January 24, 2012

Review: Nespresso Kazaar Tasting 2012


Nespresso got tired of hearing about how many people wanted to taste Kazaar again, and decided to bring it back in 2012. If you haven't ordered yours, you need to - it sold out fast in 2010 and I would imagine it is going fast now. I bought three times the sleeves this year knowing how much I liked it last time.

Kazaar is not for everyone, and its 12 on a 10 scale intensity is a bit of hyperbole, but not very far off. It is intense, and packed with flavors that while strong, are not overdone, not overly roasted just to make a strong impact. If you like "Classic" Italian espresso blends, you should try Kazaar. Those classic blends add Robusta coffee to add some base notes and a lingering finish to the cup. Nespresso took a 100% Robusta blend, as the goal, and started crafting the cup at the growing stage by improving the growing, processing and roasting steps in an effort to accentuate the positive and minimize the sometimes terrible burnt rubber flavors that can come along with a Robusta bean. If you've ever tasted Robusta alone, it's amazing to see that Nespresso has created Kazaar out of what is usually a barely tolerable bean.

More after the jump….

Kazaar 2012 Tasting

Similar to the 2010, the 2012 Kazaar is intense on flavors, and a delight to the senses. The bitterness is there, along with a lingering smoky coffee flavor. I detect chocolate flavors, and an absence of the notes that usually come with acidic, more lightly roasted coffees like flowery citrus notes. Its syrupy flavors also come through and give you layers of flavors to savor, that screams bold.

I had one lonely Kazaar capsule left over from 2010 that I kept in the back of the freezer and tasted it versus the new version - While slightly different, I have to say that 2012 tastes just as good as I expect, and really can't tell if the age of the 2010 capsule or the blend changes in the new capsule are to blame, but to me, the 2012 is a solid espresso.

This year, I ordered up some espresso cups and saucers from the Nespresso Ritual Collection to add to my collection. They were launched for the original Kazaar Limited Edition and I thought I needed a change up to the daily routine. Their shape mimics the Nespresso Capsule itself, and appears as put white until you lift the cup and reveal the accent colors on the inside rim of the saucer. They also have a ristretto size, ranging up to a mug, while offering bowls and saucers to complete your tableware.


The Nespresso capsules can be brewed in the Nespresso Pixie, the Nespresso Citiz, the Nespresso Essenza C-100 or the Nespresso Le Cube brewers.

At the Nespresso Club Store - Kazaar Limited Edition

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 24, 2012 9:56 PM
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I agree - It has to be a supply constraint thing - the sourcing of these sounds pretty specialized, and maybe there isn't enough to go around???

This year, I bought a bunch and have put it into my normal rotation - I have come to appreciate it a lot more this year than in 2010.


Posted by: Scott Martin at January 25, 2012 9:35 PM

You'd think with the demand & popularity of this capsule, that by now Nespresso would have considered a way to add it to their permanent line-up (much like they did with their origin varieties).

By far one of my fave capsules. Plus you gotta love it when a company has to ADD a strength level to their existing scale in order to describe how much punch a coffee has.

Posted by: SH at January 25, 2012 8:52 PM

Thanks for the review! Can you tell me where (what country) the ritual ristretto cups are made?


I looked all over the materials that I have left - packing, little brochure, etc. and can't find anything. Sorry.


Posted by: Jen at January 25, 2012 6:01 PM
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