November 4, 2010

Illy iperEspresso Capsule Review


FrancisFrancis/Illy's Y1 brewer is a modern take on the espresso machine with its new lines, innovative shape and its use of the illy iperEspresso capsules. Each capsule contains 6.7 grams of coffee (Medium Roast variety), and is available in four varieties: Medium Roast, Dark Roast, Lungo (long shot), and Decaf. All capsules are sold in metal canisters and come 21 capsules to the canister, except for the Decaf which comes 14 to the canister. Considering prices, that comes out to be about $0.75 a shot for regular and over $1 a shot for Decaf; not cheap but not expensive given the costs of cafe quality espresso.

We wanted to test two of the more popular varieties, the Medium Roast (Red Can) and the Dark Roast (Black Can) to see what they offered and which one I might start drinking with looking ahead.


The two roasts are noticeably different to the naked eye, but not dramatically so. While I expected a darker roast and a more dramatic difference, the flavor differences were obvious and certainly had a right to exist as different offerings.

Medium Roast - Chocolate like flavors with a slight sweetness reminiscent of syrup that also offered a tangy acidity that one would see in a high quality arabica blend.

Dark Roast - again tangy acidity, but with a slightly smoky and darker medicinal flavor. It is distinctly dark roasted without the ashy hollowness of being over-roasted.

For me, the dark roast is the more pleasing variety offering a bit more robust flavor in the cup to balance out the tangy acidity.

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Posted by Scott Martin at November 4, 2010 12:42 PM
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