee produced by a Nespresso machine compare with what a proper espresso machine can produce. We have chimed in on whether Nespresso constitutes real espresso before, so we won’t repeat ourselves here. You can read our previous article on whether Nespresso is real espresso if you are more interested in that and come back here later. What we are interested in discussing here instead is how actually Nespresso coffee tastes in comparison with an espresso from an espresso machine and other brewing methods. There’s a lot of discussion that is mostly superficial,…

  • Starbucks Espresso Roast
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    Starbucks Espresso Roast review

    Origin: coffee from Asia-Pacific and Latin America Roast: dark Intensity: 11 Order: Buy Starbucks Espresso Roast at Amazon Brown foam. Very sweet aroma, with strong roasting notes. Overall a very enjoyable aroma. The sweetness is not immediately noticeable at the taste, where saltiness, a heavy body and a good deal of bitterness are stronger, at medium and hot temperatures. High intensity. The roasting notes, present throughout the tasting, make the bitterness a pleasant one, highlighted by a noteworthy combination of saltiness and dryness. At lower temperatures some acidity takes the lead, but it remains an accompanying factor more than a protagonist. The coffee remains a salty, roasty, with hints of…

  • Starbucks Caffe Verona
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    Starbucks Caffè Verona review

    Origin: 100% Arabica from Asia-Pacific and Latin America Roast: dark Intensity: 10 Order: Buy Starbucks Caffè Verona at Amazon Brown foam. Intense, pungently spicy aroma. Clearly a dark roast already from the aroma, strong, permeating, sweet and bold. Crema is quite thick. Quite dry, with a medium-full body. Some spiciness, like black pepper and curcuma, can be noticed in the aftertaste. In general, a dark chocolate, averagely bitter, cup of coffee, with notes of caramelized sugar due to the dark roasting. Very low acidity, barely noticeable when hot. Easier to drink than the strong aroma would have hinted at. The dryness marries well with the spiciness. High intensity, for a…

  • Starbucks Pike Place Roast
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    Starbucks Pike Place Roast review

    Origin: 100% Arabica from Latin America Roast: medium Intensity: 7 Order: Buy Starbucks Pike Place Roast at Amazon Brown foam. Intense, very roasty, nutty aroma. Acidity, apple-like, and sweetness can be both discerned from the smell already. Quite intense at the tasting too, with a thick crema and a very good body. Dry, partly velvety, with a feeble acidity that grows as the coffee cools down. Vague sweetness and only a hint of bitterness. Malted cereals, nuts, biscuits and undertones of chocolate are the main flavors. Strong, heavily dry and increasingly bitter as the coffee becomes cold, aftertaste. Precisely at lower temperatures the aftertaste acquires a pungent, spicy quality. A…

  • Starbucks House Blend
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    Starbucks House Blend review

    Origin: 100% Arabica from Latin America Roasting: medium Intensity: 8 Order: Buy Starbucks House Blend at Amazon Dark brown foam. Strong aroma, well-round, very roasty. Malted cereals and a distinct sweetness, hinting at a good body and a dark roasted cup. Strongly bitter at first, confirming the medium/dark roasting. The acidity comes out mostly in the aftertaste. Good body, medium intensity. Cocoa, some nuttiness, cereals, hints of toffee, with plenty of roasted notes and bitterness are the main characteristics of this blend. A basic sweetness, caramel/toffee-like, can be discerned. Persisting and thick crema. A pungent acidity, typical of quality Arabica, resists amid the general roastiness. A blend that seems born…

  • Starbucks Blonde Roast
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    Starbucks Blonde Roast review

    Origin: 100% Arabica from Latin America Roast: blonde Intensity: 5 Order: Buy Starbucks Blonde Roast at Amazon Light brown foam. Nutty and markedly sweet aroma. A bit of grapes’ acidity can be smelled too. Initially way more bitter than the aroma would have suggested. A delicately roasted taste, with a gentle nuttiness and cocoa notes that make up the source of the bitterness. As soon as the coffee isn’t scorching hot, acidity comes to the fore. Apple and grapes-like acidity. A medium intensity blend, as medium is the body too. At lower temperatures the acidity prevails, accompanied by a smooth and milky sweetness. The bitterness instead takes a step back…