April 20, 2013

Review: Nespresso Trieste and Napoli Limited Edition Capsules


Several times a year, Nespresso launches a special capsule that drives demand and excitement among users. The Variations are flavored capsules that come out for the holiday season, and then a couple of times a year, usually in the Spring and the Fall, Limited Editions come out focused on a special blend of coffees, backed by some powerful marketing concepts.   

Nespresso likes these for a few reasons, as it drives sales, excitement and a fresh story into the Nespresso line. Oh, yea, and they charge more for the capsules too.

This year, the Spring Limited Edition wraps the experience in the coffee culture of Italy, essentially coming home to the espresso culture's roots.

On the Strong Side

The Napoli capsules is a blend of South American, African and Asian beans that have a dark, complex and STRONG flavor with a bit of a Robusta finish. The capsule sis said to be an 11 on a 10 scale, much like the fabled Kazaar all Robusta blended capsule. With the Napoli, Nespresso is pushing a "Black Gold" concentrated coffee concept of taking the espresso as a Ristretto, (25ml) or an even shorter 15ml. I typically like this type of blend, so my money is on the Napoli in this kitchen for preference. No idea what it would register as a standard espresso (40 ml).

The Trieste is a bit less intense, but not by much. The Trieste capsules will be 100% Brazilian and African Arabica beans with a nutty and chocolatey flavor coming in at a 9 on the 10 intensity scale, also as a Ristretto (25ml).

Nespresso recommends Ristrettos on both the Naoili and Trieste. The Napoli is said to be an eleven on their strength scale, while the Trieste comes in at a nine.

Tasting Notes

Napoli - the flavor is indeed strong, with a syrupy dark and complex flavor profile. The lingering Robusta flavor is pronounced, but not overdone for my tastes. The full body and rounded flavor profile make this a great all around "Classico" type espresso. If you like that type of lingering flavor with a full body, you'll probably like this. If you like something with a clean crisp back end, this isn't it. In shot after shot, I realized that the Napoli offered up more crema than the Trieste, which is most likely a result of the higher Robusta content.

I drank the Napoli as both an espresso and a ristretto.


Trieste - Again, a dark roasted, deep, rich flavor, that can be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good espresso. The chocolatey flavor gives a nice backing base note to the cup. Its got a cleaner finish, but still lingers with a deep roasted, almost ashy flavor of the espresso bean. I enjoyed this as both an espresso and ristretto.

Review Summary - Nespresso Napoli and Trieste

I think these are a couple of winners if you like darker, bolder espressos. While they may seem similar in their intensity, they are not the same. The addition of the Robusta to the Napoli makes this blend a more "Classico" espresso, with a longer richer finish. One that I happen to like.

I like the various colors of the crema in these too that make the visual texture of the espresso enticing and more alluring. It's not exactly Latte art, but it is the top of an enjoyable expresso.


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Posted by Scott Martin at April 20, 2013 7:26 PM
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