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Nespresso Espresso Capsules Review

nespresso espresso capsules

Ola Coffee Junkies! how are you all doing today? still fighting the Monday blues? or still having heartburn from last night’s Olympics? Hahaha, yeah, I know the feeling. It’s always thrilling you know… But if you’re still not feeling this Monday’s gloominess, well, take a break and drink an espresso. It’ll make you feel like an Olympian, at least for a while. 🙂

Remember when I did a Nespresso Pixie Coffee Machine review? If you haven’t read it, please check it out HERE.

Today’s review is very much related to Nespressos Pixie, since I’m gonna be reviewing about its Grands Crus/Pods or simply what we know of as the original Capsule, specifically the Espresso ones. You know those little pods/capsules with different flavors that you insert into the Nespresso Classic Machines? Yes those ones! (The Vertuo Capsules are a different story.)

There’s 4 types of capsules in the Espresso line, they go from intensity 4 to intensity 6. Be aware though that Nespresso defines each capsule’s intensity by a coffee’s body, bitterness and roastiness. It doesn’t refer to the amount of caffeine each capsule has. If you want more caffeine in your coffee, go with the Intenso line or the Lungo line. If you prefer less caffeine, try the Decaffeinatos which has 2-3 mg of caffeine per cup. The Espressos have a moderate caffeine content in a cup, but their taste varies a lot.

Here’s my take on these Espresso capsules mixed with Fat Free Milk.

 

nespresso grand crus espresso pods review capsule

 

Cosi (intensity 4) : Mild and delicately toasted. This indeed lives up to its description. Of all the four Espresso capsules reviewed here, Cosi has the mildest and the fruitiest taste of all. It is tasty and can accommodate everyone’s taste buds because it’s your typical delicious, mild and smooth coffee. Also my most preferred in this Espresso line.

 

Volluto (intensity 4) : Sweet and light. This is supposed to have the same intensity as Cosi, but I tasted some mild bitterness in the after taste. In fact, I kind of wonder why this is considered intensity 4. It’s more like an intensity 5 or 6 to me. But still, this is mild enough to be liked by almost everyone.

Capriccio (intensity 5) : Rich and distinctive. For me, this capsule is your ideal rich, dark and tasty coffee without much bitterness. I’m actually quite surprised that I love this more than the Volluto. It has a deep flavor to it but it’s also a more balanced blend since it has the right amount of bitter after taste that goes away with the addition of milk.

Livanto (intensity 6)  : Round and balanced. This is definitely a lot more intense for me. It’s supposed to be the “balanced” one of all the Espresso capsules, but I find this to have a slightly more bitter after taste than Capriccio. Though a lot of people may actually find this to be the perfect rich dark coffee, but for me, this is quite on the strong side. Yet still, I can pretty much tolerate the taste well, specially when I wanted something to really wake me up.

 

For more information on where to purchase compatible Nespresso machines for these pods, like the Nespresso Pixie, it’s available at a discounted price HERE.

For the pods/capsules, you can buy them HERE.

 

Overall, I love these Espresso capsules, their flavors are very versatile, well-tailored and they’re quite cheap, in fact a lot cheaper than Starbucks, plus they really work to keep you alert and going.

 

‘Till then coffee lovers…

 

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Laduree Macarons Review

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Bonjour! Good Day Monsieur et Madame! As you can guess, we’re gonna be talking french fries today, I mean, scratch that, French Macarons, rather. Have you ever had one of these? I’m 110% sure that you did, or else why would it be everywhere in social media nowadays? (hmmm, y’all hype followers! 🙂 ) They’re like those Diptyque candles  but in the macarons world, and I’m not talking about coconut macaroons either. I’m specifically talking about Laduree French Macarons. Those cute and colorful round sweets that cost an arm and a leg, but the taste is nothing but delicious.

Oh well, let me tell you my experience about these macarons. The first time I had these coveted macarons was when I was in New York. I mean of course, where else can you get these fancy Nancy macarons nowadays? I know 2 locations in NY, which is in Madison Avenue and Soho. There’s also 1 in Miami Beach. Anyway, I went to the one in Madison Ave. and was super excited because that’s was my first Laduree visit and experience. Looking from the outside, the store is in a posh place in town, with high-end stores lurking everywhere. The store itself is neat but tiny, yet it’s well-designed and it looks very quirky. As I was line, I saw all these beautiful and well-arranged macarons and I admit I was quite overwhelmed yet mesmerized. As soon as it was my turn to the counter, I asked the saleslady which looks and sounds French, “How does it work?” I mean, it was my first time, you know… Suddenly she gave me that weird look on her face, acting all frustrated, annoyed, scratching her head, slamming things around like she’s having a tantrum and completely ignoring me while she conversed in English with her fellow coworkers. I was totally dumbfounded. This particular French saleslady was not only rude, but she clearly did not have the patience to sell. In my head, I was like “girl…cut the attitude…” and was about to walk out because I felt my blood pressure rising, but then I realized “I’ve got to have those macarons darn it! so I figured, if I point here, and I point there, perhaps the biatch will start interacting with me. So she did, in English. 🙂 and eventually I figured that there are different sizes and style of boxes that can fit either 6, 12, 18, 24 etc., of macarons with its corresponding prices. I was like, pardon my French and my ignorance, but there were different sorts of boxes to choose from, with teeny tiny letterings that are kinda hard to see, plus it was my first time. But why she gotta be so rude? doesn’t she know I’m human too? I’m gonna buy the macarons anyway, LOL!  A little explanation won’t hurt, you know. Oh! from then on, I’ve heard horror stories about other people’s encounter with this particular saleslady. Even much much worse than mine. If you knew her, tell her I said “Bonjour Bitch!” 🙂 excuse the wording folks! 

