Nespresso treated us last year when they released only one but excitingly new edition within its flavoured Variations capsules range, known as the classic ‘Cioccorosso’ range. And undoubtedly it is that festive time again of the year 2014 when the new Nespresso Limited Edition Variations hit our stores and are available again for us to indulge in during these winter months.
Earlier this year, fans of the Nespresso Facebook page participated in an online vote which was to selection from five flavours – and three, Chocolate Mint, Hazelnut Dessert and Apple Crumble, came out on top as the most popular flavours. These new delightfully festive flavours are available for the next foreseeable months for a limited time only.
As with any other Nespresso flavoured coffee capsules, these new exciting flavours don’t contain any calories or syrups, which is great news for our waists, but alternatively are produced by infusing the coffee with flavouring to create their amazing unique tastes and aromas.
Nespresso’s new Variations packaging isn’t exactly what many would consider festive but it features a sleek silver design on the capsules and matt black exterior packaging. In all three of these festive flavours you can distinctly smell the subtle aromas of apple (and vanilla), hazelnut and Mint. Coffee fanatics have reported a surprising aftertaste of the variation Chocolate Mint.
These three flavours are just like every year, special, festive and surprising. Certainly great to give as a gift to any Nespresso fan or why not just treat yourself and enjoy these limited flavours all to yourself on a winters evening.
Nespresso Chocolate Mint Capsules
- Intensity: 6
- Aromatic profile: Balanced, Refreshing Mint & Dark Chocolate
- Price: £12.99 for a 10 pack
As a simple lungo (with a touch of milk), the chocolate mint is considered very similar to the Nespresso Ciocattino but with a small minty fresh burst at the end.
The chocolate mint has been reported not to be entirely overpowering and both flavours, the mind and the chocolate, work very well together.
According to Nespresso, they claim their chocolate mint is an exquisite relationship of the fragrant roasted Livanto Grand Cru along with the delectable flavours of dark chocolate and refreshing minty goodness.
Nespresso Capsules Variations Set 2014 – Chocolate Mint
The Nespresso Pixie is the newest and fastest yet espresso machine for the Nespresso capsule system. Nespresso machines use specific capsules produced by Nespresso (See Nespresso capsules range) to make espressos and other coffee drinks. This machine takes only 25 seconds to heat up, in order to make you the perfect espresso (40ml) or lungo (110ml). The two coffee buttons are already programmed to give you the perfect dosage for your choice of beverage.
It has a used capsule container that can hold 9-11 used capsules, so you don’t need to cleanup after every use, and a 0.7 liter water tank. This coffee machine also has a foldable cup support to allow usage of both tall latte glasses and short espresso cups. The Nespresso Pixie is not made directly for making cappuccinos as it doesn’t have a built-in milk frother, but you may purchase this machine bundled with the newest generation Nespresso Aeroccino 3 to make the perfect cappuccino!
If you’re familiar with Nespresso’s line of coffee machines, you may very well know that in Europe most of them are sold for Nespresso by both Krups and Magimix and are slightly different. An example can be seen in several of my posts, including the one for the very popular Nespresso CitiZ coffee machine. The main difference between the Krups and Magimix models is how the coffee outlet looks. You’ll see it clearly in the photos below.
Nespresso Pixie (Magimix models)
Magimix Pixie M110 Electrical Aluminum
Magimix Pixie M110 Electric Lime Green
Magimix Pixie M110 Electric Steel Blue
As you can see the coffee outlet has a kind of a pointing down hose like shape. However, as you can see below in Pixie’s case, the Magimix and Krups models have totally different colors as well:
The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Piccolo by Krups is a new addition to the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto System. This coffee and hot beverage machine uses the capsules made exclusively by NESCAFÉ to brew a frew cup of cappuccino, espresso or hot chocolate. It is a compact solution small of size, and of price.
The technology behind Dolce Gusto coffee machines deliver a 15-bar pressure system and Thermoblock. This ensures that your espresso dose is delivered with high quality and a foamy froth, rich crema and luxurious flavor.
The Dolce Gusto Piccolo has a custom control lever that lets you decide and customize customize your coffee’s strength and mixture. Also use the lever to alternate between hot and cold beverages.
Coffee capsules machines have become very popular in people’s kitchens. Nespresso has been investing a lot in its coffee machine and capsules range. To buy Nespresso capsules you have to order them online on Nespresso’s website or boutique stores, but there is a whole range of Nespresso capsules holders for sale online and offline. Here is a roundup of what’s available for you online.
