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Nespresso

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3.79(34)

34 ratings
Ratings here are based on aggregated user reviews of individual roasts from Nespresso.
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User rankings of Nespresso capsules vary based on individual preferences and tastes. Here you can find insights into the variety and quality of Nespresso's coffee offerings, featuring evaluations that touch on aspects like flavor, aroma, and the overall coffee experience.

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Nespresso is a coffee roaster from Lausenne, Switzerland. We have 44 cataloged roasts with 34 total reviews with a score of 3.79.

43 roasts

Name Roast Level Bean Source
Dark Americas Blend
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Dark International Blend
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Light Medium Brazil
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- Nicaragua

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- Brazil
Medium International Blend
Medium Dark International Blend
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- Colombia
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- India
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Dark India
Medium Dark Indonesia
Medium International Blend
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Top Reviews(34)

  • Coffee Pod Thoughts

    79 roasts rated, avg score of 3.23

    5.00 - Average

    Editor's Note: We've aggregated 3 reviews of this roast with permission from Coffeepodthoughts (follow on Instagram!)

    One of the things I had wanted to try with Nespresso's Filter Style Intense pod was whether brewing it as Espresso+Lungo really did anything, so again, I tried brewing this pod just as a Lungo, then topping up with water to make up the difference.

    With the Filter Style Mild pod, there was little change in taste, but with this one, the differences were more noticable (albeit still subtle). It's very slightly milder and nuanced, but I'm happy to report that all the nice spicy notes are still there, and there is almost a double sweetness to it.

    I almost like this more than the regular brew method. Very satisfying - 5/5!

    Having tried Nespresso's Filter Style Intense coffee on its own previously, and knowing that it's quite strong, I wondered how it would taste alongside milk - Here I brewed it as a flat white - Just milk and coffee, no frothing or anything.

    It came out quite bitter, but well balanced - You can detect both coffee and milk and neither overwhelms the other. I sweetened it very slightly with just a third of my usual sweetener to take the edge off the bitterness, and it became perfect! 4.5/5 - I absolutely love the versatility of this pod!

    Here's another pod from Nespresso's Barista Creations Filter Style series - The Filter Style Intense is a robust discovery, boasting strong, roasty aromas that captivate your senses from the moment you break open the foil. This intense variant delivers a decidedly richer experience than its mild counterpart.

    A tantalizing combination of intense spiciness and deep, roasted undertones, this brew is richly nuanced without becoming overwhelming. The taste holds a remarkable balance, with the bitterness kept in check by just the right mix of acidity and sweetness, leaving a subtly bitter aftertaste.

    This pod also reveals a light nutty flavor and a pleasing complexity, its presence becoming all the more appreciated in a larger cup. In essence, the Filter Style Intense sets a new benchmark for big cups of coffee from the Nespresso machine.

    Overall Rating: 5/5 - Truly a stand-out in its category.

    The manufacturer describes this pod as one with a velvety texture, a sandalwood finish, a honeyed sweetness, and smoky earthy notes, each adding to the symphony of flavors this pod delivers.

    Cupping Method:This Nespresso capsule review was added to Coffee Roast with the permission of coffeepodthoughts. See profile for more information.

    8 months ago · See more from Coffee Pod
  • Coffee Pod Thoughts

    79 roasts rated, avg score of 3.23

    5.00 - Average

    The Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio by Nespresso is a fine choice packed with loads of sweetness, yet managing to showcase its own flair with its hints of bitterness and acidity, the roastiness kicking in in the form of an intense bitter aftertaste. Expect a powerful chocolatey scent and hazelnutty notes with every sip. Almost perfect, though I wish the aftertaste would be a little less intense - Overall, still an awesome 5/5!

    Cupping Method:This Nespresso capsule review was added to Coffee Roast with the permission of coffeepodthoughts. See profile for more information.

    8 months ago · See more from Coffee Pod
  • Coffee Pod Thoughts

    79 roasts rated, avg score of 3.23

    4.50 - Average

    The Cosi is pleasant and roasty, with nutty notes. It's also very fruity, in its blend of sweetness and acidity. It also finishes very pleasantly, leaving behind a light, subtle bitterness in the aftertaste. 4.5/5 - A delicious coffee that can absolutely be enjoyed on its own.

    Marketed as a blend of Arabicas with toasted cereal and fruity notes, Nespresso puts this coffee at a 4 on the intensity scale. At SGD$0.74 a pod, this is a great daily-driver coffee if you like black coffees that are pleasant without a lot of bitterness!

    Cupping Method:This Nespresso capsule review was added to Coffee Roast with the permission of coffeepodthoughts. See profile for more information.

    8 months ago · See more from Coffee Pod
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1082 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    4.00 - Finish

    4.00 - Flavor

    4.00 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    A tasty espresso that drinks as a medium at a cafe. European breakfast biscuit, chocolate, and a touch of blackberry. Massive crema and great mouthfeel.

