October 5, 2013

Nespresso Machines now at Target

Target and Nespresso are teaming up to increase distribution of the single serve espresso machines. Recently, the machines started showing up online and in select stores.

It appears that they are selling the Nespresso U machine online and in stores, while they offer others online. Target is offering the "Plus Milk" versions too with sidecars of the Nespresso Aeroccino to appeal to those whole want a latte experience. Others include:

Prices are the same as the Nespresso Club online store, and there is no word on capsule availability in-store. the Essenza is only $99 right now, and an additional $30 for the "Plus Milk" version - a bargain considering the Aeroccino 3 as a stand alone item is $99 at Nespresso Club right now.

What's this mean for the upscale purveyor of espresso machines? Euro chic or white trash? The $99 entry point will probably dissuade casual users. Not sure if Americans will jump at espresso only configurations or jump to the "Plus Milk" versions with the Aeroccino.

Sadly for CBTL, this must be the epilogue to their launch and miss in Target about a year and a half ago. They have since disappeared from shelves at our local Target stores, and appear to be available online only.

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August 28, 2013

Nespresso Dharkan and Kazaar: Permanent Intense Crand Cru Capsules Added to Line

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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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July 3, 2013

Nespresso Variations: Masala Chai for ths US

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Nespresso has announced that the results of its consumer vote are in, and one of the Variations flavors this year will be Masala Chai. Sounds like a pretty new flavor choice, and was run off Masala Chai, Cioccorosso, and Liminto. The voting was conducted worldwide where nespresso does business, and in the US, and a few other countries Masala Chai won. Across most of Europe and in many other countries the Cioccorosso came out on top.

Masala Chai is an obvious blend of typical chai spices into the Livanto base for the Variations. The Cioccorosso is a blend of chocolate and red fruit flavors. Both sound pretty good, and with both going to production, I'd like to try both.

Look for the 2012 Variations coming out in late November here in the US.

Check out the worldwide results at Nespresso Variations

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May 22, 2013

Nespresso CEO Talks Expansion in the US and China

The WSJ had a conversation with Nespresso's CEO Jean-Marc Duvoisin to talk about Nespresso's plans, and hurdles in the global marketplace. At a high level, Nespresso is using George Clooney in Europe as their spokesman as he supports a more mature market, while Penelope Cruz is the spokesperson in the US, where the market is just developing.

Nespresso has hit some speed bumps with competition getting around their patent fortress, and while that creates some headwinds, Duvosin is kind in his words indicating that competition is good. I think the PR spokesperson took care of that for him.

Finally, Nespresso expects that they will continue to expand in the US, and start to expand in China, noting that China will be a slow and steady expansion.

Read the whole interview at the WSJ

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April 25, 2013

Nespresso Loses Patent Battle to Dualit in UK

Nespresso has long battled for patent control over what goes into its machines, and the UK just ruled for Dualit, and will allow them to continue to sell their Dualit capsules in the UK under the Dualit NX name.

This comes months after a German court ruled that compatible capsules can be sold there without infringement issues on Nestle patents.

Tough day in court for the coffee giant who sells billions per year in the Nespresso unit, who just broke ground on a third Nespresso Capsule manufacturing center.

Below is a quick video from the folks at Aromo Coffee showing the Dualit capsules.

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April 24, 2013

How to Set the Brew Size on Nespresso Machines (and reset it)

It's easy to set a new brew size on most automatic Nespresso machines. These are the machines where you can hit the button, and the machine shuts off when it reaches the right pour size. This usually includes Citiz, Pixie, Latissima+, and more.

How to Customize your Brew Volume

If you decide that you want to alter the size of the espresso shot, you can easily create a new "espresso" and "lungo" setting for yourself in a few simple steps:

  1. Insert Capsule in machine to brew.
  2. Press and HOLD the desired brew button that you want to alter the brew volume on
  3. When the Espresso shot gets to the desired level, release the button.
  4. You now have set a custom brew size that will allow you to get that brew volume each and every time you brew.

How to Reset your Nespresso Machine

Okay, so you don't like that brew volume setting anymore, or you accidentally set it to some insane level, it's easy to return the Citiz to the factory settings. Again a few easy steps:

  1. Switch the machine off
  2. Press and hold the "Lungo" brew button
  3. Switch the machine on
  4. Release the Lungo button

Yes, it's that easy.


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April 20, 2013

Review: Nespresso Trieste and Napoli Limited Edition Capsules


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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).


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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.


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April 9, 2013

Shipping Today: Nespresso Napoli and Trieste Capsules

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Nespresso started shipping their Limited Edition 2013 Napoli and Trieste capsules for the Spring season. The new pair of capsules are meant to capture the coffee culture of these Italian cities with different espresso blends, roasted to bring out a bold flavor.

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.

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.

Order now, if they prove popular, they'll be gone soon. Price is $0.70 per capsule.

Read more about our announcement a couple of weeks ago on the first signs of the Napoli and Trieste capsules.

Order at the Nespresso Club


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April 4, 2013

Unconfirmed: Nespresso Napoli and Trieste Coming April 10

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My sources are indicating that the new Spring Capsules from Nespresso, the Napoli and Trieste capsules will be available from Nespresso Club April 10 at the call center, and online a day earlier.

The capsules are usually announced early in the week, so we'll see, as the announcement could be as early as next Monday or Tuesday.

A lot of people have been asking "When will Nespresso's Napoli and Trieste capsules launch in the US?" - they've already launched overseas, and we usually get the news and the capsules a few weeks later. The time is ripe for a new Spring Limited Edition.

Of course, as soon as we get some in we'll post a review of the Nespresso Limited Edition Napoli and Triste capsules.

The new Limited Edition espresso capsules focus on the coffee culture of Italy, and will be packing some stiff espresso credentials, coming in high on Nespresso's intensity scale. Read more on the Nespresso's Napoli and Trieste Limited Edition Espresso Capsules.

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March 27, 2013

Nespresso Napoli and Trieste - New Capsules for Spring 2013

Nespresso will be launching two new espresso capsules the Spring, the Nespresso Napoli and Trieste as limited editions. The two blends will tuck into the line as part of the annual tradition of adding temporary capsules to offer some excitement, news and variety. Nespresso recently stated that they would expect to have more variety, and potentially at higher prices, like the Limited Edition Hawaii Kona capsule that sold for $2 per capsule.

Trieste LE Spring 2013 capsule

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. We'll have to see.

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.

More on the Launch after the jump…..

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