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Nespresso

Indriya (Nespresso capsule)

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Origin: India

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $6.20/10 capsules

Review Date: April 2011

Agtron: 0/59

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 6

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

(As brewed in a Nespresso single-serve brewing device to produce a 4-ounce serving): This blend was designed for brewing as espresso rather than a longer black coffee, accounting for the dullish acidity, but otherwise impressive in the 4-ounce format: round, deep, chocolate-and roasted-nut-toned in aroma and cup; fat body and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor fades in an otherwise sweet, rich finish.

Notes:

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 espresso brewing and four intended to produce Northern-European-style long black or “lungo” (four-ounce) servings. This blend, composed entirely of coffees from India, including what tastes like a very good quality Robusta, is one of three origin-specific offerings in the Nespresso “Grands Cru” lineup. 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: Unusual opportunity for North Americans to try a very good European-style blend incorporating fine wet-processed Robusta coffees. Presence and gentle complexity without an acidy bite.


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

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