• Halo Indian Parchment
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    Halo Indian Parchment review

    Origin: Robusta coffee from India Intensity: strong Order: Buy Indian Parchment at the official store Light brown foam. Inconsistent crema. Pleasant cereals and woody smell, with a distinct sweetness. A vague spices’ aroma too, like cedarwood and incense. Dry and light-bodied, surprisingly for a Robusta blend. Somewhat bitter, but not overwhelmingly so and surely just enough to be noticed but to not cover any of the other flavours. Practically no acidity whatsoever. Main flavours are typical woodiness, with a tinge of sweetness. Persisting aftertaste of which malted cereals and a low bitterness are the main components. A pod that works better as a ristretto or espresso, as it is not…

  • Halo Three Mountain
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    Halo Three Mountain review

    Origin: coffee from Colombia, Nepal and Kenya Intensity: mild Order: Buy Halo Three Mountain at the official store Light brown foam. Tenuous aroma, particularly on the sweet side and with strong malted cereals notes. A bit of woodiness can be discerned too. At the first taste quite dry, light-bodied and with a low intensity. Not bitterness either at first, only in the aftertaste. Feeble crema. Barely present acidity, a very low-key, mild cup with a gentle mouthfeel. Nuts and chocolate flavours dominate, with undertones of sweet moleasses. The low acidity has berries qualities. To sum it up, a gentle, buttery cup of coffee where chocolate and nutty bitterness is partly…

  • Italia Il Caffé
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    Il Caffé review

    Origin: washed Robusta from Vietnam and Indonesia, with a touch of washed Arabica from Colombia. Intensity: 13 Bitterness: 5 Acidity: 1 Body: 4 Roasting: 5 Brown foam. Malted cereals, intense, aroma. Deliciously roasted smell, with sweet notes. Dry at the first taste, with a thick, velvety, crema that fills the aftertaste completely. Once the crema subsides, a spicy, peppery, bitterness prevails in the aftertaste. Very intense, a full-bodied cup. Primarily bitter, due to the dark roasted Robusta. Acidity is very weak, barely present. The Arabica component of Il Caffé isn’t enough to make some acidity noticeable, covered by the Robusta’s flavours. Some pepper, hazelnuts, toasted cereals and bitter cocoa powder…

  • Italia Torta di Nocciole
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    Italia Torta di Nocciole review

    Origin: Bourbon Arabica from Brazil and Arabica from Colombia Bitterness: 3 Acidity: 3 Body: 3 Roasting: 3 Light brown foam. Cereals, almonds and nutty aroma, intense and very sweet overall. At the first taste it’s an extremely dry cup when hot. Somewhat of a bitter aftertaste, very heavily leaning towards hazelnuts and walnuts. Thick crema, medium body. The tasting experience is much less sweet than the aroma, quite balanced instead between bitterness and sweetness. The roasted flavour, a bit salty in the aftertaste, covers most of the other flavours, among which the primary ones are hazelnuts, vanilla, walnuts and cereals. No acidity at all at high temperatures, only noticeable at…

  • 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…