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Nespresso Umutima & Tanim Limited Edition Coffees Capsules

Nespresso has developed and unveiled two new single-origin limited edition coffee capsules, and they’re pretty exciting! We have the Umutima, or the Umutima Wa Lake Kivu Rwanda, and the Tanim, or Tanim de Chiapas Mexico in long form.

Nespresso Umutima Tanim

They are characterised on Nespresso packaging by having beautiful and distinct African and South American designs layered on top of the green & pink coffee capsule pod.

Deliberately chosen to highlight Nespresso’s commitment to sustainable coffee farming communities, the two types of coffee capsule produce different tastes that quite excitingly, you can taste the difference of when trying them side-by-side.

Below is an introduction and review of both the Nespresso Umutima and Nespresso Tanim limited edition coffee capsule – enjoy!

Nespresso Umutima & Tanim Single Origin Backgrounds and Roasting Methods

These coffees come from very different backgrounds. In Lake Kivu in Rwanda farmers have adopted post-modern harvest practices, and coffee is grown mainly in small plots under the beating heat of African sunshine. On the other hand, in Tanim de Chiapas in Mexico traditional coffee farming methods are used which were passed on from generation to generation. Most of the coffee here is grown alongside other crops, and rather than in sunshine the coffee beans are crown under the canopy of trees in the shade.

To help highlight the tastes that are a result of different farming methods, Nespresso have done something rather clever to bring out the flavours of both coffees – they split-roasted them!

Nespresso Umutima Tanim Split Roasting

The two textures of the coffees are really quite different – the Tanim in particular is unbelievably smooth but has a nice nutty aftertaste to it, and the Umutima feels slightly courser and with a deeper, almost dark-chocolatey feel to it despite the flavours tasting quite fruity – it’s really quite a remarkable mix! To bring this out and make it obvious to normal coffee-goers (like us!), Nespresso roasted half of their Tanim beans at a very long, low-temperature setting which keeps the nuttiness of the flavour intact. They then left the other half of the roast to be darker, which focuses more on the texture. That way, they get the best of both worlds!

Similarly, the Umutima is half roasted lightly to keep a hold of all the juicier, fruity notes – and the other half is left darker to preserve the texture, which in this case is a bit coarser and stronger.

Tasting Nespresso Umutima & Tanim Coffee Capsules, and Which to Use in What Type of Coffee Drink

Here you can see a photo of us taste-testing the Umutima coffee (we tried both as an espresso / lungo / ristretto and also with a bit of milk) at a Nespresso Experience store. If there’s one near you we highly recommend visiting one, as it can be a really fun place to experience all the different flavours without having to buy one of everything!

Nespresso Umutima Tanim Taste Testing

The first thing to note is how strong the coffee is – even though officially the Umutima is a ‘6’ and the Tanim a ‘7’ on Nespresso’s intensity scale, because of how smooth the Tanim is and the more delicate flavours (nutty as opposed to bright and fruity in the Umutima) it tends to be recommended in smaller sizes. The official Nespresso guidelines say that the Tanim de Chiapas is suited to Ristretto (25ml) & Espresso (40ml) sizes, whereas for the Umutima wa Lake Kivu the recommended sizes are Espresso (40ml) and Lungo (110ml).

We agree with this – the Umutima is seriously bright and fruity, and at an espresso size you can really taste it, whereas the Tanim is a bit more delicate (although personally we preferred the nutty flavours in the Tanim). Therefore, the Umutima is probably better suited to milk-based coffees like flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos. The Tanim is suited to shorter drinks where you can appreciate the delicateness of the flavours more, like an espresso or perhaps a macchiato if with milk.

Buying Umutima & Tanim Capsules for Your Nespresso Machine

Your choice of whether to get Umutima or Tanim coffee capsules for your Nespresso machine depends highly on what kind of coffee you prefer. For milk-based coffees we recommend the Umutima capsule, where the brightness of the flavours won’t get lost even if you use milk as your base. For straight coffees we recommend the Tanim (unless you really like the bold flavours of the Umutima, of course!) because you can appreciate the subtle nuttiness of the coffee better in a water based coffee.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief guide – please make sure to share if you’ve liked it! Until next time, happy drinking!

Nespresso Limited Edition Coffee Capsules

Ciocco Ginger, Vanilla Amaretti & Vanilla Cardamom

Ciocco Ginger, Vanilla Amaretti & Vanilla Cardamom

Officially released for Christmas but likely to be on offer throughout the whole of the winter period, Nespresso have come out with three Limited Edition grand cru coffee capsules this season: Vanilla Cardamom, Vanilla Amaretti and Ciocco Ginger.

Here, we take a look at all three not only as a great gift for someone who drinks Nespresso, but also to determine which of these great grand cru coffees suits your taste the best.

