Journey to perfection
Perfect coffee is no coincidence. Which means we push the boundaries
uncompromisingly at every step of the long value chain from tree to
cup, deliberately creating our Nespresso Coffee for your pleasure.
Perfect coffee isn't something that can be left to chance.
Perfect coffee pleasure, is no accident: it must be deliberately created, consistently and without compromise, cup after cup, by living our principles.
Along the complex path from bean to cup there are quicker ways of doing things than we do, and there are certainly cheaper ways. But there is no better way.
Knowing a single faulty bean can taint a whole batch, we take control of quality down to the very last one - with a deliberate dedication to getting the details right at every step of the way.
In our AAA Sustainable Quality Program, we’re learning together with our farmers how to improve their farms. At the end of the day, it’s the farmers who best understand their coffee trees.
JUAN DIEGO, NESPRESSO AAA Manager in Costa Rica
We're often asked why we call our coffees Grands Crus?
At the closest agricultural concept to how we view our coffees, we borrowed from the world of wine. In the wine industry, the term Grand Cru can be given to wines of the highest quality classification.
At Nespresso our selection begins with the best raw materials we can find, because only the best beginning holds the promise of an incredible cup of coffee. We start at origin with fine specialty grade coffees that meet stringent physical criteria and specific taste profiles, necessary to create our distinctive Nespresso Coffee.
Our approach necessitates another level of selectivity which concerns the sustainability of the coffee tree and coffee world in general.
To address the issue of coffee's future, we created the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program in 2003 in conjunction with the non-profit, Rainforest Alliance. This approach enables Nespresso to safeguard the future supply of the highest quality coffee, while paying farmers a higher income and protecting the natural environmen. But our commitment goes beyond this, it is about a long-term relationship and continued loyalty to the coffee farmers in the program.
Our certification system impacts positively thousands of farmers, families and environment.
CHRIS WILLE, Chief Rainforest Alliance
Nespresso is committed to
The best quality coffee
The natural environment
A long-term relationship with our farmers
The fruit of the Coffea Rubiaceae tree, coffee grows between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer.
As with wine, great coffee draws its characteristics from its terroir: the result of harmony between soil, weather conditions, variety, aspect and altitude. We call the tree's fruit a "cherry" for its luscious red colour whe ripe and its cherry-like shape. As with any fruit, coffee tastes best when harvested perfectly ripe.
Cherries from the same tree will ripen at differing rates and therefore should be picked at different times.
In order to pick only correctly ripened fruit, the majority of coffees used for Nespresso are harvested by hand. Though costlier in time and money, this guarantees the best quality, since beans that are too greenm or overripe, are eliminated.
From the French word "terre" (soil), terroir designates a defined region where in the growing environments are of similar altitude, soil composition and climate (temperature, rainfall, sunshine, humidity etc).
The better the grading, the more consistent the beans... the more even the roast, and ultimately the more balanced the cup.
Safeguarding quality through all of a coffee stages from farm to cup requires us to carry out repeated and systematic physical and taste checks: prior to bagging the coffee at origin, prior to transporting by sea or air, and againm upon arrival in Europe. Taste (or "cup") testing ensures only the finest, cleanest coffee is selected.
Just as a perfumer knows the harmonics of his ingredients, so our master blenders create aromatic compositions.
We develop our Nespresso Coffees in a blend composition much like a form of magical alchemy. Nespresso panel cuppers are intensively trainedm tested, certified and re-certified every 3 months for their ability to identify quality. Sensory evaluation looks beyond physical attributes, linking taste to variety, terroir and care in cultivation.
Back in Switzerland, we develop our Nespresso Coffees in a blend composition much like a form of magical alchemy. We select specific coffee origins for their unique characteristics, (aroma, flavour, body, etc), combining components in proportions designed to enhance their individual brilliance.
As a perfumer knows the harmonics of his ingredients, so our master blenders understand the transformation of fragrance and flavours. Having practiced these skills for over 25 years, Nespresso quality creation is master, not coincidence.
The subtle blending of varieties reveals a wealth of flavours, each contributing remarkable characteristics. The two main commercial coffee species grown, Arabica and Robusta each bring distinct characteristics to a blend. Coffees of both types must pass physical, sensory and sustainable standards tests of the highest order.
Where Arabica brings finesse, acidity, clarity and elegance to the cup, Robusta adds heft, body, texture and pure coffee aromatics. Nespresso uses between 90% to 95% Arabicas with some Robustas to either add spice to select Nespresso Coffees, or create unique personalities in others.
For each coffee, Nespresso select only some of the best beans in the world.
NESPRESSO QUALITY SPECIALIST, Green Coffee
Terroir-specific roasting for terroir-specific aromas
Roasting and grinding are vital stages towards creating a Nespresso Coffee as here we reveal the full flavor and aromatic potential of green coffee beans.