    Cupping Method:From a Nespresso Professional machine.

    4 months ago · See more from Ted
  • Coffee Pod Thoughts

    79 roasts rated, avg score of 3.23

    4.50 - Average

    As you know, the Filter Style coffees by Nespresso are supposed to be brewed with one push of the lungo button, followed by another push of the espresso button to get a 150ml cup. I wanted to see if there was really any value-add to doing this, so I brewed the Nespresso Filter Style Mild pod as a Lungo and then topped it up with an extra 40ml of water instead, creating a drink of the same size but a different composition.

    Interestingly, the results were barely different. This cup came out subtly lighter and a smidge spicier, but the differences are really negligible.

    The result is still great, but it seems to show that the suggested brew method doesn't really do much.

    Cupping Method:This Nespresso capsule review was added to Coffee Roast with the permission of coffeepodthoughts. See profile for more information.

    8 months ago · See more from Coffee Pod
  • Coffee Pod Thoughts

    79 roasts rated, avg score of 3.23

    4.50 - Average

    A rich and intense pod with a nutty, chocolatey scent and subtle sweetness and acidity, this is a pod that is enjoyable, and everything you're looking for in an espresso! Smooth and harmonious and well balanced, there will be no surprises in this one, just a high quality drink.

    I wish it was a little sweeter and the aftertaste a little less harsh, but these are nitpicks. Still a great pod - 4.5/5

    The box lists this pod at an intensity level of 6/13, describing it to have cereal notes.

    Cupping Method:This Nespresso capsule review was added to Coffee Roast with the permission of coffeepodthoughts. See profile for more information.

    8 months ago · See more from Coffee Pod
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1082 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    4.00 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.00 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    Crema looks big and lush but mouthfeel isn’t quite there but still pleasant. Some nice spice, clove and almost peppery. Very intense but still smooth. I think Nespresso does well in the darker ranges. Bitterness and woody character are present but not out of control.

    Cupping Method:Nespresso capsule in France, but I think this one is available globally

    8 months ago · See more from Ted
  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1082 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    I revisited today and got a good quality Italian roast style espresso out of this. I feel like overall I've been negative on Nespresso as I've moved into the specialty coffee world. That hasn't been my intention. Good crema, and smokiness with pleasant balance. Liked it better than an Italian roast I had from a local roaster/shop yesterday that was pretty good.

    I have a lot of capsules and I had a few ones that I used steadily over the years and liked.
    I had been frustrated with some of the woody specialty coffee ones that had that felt like more marketing than great coffee.

    Cupping Method:Nespresso Machine

    10 months ago · See more from Ted
  • Coffee Pod Thoughts

    79 roasts rated, avg score of 3.23

    4.50 - Average

    This is Nespresso's Volluto, a light roast packed with sweetness! When brewed, expect a beautiful sweet scent reminiscent of chocolate wafers. As you work your way through a cup, you'll get a lot of sweet nutty flavors, with subtle but present notes of bitterness and acidity, which ramp up as you get to the end, finishing with a lingering bitterness. 4.5/5 - Reminiscent of a slightly subtler Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio, which is one of his highly rated coffees.

    Nespresso describes this coffee to be a blend of Arabicas from small Brazillian and Colombian plantations. With an intensity of 4, expect caramelly biscuit notes - And on this, the Volluto absolutely delivers! At SGD$0.74 a pod, this is a relatively affordable way of getting your hands on a delicious coffee!

    Cupping Method:This Nespresso capsule review was added to Coffee Roast with the permission of coffeepodthoughts. See profile for more information.

    8 months ago · See more from Coffee Pod
  • Coffee Pod Thoughts

    79 roasts rated, avg score of 3.23

    4.00 - Average

    Going back to one of Nespresso's offerings - The Capriccio pod!

    I do quite like how this pod smells strong yet tastes light. It's quite acidic, so expect a fruity vibe with just a hint of sweetness. There are some beautiful nutty scents, but do also expect a pretty harsh finish that lingers. Overall, a pleasant pod - 4/5!

    The box lists this as a light roasted Arabica/Robusta blend with an intensity level of 5 - Mild but with a twist, which I fully agree with!

    Cupping Method:This Nespresso capsule review was added to Coffee Roast with the permission of coffeepodthoughts. See profile for more information.

    8 months ago · See more from Coffee Pod

Editor's Overview

As a technology history enthusiast, I've always been fascinated by evolution of consumer technology. In coffee culture, Nespresso has carved out its niche as a symbol of dependability and accessibility. Nespresso has maintained its steady course throughout its journey, offering a range of coffee machines and flavors. In this comprehensive article, we'll delve into the history of Nespresso and examine its array of coffee machines, assessing how they've struck a balance between consistency and innovation.

