September 21, 2011

Review: Nespresso Dhjana Limited Edition Grand Cru

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Nespresso has a long tradition of issuing limited edition capsules that tend to experiment with various themes or delve into new territory that push the envelope for flavor, or distinct character. A study in contrasts can be seen in last year's Kazaar (Kazaar Review), an "11 on a 10 scale" for intensity of an all-robusta blend and Onirio (Onirio Review), a lightly roasted, delicate as a flower blend that was anything but intense in its punch, but formidable in its flavor.

With the launch of the Nespresso Dhjana, their sustainability message escorts the new capsule blend to market. The coffee is 100% sustainably sourced, with a goal of soon having all of Nespresso's coffee procured in the same way. It's been a long term project for them to build a better supply chain and in doing so, assuring high quality coffee through high ad low harvest years.

Dhjana is a blended espresso that has a very classic approach; add a few parts bold, and slightly acidic coffees, and build flavor profile as well as overall impact by adding back a little bit of Robusta. Nespresso has done this with Colombian, Costa Rican, Brazilian and a little bit of Indian Robusta. We got ours on day 2, and have been drinking it regularly, and have blasted through a couple of sleeves already.

More after the jump.......

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Nespresso Dhjana Tasting Notes - Dhjana really does come through as a classic espresso, acidic, not noticeably sweet and cereal-like flavors, with some earthy flavors that come though in the elongated finish. With the very present acidity, there comes green and grassy notes that are pretty prevalent. I don't think that the Robusta is overpowering, and if anything it is a little underdone versus my expectations for a strong back end. In going back and forth between this as an all Arabica blend, the Robusta notes pop, and are definitely there.

Dhjana Review Summary - while I like the intensity, the overall flavor profile, and the sustainability focus of this Limited Edition, I am not overly impressed with it. I think that it's a great diversion, and am grateful for the adventure into a blend that's different in my normal routine, but it's not the adventure that I have come to hope for after the beastly Kazaar. I think that Dhjana is well worth adding to your order set in a normal quantity, but this is not a vintage year worthy of hoarding.

The Nespresso Dhjana brews on all Nespresso Capsule machines, including the Nespresso Citiz and the newest, the Nespresso Pixie. Nespresso Dhjana is available at the Nespresso website.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 21, 2011 7:53 AM
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Agreed. Quite disappointed, has very little depth, doesn't matter how little water you use you never get a depth of taste, has nothing to distinguish it. I thought being an 8 I'd love it but I preferred the Onrio which was just a 5. I bought loads too, think I'll put the rest on ebay and hopefully get my money back.


Posted by: Anna at October 9, 2011 3:53 PM

I'm somewhat disappointed as well... but I got 3 of them already, so I'll just make cappuccino and finish them off.


Posted by: Howard at September 21, 2011 1:14 PM
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