November 22, 2012

Nespresso U vs. Pixie Espresso Machines

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Nespresso U

Nespresso continues to bring out better and better advancements in its machines, and with the newest Nespresso U in the market, one has to wonder, which is better the Nespresso U or the Nespresso Pixie?

Nespresso Pixie

The Nespresso Pixie is, was introduced in the Spring of 2011, further pushing the engineering limits to get the most minimalistic espresso machine that meets consumer needs for convenient, excellent espresso. The reservoir is downsized, and seemingly so is the spent capsule storage - meaning that you can go through almost 10 espressos before emptying the capsules or adding water. Still OK in my mind.

The Pixie, as you can imagine from its name is all about being small, and it is. I love the small footprint on my countertop. It takes up almost no space at 12.8"x4.3"x9.2".

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November 21, 2012

Review: Nespresso Variations Capsules 2012

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UPDATE 12/10: Coconut and Macadamia Nut are out of stock in the US.

Nespresso releases a Variations series of three capsules every year for the holidays, and this year they went a little nutty - Macadamia, Coconut and Hazelnut. I usually do not drink flavored coffee, well pretty much never, but I do look forward to the Variations every year to see how espresso can be enjoyed and complemented with some exotic flavors. Some of my favorites from the past are flavors I'd never drink regularly, including Crystallized Ginger and Apricot. For me, the annual Nespresso Variations flavors add to our Christmas holidays, like a little treat in a busy season.

Nespresso describes their flavors this way:

  • Coconut - perfect harmony between the coconut notes and the Livanto Grand Cru creates a gourmand experience reminiscent of coconut macaroons.
  • Hazelnut - The combination of lightly roasted hazelnut notes with the Livanto Grand Cru reveals a praline flavor, giving it balance in the mouth
  • Macadamia - Rich savors of the Macadamia nut combined with the roundness of the Livanto Grand Cru develop a surprising freshness, revealing citrus notes.

more after the jump…...

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Review: Nespresso Hawaii Kona Special Reserve 2012

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Nespresso released their super-Special Reserve earlier this month, in the form of a very limited edition, at some pretty exclusive prices. The Hawaiian Kona is not a blend, but 100% from Kona, and Nespresso has tried to coax as much out of the capsule as they can. The capsules cost $2 each, so each sleeve is not the usual $7, but instead nearly three times as much. The sleeve is unique in that it opens from the side, and not the end. I like the silver embossed treatment - it lives up to the $2 per capsule price tag.

Nespresso says:

"Discover 100% Hawaii Kona Special Reserve. Characterized by an intensity of 5, Hawaii Kona Special Reserve gradually releases its exceptional roundness that will captivate you with its complex array of aromas. Due to the low volumes of production, it will be available in very limited quantities for a limited time only Characterized by an intensity of 5, Hawaii Kona Special Reserve gradually releases its exceptional roundness that will captivate you with its complex array of aromas."

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November 20, 2012

Nespresso Ad with Penelope Cruz

Nespresso is doubling down in the US market, seeing that with the recession over, the economy getting better and products like Starbucks' Verismo already in market, and Green Mountain/Lavazza's Rivo espresso maker coming to market, it's time to get some market share. Nespresso USA has spent $12Million in media this year vs. just $40,000 last year according to Ad Age, the marketing trade magazine.

The new campaign features the Lattissima Plus espresso machine, with its one touch latte functionality, steaming fresh milk right into your cup then dropping a shot of espresso on top. According to Nespresso, 80% of espresso consumption is in a larger cup with milk (think Latte), opposite of Europe's habits, which tends to explain the line of espresso only machines that Nespresso has. Nespresso has been successful in Europe with campaigns featuring primarily George Clooney, but this one has John Malkovitch in it too as God. We'll see how they do here. Check it out, it's pretty good.

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November 17, 2012

Nespresso Machines - 25% off This Weekend Only!

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Nespresso has a 25% off sale going on this weekend; good through tomorrow. They have their Nespresso machines on sale at a pretty good discount on their line of espresso machines. Not a bad deal.

Check out some of our reviews or informational posts on the Nespresso line. The prices are the effective price after the 25% discount:

Check them out at Nespresso; the prices are also the same this weekend at Amazon; check them out: Nespresso at Amazon


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November 14, 2012

Nespresso Variations Capsules 2012 - Hazelnut, Coconut and Macadamia

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UPDATE: See My Nespresso Variations 2012 Full Review

Nespresso also just announced their Holiday celebration flavors, the Nespresso Variations 2012, helping to wrap up the year in espresso. The capsules are always around for the holidays, and even if you are not a huge fan of flavored coffee (like me), these tend to be a fun experiment in espresso that I find worth the trip.