For me, Nespresso was the first home machine I had, a Delonghi 680 workhorse that I got in 2010 for our wedding registry. 13 years later, it's still putting out solid espresso in my home office. Over the years, I feel like I've moved beyond Nespresso in terms of the flavors/complexity I'm seeking in espresso, but still appreciate it in a time crunch.

A Little Bit of Nespresso History

Nespresso's narrative unfolds in the early 1970s when Swiss engineer Eric Favre conceptualized an innovative coffee brewing system. His concept hinged on using high-pressure water to extract coffee from pre-packaged, single-serving capsules. Despite this pioneering idea, it took until 1986 for the Nestlé Group to recognize its potential and collaborate with Favre to establish Nespresso SA.

The Nespresso 100, introduced in 1986, marked the birth of Nespresso's foray into the world of coffee machines. This versatile machine, tailored for home and commercial use, signaled the emergence of a new era in
Nespresso's reputation as a steadfast and accessible coffee option is reflected not only in its machines but also in its coffee offerings.

Nespresso's reputation as a steadfast and accessible coffee option is reflected not only in its machines but also in its coffee offerings. The company has always aimed to provide a consistent coffee experience to a broad audience.

While some may argue that Nespresso's dedication to consistency sometimes places a cap on its pursuit of coffee perfection, it's essential to recognize that Nespresso's primary goal has been to make premium coffee accessible to the masses. This means that even a casual coffee drinker can achieve a cup that consistently meets their taste preferences.

One of Nespresso's strengths lies in its ability to innovate and adapt its coffee machines to cater to a diverse range of coffee enthusiasts. Over the years, Nespresso has introduced various machines designed to meet specific needs and preferences.

Entry-Level Simplicity: Nespresso's entry-level machines, like the Essenza Mini, prioritize simplicity and ease of use. These machines are perfect for those who appreciate a quick and straightforward coffee experience without the fuss of customization.
Creatista: Elevating the Barista Experience: On the other end of the spectrum, Nespresso's Creatista series, in collaboration with Breville and De'Longhi, brings barista-level expertise to your home. These machines allow you to experiment with milk frothing and latte art, providing a more personalized touch to your coffee creations.
Vertuo: Expanding the Horizons: Nespresso's VertuoLine represents a departure from the original concept of single-serve espresso. These machines brew espresso and larger coffee cups, offering a broader spectrum of coffee styles to cater to diverse tastes.

Nespresso has taken significant steps towards sustainability and social responsibility in recent years. The company has implemented various initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint, such as recycling programs for used capsules and sourcing coffee from responsible farming practices.

With its history of consistent quality and a range of machines to suit different tastes, Nespresso has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the coffee industry. While some may perceive its dedication to consistency as a limitation, it's essential to recognize that Nespresso's mission has always been to bring premium coffee to the masses, and it has succeeded in doing so with panache.

In a world where coffee preferences are as diverse as those who enjoy them, Nespresso's ability to maintain its identity while adapting to evolving tastes is a testament to its enduring relevance in the coffee landscape. Whether you're seeking simplicity or barista-level expertise, Nespresso has a machine for you, making it a dependable choice for coffee enthusiasts around the globe.

Nespresso is a globally recognized brand known for its premium single-serve coffee and espresso machines and its wide variety of coffee capsules. The brand, a division of the Nestlé Group, has revolutionized the way people enjoy coffee by offering a convenient, easy-to-use system that allows individuals to brew a perfect cup of coffee or espresso at the touch of a button.

Nespresso's range of capsules, known for their unique flavors and rich aromas, are designed to provide an exceptional coffee experience in the comfort of one's own home or office. The question is...do they?

We'd say Nespresso is known for consistently delivering a steady and reliable experience to its customers. Whether it's their coffee machines' convenience, the coffee capsules' quality, or their customer service, Nespresso has built a reputation for providing a consistent and enjoyable coffee experience. Some capsules can be a bit woody/stale or robusta heavy, but some can also be outstanding cafe quality. But they are rarely ever bad and the convenience is unparalleled.

It's quite encouraging to witness the growing availability of more sustainable formats for Nespresso capsules. As environmental concerns become increasingly prominent, it's heartening to see companies like Nespresso addressing these issues and making their products more eco-friendly.

The introduction of sustainable Nespresso capsules reflects a positive shift in the company's approach toward environmental responsibility. These capsules often utilize more easily recyclable or compostable materials, reducing the overall environmental impact. By opting for sustainable materials and production methods, Nespresso is committed to minimizing waste and contributing to a greener future.

Furthermore, the availability of sustainable capsules also allows consumers to align their coffee choices with their environmental values. Many individuals today actively seek out products that are mindful of the planet, and having sustainable Nespresso options allows them to enjoy their coffee while making a conscious choice to support eco-friendly practices.

-Ted Chan, Managing Editor
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