This year, all three limited edition grand crus are similar, in that they all use Central and South American Arabica coffee beans and are a medium intensity. Nespresso lists this rating as a 6/10 but we believe it’s slightly less intense than this, primarily because the recommended cup size is ~40ml and some people prefer these coffees sipped in slightly longer styles.

The blend of coffee used is primarily from Costa Rica and Colombia, and in order to preserve their flavour profiles (typically quite fruity and malted) the beans used in Nespresso Limited Edition capsules are only cultivated using traditional methods.

Nespresso Vanilla Cardamom Review: Limited Edition Grand Cru Coffee Capsule

Nespresso Vanilla Cardamom

The Vanilla Cardamom coffee capsule is both round and balanced, and it has to be – the flavours in both the vanilla and cardamom are actually quite delicate and can easily be overpowered.

You can taste the flavours of the Livanto base coffee, which is slightly toasty, but not overwhelming. As a result, while there’s some subtle taste it’s mainly the aromas of the cardamom and vanilla that lift out of the crema.

So in summary, the Vanilla Cardamom Grand Cru is a surprisingly subtle coffee which smells excellent when you’re brewing the coffee itself, even having the slightest spice in its smell. The vanilla is more in the coffee itself in terms of flavour, with the cardamom making itself more apparent in the aftertaste.

Of all the grand crus, we’d recommend vanilla cardamom the most for a nice evening drink.

  Nespresso Vanilla Cardamom

Nespresso Ciocco Ginger Review: Limited Edition Grand Cru Coffee Capsule


The Ciocco Ginger Nespresso coffee capsule is, of the three limited edition grand crus, possibly the best complement to the roasted flavour of the Livanto base coffee.

This is simply explained by the dark chocolate notes from Ciocco naturally complementing well with the Livanto roasting profile.

This is a bolder interpretation and a nice contrast to the two Vanilla flavours we have in the limited edition Nespresso selection. It won’t be to everyone’s taste as it’s not exactly a slow-sip after dinner wind down coffee, the flavour is definitely contrasts a lot more with the other flavours in your cup. This is probably better enjoyed on a colder day to warm up.

  Ciocco Ginger Nespresso

Nespresso Vanilla Amaretti Review: Limited Edition Grand Cru Coffee Capsule

Nespresso Vanilla Amaretti

Unsurprisingly, the Vanilla Amaretti Nespresso coffee capsule had a great taste of vanilla in it, offset by a hint of almond.

When actually brewing the coffee you get a very similar vanilla smell similar to when you brew the vanilla cardamom capsule, but the almond scent is a lot more subtle and harder to spot. It’s definitely possible to taste it when sipping though!

Compared to the Vanilla Cardamom and the Ciocco Ginger, the Vanilla Amaretti is extremely smooth and significantly less spicy than its two other festive counterparts. It’s very easy to drink and can probably be faired with almost anything. We think that of the three limited edition Nespresso coffee capsules, the Vanilla Amaretti is possibly the easiest to pair with all sorts of food and will probably suit the largest number of casual coffee drinkers.

  Nespresso Vanilla Amaretti

Combination Packs of Nespresso Limited Edition Coffee

Nespresso Capsules Variations Set 2015

Of course, you aren’t restricted to getting a single flavour if you want to try out multiple limited edition coffees from Nespresso! You can get combination packs that have all three limited edition packs in them, and sometimes more as well.

Enjoy, and happy drinking!

  Nespresso Capsule Variations

Nespresso Boxing Day and January Sales

Amazon Boxing Day Sales 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you’re enjoying some lovely quality time with both family and friends this holiday season. And of course, being the holiday season it’s normal these days for all of us to keep one eye on upcoming sales and what to potentially pick up for ourselves in the new year as retailers seek to discount everything!

Now, before we get into Nespresso specific buys (after all, that’s what we’re here for) it’s worth pointing out that Amazon in particular are having a huge sale after Christmas day. In the US this is their Year-End Deals sale and in the UK this is called their Boxing Day Week sale, but essentially they are the same thing. The great thing is that you’re not pressured into an immediate buy: both sales are on for a full week so you can browse all sorts of discounted gifts (or just things for yourself!) to your heart’s content.

Amazon Boxing Day Week Sales

The idea behind these sales is that loads of items, including all our Nespresso coffee deals but home electronics, jewelery and watches as well, are valid until Amazon run out of stock – then they’re gone! A particularly nice deal at the moment as well is the Amazon Fire TV which now has 4K capability as well, so particularly useful if you got a new TV for Christmas.

