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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September 25, 2012

Review: Limited Edition 2012 Crealto Nespresso Capsules


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With the turning of the calendar page, every September brings a new Limited Edition from Nespreso. Part of their occasional variety efforts to shake up their standard 16 Grand Crus, the Limited Edition can help drinkers explore a little more and potentially discover a new flavor space that they hadn't enjoyed in the past. These Limited Editions typically focus on a theme; the marketing department sees to that, and in some cases, the theme becomes a beast of its own. Take the case of the Kazaar Limited Edition 2010 that wrapped product with the concept of an espresso with such a strong flavor profile that it was an "11 on a 10 scale", backed b an all-robusta blend. The concept took off, the product surprised many, including me, by rounding off the typical rubbery harsh notes typical of a Robusta, while keeping its late flavor punch.

This year's Nespresso Limited Edition Capsule, the Crealto, is not nearly as adventurous as the Kazaar, but still a good adventure in a little capsule. The new bi-color capsule treatment, reminiscent of an entrée at a fine restaurant drizzled with a delicious sauce. The message behind Crealto is that Nespresso coffee should be enjoyed with the creative expressions of fine cuisine. High creativity is the message in its name, but I am not sure they pulled it off in the coffee itself.

More after the jump…..

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September 22, 2012

UnBoxing and First Brew: Starbucks Verismo 580

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

The Starbucks Verismo arrived and we had to tear into it and take it for a test drive. Check out the First Brew Video after the jump…… The machine is made for Starbucks, and has a lot of features that one might look for in a single serve espresso machine; good sized reservoir, easy to use pods, and a way to get both espresso and milk-based drinks. It brews at 19-bar, plenty of pressure to extract flavor and oils from the ground coffee. With Starbucks' long history of espresso brewing, this should provide us with a decent shot of espresso.

Verismo is fairly compact (5.9"W x 14.9"D x 11.7"H), and can easily fit on a counter top. It comes packed with the typical overpack, but no additional packs of capsules inside. Starbucks is offering a free starter pack of 8-Latte drinks (8-espresso pods and 8-milk pods) when you buy it though the Starbucks Store.

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Starbucks Verismo Coffee and Espresso Pod Varieties

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The new Starbucks Verismo has hit the market, and several readers have asked about the varieties available for the new machine line. With the ability to make your own Latte, as well as espresso and coffee, interest is high. While Starbucks has talked about its pressure brewed espresso quite a bit, they are also positioning it as a machine that can create light and lively coffee in a variety of sizes.

Pods for Starbucks Verismo are available in:

  • Caffe Latte - with eight espresso and eight milk pods - $12.95
  • Decaf Latte -with eight decaffeinated espresso and eight milk pods - $12.95
  • Espresso Roast - 12 pods - $11.95
  • Decaf Espresso Pods - 12 pods - $11.95
  • Cafe Verona Brewed Coffee - 12 pods - $11.95
  • House Blend - 12 Pods - $11.95
  • Pike Place - 12 Pods - $11.95
  • Guatemala Antigua - 12 pods - $11.95
  • Veranda Blend  - 12 pods - $11.95
  • Milk Pods - 12 pods - $9.95

With the addition of the milk pods option, a Latte lover can select their own coffee blend and get a little savings by adding a box of milk pods to the batch. At over $1.50 a latte, the pre-boxed Caffe Late option is a little more expensive compared to at-home brewing using your own milk and an espresso shot from something like a Nespresso Lattissima+ ($0.65 for the espresso capsule and about $0.25 for the milk). Compared to stopping in the shop for one, it's cheap.


UPDATE: Check out our Unboxing and First Brew post on the new Verismo 580 Brewer.

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September 20, 2012

Starbucks Verismo 580 - In Stores Next Week

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

Starbucks is launching their long awaited single serve machine called Verismo, a pod based single serve espresso machine that also offers the ability to make milk-based beverages like Lattes. The machine is a lot like a Nespresso machine in that its a well designed, small foot-print machine that handles about 10 pods per reservoir refill, and has a familiar lever on top that allows users to add new pods. The difference here is that the Verismo allows you to add a condensed milk pod to make those milk-based drinks that so many people are used to in coffee shops.

