• Nespresso Intensity Rating
    Thoughts

    What does the Nespresso intensity rating mean?

    Throughout our reviews, we have always indicated the “intensity” of a Nespresso capsule, as given on the official channels. But what does this intensity actually mean? The official definition of intensity in coffee From the Specialty Coffee Association website: Coffee shall exhibit a brew strength, measured in Total Dissolved Solids, of 11.5 to 13.5 grams per liter, corresponding to 1.15 to 1.35 “percent” on the SCA Brewing Control Chart, resulting from a solubles extraction yield of 18 to 22 percent*. https://sca.coffee/research/coffee-standards That’s the golden cup standard that a good coffee should achieve. If you want to read more on this, the full pdf is here. The key parameter for the…

  • Caffé Vergnano Napoli
    Reviews

    Caffè Vergnano Napoli review

    Origin: Robusta coffee Intensity: 5/5 Body: 4/5 Order: Buy Caffè Vergnano Napoli at Caffè Vergnano , Buy Caffè Vergnano Napoli at Amazon Dark brown foam. Very tall crema, probably the tallest of all capsules reviewed so far. Profoundly roasted aroma, with caramel and spicy hints. At first taste the cup is dry and virtually devoid of any acidity. Contrary to the impression that the colour of the coffee could give, a medium-heavy bodied cup instead of a fuller bodied one. Not much sweetness either, again, against the first impression given by the aroma. Overall dry and somewhat bitter but not overwhelmingly so. An intense cup, with a very persisting crema,…

  • Caffè Vergnano Lungo Intenso
    Reviews

    Caffè Vergnano Lungo Intenso review

    Origin: Arabica and Robusta coffee from Latin America and Africa Intensity: 3/5 Body: 3/5 Order: Buy Caffè Vergnano Lungo Intenso at Caffè Vergnano , Buy Caffè Vergnano Lungo Intenso at Amazon Light brown foam. Cereals, malted, and milk chocolate aroma, with a distinct gentleness and sweetness. A dry, light-medium bodied cup. Somewhat sweet, with a moderate intensity. Tones of cereals and malt are the most prominent ones, with a feeble acidity underlining them. Probably a light roasted blend. Long lasting crema. A gentle cup of coffee to be drunk as a lungo and brewed not too hot, as the flavours would otherwise succumb to the temperature. Slight chocolate aftertaste.

  • Caffe Vergnano Intenso
    Reviews

    Caffé Vergnano Intenso review

    Origin: African Arabica coffee Intensity: 5/5 Body: 5/5 Order: Buy Caffé Vergnano Intenso at Caffé Vergnano , Buy Caffé Vergnano Intenso at Amazon Dark brown foam. Spicy smell mixed with a gently roasted aroma permeate the room after brewing this capsule. Lightly dry and acidic at first, with subtle undertones of green fruits, like apples or pears. A medium-heavy bodied cup with a thick and persistent crema. Good intensity, slightly sweet and not at all bitter. At lower temperatures, a dark chocolate flavour comes to dominate the tasting experience, with almonds and a fruity acidity like apples’ accompanying it. Overall an intense and complex cup of coffee, that has enough…

  • Caffè Vergnano Decaf
    Reviews

    Caffè Vergnano Decaf review

    Origin: Central and South America Arabica coffee Intensity: 3/5 Body: 5/5 Order: Buy Caffè Vergnano Decaf at Caffè Vergnano , Buy Caffè Vergnano Decaf at Amazon Dark brown foam. Malty, sweet and delicately roasty aroma. At first taste somewhat acidic with a pleasurable tinge of bitterness, like cocoa powder. Some woodiness. A medium bodied cup with a weak crema. Slightly acidic aftertaste. Overall a quite balanced blend, with sandalwood and chocolate flavors dominating and an average acidity, neither very fruity nor pungent. Medium intensity too for a coffee mostly for quiet moments when there’s time to sip it slowly.

  • Caffé Vergnano Cremoso
    Reviews

    Caffè Vergnano Cremoso review

    Origin: Central and South America Arabica with some African Robusta coffee Intensity: 4/5 Body: 4/5 Order: Buy Caffè Vergnano Cremoso at Caffè Vergnano , Buy Caffè Vergnano Cremoso at Amazon Light brown foam. Moderately sweet, hazelnut’s aroma. The crema is persisting and thick, as you’d expect from a “cremoso” (creamy in italian) blend. Dry and slightly bitter at first. A medium-dark roast. Somewhat spicey, hints of a not too dark chocolate tablet can be noticed along with a peppery flavour. A bit of a salty aftertaste, barely present. Cup is leaning towards an heavy body with a very soft, creamy feel. Low acidity in general, gently stepping up at lower…

  • Caffe Vergnano Arabica
    Reviews

    Caffè Vergnano Arabica review

    Origin: Central and South America Arabica and Robusta coffee Intensity: 3/5 Body: 4/5 Roasting: medium Order: Buy Caffè Vergnano Arabica at Caffè Vergnano , Buy Caffè Vergnano Arabica at Amazon Light brown foam. Nicely roasted aroma, somewhat woody and floral. At first taste, a medium-bodied cup with a good mix of bitterness and acidity. Acidity isn’t particularly bright nor pungent but more delicate. Overall woody, slightly herbal and a small component of sweetness are the prevailing notes. Medium intensity for a probably medium roast. Vague floral undertones, mostly overcome by the woodiness and Robusta’s characteristics. A solid capsule for medium intensity espresso lovers.