Ristretto Espresso Capsule (Black)
|Brazil, Colombia, East Africa, Toto
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.
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.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 2009 tasting report: Convenience First: Espresso Pods and Capsules