For the 2012 holidays, Nespresso has brought us a nutty set; Hazelnut, Coconut and Macadamia nut flavors. Nespresso always offers a fantasy-based over the top site that hypes the Variations; this year is no different. Not only do they offer flavor details, but recipes too. According to Nespresso:

  • Coconut - perfect harmony between the coconut notes and the Livanto Grand Cru creates a gourmand experience reminiscent of coconut macaroons.
  • Hazelnut - The combination of lightly roasted hazelnut notes with the Livanto Grand Cru reveals a praline flavor, giving it balance in the mouth
  • Macadamia - Rich savors of the Macadamia nut combined with the roundness of the Livanto Grand Cru develop a surprising freshness, revealing citrus notes.

They are available with the Kona Special Reserve capsules for a limited time at the Nespresso USA Site

What were the Nespresso Variations for the past years?

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November 13, 2012

Nespresso Hawaii Special Reserve 2012

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Nespresso has announced their Special Reserve for late 2012, the Nespresso Hawaii Kona Special Reserve made from 100% Kona coffee. Kona is known for its scarcity, and unfortunately for its use as a minor blend coffee in "Kona Blends", short changing those who want to see what this pure varietal is really like. Nespresso, of course hasn't taken this path, and offers a 100% Kona for its capsules.

Nespresso says:

"Discover 100% Hawaii Kona Special Reserve. Characterized by an intensity of 5, Hawaii Kona Special Reserve gradually releases its exceptional roundness that will captivate you with its complex array of aromas. Due to the low volumes of production, it will be available in very limited quantities for a limited time only Characterized by an intensity of 5, Hawaii Kona Special Reserve gradually releases its exceptional roundness that will captivate you with its complex array of aromas."
It will be a lighter blend, coming in at 5 on their 10 scale for intensity, about the same as the green Capriccio, and a little less intense than the orange Livanto, that comes in at a "6".

With Kona coffee being so limited in its quantities, each capsule will cost you $2; yes, each capsule. You can order them in sleeves, and they will be a part of your order when shipped. I had to order a minimum quantity of 50 other capsules to get the Kona added.

More when I get them……

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October 21, 2012

Newpresso U: Customize Your Espresso

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The new Nespresso U is designed to fit you; customized and tailored to fit your needs. Nespresso has introduced its next generation espresso machine that brings personalized features, and features that can be customized for your tastes. With another tightly designed and compact machine to fit most kitchens in an espresso only format.

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The nespresso U has several design features that make it for "U" - favorite brew size selection. I am not sure that this is a mind blowing feature, but you can get your favorite brew size whenever you need by using one of the three brew buttons - Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo. This is up from the typical to - Espresso and Lungo. what is pretty cool though is that the Nespresso U memorizes your favorite brew size, and by simply sliding the top capsule door closed, it will brew that size. Great if you and your spouse agree, but what happens when they brew a few while you're away? "You got your Lungo in my ristretto?" On top of this, the capsule is ejected automatically after brewing into the used capsule bin (holds 11 capsules). In all, I like the features; just need to make sure my setting is the one setting it remembers; not anyone else's.

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October 1, 2012

Nespresso Hits Capsule Recycling Target

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Nespresso has hit its recycling target earlier than expected, reaching their goal of recycling 75% of the capsules it sells. The feat isn't small considering the fact that they sell millions of these things and consumers are spread out across the continent. With consumer collection points spread out over the 20 countries, they seem to have brought convenience to consumers with over 20,000 of these collection points. The plan seems to be working because even without the US participating in any form or fashion in a recycling plan, they achieved a 76+% global recycling rate in June.

"We have invested heavily to make recycling as easy as possible for our consumers to return their capsules so that the aluminum can be reused," said Guillaume Le Cunff, Nespresso's director of international marketing & sustainability.
Not recycling your Nespresso capsules? Try out the Outpresso, it ejects the coffee and makes the capsules earlier to recycle in the normal recycling stream.

Via EdieWaste
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September 26, 2012

Starbucks Verismo Pods vs. Competition

UPDATE: Posted my Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

A lot of readers have been asking about the size of the new Starbucks Verismo pods and how they compare to other various pods on the market. Size matters, especially when you are storing a bunch of these in the cabinet. Remember, these pods, capsules, and cups can only be used in its own machine. You can't use a Verismo in a Nespresso, nor a nespresso in a CBTL. Dolce Gusto looks big, but it won't work in a K-Cup machine. You get it…...

Starbucks Verismo vs. Nespresso, vs. K-Cup, vs Nescafe Dolce Gusto vs. CBTL

As you can see from the picture, the Verismo pod is a little bigger than a CBTL and a little smaller than a Dolce Gusto pod. It looks like the classic K-Cup has a lot more room in it for coffee and filtering. The smallest is definitely the Nespresso capsule that is packed with coffee, and doesn't need to leave room for any other type of mixing/brewing, like tea, milk or hot chocolate.

One of our readers commented that it was most like the CBTL capsule; without actually seeing it in person, I thought it was more like the Dolce Gusto….. wow, was I wrong. The CBTL and the Starbucks Verismo capsules are very similar, and the Dolce Gusto looks gargantuan in comparison. Left to right below are: K-Cup, Dolce Gusto, Starbucks Verismo, CBTL, and Nespresso Capsules.


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