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Rebranding of some capsules

According to various sources (Nespresso Uk website and the newsletter), there will be a rebranding of some original line capsules and a welcome return. In short: Dharkan is being phased out in favour of “Ispirazione Napoli”. This will be a different blend with a different profile. Kazaar is being renamed as “Ispirazione Palermo”. It shouldn’t […]

The controversial Nordic Cloudberry

Nordic Cloudberry is fast becoming one of the most controversial capsules ever released by Nespresso. While some like it, it’s a light cup with a pungent berry aroma, many utterly dislike it to the point of giving it away. Personally I believe it’s a weak flavour. The whole Nordic-inspired line of capsules is particularly weak, […]

On Nespresso coffee not being real espresso

Coffee snobs and/or aficionados aren’t usually fond of Nespresso capsules for their coffee. Various reasons, more related to taste than actual quality of the coffee involved in our opinion. But that’s not the point we want to make today. Some claim that Nespresso capsules cannot produce a real espresso but something similar, that can’t be […]

Tables of coffee origins

In case you haven’t noticed, we are slowly publishing a few reference posts containing a table of all the coffee origins worldwide. Divided by area of production and then by country, these are the results of our researches over many months and will be kept updated in the future as soon as we discover further […]

The Nespresso Index: average cost per capsule in various countries

An interesting research about the different costs of capsules, taking Arpeggio as a comparison, in the various countries Nespresso sells. Clearly the EU comes as the cheapest place on average to buy the capsules (all are manufactured in Switzerland after all) but also Asia isn’t much more expensive while US and especially Africa are.

Cold brew – longer brewing

We’ve been experimenting the perfect amount of time for a cold brew, with different coffee beans. Latest one with a simple Lavazza Espresso, medium grind, 4:1 ratio and brewed for 20 hours was lacking flavour and had a distinct bitter aftertaste, sign of overextraction. The time before we brewed for 15 hours and it was […]

On pods being good, or not, for the environment

A very interesting article on Wired about what impact have the various pods on the environment, plastic, aluminium and compostable ones. Comparing them with the older methods of brewing coffee like a moka pot or a pour over, turns out that the energy needed to brew a single cup of coffee with a coffee machine […]

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