Amazon Boxing Day Sales

Nespresso Coffee Machine Capsules for Boxing Day 2015 & January 2016

If you already have a Nespresso coffee machine at home or recently bought one as a gift for someone special, now is an excellent time to look at Nespresso coffee machine capsules. Both packs of 50 and 100 are currently cheaper than they were before and make for an incredibly inexpensive coffee experience at home in the new year.

If you’re looking to drink your coffee from home (rather than spend lots of money at coffee shops) in the new year, this is an excellent way to do it. Generally speaking a Nespresso capsule costs about 10% as much, or even less, than a coffee at your local chain store.

Nespresso Coffee Machine Sales for Boxing Day 2015 and January 2016

If you successfully held off buying a Nespresso coffee machine for yourself or someone else this Christmas, well done – now might be an even better time to pick one up than before.

Because of how popular they are, a lot of the lower-end / cheaper models of Nespresso machine are actually still at full price throughout the sale. There are still a few at a discount though if you hunt for them! For example, the Nespresso Inissia, which is one of the newer Nespresso machines designed for casual home users, is now running at a pretty great price:

Nespresso Inissia

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One of the biggest offers though is on the Nespresso Pixie range of coffee machines. While this model is slightly older than some of the other Nespresso ranges, it’s actually higher up as far as quality is concerned and is one of the best selling machines of all time. The discount, frankly, is also huge at the moment – you don’t normally get Nespresso machines up to 30% off!

Nespresso Pixie

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Finally, if you’re more of a coffee enthusiast and especially if you enjoy making your own milk-based coffee drinks, some of the normally most expensive units with Aeroccinos and professional coffee barista equipment are now discounted extremely heavily – if you’re quick, these are currently up to 50% off which is generally unheard of when it comes to Nespresso coffee machines. The star of the discount range at the moment is undoubtedly the Lattissima Plus. We recently blogged about the different between different Lattissima manufacturers and what the difference between a Nespresso Lattissima & Lattissima Pro coffee machine is. You can read up on all of that here.

Nespresso Lattissima

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Whatever machine or capsule you enjoy the most this holiday season (or even if you’re just looking for non-coffee related deals), we hope this has been useful – enjoy the sales and a wonderful holiday season!

The New Nespresso Inissia Entry Range Coffee Machine

Nespresso has produced a brand new range of coffee machines using their signature Nespresso capsules. This range is called Inissia, specifically designed to be minimalistic, fast and blend in with home furnishings and general surroundings.

With just a 25 second ‘ready’ time on water heating, the Inissia certainly is amongst the speedier Nespresso coffee machines in existence, but seems to have fewer customisable options compared to other machines so is designed specifically to be at a lower price point to aim at entry level coffee drinkers at home.

Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine Features / Specifications


The specifications / features of the Nespresso Inissia are as follows:

  • It has a very small footprint, weighing about 2.4kg
  • Height wise it is very compact and comes with an ergonomic handle to move it around
  • 0.7L water tank
  • 2 automatic cup sizes
  • Automatic off mode after 9 minutes
  • 25 second water heating
  • A minimum of 8 colours on initial offer, including:
    • Nespresso Inissia Black
    • Nespresso Inissia White
    • Nespresso Inissia Vanilla Cream
    • Nespresso Inissia Ruby Red
    • Nespresso Inissia Canary
    • Nespresso Inissia Tropical Green
    • Nespresso Inissia Blue Sky
    • Nespresso Inissia Summer Sun

Nespresso Inissia vs Nespresso U

The first obvious comparison we need to make is between the Nespresso Inissia and Nespresso U. The two coffee machines look quite similar, as the photo below shows – so what’s the difference between them?

Both the Nespresso U and Inissia come with several options that can make either one more expensive. Aeroccinos, milk frothers and other accessories can be added but ultimately the Nespresso Inissia is a bit less pricey than the Nespresso U. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. The Nespresso U has three different cup / brew sizes: lungo, ristretto and espresso. The Inissia only has two. However, note that the brew sizes are set on the U whereas on the Inissia you can program the brew sizes yourself.
  2. The drip tray on the Nespresso U is removable, which is better for placing larger mugs etc. underneath the coffee dispenser.
  3. The Nespresso U automatically discards the used capsule, while this is manual with the Inissia
  4. The Nespresso Inissia does not have an on/off button, and is simply activated by plugging in at the wall. There’s still an automatic off function so it’s not that inconvenient, however.

So Which Nespresso Coffee Machine Should I Buy?

In summary, the Inissia is a great entry level coffee machine at a lower price point than the Nespresso U, but has a smaller number of features. For a completely new user to coffee machines at home, chances are the Inissia will do the trick at a great price as well. However, if you enjoy having the extra features on your coffee machine then there’s no question that the Nespresso U is the better choice.

