29 Mar 2013
Nespresso Limited Edition Trieste & Napoli
Nespresso fans will be happy to hear about the release of two new Limited Edition Grand Crus, but I suspect they will be even more delighted to know that one of them has an intensity of 11. These Limited Edition coffees have been inspired by two beautiful Italian towns. There is Napoli, with an 11 intensity, and Trieste, with an intensity of 9. I know that Nespresso owners have long been awaiting an intensity greater than 10. Indeed, it's been a few years since Nespresso released the Limited Edition and extremely popular 12 intensity Kazaar.
The Nespresso Napoli is described as a blend of South American, African and Asian Arabicas and best enjoyed as a Ristretto (the smallest 25ml setting). The taste is described as having smokey notes with an aromatic woodiness and slightly syrupy body. I made the coffee as suggested to enjoy the full intensity and I was surprised by just how velvety it was, especially given the intensity. However there is also a bitter note which comes through as an aftertaste. I can see why Nespresso also suggest enjoying the Napoli with sugar, no doubt to curb that slight bitterness. This would be the perfect coffee to use as the base for other drinks such as cappuccino or latte, where you still want an intense coffee flavour.
The Nespresso Trieste is a 9 intensity blend with a much silkier and subtle flavour. It is also recommended as a Ristretto (25ml). I've also made it using the slightly larger Espresso size and added some hot milk (as shown in the photo above). It's described by Nespresso as having a rounder texture with chocolate and hazelnut notes. For me there was a sweet smooth flavour to this coffee, almost like caramel, which was just delicious. Considering that the Trieste has a high intensity too, it doesn't have too bitter an edge. This was actually my favourite of the two and I can imagine I will be stocking up for the future.
If you've tried these new Nespresso coffees then let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Are you pleased to see these as Limited Editions or would you prefer them to be added to the permanent range?
Update 07/04/13: Having drunk both these coffees regularly since writing this review I don't think I will be stocking up on either of them, well at least not beyond the stash I already have! I'm always glad to find new products, and these certainly do have a very unique flavour, but the bitter aftertaste of both is not really for me, especially since I don't put sugar in my coffee. They're still worth a try if you want something a little bit different from Nespresso.