• Milano Intenso

    Milano Intenso Review

    A 2023 limited edition pod belonging to the Ispirazione Italiana line. Dark brown foam. Intense cocoa aroma, with nice roasting notes. Perhaps surprisingly, also jammy, like strawberry’s, notes can be smelled. Those together create a round aroma, balanced. Quite an heavy-bodied pod, definitely on the intense side as well. Markedly bitter, with a peculiar burnt aftertaste, nearly ashy. This after taste tends to linger on the palate, and can put off some drinkers. With little to show in the fields of sweetness and acidity, it is an unidirectional capsule: bitter and intense. Cocoa notes dominate, along with undertones of an hypothetical jam without sugar. This jamminess donates not sweetness to…

  • Barista Creations line getting an overhaul this year

    The Barista Creations line has not seen much changes in the last months. This should change this year as a complete renaming of some of its pods plus new ones is coming. In the Original Line, the current Vanilla Eclair, Caramel Creme Brulee and Cocoa Truffle will become simply Vaniglia, Caramello and Cioccolatino. Much more italian-sounding names. An addition to the line will be Nocciola, which will be an hazelnut-based pod. For the Vertuo line the new Barista Creations pods will be composed of: The first four clearly are the alternative for Vertuo of the above-mentioned pods for the Original line. The Whiskey Essence should be whisky-flavored but not an…

  • Illy Classico

    Illy Classico Review

    Light brown foam. Pleasant, moderate, aroma of biscuits, hazelnuts and delicate roasting notes. A classic coffee aroma, without much in terms of peculiarities. Quite a heavy-bodied coffee, yet remaining absolutely smooth. At a first sip it is a semi-perfect blend of acidity and bitterness, slightly leaning towards the former. Bitterness hits the palate first, but then completely leaves the scene to acidity. Citrus flavors are the main source of acidity. A light fruitiness, as of a berry jam, is also discernible and tones down the acidity with a bit of sweetness. Weak chocolate and hazelnuts notes complete the list of flavors. Overall the acidity isn’t overwhelming and is perfectly balanced…

  • Lavazza Espresso Maestro Ristretto

    Lavazza Espresso Maestro Ristretto review

    Dark brown foam. Intense aroma of chocolate, as of a high cocoa chocolate bar. A bit of nutty as well. The aroma that you would expect from a very dark roasted coffee. Rather bitter at the taste, with subtle acidity. Medium-heavy bodied. A quite creamy cup of coffee. Intensity is on the high side, comparable to the most intense official Nespresso pods like Napoli or Kazaar. Throughout the tasting experience the chocolate notes are the strongest but cereals and pepper notes are also present. The intense creaminess of this pod makes it feel like it is a coffee with a splash of milk in it. An intense pod, with notes…

  • Milano Intenso released

    As probably already noticed by many of you due to the intense marketing campaign done by Nespresso with Chiara Ferragni, this new limited edition pod is available for purchase in many markets as of today. The capsule has a funky green/black/yellow look. Namely a “dark roast” and with 8 as intensity, it is expected to taste quite close to other italian-inspired pods as Napoli, Tribute to Milano, and Roma. It appears to be a fully Arabica blend, which may rise the acidity and fruity notes higher than the above-mentioned capsules.

  • Hawaii Kona and Jamaica Blue Mountain returning in 2023

    Just announced by Nespresso the return of two beloved limited edition pods. Both for the Original and Vertuo lines. The return has been announced for the US market but, as usually happens, this doesn’t not exclude other markets to enjoy these pods again.