• Special Reserve Galapagos

    Special Reserve Galapagos review

    Origin: fully Arabica coffee from the Galapagos islands Intensity: 7 A 2021 limited edition made of coffee exclusively from the Galapagos islands. It is a return of the 2018 Galapagos Santa Cruz limited edition. Light brown foam. Cereals and milk smell, quite sweet and with a medium intensity. Same intensity as the coffee itself. Dry and pungently roasted, with a medium/full body too, making it a very classic espresso taste profile. Nespresso roasted medium/dark to make it more similar to an european espresso experience. Mostly dry at the palate, with a distinct bitterness, not overwhelmingly so, though, but a pleasant, showing herbal-like qualities, kind of bitterness. Acidity slowly becomes more…

  • Cup with Espresso Crema

    Is Nespresso real crema?

    We have been returning often on the comparison of Nespresso with real espresso. We like to explore the differences between coffee brewing systems, in a fair way. Not like in marketing or such. If you haven’t read our previous explorations on the subject yet, we wrote on how Nespresso and Espresso compare and whether Nespresso is to be considered real espresso. Both are about how Nespresso coffee made with any of the Nespresso machines compares to coffee made with an espresso machine, and whether Nespresso can rightfully be considered as a proper espresso. Both our previous articles were on the scientific/technical aspects that make a good espresso and explored how…

  • Nespresso Limited Editions

    All Nespresso Limited Editions pods ever

    Ever is a bold claim, but it is close to a full list of all Nespresso Limited Editions that were released since the beginning. Across their nearly 3 decades’ old history, Nespresso has not only released tens of capsules for both their Original and Vertuo lines, but dozens of Limited Edition pods. These pods weren’t present at the initial release of the Nespresso single serve machines, but were born only in 1994. The very first was a selected pod called “Special Club” that every year had a different type of coffee inside. That was 8 years since the introduction of the first Nespresso machine on the market, in 1986. Since…

  • Crema on top of coffee

    Nespresso vs Espresso: how do they compare?

    There is a long held debate on whether Nespresso is real espresso or not, and how does the coffee produced by a Nespresso machine compare with what a proper espresso machine can produce. We have chimed in on whether Nespresso constitutes real espresso before, so we won’t repeat ourselves here. You can read our previous article on whether Nespresso is real espresso if you are more interested in that and come back here later. What we are interested in discussing here instead is how actually Nespresso coffee tastes in comparison with an espresso from an espresso machine and other brewing methods. There’s a lot of discussion that is mostly superficial,…

  • Starbucks Espresso Roast

    Starbucks Espresso Roast review

    Origin: coffee from Asia-Pacific and Latin America Roast: dark Intensity: 11 Order: Buy Starbucks Espresso Roast at Amazon Brown foam. Very sweet aroma, with strong roasting notes. Overall a very enjoyable aroma. The sweetness is not immediately noticeable at the taste, where saltiness, a heavy body and a good deal of bitterness are stronger, at medium and hot temperatures. High intensity. The roasting notes, present throughout the tasting, make the bitterness a pleasant one, highlighted by a noteworthy combination of saltiness and dryness. At lower temperatures some acidity takes the lead, but it remains an accompanying factor more than a protagonist. The coffee remains a salty, roasty, with hints of…

  • Starbucks Caffe Verona

    Starbucks Caffè Verona review

    Origin: 100% Arabica from Asia-Pacific and Latin America Roast: dark Intensity: 10 Order: Buy Starbucks Caffè Verona at Amazon Brown foam. Intense, pungently spicy aroma. Clearly a dark roast already from the aroma, strong, permeating, sweet and bold. Crema is quite thick. Quite dry, with a medium-full body. Some spiciness, like black pepper and curcuma, can be noticed in the aftertaste. In general, a dark chocolate, averagely bitter, cup of coffee, with notes of caramelized sugar due to the dark roasting. Very low acidity, barely noticeable when hot. Easier to drink than the strong aroma would have hinted at. The dryness marries well with the spiciness. High intensity, for a…

  • Starbucks Pike Place Roast

    Starbucks Pike Place Roast review

    Origin: 100% Arabica from Latin America Roast: medium Intensity: 7 Order: Buy Starbucks Pike Place Roast at Amazon Brown foam. Intense, very roasty, nutty aroma. Acidity, apple-like, and sweetness can be both discerned from the smell already. Quite intense at the tasting too, with a thick crema and a very good body. Dry, partly velvety, with a feeble acidity that grows as the coffee cools down. Vague sweetness and only a hint of bitterness. Malted cereals, nuts, biscuits and undertones of chocolate are the main flavors. Strong, heavily dry and increasingly bitter as the coffee becomes cold, aftertaste. Precisely at lower temperatures the aftertaste acquires a pungent, spicy quality. A…