The Ultimate Guide to Nespresso Grands Crus Coffee Capsules
Nespresso Coffee Capsules
Back in 2015 we wrote a guide to Nespresso coffee capsules – you can find the old Nespresso coffee capsules guide here. When originally released, there were sixteen varieties of the Nespresso coffee capsule. Recently, eight more Nespresso coffee types have been released, upping your total number of choices to twenty-four. Not sure which are right for you? Here is a Nespresso coffee guide to help you make your choice and get to know these new capsules.
The 24 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules are are split into six ranges:
Espresso capsules are the shorter coffees that most people are used to drinking. Just because they are typically ‘short’ coffees does not mean they’re very strong. Some are, but there is a good variation of intensity among these capsules. Most of the coffees that go into this have blended origins.
Intenso capsules have split out (previously some of these were in the Espresso category) and contain some of the fuller flavour, more intense Nespresso coffee flavours. These are again typically blended in their origins.
Pure Origin capsules have their beans typically sourced from one location. These are very specific in flavour to where the capsules originate from and have a very unique taste.
Lungo capsules are especially designed for longer drinks where a larger volume of water is added to the coffee. These have the potential to bring out more complex flavours and allow you to enjoy subtler tastes, without detracting from overall intensity as some of these are still quite strong in flavour.
Decaffeinato capsules do what they (almost) says on the tin – some of the great coffees from other categories but with the naturally occurring caffeine taken away. Ideal for those who have poor reactions to caffeine and simply enjoy the taste of coffee.
Variation capsules are typically based on the Livanto (Espresso) capsule, but with specific additional flavours to give your coffee that little extra kick of contrasting flavour.
Ciocattino Grand Cru
The intense flavour of the espresso blends expertly with the dark bitterness of the chocolate. It results in a rich, full espresso that is neither too bitter nor too sweet.
Intensity: 5 out of 10
Size of Cup: Espresso (40ml)
Aromatic Profile: Cereal, malted & caramelised notes (chocolate flavour)
Discontinued: Despite being a different default cup size, the Tokyo Vivalto Lungo capsule has a really strong natural sweetness, similar to how the Nespresso Ciocattino capsule is. The aromas on this coffee are also floral and complex, making for a delightful smell as well as taste. If you enjoyed the Nespresso Caramelito capsule, we think you’d like the Vivalto Lungo!