• Italia Amaretti
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    Italia Amaretti review

    Origin: Bourbon Arabica from Brazil and Arabica from Colombia Bitterness: 3 Acidity: 3 Body: 3 Roasting: 3 Light brown foam. Strong and intense almond aroma, with a pleasant sweetness. Very dry, not at all sweet, but neither bitter, at hot temperatures. Somewhat bland when very hot. Some almond bitterness emerges during the tasting, along with vanilla and malted cereals notes. Virtually no acidity, mostly covered by the sweet aroma and the feeble bitterness. A light roast, with the inherent coffee flavours mostly covered by the almond flavouring. Overall a light/medium bodied capsule, slightly bitter at the taste and quite sweet at the smell, possessing a feebly acidic aftertaste. A light…

  • Old vs New comparison: Kazaar vs Ispirazione Palermo Kazaar
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    Old Kazaar vs new Ispirazione Palermo Kazaar

    Last of our direct comparison between old and new capsules, it’s the time for Kazaar vs Ispirazione Palermo Kazaar. This is not a review of either capsules. You can find the full review of old Kazaar here and of the new Ispirazione Palermo Kazaar here. This is instead a direct comparison of the two versions, highlighting only the differences. Aroma Aroma of both capsules is the same: a cocoa, nutty, caramel and spicey smell that is pretty strong. Kazaar has a barely noticeable stronger aroma, but that’s about the only difference. Body and crema Both capsules are full-bodied. A velvety mouthfeel is very present in both types of Kazaar, with…

  • Old vs New comparison: Arpeggio vs Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio
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    Old Arpeggio vs new Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio

    One of the most contested changes was the new Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio, substituting the old favourite of many Arpeggio. We received lots of comments complaining the new capsule isn’t as good as the old one. Let’s see the main differences then. This is not a review of either capsules. You can find the full review of old Arpeggio here and of the new Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio here. This is instead a direct comparison of the two versions, highlighting only the differences. Aroma The old Arpeggio had definitely a stronger aroma. The cocoa notes in it are immediately recognizable, making a striking difference with the new Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio, which lacks…

  • Old vs New comparison: Livanto vs Ispirazione Genova Livanto
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    Old Livanto vs new Ispirazione Genova Livanto

    We continue our comparison of the old vs new capsules of the Ispirazione Italiana line with the Livanto and the Ispirazione Genova Livanto. This is not a review of either capsules. You can find the full review of old Livanto here and of the new Ispirazione Genova Livanto here. This is instead a direct comparison of the two versions, highlighting only the differences. Aroma Both capsules have a similar, cereals/milk, aroma. Livanto is decidedly sweeter though, and a tad stronger. It permeates the air more than the aroma of Ispirazione Genova. Body and Crema Medium body and a not too thick crema for both. Ispirazione Genova has a more velvety…

  • Old vs New comparison: Roma vs Ispirazione Roma
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    Old Roma vs new Ispirazione Roma

    As lots of people complained about the new line replacing some all time favourites, and as we have been drinking both the new and the old version for quite a long time now, we thought that a direct comparison of the capsules is due. This is not a review of either capsules. You can find the full review of old Roma here and of the new Ispirazione Roma here. This is instead a direct comparison of the two versions, highlighting only the differences. Aroma Both capsules have a tobacco/cereals aroma, with hints of dark cocoa (slightly more pronounced in Roma). Ispirazione Roma has a more pungent aroma, with spices tones.…

  • Espresso in a glass cup
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    Is Nespresso real espresso?

    Nespresso has “espresso” in its name so it’s only logical to compare the output of a Nespresso machine to what an espresso machine can brew. Espresso is a specific coffee drink that has specific characteristics. The most recognizable one being the crema (“foam”) that the coffee creates due to the pressure at which hot water is pushed through the ground coffee. Every Nespresso machine works under the same principles and it is natural to ask: is Nespresso real espresso? Can a Nespresso machine produce an espresso? The debate has going on for years. Coffee snobs have often snubbed Nespresso as not a “real espresso” and producing a subpar crema, if…

  • Oquendo Furore
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    Oquendo Furore review

    Intensity: 8/10 Body: 6/10 Bitterness: 6/10 Acidity: 4/10 Order: Buy Oquendo Furore on Oquendo shop A Nespresso compatible and compostable capsule from the Asturian company. Light brown foam. Hazelnuts and delicately roasted aroma. Decidedly a dark roast, with a strong dark cocoa bitterness immediately noticeable, overwhelming all other flavors. Persisting crema, full body, with a syrupy mouthfeel. A feeble acidity can be discerned amid the general bitterness. It is a capsule though that never feels burnt but flavors are unidirectional: cocoa, hazelnuts and hints of molasses for a fully dark experience. An intense blend that would work even better as a latte or cappuccino than just black.