February 23, 2007

Review: Espressione Classic and 100% Arabica ESE Espresso Pods

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Espressione is an old world coffee roaster based on the near the Amalfi Coast in Italy. This coffee roaster has been in business for over 50 years, and masterfully blends then roasts their coffee for whole bean and ESE Pods. Their ESE Espresso pods are fairly popular and are available from several outlets online. They offer three particular blends: Classic, 100% Arabica and Decaf for the ESE Pods.

Over the last couple of weeks, we've been tasting them almost daily as we go about our business around the test kitchen here at SingleServeEspresso.com - you know, my house....

EspressioneClassicoPour.jpgAnyway, if you've read some of my other reviews, you'll know that I like a little bit of that Robusta note in my espresso to provide a bit more of a full bodied (and slightly dirty) flavor that is more, classic of Southern Italian espressos. For my regular coffee, it's 100% Arabica all the way for almost every pot. So, with all of that said, I have to say that I enjoyed the Espressione "Classic" more that the 100% Arabica.

Espressione Classic - As you rip the foil pack open to pull out the ESE pod, the earthy smoky aroma is obvious with that hint of Robusta mixed in. In the cup it has a smoky dark roasted finish. The crema is nice, and if you decide to add some sugar or make a latte with sugar, the Espressione Classic reveals nicely rounded caramel and toasted notes.

EspressioneArabicaINCup.jpgEspressione 100% Arabica - Upon ripping into the pod, you get nicely roasted clean arabica notes. In the cup, the espresso is nicely acidic without being sour, and gives you a nutty flavor that is a little thin on the upfront body, and certainly clean on the back end as you would expect with a 100% Arabica blend.


Overall, the Espressione ESE Pods were nice to have while they lasted, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them going forward; just know what you like and want. For me, I'll put the Espressione Classic into the rotation here at SingleServeEspresso.com

These ESE Espresso pods are made to be used in popular makers like the Breville Café Roma, the Krups XP4050, and the DeLonghi EC155 espresso machines; all have the ability to use ESE Espresso pods.

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Posted by Scott Martin at February 23, 2007 8:53 AM
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