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    Nespresso machines history

    Nespresso machines of today come with plenty of features, a modern design and a simplicity of use that is the trademark of the Nespresso brand. And indeed, more than 30 years ago when the first Nespresso machine was released, the aim was to allow anyone to create a great espresso without having barista’s skills. Since 1986, when the very first Nespresso machine was launched, a not very good looking C100, the efforts at recreating the bar’s quality espressos at home have made Nespresso both popular among coffee drinkers and worldwide leader in the single serve pods market. The history of Nespresso’s machines is an history of achieving the right compromise…

  • Costa Coffee Signature Blend Espresso

    Costa Coffee Signature Blend Espresso Review

    Origin: Arabica and Robusta beans, medium-roasted Intensity: 8 Order: Buy Costa Coffee Signature Blend Espresso at Amazon Costa Coffee’s Signature Blend for espresso-sized coffee. Brown foam. Nutty aroma, not particularly intense. It can be hardly smelled from afar. Sweet, with candies/cookies qualities. Nice roasty component as well in the smell. At the taste it is quite matching with the aroma: a good amount of sweetness, some acidity and barely any bitterness. A good, medium roasted, coffee. Acidity and a weak bitterness are mainly present in the aftertaste and at lower temperatures, while nearly unnoticeable when the coffee is hot. Sweetness is left to the fore. Short-lasting crema. Cocoa notes are…

  • Forest Black

    Forest Black Review

    Origin: shade-grown beans from Colombia and others. Intensity: 7 Roasting: 3 Acidity: 2 Bitterness: 3 Body: 3 A 2021 festive limited edition pod. Light brown foam. Moderate aroma, sweet, woody, slightly earthy. A pod with a subdued aroma, not in your face, delicate. Primarily bitter at the taste, with a medium body. A dark roast, but not extremely so. Dry aftertaste, woody as well as the mouthfeel. Subtly acidic, balancing the initial bitterness as the coffee becomes colder. In the taste profile the woodiness dominates, leaving only traces of cereals and pepper to be tasted. A coffee with medium intensity, overall very balanced, just a bit “flat” in taste as…

  • Forest Almond Flavour

    Forest Almond Flavour Review

    Origin: 100% South American Arabica beans from Brazil and Colombia Intensity: 7 Roasting: 3 Acidity: 3 Bitterness: 3 Body: 3 A 2021 festive limited edition, almond flavoured. Light brown foam. Very almond-filled aroma, sweet and moderately intense. A bit of vanilla undertones in it. Hard to take it as a classic coffee smell, though, but generally agreeable. Dry and light-bodied, less sweet in taste compared to the aroma. Delicate notes of roastiness, with a slight saltiness that concentrates in the aftertaste. The almond flavouring is dominating this pod’s taste profile. Vague tones of cereals and a feeble milky acidity are also present. Neither is prominent, being at most an accompanying…

  • Forest Fruit Flavour

    Forest Fruit Flavour Review

    Origin: Arabica coffee from Brazil and Colombia Roasting: 3 Acidity: 3 Bitterness: 3 Body: 3 A 2021 festive limited edition pod, with a cherry flavouring. Light brown foam. Supremely sweet aroma, intensely of cherries. Hardly any trace of roastiness or any aspects that can classify the small as one of a typical coffee. Definitely an unique aroma. Medium bodied and somewhat dry, initially, the cherry flavour dominates the taste profile as with the aroma. Biscuits and cereals can be noticed, mostly in the aftertaste. A granularity in the mouthfeel makes this coffee taste like a “liquid cherry cake”, just much less sweet. It may resemble some candies with cherries or…

  • Kahawa Ya Congo

    Kahawa Ya Congo Review

    Origin: 100% Arabica coffee from Kivu lakeshores in eastern Congo Intensity: 7 Roasting: 4 Acidity: 3 Bitterness: 3 Body: 4 Order: Buy Kahawa Ya Congo at Amazon A pod belonging to the Reviving Origins line, a limited edition series. Brown foam. Roasty, and with clear notes of cereals, dark cocoa, aroma. Acidity can be smelled too, with a tang similar to raspberries. Overall an intense aroma. Intense is also the coffee at the first taste, more than the official rating of Nespresso would tell. Heavy bodied, more acidic than bitter. A dark roast that managed to maintain lots of acidity and flavors. The taste profile is complex: on one side…

  • Esperanza de Colombia

    Esperanza de Colombia Review

    Origin: 100% Arabica coffee from the Caquetá and El Rosario regions, Colombia Intensity: 5 Roasting: 3 Acidity: 3 Bitterness: 3 Body: 3 Order: Buy Esperanza de Colombia at Amazon A limited edition pod of the Reviving Origins line. Light brown foam. Intensely sweet aroma, highly fruity, hinting at red berries and ripe apples. Dry and mostly acidic at the first sip, but not overtly either. Feels balanced from the very beginning. Light-medium bodied, with a foamy crema. Sweetness and a bit of bitterness can be noticed too, with the former contributing much to the fruity taste. At lower temperatures some roastiness comes afore, making Esperanza de Colombia a well balanced…