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We’re back in BC and it’s fall.  It’s a great time to get myself a nice coffee maker.  I was spoiled when I was out in Singapore visiting and having access to a Nespresso machine.  It makes the worlds best coffee and I finally bit the bullet and purchased one for home.

Granted the Nespresso website is a bit convoluted and hard to navigate to I thought I’d throw up a post on what each Nespresso Coffee Pod taste like with it’s origin.  Now go an buy youreself one of these amazing coffee makers and “vivere la vita”!

Nespresso has 16 ‘Grand Cru’ coffee blends broken down into 4 categories. This guide will give you an in-depth review of each flavour.

ESPRESSOS: 6 blends
LUNGOS: 3 blends
DECAFEINATO: 3 blends
PURE ORIGIN: 3 blends
ESPRESSOS – Generally a ‘shorter’ coffee. Very popular:

RISTRETTO

POWERFUL AND CONTRASTING: A blend of South American and East African Arabicas, with a touch of Robusta, roasted separately to create the subtle fruity note of this full-bodied, intense espresso.
INTENSITY: 10
SIZE OF CUP:  25ml / 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Intensely roasted
RISTRETTO: DETAILS
Origin: Composed of some of the best South American Arabicas from sources such as Colombia and Brazil, Ristretto also contains the great, lightly acidic East African Arabicas and a touch of Robusta for added zing.
Roasting: The beans are roasted slowly and separately to obtain an original bouquet bringing together acidic, fruity, and roasted notes. Its finely ground texture creates an Italian-style coffee: intense, with a rich flavour and full body.
Aromatic profile: Strong roasted notes softened by notes of chocolate. A subtle contrast between strength and bitterness, acidic and fruity notes.

ARPEGGIO

INTENSE AND CREAMY: A dark roast of pure South and Central American Arabicas, Arpeggio has a strong character and intense body, enhanced by cocoa notes.
INTENSITY: 9
SIZE OF CUP: 25ml / 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Cocoa
ARPEGGIO: DETAILS
Origin: A selection of the best South and Central American Arabicas, with fruity or malted profiles, characteristic of Costa Rican coffees.
Roasting: Arpeggio is roasted intensely to bring out the characteristics of each origin. Its full body develops from the fine grinding of the beans.
Aromatic profile: Intense, grilled notes alongside subtle cocoa notes and woody hints.

ROMA

FULL AND BALANCED: The balance of lightly roasted South and Central American Arabicas with Robusta, gives Roma sweet and woody notes and a full, lasting taste on the palate.
INTENSITY:  8
SIZE OF CUP: 25ml / 40 ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Woody
ROMA: DETAILS
Origin: Cultivated at high altitude, the Central American Arabicas bring finesse, whilst the Brazilian Arabicas and Robustas provide body and a lingering taste on the palate.
Roasting: Light roasting and fine grinding bring finesse to the blend and create a short espresso, which is not too strong.
Aromatic profile: Roasted and woody notes are revealed through the light roasting of intensely flavoured beans from different origins.

LIVANTO

ROUND AND BALANCED:
A pure Arabica from South and Central America, Livanto is a well-balanced espresso characterised by roasted caramalised notes.
INTENSITY:
6
SIZE OF CUP: 40 ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Cereal
LIVANTO: DETAILS
Origin: This blend is composed of the most prestigious Central and South American Arabicas, found in Costa Rica and Colombia and is cultivated according to traditional methods to preserve their malted and fruity profiles.
Roasting: A medium roasting, accentuates malted notes, whilst fruity notes evolve to create a complex and delicate caramelised bouquet.
Aromatic profile: A round and balanced profile, typical of freshly roasted coffee results in a combination of cereal, malted and caramelised notes as well as fine fruity notes.

VOLLUTO

SWEET AND FRUITY: A pure and lightly roasted Arabica from South America, Volluto reveals sweet and biscuity flavours, reinforced by a little acidity and a fruity note.
INTENSITY: 4
SIZE OF CUP: 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Cereal
VOLLUTO: DETAILS
Origin: The Brazilian and Colombian Arabicas that go into making Volluto come from small plantations that produce very high quality coffee. They are grown in respect of the environment and local traditions.
Roasting: A light roasting preserves the cereal note of the Brazilian Arabica and the fresh and fruity note of the Colombian coffee.
Aromatic profile: Quite present and diverse: fruity notes harmoniously balanced with sweet and biscuity notes.

