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.
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.
Body and crema
Ispirazione Roma has a darker crema (more Robusta perhaps?). Body is slightly heavier in Ispirazione Roma too, perhaps due to the increased percentage of Robusta or a tad longer roasting. Crema is longer-lasting in Ispirazione Roma.
Acidity levels are very close, hard to distinguish which capsule has it higher. The quality of the acidity is different though: Roma’s has a more milk-like acidity, while Ispirazione Roma has a brighter, red fruits acidity. It is a slight difference but clearly signalling a different choice of beans.
Even if Nespresso rates both capsules’ intensity at 8 in their scale, we feel that Roma has a tad higher than Ispirazione Roma. We’d say Roma is a 9. Not a huge difference.
Flavors of cereals, some woodiness, hints of tobacco and cocoa are in both. Ispirazione Roma has hints of spices that are not present in Roma. Bitterness levels are equal, yet more noticeable in Roma than in Ispirazione Roma as in the latter the acidity notes tend to linger longer in the palate and cover the bitterness. Roma’s acidity fades more quickly and leaves you able to taste the bitterness.
Nespresso doesn’t release any changes nor ratio of beans present in their capsules so we can only guess what’s changed. We can assume that one of the origins in Roma, either the Mexican or the Brazilian one, have changed in Ispirazione Roma as the acidity has a different tone. Also we can argue that the Robusta ratio is higher in Ispirazione Roma than in the old Roma, due to the characteristics typical of this type of beans being more present in the new capsules than in the latter.
Let us know in the comments if you noticed something else, if you feel that one of these qualities is more or less present for you than for us.