Arpessio Espresso Capsule (Purple)
|Roaster Location:||Paudex, Switzerland|
|Coffee Origin:||South and Central America.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2009|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated based on a one-ounce shot produced from a Nespresso capsule on a matching Nespresso www brewer. Deep, sweetly pungent aroma: hints of tropical fruit (papaya?), dark chocolate. In the small cup medium body, rather dense, syrupy mouthfeel, and a balanced, perhaps simple flavor: continued dark chocolate, hints of aromatic wood and a gently pungent fruit that reads as date or perhaps raisin. Rich, flavor-saturated finish. Balanced presence in two parts milk: cocoa-toned, though perhaps a bit too lean in mouthfeel.
Notes: Nespresso is an integrated coffee brewing system combining handsome Nespresso machines with matching proprietary single-serve capsules. The Nespresso line offers twelve different blend capsules, nine designed for single-shot espresso brewing and three intended to produce Northern-European-style long black or "lungo" (four-ounce) servings. The twelve Nespresso capsules are coded by color and presented in boxes arrayed like precious bonbons, glowing in their contrasting matte-aluminum finishes. In January 2009 the Nespresso website sold capsules at 55 cents each. Nespresso is a brand and separate business unit of the Swiss-based Nestl? Corporation. Visit
Who Should Drink It : Pungently sweet, deep-toned espresso for the Nespresso capsule-committed.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2009 tasting report: Convenience First: Espresso Pods and Capsules