November 21, 2012

Review: Nespresso Variations Capsules 2012


UPDATE 12/10: Coconut and Macadamia Nut are out of stock in the US.

Nespresso releases a Variations series of three capsules every year for the holidays, and this year they went a little nutty - Macadamia, Coconut and Hazelnut. I usually do not drink flavored coffee, well pretty much never, but I do look forward to the Variations every year to see how espresso can be enjoyed and complemented with some exotic flavors. Some of my favorites from the past are flavors I'd never drink regularly, including Crystallized Ginger and Apricot. For me, the annual Nespresso Variations flavors add to our Christmas holidays, like a little treat in a busy season.

Nespresso describes their flavors this way:

  • Coconut - perfect harmony between the coconut notes and the Livanto Grand Cru creates a gourmand experience reminiscent of coconut macaroons.
  • Hazelnut - The combination of lightly roasted hazelnut notes with the Livanto Grand Cru reveals a praline flavor, giving it balance in the mouth
  • Macadamia - Rich savors of the Macadamia nut combined with the roundness of the Livanto Grand Cru develop a surprising freshness, revealing citrus notes.

more after the jump…...

Review of Nespresso Variations 2012

The variations flavors are layered on top of the Nespresso Livanto blend, a medium intensity, slightly acidic coffee that brings out flavors well, without dominating the party. I think it's generally a good choice as a base coffee. I also happen to drink a lot of it and choose it regularly from the Nespresso Grand Cru line.

Coconut - this is a great capsule, with a lightly sweet aroma up front and a lingering coconut flavor, I like it a lt. It demands a little sugary sweetness, and can stand a little milk too.
Macadamia Nut - This one is a little subtle, with very little macadamia aroma. The flavor comes mostly from the creme for me, and has a nice, almost salty macadamia flavor. How they did that, I am not sure. Subtle lingering nut flavor, but you have to know it and look for it.
Hazelnut - This has a lot of aroma, and it's a very lightly roasted, almost raw hazelnut flavor. I tend to like hazelnuts, but this one is a little less roasted than I want, but a very true hazel nut flavor. It is not all super sweet like a hazelnut cream flavor, It too benefits from a little sugar, filling the flavor out and giving you a better all around experience.
Net - the Coconut is the hands down best flavor of the bunch for me, and one of the best Variations ever. When this is gone, I'll probably move over to the others, and with they were the Coconut. The others are still fun and will be great to experience as the season of food kicks off.
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Posted by Scott Martin at November 21, 2012 7:12 AM
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