Fortissio Lungo (Nespresso capsule)

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Origin: Central America; South America.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $5.50/10 capsules

Review Date: April 2011

Agtron: 0/43

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

(As brewed in a Nespresso single-serve brewing device to produce a 4-ounce serving): Soft, sweet-toned cup with a gentle, integrated acidity and a fermented fruit character that reads persuasively as a brandyish dark chocolate. A hint of flowers at the top. Flavor fades in an otherwise rich finish.


Nespresso is an integrated coffee brewing system combining the handsome Nespresso machines with matching proprietary single-serve capsules. The Nespresso line offers sixteen different blend capsules, twelve designed for single-shot espresso brewing and four intended to produce Northern-European-style long black or “lungo” (four-ounce) servings. The Nespresso capsules are coded by color and presented in boxes arrayed like precious bonbons, glowing in their contrasting matte-aluminum finishes. Nespresso is a brand and separate business unit of the Swiss-based Nestlé Corporation. Visit www.nespresso.com or call 800-562-1465 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Pleasingly round, fruit-toned medium-dark roast blend in the European mode.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2011 tasting report: The Single-Serve Compromise

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