November 28, 2013

Review: Nespresso Variations Cioccorosso (Raspberry Chocolate).

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This year, Nespresso pulled a fast one; selling one flavor Variations capsule per country, but making three. Earlier this year, Nespresso had a vote, and the folks in the US picked Masala Chai flavored Nespresso (Full review - Masala Chai Nespresso). Not sure what you folks voted for, but I voted for Raspberry Chocolate; they called it Cioccorosso.

Our good friends north of the border in Canada voted for Cioccorosso, and luckily, Sawn, a SingleServeEspresso.com reader offered to swap some for a Chai Masala.

Nespresso Variations are layered on top of the slightly acidic Livanto base, offering a good springboard for fruity and lively notes. It doesn't hurt that I like Livanto a lot.

Tasting Notes - Cioccorosso

Nespresso's Cioccorosso capsules brew up with a pretty good nose of fresh raspberries, and keep it for a few minutes while you sip your espresso. I like to add a small amount of sugar to get the full flavor to come out. The Raspberry flavor was delicate enough to be masked by milk, so the latte that I brewed up lost some of the raspberry punch.

The chocolate flavor is more persistent and comes across as a drier, less sweet cocoa flavor that is slightly bitter like a dark chocolate. It's good, and again I think the added sugar helps it come to life. I tend to add about a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar, so we are not talking a lot here, just enough to make it come to life.

We shall see how this went over; I think it drove some excitement, and if Nespresso sees it as a success, we should see a similar program next year.

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Posted by Scott Martin at November 28, 2013 4:52 PM
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