August 6, 2015
I just bought my Nespresso Inissia online, and I wanted to make sure I had some capsules ready for when my Inissia arrived. This review is intended for new owners that are looking for a variety of Nespresso capsules. At the time of this posting, I've had my Inissia for 36 hours.
I went with five stars to offset a lot of the older posts that attack the other listings based on value. Yes, you can most likely getmore bang from your buck if you make a large purchase from the Nespresso site, but sometimes that's not the best choice for the individual. I want this review to give you a breakdown of the flavors you get, and let you judge if it is the right purchase for you.
First off, I wanted to point out that the Inissia comes bundled with a variety pack of 14 capsules. It's a pretty good variety from their various offerings. There is one vanilla, one decaf, and the other 12 cover a range of their Grand Cru capsules. Intenso, Espresso, Pure Origin, Lungo, Decaffeinato, and Variations (flavored) are all represented. Honestly, if I had to do it over again, I would have sampled the various offerings, and then made a large purchase directly from Nespresso. However, I know that may not be the right option for everyone, so read on if you want a breakdown of the five flavors represented
The five capsules offered in this five pack are listed below. Descriptions are taken from the Nespresso site:
CAPRICCIO (from the Espresso line)
RICH AND DISTINCTIVE:
Blending South American Arabicas with a touch of Robusta, Capriccio is an espresso with a rich aroma and a strong typical cereal note.
The presence of South American Arabicas grown at high altitude gives this blend a light acidity, which is balanced with the perfect amount of Brazilian Arabica and a touch of Robusta.
The light roasting of this blend creates a rich character and preserves a light acidity.
A typical cereal note balanced with a light acidity.
ARPEGGIO (from the Intenso line)
INTENSE AND CREAMY:
A dark roast of pure South and Central American Arabicas,Arpeggio has a strong character and intense body, enhanced by cocoa notes.
A selection of the best South and Central American Arabicas, with fruity or malted profiles, characteristic of Costa Rican coffees.
Arpeggio is roasted intensely to bring out the characteristics of each origin. Its full body develops from the fine grinding of the beans.
Intense, grilled notes alongside subtle cocoa notes and woody hints.
LIVANTO (from the Espresso line)
ROUND AND BALANCED:
A blend of pure Arabica from South and Central America,Livanto is a well-balanced espresso characterized by a roasted caramelized note.
This blend is composed of the most prestigious Central and South American Arabicas, found in Costa Rica and Colombia and is cultivated according to traditional methods to preserve their malted and fruity profiles.
A medium roasting, accentuates malted notes, whilst fruity notes evolve to create a complex and delicate caramelized bouquet.
A round and balanced profile, typical of freshly roasted coffee results in a combination of cereal, malted and caramelized notes as well as fine fruity notes.
ROMA (from the Intenso line)
FULL AND BALANCED:
The balance of lightly roasted South and Central American Arabicas with Robusta, gives Roma sweet and woody notes and a full, lasting taste on the palate.
Cultivated at high altitude, the Central American Arabicas bring finesse, whilst the Brazilian Arabicas and Robustas provide body and a lingering taste on the palate.
Light roasting and fine grinding bring finesse to the blend and create a short espresso, which is not too strong.
Roasted and woody notes are revealed through the light roasting of intensely flavoured beans from different origins.
RISTRETTO (from the Intenso line)
POWERFUL AND CONTRASTING:
A blend of South American and East African Arabicas, with a touch of Robusta, roasted separately to create the subtle fruity note of this full-bodied, intense espresso.
Composed of some of the best South American Arabicas from sources such as Colombia and Brazil, Ristretto also contains the great, lightly acidic East African Arabicas and a touch of Robusta for added zing.
The beans are roasted slowly and separately to obtain an original bouquet bringing together acidic, fruity, and roasted notes. Its finely ground texture creates an Italian-style coffee: intense, with a rich flavour and full body.
Strong roasted notes softened by notes of chocolate. A subtle contrast between strength and bitterness, acidic and fruity notes.
This is a pretty good variety pack if you want a fairly standard selection. You're not going to get outliers like Lungo, Decaffeinato, Variations, or the Pure Origin series. If you want to buy in bulk, then buying here may not be the most cost effective option. However, if you want to try five different Espressos that are all good and fairly standard, this is a pretty good representation if the math works out. By all means, shop around and find the best bargain, but this is a good representation.