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Nespresso

Ristretto

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Origin: South America; East Africa; undisclosed.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $6.50/10 capsules

Review Date: July 2013

Agtron: 0/50

Aroma: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 7

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso produced in a Nespresso-recommended ristretto 25ml (.85-ounce) shot by a Nespresso capsule espresso brewer with whole milk heated using a conventional steam wand. Rich, deep, dark chocolaty. Hints of cedar and perhaps lemon. The mouthfeel is full, perhaps a bit heavy. Clean, simple, rather deep finish. Imparts a sweet, wood-toned chocolate and syrupy mouthfeel to three parts whole milk.

Notes:

This espresso was produced in Switzerland for the Nespresso capsule espresso system. This blend incorporates what the Nespresso literature describes as “a touch” of coffee of the Robusta species, with origin not indicated. The Nespresso line offers sixteen different non-flavored blend capsules, twelve designed for 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: In many respects a classic authoritative Italian-style short shot for Nespresso owners, deep with dark chocolate and aromatic cedar, although a very slight flat woodiness shadowed the shot produced by our samples.


This review originally appeared in the July, 2013 tasting report: Three New Capsule Espresso Systems

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