My experience in Laduree Soho was way way better. They’re also French, (I guess that’s always the deal)  but they weren’t like that “Barneys-wannabe” saleslady in Madison Avenue. 🙂

So, I got my macarons, now, for the best part, THE TASTE. Unlike most macarons I’ve tasted which are mostly local from my unknown little town, these macarons have a lot more flavor and have a slightly crunchier texture on its shell compared to others I’ve tried. You can really taste the strawberry if it’s strawberry flavor, and you can really discern the lemon flavor as well. Unlike some macarons that are too sweet, these macarons concentrate on flavor instead. Though they may pack a punch when it comes to taste and flavor, be aware that they are really small. Being $2.80 per piece, you would expect these to be quite substantial in size, but nope. My local macaron shop sells macarons at a fraction of the Laduree macarons’ price with quite a pretty good assortment of flavors and are also tasty. May not be “Laduree tasty,” but it’s good enough. Also, these macarons come in cute and uniquely-designed boxes, which of course, counts for the steep price, but can be recycled for any other usage you want them to. Hint: makeup storage.

These macarons are really pricey and probably are overhyped. But hey if you’re in NY, or if you happen to be nearby any Laduree stores, it wouldn’t hurt to drop by or give it a try, right? Just stay away from that snotty Madison Avenue saleslady. Anyway, here are the prices for:

6 pieces macarons/standard box: $21.00

8 pieces/standard box: (pictured above) $26.00

6 pieces/gift box: $24.00

18 pieces Bonaparte Box: $57.00

24 pieces Pink Square Box $73.00

 

You can also checkout the Laduree Charms HERE.

 

laduree french macarons review

 

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Diptyque Candles Review

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Howdy Candle Lovers! I finally pulled the trigger and tried some Diptyque candles in votive sets. As you can see above, they’re Roses, Figuier and the most popular one, Baies. 

I was wondering what’s the fuss with all these fancy schmancy scented candles? why are they in almost every blogger’s photos? I swear, I’ve been dying to know, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger until I saw a Diptyque store at Grand Central NYC, and the rest was history. 🙂 

What do I think of them? They’re really pretty, with a capital P. 🙂 There’s something sleek about a white candle/wax in a clear glass jar, which has a nice and crisp white label that identifies the scent. This is nothing like your ordinary scented candle for sure. Even without lighting these candles, their scents trail everywhere and mind you, they’re really strong. Not in a bad way though, they’re more perfumey and quite soapy at the same time. But it’s not a bad combination, it’s actually very pleasing to the senses. FYI: How d’ya pronounce “Diptyque?” Is it Deep-tick as in fleas? Is it Dip-tike? No girl, read mah words, not lips, it’s “Dip-Teek” so they say…

They definitely smell high-end. The kind of scents you usually notice upon entering some high-end stores, like the friendliest place on earth called Barneys. 🙂 hahah, (don’t get me wrong, they’re not all like that, you know… 🙂 ) I definitely understood now why a lot of people went gogogaga with these, they smell soooo gooood it’s addicting! Everytime I light one of these candles and close my eyes, I could hear Iggy Azalea in the background singing “I’m So Fancy” 🙂  But of course, I open my eyes and realize “it’s a damn expensive candle I’m burning!”  Lawd what has gotten into me?…. I’m really going to hell…  🙂  but wait, let’s see what I got;

diptyque baies candle

Baies – Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the most famous Diptyque candle of them all? Baies my queen readers! With a mix of roses and blackcurrant leaves, this scent is fruity, sexy, fresh, and just lovely. If you’re planning to buy just one Diptyque candle in your life, (which probably you wont, I guarantee it) then go with this one. The scent is strong, so strong that I could smell this anywhere inside my house. Even if I cover or hide it, it’s still haunting me everywhere like a ghost. 🙂

diptyque figuer candle

Figuier – Never knew Diptyque could make a fig-scented candle this good. This candle smells like Fig and nothing but the Fig or Fig wood I should say. This is the preferred scent of Marc Jacobs, you know him? I do, he’s my next door neighbor, like some 300 years ago…LOL! Anyway, this scent is also gorgeous, it’s smells like a strong, perfumey and milky fig. A lot of people are definitely in love with this.

diptyque roses candle

Roses – Roses are red my love, violets are blue…my second favorite scent next to Baies. This indeed smells like a bouquet of roses, as in so much so. Its scent is also strong and might be slightly similar to Baies, but that’s because Baies has roses in it too. 

 

To sum it all up, these candles are great! they have such intense and unique scents. I’m actually surprised and amazed at how good these candles are. Now, when it comes to price point, are they worth it? Hmm, that’s the million dollar question. Girl, it depends. If you can afford it, why not coconut? right? Personally, I would love to buy them all, but I think it’s better to pick only what you like/love the most, and probably buy a few limited editions here and there. They’re really wonderful candles, and I’m now a convert, but after all, they’re just candles.

 

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