If on the other hand you prefer milk based coffee, then you can also consider the Nespresso Lattissima range which is generally a brilliant choice. We’d recommend the Pro version for those who are serious about their lattes and milk based coffees in general, with things like touch screens, a larger capacity and a milk frother all coming as part of that package in addition to automatic cleaning. However, this is a very different (and more expensive) world to the Nespresso U or Nespresso Inissia.

This depends entirely upon your preferences. For milk based coffee or a variety of drinks that includes milk based coffee, the Nespresso Lattissima range is an excellent choice in general. The Pro version is better in general, having nicer looking aesthetics, touch screen, milk frother, larger capacity and an auto-cleaning button. If these features are important to you, we would suggest that the Lattissima Pro is the better choice.

Nespresso, Lattissima and DeLonghi Explained

Home coffee machines have become increasingly popular in the last few years and Nespresso is a name that is at the forefront of building these machines for home use. With the territory, however, comes an increasingly confusing world of lots of different lingo! So before we delve any further into specific Lattissima machines, I want to take the time to explain the precise difference between the brand names Nespresso, Lattissima and DeLonghi.

Nespresso is, to put it simply, the brand name of a coffee machine. Other brands are available but Nespresso is one of the largest in the world. Typically they include coffee capsules (also known as coffee pods) to be inserted into the machine in question.

Lattissima is a specific range of Nespresso machines and represents a product line under the Nespresso brand. Typically, Lattissima machines refer to Nespresso machines designed milk-based espresso coffee (the clue is in the name – think latte!). They almost always have a milk tank clearly visible in the front of the machine by default. Some other Nespresso machines also have room to make milk based coffee, sometimes with the addition of an Aeroccino add-on. However, the Lattissima range explicitly has this as its signature selling feature.

DeLonghi is a third party manufacturer of Nespresso coffee machines. They are not unlike Krups and Magimix, two other brands that also manufacture certain ranges of Nespresso machines. DeLonghi makes a particularly large range of Nespresso’s Lattissima range in both North America and Europe, and are generally regarded as being quite reliable.

The Two Types Nespresso Lattissima Coffee Machine

Lattissima Nespresso machines are designed to be both elegant and easy to use. They will be your ideal partner for when you prepare delicious coffee recipes, both with and without milk.

Generally speaking there are two popular types of Nespresso Lattissima coffee machine. These are the Lattissima Pro and the Lattissima Plus.

Nespresso Lattissima Pro vs Lattissima Plus

There are two typical sub-brands of Nespresso Lattissima coffee machine, ignoring the occasional one-off model. The two types are the Lattissima Pro and the Lattissima Plus.

The Nespresso Lattissima Pro is the luxury version of the Plus model, where it has a more refined metallic finish as well as a blue illuminated light to make the machine look nicer on your counter-top. The biggest difference when using day-to-day is a touch screen display.

The Nespresso Lattissima Plus uses regular buttons as opposed to a touch screen display, and does not have a backlight. In terms of practical function the two are quite similar. However, for those wishing to froth their own milk as well for example we would recommend the Pro version which comes with its own milk frother and an auto-clean function which could come in handy for long-term maintenance. Of course, this comes at a cost and the Lattissima Pro is more expensive than the Lattissima Plus.

For consumers on a budget we would actually recommend the Lattissima Plus – however, there is no denying the Lattissima Pro is the top-of-the-range model and we think looks better as well, so it’s up to you as an individual to decide which of these you would prefer to have at home.

Lattissima Pro vs Lattissima Plus

What Coffee Can I Make with a Nespresso Lattissima?

Nespresso Lattissima machines are typically designed with milk-based coffee in mind, hence the addition of the milk tank. However, it is obviously not all that they can do. Regular non-milk coffee is also possible, and the pre-set drink menu on the Lattissima Pro contains six options:

  • Espresso
  • Lungo
  • Ristretto
  • Hot
  • Milk
  • Cafe Latte
  • Cappuccino

There are five as opposed to six options on the Lattissima Plus model. The Pro version also has both an auto-clean feature and a milk frother, for enthusiasts who prefer to prepare their own milk based drinks.

Finally, note that the Lattissima Pro has a much larger water and milk tank capacity. In the Pro it’s 44oz and 17oz water and milk respectively. In the Plus it’s 30oz and 8oz respectively. The capsule capacity of the Lattissima Pro is 16 capsules and in the Lattissima Plus it’s 12 capsules.

So Do I Buy the Lattissima Pro or Lattissima Plus?

This depends entirely upon your preferences. For milk based coffee or a variety of drinks that includes milk based coffee, the Nespresso Lattissima range is an excellent choice in general. The Pro version is better in general, having nicer looking aesthetics, touch screen, milk frother, larger capacity and an auto-cleaning button. If these features are important to you, we would suggest that the Lattissima Pro is the better choice.

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