December 5, 2014

Review: Nespresso Maragogype Special Reserve Capsules


Nespresso has a very special reserve capsule out, Maragogype Special Reserve, that on the heels of the Kona Spcial Reserve looks set to usher in a new tradition of rare blends that come with a rarefied cost. While your regular capsules may cost $0.80 each, the Special Reserves cost $2 each. Yes, if you're doing the math, that's over $100 per pound at these rates. Insane? Maybe, Expensive? Sure. Worth it? Why not give it a try?

The Maragogype Special Reserve is a blend of beans from Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Colombia. The Maragogype bean is an Arabica mutation that is known for large beans, and was first discovered by the Brazilian town of the same name. Nespresso uses split roasting to coerce the flavors out of each variety, blending after roast to give the ending cup more complexity. Nespresso says that they have a fine flavor with a creamy crema, and mild, slightly sweet notes on a rounded finish. You know it's something to take care of when it comes; it's got its own bubblewrap treatment.


Bubblewrap on the sleeve - protects your $20 investment.

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Special Coffee bean print on the capsule - reflects to focus on the extra large Maragogype variety


I am generally a sucker for these types of special editions thinking that for a mere $20 per sleeve of ten, you can experience a rare, but affordable coffee. I did not drink the Maragogype capsules as my daily drink every morning, instead saving them for an afternoon break on the weekend, or a special after dinner shot. I brewed it on my Nespresso Latissima Plus, and kept it to a standard espresso shot.


The aromas coming off are of tobacco and pepper, with a crema that is not overly creamy. I think it is typical for an Arabica-based espresso. It is moderately acidic, with a fleeting and clean finish. The cereal notes come through in the finish as well as the green notes.

I was not impressed with Nespresso's Kona Special Edition, as I think it made a poor espresso, with a dark, almost burnt up-front flavor with hardly a back end flavor to enjoy. The Maragogype on the other hand is an enjoyable espresso, for my tastes. I tend to like a more substantive shot, with a little less cereal, and a little more going on in the acidity department. My go-to capsule is often the Levant (same intensity as the Maragogype, but more acidic), or the robusta-laden Kazaar when I want a real deep, dark punch.

So is the Maragogype worth a try? I say yes. Read up on it, enjoy and rap a sleeve while they are still available. These types of opportunities don't come along often enough.

At Nespresso Club - Maragogype Special Reserve

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Posted by Scott Martin at December 5, 2014 8:25 AM
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