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.
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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