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.
In the tradition of Stomp, this video takes a walk through a simple coffee break in the Sanremo UK shipping dock. This maker of espresso machines takes a fun look at what that coffee break might sound like.
Illy has a recipe contest up on their Facebook page. You'll need to create your best recipe and submit it to win one of the fabulous prizes…. channeling some hawker mojo here. The best recipes will go into their seasonal recipe book.
Once you like them, and submit your amazing recipe, you'll be eligible to win a Francis Francis X7.1 iperEspresso Machine, one (1) can of iperEspresso Medium Roast Capsules, one (1) can of Ground Drip Coffee Medium Roast, one (1) set of four (4) illy Logo Cappuccino Cups and one (1) set of four (4) illy Logo Espresso Cups.
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.
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:
Insert Capsule in machine to brew.
Press and HOLD the desired brew button that you want to alter the brew volume on
When the Espresso shot gets to the desired level, release the button.
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:
NPR is going to be looking at Coffee, and bringing stories from around the world on the drink. The first installment was yesterday and is up not eh web for streaming. This one is a good overview of the coffee growing market, with tiny farms creating some of the best coffee in the world, and big mega-plantations in Brazil growing 40% of all coffee.
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).
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.
I like cold coffee drinks and have for a long time. I had to try out Starbuck's Iced Coffee when I cruised by it today in the market. Starbucks has long been into ready to drink coffee with its Frappuccino, and DoubleShot iced espresso.
Starbucks Iced coffee comes in four varieties, with one being low calorie. I like the idea of low calorie, but elected to pick up the base "Iced Coffee" and the Caramel versions, skipping the low calories version; maybe next time. Over at Single Serve Coffee, they mentioned that Starbucks is rolling out the products in select cities, with the Caramel available from Washington DC up to Maine. The rollout nationally will continue through the rest of the year.
How does Starbucks Describe the Taste for its Iced Coffee?
Iced Coffee - These beans and just the right touch of sweetness create a crisp, refreshing taste. It's the perfect way to stay cool all year long.
Caramel - These beans plus lusciously rich caramel flavor create a refreshing, pick-me-up taste. It's the perfect way to stay cool all year long.
Vanilla - These beans plus satisfyingly smooth vanilla flavor create a refreshing, pick-me-up taste. It's the perfect way to stay cool all year long.
Low Calorie Iced Coffee - These beans and just the right touch of sweetness create a crisp, refreshing taste. It's the perfect way to stay cool all year long without the guilt.
How Many Calories in Starbucks Iced Coffee
The low calorie version is a good "in between" drink, with 50 calories per 11 ounce serving. I like that they left in some stuff to make it semi-real. When you strip out everything, it's really hard to make something taste good.
The others - Caramel and regular "Iced Coffee" have 110 calories per bottle, with the Vanilla going a little higher at 120 calories.
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.
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