The Complete Guide to Nespresso

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The colourful way to drink coffee

Nespresso by Nestle, is a quick, simple and delicious way of producing perfect cups of coffee
 
at the touch of a button.
 
A Nespresso machine can save you time and money without compromising on quality. Plus
 
with a variety of flavours and strengths, you can have a different blend every day.
 
Nespresso by Nestle is a quick, simple and delicious way of producing perfect cups of coffee  at the touch of a button.
 
A Nespresso machine can save you time and money without compromising on quality. Plus  with a variety of flavours and strengths, you can have a different blend every day.
 

Nespresso Machines


Your own personal barista
 
The innovative design of Nespresso machines is a blend of technology, style and substance.  Various manufacturers including Krups and Magimix make Nespresso machines which are all  compatible with standard Nespresso capsules.  While more expensive machines offer a wider range of features, more affordable models are  just as capable of producing equal quality coffee from the same ground coffee pods.
 

Available Nespresso machine designs include:

 
U
Looks at home in any kitchen with pure and sophisticated design. Fully automated capsule piercing, brewing and ejection.
− High-pressure pump
− Programmable cup sizes
− Ristretto, Espresso & Lungo
Essenza Simple, compact and sleek. The Essenza machine by Krups is a highly affordable and attractive Nespresso design.
− Automatic volume control
− Great for smaller spaces
− Espresso & Lungo
CitiZ A perfect blend of top technology and retro-modern design, the CitiZ Nespresso machine is a great option for your contemporary kitchen.
− Energy saving mode
− High-pressure pump
− Espresso & Lungo
Pixie Winner of the RedDot design award, the Pixie condenses a range of innovation features within its small and robust exterior. 
− Automatic power off
− Automatic volume control
− Espresso & Lungo
Lattissima

 
The intuitive One Touch System of the Lattissima  simplifies the use of highly advanced technology. 
Includes a milk frother for Cappuccinos and Lattes.
− Energy saving mode
− Built-in milk frother
− Espresso & Lungo
Maestria For the full coffee making experience, look no further than the Maestria. Prepare milk froth like a Barista using the classic steam pipe.
− Manual Cappuccino preparation
− Manual volume control
− Espresso & Lungo

Nespresso Grand Crus


Capsules, colours and perfect cuppas
 
There are 21 different varieties of Nespresso capsules – known as Grand Crus - available for  any compatible Nespresso machine. Each capsule has its own unique characteristics and is  rated on a scale of 1-12 by strength and intensity.
 
Nespresso Grand Crus are categorised by size of coffee cup, as follows:
 
Ristretto (25ml) – A very short shot of espresso coffee that is ideal for first thing in  the morning or a late afternoon boost.
 
Espresso (40ml) – Slightly larger than a Ristretto, Espresso is brewed by forcing a  small amount of pressurised boiled water through finely ground coffee beans.
 
Lungo  ( 110ml) – Italian for ‘long’, Lungo refers to coffee made with more water and  resulting in a stretched espresso.
 
Milky coffees such as lattes and cappuccinos can be created using the aeroccino accessory -  a simple device that heats and froths milk to add to the Grand Cru of your choice.
 

A Rainbow of Roasts

Each Nespresso pod contains 10 Nespresso Grand Cru capsules. The characteristics of each  Grand Cru can be seen in the table below, listed by intensity (highest first).
 
 
Grand Cru Description Cup Size
Intensity Rating
Kazaar
Intense, bitter coffee with a full and creamy flavour.
Ristretto
Espresso
12
Dharkan
Long roasted at low temperatures for velvety texture.
Espresso
Ristretto
11
Indriya from India
An espresso with a distinct personality and spices.
Ristretto
Espresso
10
Ristretto
Full-bodied espresso with subtle fruity notes.
Ristretto
Espresso
10
Arpeggio
Hints of cocoa with a strong character and body.
Ristretto
Espresso
9
Roma
Sweet and woody with a taste that lasts on the palate.
Ristretto
Espresso
8
Decaffeinato Intenso
Decaffeinated espresso with subtle cocoa flavour.
Espresso
7
Fortissio Lungo
Slightly bitter blend of dark-roasted beans.
Lungo
7
Livanto
Well-balanced espresso with a touch of roasted caramel.
Espresso
6
Rosabaya de Colombia
Subtly acidic with red fruit and wine flavours.
Espresso
6
Caramelito
Sweet caramel flavours mixed with the Livanto Grand Cru.
Espresso
6
Ciocattino
A mix of the Livanto Grand Cru with dark chocolate.
Espresso
6
Vanilio
Combining velvety vanilla with the mellow Livanto Grand Cru.
Espresso
6
Capriccio
An espresso with a rich aroma and strong cereal notes.
Espresso
5
Volluto
Fruity, sweet and biscuity. Slightly acidic.
Espresso
4
Dulsao du Brasil
Elegantly balanced satin sweet flavour with note of toasted grain.
Espresso
4
Vivalto Lungo
Balanced coffee combining roasted and subtle floral notes.
Lungo
4
Linizio Lungo
Mild and smooth with typical malty tastes.
Lungo
4
Cosi
Light-bodied espresso with refreshing citrus hints.
Espresso
3
Bukeela ka Ethiopia
Refreshingly floral with surprising woody taste.
Lungo
3
Decaffeinated Lungo
Slow roasted for a smooth, creamy body.
Lungo
3
Decaffeinato
Lightly roasted for an aroma for red fruit.
Espresso
2
 

How it works


What makes Nespresso taste so good?
 
The innovative Nespresso capsule system has been developed to deliver exceptional flavours  and aromas with every cup. 
 
The Capsules
 
Each Nespresso capsule is hermatically sealed to protect the freshly ground coffee  inside from oxidation, keeping the coffee fresh until the moment you taste it. The pressurised capsules preserve the 900 aromas of freshly ground coffee for one  whole year, ensuring a fine cup at the beginning of every day.
 
The System
 
The pressure pump of each Nespresso machine provides the power needed to pierce  the capsule film and release its many different aromas.  Pressurised water flows evenly through the ground coffee at a set temperature to  provide a taste full of flavour and depth.
 

Stirring things up

 
Buying your first Nespresso machine
 
With a range of fresh coffee blends, attractive machine designs and fantastic flavours, it’s not  surprisingly you’re taste buds are tempted.
 
Use our handy checklist to help you start your Nespresso collection:
 
- Consider the features you think you’ll use the most decide on your budget.
- Check the size and style to suit your kitchen.
- Try a variety of Nespresso Grand Cru capsules to see which flavours and strengths  you enjoy.
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