We’re pleased to announce that a selection of our coffees are available in Nespresso ® compatible capsules. Weall the coffee for these capsules in Liverpool, as we do the rest of our range. Nespresso® capsules (or pods) are a bit of a hot topic in the specialty coffee world, and we’re aware that not everyone is a fan, but to anyone who isn’t sure of the quality, we challenge you to taste them before you make up your mind!
Up until a few months back, we were amongst those who dismissed Nespresso® capsules – every one we had ever tried was lacking in quality. Roasted too dark, ground too coarse, under-extracted, or just so non-distinctive as to be a useless tool in terms of doing what we’re all about – roasting and sharing amazing coffees, that can be appreciated for the distinctive differences inherent in them all. Then we tasted some shots that literally made us stop in our tracks, and reconsider our supposed bias against capsules. Sweet, well-rounded, well-extracted ‘espresso’ shots, from a standard Nespresso® machine, and the type of machine that millions of people have in their kitchens.
Technology is a wonderful thing, and when we started digging, we found that with a particularly accurate grinder (a Mahlkönig EK43), and a few non-industry standard bits of kit used by our encapsulation partner, we were able to get taste profiles that were similar in character to traditional espresso, in every aspect apart from strength. Hence the use of the ‘espresso’ earlier; if you are an avid espresso drinker, then these shots will be a bit more dilute, but we really pleased with the way the character of each lot shines through. We’ve kept the same tasting notes as our whole-bean and ground coffees, because the growing region, varietal and processing are just as evident in this brewing method.
The coffee for these capsules is roasted by us in Liverpool, on the same equipment that weall our other coffees on. We’ve tested each lot, and recommended a brewing time, but as with most things in specialty coffee, one of the joys is the experimental quest to find the perfect cup.
One of the big question marks hanging over Nespresso® capsules is the environmental impact; we’ve all heard the stories of the distance that the spent aluminium capsules would stretch, and we’re not convinced that every one who has ever bought them has fastidiously recycled them. Our capsules are recyclable – it just takes a little bit of effort to do so, but we think it’s worthwhile. Wait until the capsule has cooled, then peel off the foil lid, empty the spent coffee into your compost, and recycle the plastic pod as you would any other plastic. We’re working on a fully biodegradable capsule, that is of as good a quality as the current recyclable plastic, and when we’re happy with the results, then we’ll switch over.
You can find the current range of the capsules here – keep an eye out for a capsule based subscription coming soon as well. We’ll publish another post shortly with some recommendations about how to get the best from them.