May 18, 2011

Nespresso Aguila - Intelligent, Connected Commercial Espresso


Nespresso announced that they are building a new commercial size espresso machine to help restaurants and cafes serve their brand of capsule-based espresso. The new commercial machine is automated giving easy and quick access to high quality drinks in high volumes. From the picture you can see that this thing is big, and pretty much the anti-Pixie in size.

The machine is connected through a SIM card to Nespresso, allowing them to help with diagnostics, maintenance and repair. I would imagine they also peer into consumption data and report on that too.

The lessons that they learn on energy savings on the consumer side (The Pixie automatically shuts off after about 9 minutes), they are applying here. THe Nespresso Aguila will go into a low energy state after 30 minutes of non-use and an even deeper sleep mode after a protracted time.

The Nespresso Aguila launches this Fall.

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May 13, 2011

Nespresso Coffee Prices Going Up

According to a report today, Nespresso has indicated that prices will be going up on their coffees, by about 6%. That's not much compared to the fact that coffee is near all time highs these days for green beans, but probably represents the fact that coffee is a small component in the overall cost structure of the Nespresso capsules delivered to your local store or to your doorstep.

That would mean that regular capsules would go up to about $5.80 per box from $5.50, and the single origins going up to about $6.60 from $6.20 per box.

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May 1, 2011

Get $50 with Nespresso Machine Purchase


Nespresso has rolled out a promotion - just in time for Mother's Day, that offers a $50 Nespresso Credit at the Nespresso Club when you buy a machine priced $249 and over. That's a lot of capsules, or even a few accessories to enjoy the new machine with.

That promotion is squarely targeted at the Nespresso Pixie, and should help take the bite out of enjoying your new machine. The offer is valid between now and June 19th, 2011.

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April 21, 2011

Review: Nespresso Onirio Limited Edition Capsules


Nespresso Onirio capsules have arrived at Single Serve Espresso and we wanted to post up a quick review of the latest Nespresso Limited Edition. The silvery white capsules came today with a pair of Ristrettos inthe box; a pretty big contrast in both capsule color, package and taste. I will admit that the Ristretto is one of my favorites, and as one of the strongest flavors in the line. With that, I will say that the Onirio is a refreshing change and a nice break from the norm.

Nespresso is pushing the Onirio as a refined lightly roasted refined coffee with hints of flowers:

"This blend of the finest ethiopian coffees i specially roasted to offer the most refined aromas. Onirio has rounded body and presents remarkable white flower notes reminiscent of jasmine and orange blossom."

Brewing and Tasting

Nespresso's Onirio brews up with a great crema that you would expect from a Nespresso capsule, creating a delicate topping for your espresso. I brewed the new Onirio up in the new Nespresso Pixie brewer that I have been running for a few weeks now. Still enjoying it - Read My Review of the Nespresso Pixie for more on it.


Flavor-wise, I don't get the delicate flowery notes coming through, but hey maybe it's the accumulated effects of hundreds of Livantos and Ristretos. What I do get is a light cereal note, lighter than the Dulsao from Brazil. The Onirio has almost no back end lingering flavor, so the overall profile is a quick one; offering a fleeting taste before disappearing. I will say that the Onirio is acidic and noticeably so. Overall a nice clean flavor.

When I cut open the Nespresso Onirio and Ristreto capsules, surprisingly the color of the roasts were not that far off. I had expected a larger difference.


Nespresso Onirio Recipes

So Nespresso is offering up a couple of recipes that you can use Onirio for including an Onirio Mojito - a non-alcoholic version of these light, mint infused springtime drink. the other is an Onirio Macchiato that is made with jasmine tea and orange peel infused milk. I might just have to try this one. Check out their Nespresso Onirio mini-site.

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Nespresso Pixie Now Available at Nespresso Club


The Nespresso Pixie thus far has been exclusively available at William-Sonoma since late March, but as of today, it is also available for the same price at the Nespresso Club, signaling the (slightly) broader rollout of their newest machine. Review: Nespresso Pixie

The Nespresso store site has always been a little clunky and restricted, so my advice is check out the cool graphics on the Nespresso Pixie (we previewed the site back when it was only available overseas), then skip on over to Williams-Sonoma to buy it; same price and better shopping experience.

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April 18, 2011

Nespresso Onirio Limited Edition On Sale Now

The Nespresso Onirio Limited Edition Capsules went on sale today at the Nespresso Club store online and at boutiques across the country. Check out your Nespresso App on your iPhone for a location near you or, just order away to have it shipped to your home address via 2-day shipping.

