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It almost feels wrong to begin Coffee Notes with Nespresso pods. After all, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing coffee vendors all over the internet vying for our attention. They arguably even have better, cheaper product.

But I won’t belie Nespresso the quality of their products. After all, it’s their machine that I use to brew my coffee. So they’ve got to know what works best with it, right?

Besides, I recently ordered a box set of Nespresso pods. So the first five reviews (probably, unless I get bored and order something different) are going to be of Nespresso pods. Here goes.

The Nespresso Livanto

Ah, this coffee was smooth. Too smooth! Those ten pods vanished fast. Partly because it’s a six on thirteen medium roast (point of order – Nespresso’s rating system is out of thirteen.)

The taste was rich and smooth. I didn’t bother having it black, but I reckon it would have been creamy and absolutely drinkable. But throw in milk and sugar and it was quite glorious!

Since it was a medium roast, I ended up having it two at a time for my afternoon coffees. At three pods a day, I finished the box in about three days. I had to brew a Moka pot with my Indian coffee for the fourth day, to get through the afternoon.

At almost a dollar per pod (eighty cents, to be precise), these pods are at the expensive end of the range of OriginalLine pods I buy for my machine. Though, if I had a VertuoLine machine, I’d be averaging a dollar twenty five for similar pods. I seem to remember doing that research when considering which machine to buy. My Breville Nespresso Creatista won on that aspect.

I don’t have much else to say about this coffee. It was nice. It went fast. I’d definitely order more of it and keep it for light-coffee-drinking visitors. But usually, I end up serving them decaf or whatever other medium roast I have sitting around.

I will say – I love the aluminum pods Nespresso ships. The color, the shape, the solidity of the pod, are all plus points in experience. These ones have a beautiful caramel color and I’m all for it!








Read about my Coffee Notes series in the introductory blog post here.

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  1. @nitinkhanna I read your original post on this topic and then couldn’t find it later to reply. Just wanted to say I’m looking forward to reading this series. I enjoyed the original post since it was so different from one of those coffee “snob” posts.

  2. @pratik aha! Thank you! I’ve been ruefully labeled my family’s coffee snob, but only because I ask such questions as “how hot do you want it”, and “with how much foam?” 😁

    I’m definitely not gonna go too much into flavors, sourcing, etc. Just can’t be bothered with all that!

  3. @nitinkhanna interesting. We have a Nespresso that I use for that 2nd cup of mid day coffee when I work nights.

    We are more coffee particular than snobs. We do morning pour over and have a Breville milk foamer to raise it up a notch when the mood arises.

  4. @hawaiiboy that sounds wonderful! Milk foamers are the best! Wanna know a neat trick with a foamer?

    Instant coffee + sugar (if you want) + warm water + milk foamer (frother?) = Instant Dalgona. We don’t call it dalgona though, and my wife’s been having this in it’s hand-beaten variety since adolescence!

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  • Ah, now this was real coffee! One shot of this in the afternoon and I was awake much later than I wanted to! 😀
    After the previous Coffee Notes post, I got some really nice responses, mainly from the micro.blog community. There are a lot of discerning coffee drinkers out there and @Jean MacDonald, who is the Community manager at Micro.blog, linked me to a very nice table of the caffeine content in each of the Nespresso coffee pods. (future goal – try the Palermo Kazaar one evening and see what that does to my sleep cycle!)
    The Nespresso Ispirazione Firenze
    So now I know that the previous coffee I had, the Livanto, had sixty four mg of caffeine per shot, while this new one, the Firenze, has only sixty three mg. However, it’s much more intense, at a nine out of thirteen.

    That means a lot more kick, for sure! I experienced as much when I sipped my first cup. This coffee makes a nice amount of crema on top of the coffee and sits in the just dark enough on the dark roast scale to be exceptional.Plus, the look is so royal! I love the purple of the pods. It gave a nice shine when I went to stand at my coffee workstation and it was a joy to pick up just one pod for my afternoon coffee.
    I suppose it’s a (good) consequence of it being that much darker, that I can consume less of it.
    I would say that I was pleasantly surprised by the combination of good taste and nice looks, but I sort of expected that when I pulled these out of the pack. However, it’s not all perfection. One of the pods failed to pierce properly and that resulted in plain (though a little dirty from my machine’s internals) water pouring out to my cup. I already had two spoons of sugar down there and I could see them quickly dissolving into the hot water.
    Did I toss that water out? Nah. It just made for some watered down coffee. I liked it!
    I did “discover” something. When I usually make coffee, I take the milk directly from the fridge and set it to froth. One time however, my mother-in-law had already heated up milk for themselves and some extra was sitting in the saucepan. I took that and poured it out, taking with it some of the cream that settles on top when hot milk cools down.
    That cream made for a really super frothy milk! It coated the insides of my glass and looked very nice. This will make for a beautiful coffee experience one day, when I pour super frothy milk into a glass cup instead of the usual ceramic ones I use. I double quotes “discover” up there, because I sorta knew this beforehand, but haven’t used creamed milk in a while.
    Maybe at some point in the future I’ll make it a habit to either pre-warm and cool my milk, or add some whipping cream to my milk if I want that extra froth.
    Anyways, final verdict on the coffee – don’t have it after 4 pm, unless you want to be awake till 2 am! 😀
    Shoutout to @pratik and @hawaiiboy over on microblog for not calling me a coffee snob.

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