November 14, 2013

Review: Nespresso Variations 2013 Masala Chai Capsules

Nespresso Varaitions 2013 Masala Chai

The Nespresso Variations capsules have enjoyed a long run, shipping three different flavors in each market, and in 2013, Nespresso shook a few things up. While they are still offering three flavors, they polled Nespresso drinkers in the middle of the year, and allocated the most popular flavor in each country to that market. After thousands of votes, the US got Masala Chai.

It's worth noting that Canada got Cioccorosso - a chocolate raspberry flavor..... visit us here at SSE for more on this next week.

Just in case you wanted more variation earlier this year, Nespresso re-introduced three "favorites" into the permanent collection for people to buy any time of the year; vanilla, chocolate, and caramel.

Review and tasting notes after the jump.....

Review and Tasting Notes: Masala Chai

The Nespresso team didn't waste any time getting the Masala Chai out of the warehouse on a Monday and getting it to me the next day with normal Nespresso Club shipping - impressive.

Typically, Variations are designed for a global audience, and the Masala Chai flavor is no exception. So while you may go to a local Starbucks and get an extra pump or two of sweet syrup to blow your mind, this won't. The flavors are more subtle, less overwhelming, whispering, not shouting.

I have a new Latissima Plus machine that I have been using lately and brewed a few lattes and espresso shots with the Masala Chai capsules. (I'll review the Latissima Plus soon)

Overall, the flavor is slight; very subtle and almost lost in a latte; a double shot of expresso helps, but won't make things jump out and yell "YO, CHAI HERE!" I was afraid that the milk was masking the flavors; it can do that, especially when the coffee is layered in the glass under a foamy layer of froth.

After having a few shots of pure Masala Chai espresso, I am convinced that this was designed to be that subtle, that slight, that quiet. The cardamon and spice flavors come through, but are barely there. If you look for them, they will reward you with a nicely true note that is authentic, and not cloying. It's like a secret that only you, the drinker, gets to enjoy in a crowd. A it of sugar helps it come alive in a shot.

If you like big flavors, and love Chai, this might not be enough for you. If you want to enjoy a quiet change of pace, and like Chai, then this little shot might reward you with a few minutes of fun.

Currently shipping at Nespresso Club, the Nespresso Variations Chai Masala for 2013 is $0.70 per capsule.

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Posted by Scott Martin at November 14, 2013 8:07 AM
Recent Comments

Masala Chai is a rip off. There is absolutely no chai flavor at all. Compared to the other variations from Nespresso, this one is worthless as a flavored coffee. It just makes a good regular espresso.

Posted by: ludo at January 2, 2014 7:04 PM

I am quite disappointed in the Chai Masala. There's really almost no added flavor there. I have chai spices here, and and I guess I should just make my own masala coffee.

Posted by: litlnemo at November 17, 2013 5:42 AM
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