Ristretto Espresso Capsule (Black)
|Roaster Location:||Paudex, Switzerland|
|Coffee Origin:||Brazil, Colombia, East Africa, Toto|
|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 D290 brewer. Sweet-toned, lush aroma, with clear chocolate notes and hints of leather, fruit and flowers. In the small cup heavy body with a creamy though slightly rough mouthfeel, and deep, leather and fir-toned, cocoaish chocolate smoothing and sweetening in a long, rich finish. Good presence and body in two parts milk, but remains rather stolid, not quite fully opening and blooming.
Notes: Nespresso is an integrated coffee brewing system combining the 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 : An excellent short-shot espresso for convenience-first espresso lovers.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2009 tasting report: Convenience First: Espresso Pods and Capsules