September 25, 2012

Review: Limited Edition 2012 Crealto Nespresso Capsules


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With the turning of the calendar page, every September brings a new Limited Edition from Nespreso. Part of their occasional variety efforts to shake up their standard 16 Grand Crus, the Limited Edition can help drinkers explore a little more and potentially discover a new flavor space that they hadn't enjoyed in the past. These Limited Editions typically focus on a theme; the marketing department sees to that, and in some cases, the theme becomes a beast of its own. Take the case of the Kazaar Limited Edition 2010 that wrapped product with the concept of an espresso with such a strong flavor profile that it was an "11 on a 10 scale", backed b an all-robusta blend. The concept took off, the product surprised many, including me, by rounding off the typical rubbery harsh notes typical of a Robusta, while keeping its late flavor punch.

This year's Nespresso Limited Edition Capsule, the Crealto, is not nearly as adventurous as the Kazaar, but still a good adventure in a little capsule. The new bi-color capsule treatment, reminiscent of an entrée at a fine restaurant drizzled with a delicious sauce. The message behind Crealto is that Nespresso coffee should be enjoyed with the creative expressions of fine cuisine. High creativity is the message in its name, but I am not sure they pulled it off in the coffee itself.

More after the jump…..

Tasting Notes

About Crealto, Nespresso says:

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"The high intensity coffee is blended entirely from washed Arabica coffee beans, and its long roasting time cooks all the notes harmoniously, allowing it to develop round roasted notes that are long-lasting; giving Crealto its unique character and aroma. Crealto is best served as an espresso but can also be enjoyed with milk; releasing subtle nutty aromas."

They certainly nailed the description of the product, but I am not sure they articulated all of the attributes. To my tasting, Crealto has some rough corners to it, making this a little brash, in both the acidity and bitterness. I like a lingering bitterness and dirty base note associated with a robusta - it's a "Classic" espresso flavor. This is different, with some hints of roasted grains but not too much in the sweet nutty camp, giving you a long finish that also seems sour. Not necessarily my taste, but still a well-crafted, and thought out blend.

I'd advocate trying it and any Limited Edition to see what Nespresso has brewing up and what their creative process can bring out in these new blends.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 25, 2012 7:26 AM
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