Review: Nespresso Hawaii Kona Special Reserve 2012
Nespresso released their super-Special Reserve earlier this month, in the form of a very limited edition, at some pretty exclusive prices. The Hawaiian Kona is not a blend, but 100% from Kona, and Nespresso has tried to coax as much out of the capsule as they can. The capsules cost $2 each, so each sleeve is not the usual $7, but instead nearly three times as much. The sleeve is unique in that it opens from the side, and not the end. I like the silver embossed treatment - it lives up to the $2 per capsule price tag.
"Discover 100% Hawaii Kona Special Reserve. Characterized by an intensity of 5, Hawaii Kona Special Reserve gradually releases its exceptional roundness that will captivate you with its complex array of aromas. Due to the low volumes of production, it will be available in very limited quantities for a limited time only Characterized by an intensity of 5, Hawaii Kona Special Reserve gradually releases its exceptional roundness that will captivate you with its complex array of aromas."
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I'll start out to say that I was not impressed with this Special Reserve. My overall critique is that the Hawaiian Kona was not all that complex or interesting. The aroma was fairly typical and flat, as was the flavor profile.
The aroma does have some cereal notes to it, but not sweet.
The flavor profile was fairly simple, and gave a dark, bitter punch with a run-away back end that didn't give much in the way of layers of flavors, or complexity. While a single origin may not be able to offer this, I was hoping for a little bit more from the Kona. It is also quite sour; and while I like a lot of acidic coffees, this one is too much for me.
Net, at least for me, this Kona would have been better served not as an espresso, and not as a $2 capsule.
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Posted by Scott Martin at November 21, 2012 6:44 AM