Nespresso Dharkan and Kazaar: Permanent Intense Crand Cru Capsules Added to Line
Nespresso has added espresso fan favorite Kazaar to the permanent line of Nespresso Crand Cru Capsules for Nespresso drinkers to enjoy. Kazaar, a 12 on their original 10-scale for intensity, was released twice as special limited editions, and sold out quickly to strong consumer reaction and positive reviews - I thought the capsule was great in 2010 and again in 2012.
Nespresso has also added another intense flavor called Dharkan; a slow roasted Arabica blend from Latin America and Asia, is a "complex blend with hints of bitter cocoa powder and toasted cereals" with a "silky and smooth texture creates a subtle balance of bitterness that lingers on the taste buds"
These blends are available now at the Nespresso Club for ordering; I have my order in; jump on them fast if you want to try them out; My hunch is that people will be snatching these up quickly.
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Posted by Scott Martin at August 28, 2013 9:05 AM
I've had the new Kazaar and I also had the 2010 and 2012. Regarding the 2012, you said:
"I had one lonely Kazaar capsule left over from 2010 ... 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."
I was struck by some significant differences between 2010 and 2012, namely, the latter was more bitter and less rich, as though the beans were not of the same quality. I had saved a batch of 2010 capsules--not freezing them; why would you do that? Freezing destroys coffee flavor--but keeping them cool and dry. They last at least double the sell-by date, as Nespresso people themselves have told me. They grossly underestimate the "spoil date." I didn't care so much for the 2012s, while the 2010 was exactly as I'd remembered it two, even three, years later.
The newest capsules arrived yesterday, and they were just like the original 2010s. No after-taste bitterness. Whatever it was that Nespresso didn't quite do right in 2012, they did right this time. The Dharkan flavor is a winner, also.
Thanks for adding to the conversation - glad you like the new capsules. I do too.
Regarding Freezing; freezing is bad for coffee that is not sealed, like beans or ground in a bag. What happens is that when you use the coffee, you bring it out into humid air, the coffee is so cold, that it condenses water onto its surface, and then starts to degrade the coffee. That's why refrigerated coffee works well for beans and ground coffee; it's not cold enough to condense the humidity onto the bean.
When the coffee is sealed (in capsules for instance) this doesn't happen, and the lower the temperatures, the lower the flavor degradation. We used to store our flavor standards sealed in metal or glass at -40F for over 18 months with little to no degradation at all.