CAPRICCIO

RICH AND DISTINCTIVE: Blending South American Arabicas with a touch of Robusta, Capriccio is an espresso with a rich aroma and a strong typical cereal note.
INTENSITY: 5
SIZE OF CUP: 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Cereal
CAPRICCIO: DETAILS
Origin: The presence of South American Arabicas grown at high altitude gives this blend a light acidity, which is balanced with the perfect amount of Brazilian Arabica and a touch of Robusta.
Roasting: The light roasting of this blend creates a rich character and preserves a light acidity.
Aromatic profile: A typical cereal note balanced with a light acidity.

COSI

LIGHT AND LEMONY: Pure, lightly roasted East African, Central and South American Arabicas make Cosi a light-bodied espresso with refreshing citrus notes.
INTENSITY: 3
SIZE OF CUP: 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Citrus
COSI: DETAILS
Origin: A combination of the finest Arabicas from East Africa gives this blend a characteristic lemon note harmonised by the lightness and sweetness of Arabicas from Central and South America.
Roasting: A light roasting, perfectly executed by the Nespresso Master Roasters, enhances the fragile citrus note of Cosi. This Grand Cru provides an outstanding freshness and lightness.
Aromatic profile: A citrus note with strong hints of lemon. This rare and refreshing character is supported by a light body.
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LUNGOS – for that longer coffee

FORTISSIO LUNGO

RICH AND INTENSE:  Made from Central and South American Arabicas with just a hint of Robusta, Fortissio Lungo is an intense full-bodied blend with bitterness, which develops notes of dark roasted beans.
INTENSITY: 7
SIZE OF CUP: 110ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Intensely roasted
FORTISSIO LUNGO: DETAILS
Origin: A fine and balanced base of Central and South American Arabicas accentuated with a dash of Robusta to bring body and character.
Roasting: Intense split roasting reinforces the character of its different origins and develops its intensity, body and bitterness.
Aromatic profile: A full body and bitter base supports the aroma of intensely roasted beans, along with woody notes, and the typical cereal note that comes from the Robusta.

VIVALTO LUNGO

COMPLEX AND BALANCED:
Vivalto Lungo is a balanced coffee made from a complex blend of separately roasted South American and East African Arabicas, combining roasted and subtle floral notes.
INTENSITY: 4
SIZE OF CUP: 110ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Flowery
VIVALTO LUNGO: DETAILS
Origin: A complex and contrasting blend. The South American Arabicas, grown at high altitude, bring a light acidity, the Ethiopian Arabica adds its floral touch, and the “Cerrado” coffee from Brazil reinforces the character and develops the bitterness.
Roasting: Separate roasting brings out the characters of the different origins. The grinding of the beans results in a coffee best enjoyed in a large cup.
Aromatic profile: The perfect mix of several origins results in a rich and complex character: roasted, lightly woody, sweet cereal and subtle floral notes.

FINEZZO LUNGO

FLORAL AND REFRESHING: A delicate marriage of East African and South and Central American Arabicas that have been lightly roasted, Finezzo Lungo is a very aromatic coffee with mild fragrant notes of jasmine.
INTENSITY: 3
SIZE OF CUP: 110ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Flowery
FINEZZO LUNGO: DETAILS
Origin: A blend of the most noble Arabicas: scented Milds from Central and South America, floral Milds from East Africa.
Roasting: A light roast reveals the delicate aromas.
Aromatic profile: Floral notes reminiscent of jasmine and orange blossom, and notes of bergamot.
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DECAFFEINATO – for those who love a decaf coffee

DECAFFEINATO INTENSO

DENSE AND POWERFUL:  Dark roasted South American Arabicas with a touch of Robusta bring out the subtle cocoa and roasted cereal notes of this full-bodied decaffeinated espresso.
INTENSITY: 7
SIZE OF CUP: 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Cocoa
DECAFFEINATO INTENSO: DETAILS
Origin: A selection of South American Arabicas enhanced with a touch of Robusta adds a rich and intense flavour to the coffee.
Roasting: A short and intense roasting develops its toasted notes and reinforces its body.
Aromatic profile: Grilled and chocolate notes with an intense body. A very rich aroma is noticeable in both the “crema” and the coffee.