I'll have one in-house soon and a full review of the Starbucks Verismo up as soon as I can. Stop back. UPDATE: I posted my Verismo Unboxing and First Brew article after receiving my brewer.

Pricing and availability after the jump….

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Coffee Pods - Nespresso Compatible Capsules


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There are a lot of capsules that claim to be Nespresso Capsule Compatible, and they appear to be making their way to market despite the court challenges from Nespresso. Found in the UK, Coffee Pods are a line of four varieties that are have the coffee in plastic capsules, with a clear plastic film to seal the coffee in. To protect the freshness, the capsule is sealed in a pouch.

The four Coffee Pod varieties are: Intense, Smooth, Light & Lively, and Decaf.

They will be available at the well known Waitrose markets across the country.

more at: Coffee Pods website.

Picture from Coffee Pods

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September 18, 2012

Sarista - New Single Serve Espresso and Coffee Machine

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The new Sarista is a pretty interesting machine as it modularizes the coffee making experience and tries to put whole beans into a "capsule-like" coffee funnel that ties your new machine to their whole beans. It might be a pretty cool invention, giving users a quick and easy way to make everything from an espresso all the way up to a whole carafe of coffee. Pop on one of at least six "Coffee Funnels" of whole bean coffee, pick a cup size and the Sarista grinds, tamps and extracts your coffee for you. The coffee funnels twist onto the top of the Sarista machine.

The Sarista Machine will retail for a little over $300 in the Netherlands starting in early October. It's from Sara-Lee, the makers of the Senseo pod-based coffee maker. The coffee funnels will come in six varieties to start: Mellow Flow, Bright Song, Revel Rich, Decaf, Pure Explosion, and Bold Burst. The cost will be in the $6+ range, and give a cost per cup of about $0.30. No word on any US launch plans.

See the video after the jump for some views on how the machine works.

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September 10, 2012

New Illy Cup Collenction - Daniel Buren

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Illy has a long tradition of offering limited editions of their espresso cups. Created by world renowned artists, these cups are made for avid fans and are not cheap. They are amazing to look at, and in the hand of an appreciative espresso drinker, they can make the experience more special.

This year, illy tapped France native Daniel Buren, who is well known for his use of stripes to redefine how the viewer's perspective can change the interpretation of space. His career has been in large scale installations that use both the space and art to transform temporarily in order to move his patrons to experience a different reality. This year's cup collection is released in tandem with Buren's installation "Monumenta 2012" at the Grand Palace in Paris. The installation uses transparent colored circles suspended above the floor to change the light coming through the glass ceiling, as well as mirrors and walls to engage the patrons as they walk through the space.

The cups and saucers are valuable for $225. The cups are classic illy, while the saucers use perspective and Buren's famous stripe to change how you experience the collection.

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For more on buying the Buren Illy Cup Collection, and see a video of the Monumenta 2012 installation, go to the Daniel Buren Cup Colleciton Page at Illy.

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September 3, 2012

Nespresso Crealto Limited Edition 2012 Capsules - Now Available

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Nespresso has released Crealto, its 2012 Limited Edition Blend. It is a blend of washed arabicas, slow roasted to reveal a long finish in the flavor profile. With an intensity of 8, the Crealto is best suited to stand up to milk and/or serve as a good stark espresso.

The name is inspired by high cuisine - Createur + Alto; the high creator envisioned as a chef creating their best dishes to bring out the best in the foods presented. Nespresso sees itself doing the same with the beans that they present and hope that you enjoy the flavors that they were abel to bring out in their slow roasting process.

Nespresso says:

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"The high intensity coffee is blended entirely from washed Arabica coffee beans, and its long roasting time cooks all the notes harmoniously, allowing it to develop round roasted notes that are long-lasting; giving Crealto its unique character and aroma. Crealto is best served as an espresso but can also be enjoyed with milk; releasing subtle nutty aromas."

These blends tend to go fast, and I just ordered mine; order yours to enjoy, and re-order if you like them. Nespresso ships 2nd day to your address. I often get it the next day since the distribution center is only a hundred miles from my house.

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