Kitchen Craft Le’Xpress Coffee Capsule Holder and Dispenser (KCLX40POD)
Chrome plated rack with wooden base designed to hold 40 single serve coffee capsules. Taking up little space on kitchen worktops it is ideal for keeping coffee pods readily available for use. Price from £11.99
Kitchen Craft Le'Xpress Capsule Holder
The Francis Francis X7 iperEspresso coffee machine is very elegantly designed and extremely convenient to use. This machine uses the illy iperEspresso capsules. The patented capsules by illy basically work like other systems such as the Nespresso capsule system or the Caffitaly system. The ground coffee comes is a pre-prepared dose inside a capsule. The capsule is then inserted into the Francis Fancis X7 and with one click of a button you get the perfect espresso. With the iperEspresso system, the espresso is ejected directly in the cup, without any contact with the machine, resulting in minimum cleanup and maintenance.
iperEspresso Capsules System
What are the best Nespresso Capsules for latte? cappuccino? espresso?
If you’ve recently bought a Nespresso CitiZ coffee machine or planning to purchase one soon, you may be asking yourself this question. Well, you are not the only one. Have a look at the Nespresso Capsules range and Nespresso’s suggestions for which type of coffee best fits each blend.
Please add your comments based on your experience as to the different blends offered by Nespresso.
You can also get more information about Nespresso Capsules on my Nespresso Capsules – Where to Buy post, or about Nespresso capsule holders.
Best Nespresso Capsules
Here is the full range, along with direct links to online purchase:
- Ristretto – Strength 10/10, best for espresso or cappuccino
- Indriya – Strength 10/10, best for espresso or cappuccino
- Arpeggio – Strength 9/10, best for espresso or cappuccino
- Roma – Strength 8/10, best for espresso
- Fortissio Lungo – Strength 7/10, best for lungo
- Decaffeinato Intenso – Strength 7/10, best for espresso
- Livanto – Strength 6/10, best for espresso
- Rosabaya – Strength 6/10, best for espresso
- Capriccio – Strength 5/10, best for espresso
- Dulsão – Strength 5/10, best for espresso
- Volluto – Strength 4/10, best for espresso
- Vivalto Lungo – Strength 4/10, best for lungo
- Cosi – Strength 3/10, best for espresso
- Finezzo Lungo – Strength 3/10, best for lungo
- Decaffeinato Lungo – Strength 3/10, best for lungo
- Decaffeinato – Strength 2/10, best for espresso
Lavazza A Modo Mio is another capsule system for coffee machines. Similar to Nespresso or Tassimo, the system is a combination of coffee machines that produce espresso and coffee beverages from dedicated capsules for that system only. The machines for Lavazza A Modo Mio are actually manufactured by Saeco, a well known coffee machines manufacturer. Saeco makes different types of machines but this partnership with Lavazza brought to life these exciting looking easy to handle coffee machines.
Lavazza A Modo Mio
Welcome the newest member of the NESCAFÉ’s Dolce Gusto™ System. The Dolce Gusto Circolo.
The Circolo like its predecessor is manufactured for Nestle by Krups. You may find this machine also labeled as Krups KP 5000. The Circolo uses specially designed capsules by Nestle, different blends of air tight packed coffee grounds, or other hot beverages like hot chocolate, and milk. You can buy the capsules at major stores or get them online.
Dolce Gusto Circolo
If you don’t know about the Tassimo capsule system for coffee machines and hot beverage machines, you are welcome to first read a bit about it in our Tassimo capsule system post.
If you already know about Tassimo you may have encounted two types of machines for it online and wondered which you should go for. I am talking about the Braun Tassimo coffee machine and the Bosch Tassimo coffee machine. Here is some information for you about the history of these two machines.
Braun Tassimo TA1200
Bosch Tassimo TAS4011GB
The Caffitaly Nautilus is the newest member of the Caffitaly capsule system coffee machines. For those of you who are not familiar with the Caffitaly system, you are welcome to read about it and about other capsule systems in related posts. Bottom line, these machines make coffee using prepacked ground coffee capsules of the Caffitaly system (Like the Nespresso system, but with different capsules). The name Nautilus comes from its shape, which is designed after the unique marine creatures called Nautilus. These creatures are considered to be “living fossils” and have survived practically unchanged for millions of years.