The lighter roasted Limited Edition is also accompanied by some limited edition cups that are a little less over the top, but appropriate in a number of ways. Personally, I think that the cups (below) are a little more delicate than the typical Nespresso cups, clothed in nearly all white with subtle decoration and small handles. Priced at $45 per pair they are designed by Christian Ghion and illustrated by Onze Dixième.


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April 12, 2011

Nespresso Onirio Limited Edition 2011


Nespresso is getting ready to launch the 2011 Limited Edition Nespresso Onirio - a light roasted coffee that is said to offer a nice afternoon alternative to tea. Bad news if you are more of a Kazaar lover. The lighter roasted product is split roasted to bring out the best of each stream. Offering primary notes of jasmine and citrus, the smooth and rounded notes the vintage Ethiopian beans are Sidamo and Yirgachaffe varieties. I love well roasted complex flavors in my coffee, and personally, I can pull those out more easily from a light roasted coffee.

Rumored to be launching next week in the US, I'll let you know when I confirm the ship dates.

Thanks Josh for sending this in

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March 24, 2011

Review: Nespresso Pixie Espresso Brewer - Small Magic


The Nespresso Pixie has launched, at least in Williams-Sonoma stores here in the US, and is about to launch nationally through the Nespresso online store. The Pixie, first confirmed here back in January, is the smallest Nespresso Capsule brewer in the Nespresso line-up. While smallest can often mean terrible shortcuts and limited functionality, the Pixie is a pretty good little package that gives users the same high quality experience that other Nespresso machines offer. Are there drawbacks? Yes, but on balance the Nespresso Pixie gives you a remarkably well designed espresso brewer that will take up but a small fraction of your countertop cranking out espresso after espresso.

The top of the Nespresso Pixie - the brewhead slides forward so you can insert the capsule.

Note: I wanted to get this up as soon as I could. I will continue to add some further thoughts and pictures in the coming days - Scott

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March 23, 2011

Review: Outpresso the Nespresso Capsule Recycler


Outpresso is a compact device that separates the coffee from the aluminum in Nespresso coffee capsules, making it feasible to put the spent aluminum capsules in the recycling bin. I first wrote about Outpresso a few years ago but wasn't until this year that they were available to ship from a US address; making the process easier and faster. Not sure about you, but I have had mixed results ordering things from overseas and getting them here in a timely manner.

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March 3, 2011

Nespresso Pixie Launched in US; Sneak Peek at the Nespresso Launch Site

Yea, I know we've talked a lot about the Nespresso Pixie, but judging from the emails I have gotten, people can't wait for it to hit the US market and try it out for themselves. The Nespresso Pixie has launched exclusively at Williams and Sonoma in the US, just this afternoon, giving the US access to the newest smallest Nespresso machine. I will have a Nespresso Pixie in for Review in the coming days.

The new espresso brewer is an ultra compact espresso maker that brews one cup at a time using the array of Nespresso capsules. The Nespresso Pixie has a powerful thermoblock heater that heats in 25-30 seconds, and then brews a quick shot of espresso or lungo. For reference it's about as high as eight capsules stacked on top of each other, about as deep as a sleeve of capsules, and about as wide as a teaspoon according to Nespresso; that's 12 3/4" x 4 3/4" x 9 3/4" high for the rest of us.

The 19-bar pump is at the heart of the Pixie brewer with the convenience capsule brewing. The Reservoir is on the smallish side, at about 24 ounces, but still enough to handle a week's worth of espressos. The Pixie has a light that will shine when the unit is getting low on water; you'll know when to re-fill. The spent capsule bin rounds out the brewing process, lift the lever and the spent capsules drop through; it holds about 10 capsules.

Also offers a flip up cup tray, two programmable buttons for different brew sizes, and a nice auto shut off function that puts the Pixie into energy saving standby mode.

The Nespresso Pixie comes in 6 colors: Electric Steel Blue; Electric Lime; Electric Aluminum; Electric Indigo; Electric Red; Electric Titan

Sneak Peek - Nespresso Site

If you want a sneak peek at what the Nespresso Club site will look like when the Nespresso Pixie is launched, check out the UK Nespresso Site for a view. It's a pretty impressive look at the marketing: "Pixie: Fast, Intuitive, Cool, Ergonomic, and Energy Efficient."

At Williams Sonoma, the Nespresso Pixie for $249 (We guessed the Nespresso Pixie price would range from $200 to $259), with Free Shipping. It's a pre-sale now, with an online sale date of 3/17 and an in-store date of 3/22.

Thanks to all those readers who wrote in tonight.

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