DECAFFEINATO

FRUITY AND DELICATE: A blend of South American Arabicas reinforced with just a touch of Robusta is lightly roasted to reveal an aroma of red fruit.
INTENSITY: 2
SIZE OF CUP: 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Winey
DECAFFEINATO: DETAILS
Origin: An elegant and precise blend combining several South American Arabicas, Colombian Arabica for a fruity note, and a touch of Robusta.
Roasting: A short, light roasting accentuates the fruity and refreshing character of Decaffeinato. The grinding process is adjusted to obtain a coffee that’s light yet distinctive.
Aromatic profile: Hints of red fruit, typical of certain wines, softened by notes of dried fruits, coffee beans and a “milky-buttery” note.

DECAFFEINATO LUNGO

LIGHT AND FULL-FLAVOURED: The slow roasting of this blend of South American Arabicas with a touch of Robusta gives Decaffeinato Lungo a smooth, creamy body and roasted cereal flavour.
INTENSITY: 3
SIZE OF CUP: 110ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Cereal
DECAFFEINATO LUNGO: DETAILS
Origin: This is a carefully selected blend of the finest Brazilian and Colombian Arabicas with a touch of Robusta.
Roasting: Slow and sustained to enhance grilled notes.
Aromatic profile: Strong roasted notes.
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PURE ORIGIN – Sourced from each of the coffee producing countries. Not blended. Nespresso’s premium coffee

DULSAO DO BRAZIL

SWEET AND SMOOTH: A pure Brazilian Arabica, Dulsão do Brasil is a blend of red and yellow Bourbon coffees. Separate roasting of the beans ensures roundness and balance while revealing sweet notes of honey and malt.
INTENSITY: 4
SIZE OF CUP: 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Honey
DULSAO DO BRAZIL: DETAILS
Origin: Delicate and distinguished, the red and yellow Bourbons coffees come from the high altitude plantations of southern Brazil. Hand-picked, the beans are dried in the sun with their mucilage, the nourishing pulp that surrounds it, to add more sweetness to the coffee.
Roasting: Some of the coffee is lightly roasted to bring out its sweet notes whilst the remaining part undergoes a longer roast to balance the blend
Aromatic profile: Sweet notes of honey and maple syrup dominate, on a base of malted cereal.

ROSABAYA DE COLUMBIA

FRUITY AND BALANCED: This blend of fine, individually roasted Colombian Arabicas, develops a subtle acidity with typical red fruit and winey notes.
INTENSITY: 6
SIZE OF CUP: 40ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Winey
ROSABAYA DE BRAZIL: DETAILS
Origin: The varieties that make up this “Pure Origin” Espresso are cultivated by small coffee growers in the highest region of Colombia. Hand-picked and treated with the wet method to intensify its aromas, the coffee is then dried in parchment and transferred to the Paramo de Letras region, where the cold, dry climate preserves it.
Roasting: Split roasting of the different varieties allows the fruity and acidic notes to come to the fore, whilst adding body.
Aromatic profile: Notes of red fruit, reminiscent of wine: blackcurrants, cranberries, and redcurrants.

INDRIYA FROM INDIA

POWERFUL AND SPICY: Indriya from India is the noble marriage of Arabicas with a hint of Robusta from southern India. It is a full-bodied espresso, which has a distinct personality with notes of spices.
INTENSITY: 10
SIZE OF CUP: 25ml / 40 ml
AROMATIC PROFILE: Spicy
INDRIYA FROM INDIA: DETAILS
Origin: The Arabica and Robusta chosen for this blend grow in southern India, in the shade of large trees that also provide shelter for pepper and spice growing. Grown on high altitude plantations, the Robusta we use is a very pure coffee, very intense and slightly bitter. Only absolutely perfect beans, which have passed a rigorous selection process, are used for Indriya from India.
Roasting: The Arabica is lightly roasted, to preserve its subtle aromas. In contrast, the Robusta is well roasted to reveal its intensity and develop a full body. Very fine grinding supports the body and enhances the flavour.
Aromatic profile: Cocoa and dry plant notes, as well as a spicy bouquet reminiscent of cloves, pepper and nutmeg.