Correct roasting depends on finding the time, temperature and other parameters best suited to a blend, thereby allowing origin characteristics to be fully expressed.
Whilst poor roasting can ruin the finest coffee, an expert technique elicits the best of every ingredient, balancing origin-specific characteristics and allowing each coffee to show its unique personality. For this reason, Nespresso develops a specific roast profile for each blend.
Depending on the roast technique used, the same coffee can acquire vastly different cup results. By knowing the character of our beans, we roast each with the goal of optimising and maximising its flavour. Origin, type, shipment, batch… all these variables impact roasting. Our expert understanding ensures consistency cup after cup, year after year, irrespective of seasonal fluctuations.
Ultimately, grinding is what allows coffee's aromas to be released, making it a critical step in delivering the experience of a Nespresso Coffee.
The grinding technique, therefore, optimises extraction and end cup quality. As every coffee type or blend extracts differently, our approach to grinding is not uniform, but varied, highly individualised, and adjusted for the best quality cup of each Nespresso Coffee.
Capturing freshness: safeguarding aromas for your cup
Nespresso created the hermetically sealed aluminium capsule as the optimal way to lock in freshness.
Aluminium capsules were designed for their complete barrier capacity that protects around 900 volatile aromas of coffee. Sealing in this manner prevents oxidation and guarantees optimal cup freshness. From the completion of roasting onwards, all processing is under a controlled atomosphere in order that no oxygen should touch coffee en route to encapsulation.
Discover the wide range of 28 Nespresso coffees
Intenso coffee range
These multi-blends feature a variety of intense characteristics, best enjoyed in a short cup, 25ml (Ristretto) or 40ml (Espresso) cup.
Strong in flavour and body, Ristretto combines the best South American Arabicas, from countries such as Colombia and Brazil, with great East African Arabicas, famous for their citrus aromas with a touch of Robusta for added zing. The slow split roasting of the beans creates a contrasting bouquet, bringing together subtle fruity and acid notes, with intensely roasted and chocolate ones.
This blend of washed Arabicas from Latin America and Asia fully unveils its character thanks to the technique of long roasting at a low temperature. Its powerful personality reveals intense roasted notes together with hints of bitter cocoa powder and toasted cereals that express themselves in a silky and velvety texture. In cup it creates a subtle balance and a pleasant bitterness that lingers in the mouth.
A daring blend including Robustas from Brazil and Guatemala, specially prepared for Nespresso, and a separately roasted Arabica from South America, Kazaar is a coffee of exceptional intensity. That full bodied Ristretto is rich in roasted notes. In cup it develops a powerful bitterness and notes of pepper that are balanced by a dense and creamy texture.
Arpeggio takes its distinctive character and full body from a blend of Central and South American Arabicas. The long roasting allows each aspect to develop into an intense bouquet, combining cocoa and roasted notes.
A subtle balance between strength, finesse and fullness, Roma sets itself apart by its woody and roasted notes. Central and South American Arabicas combined with Robusta have been lightly roasted to preserve the delicate aroma of the blend. Roma is the ideal coffee for those looking for an Espresso that is both short and mild.
Espresso coffee range
Four blends explore the range of flavours presented in a mild, round and balanced style, to be enjoyed in a 40ml cup (Espresso).
This blend of Central and South American Arabicas is medium roast to bring out a round and very balanced bouquet. It evokes the scent of freshly toasted coffee escaping from the roaster: roasted and caramelised notes.
A blend of East African, Central and South American Arabicas which has been lightly roasted to preserve the fragile citrus note that creates the personality of Cosi. This very refreshing lemony note develops on a light body.
Delightfully scented, Volluto has a round body, with sweet biscuit and light fruit notes. A combination of Brazilian and Colombian Arabicas, its light roast allows all the finesse of this coffee to be expressed.
Capriccio is an Espresso with a balanced bouquet, a light acidity and a very characteristic cereal note. It is composed of Arabicas from South America including Brazil, in ideal proportions, and a touch of lightly roasted Robusta.
Master Origin coffee range
Single origin coffees from different countries, whose distinctive characters result from specific processing done by local farmers. Each coffee can be drunk as an Espresso or Lungo.
Master Origin Colombia with Late Harvest Arabica uses only high-grown, washed processed Colombian Arabica. Can you taste the lively acidity and the burst of winey red fruit aromas? That comes from those coffee farmers who dared to wait longer before harvesting their crop.
This is Ethiopian Arabica at its finest - decadently aromatic. It has an orange blossom aroma, but the rich fruit jam notes come from the sun-dried coffee in Master Origin Ethiopia with dry processed Arabica. Continually hand-turning the coffee cherry to ensure even drying calls for great care. And Ethiopian farmers have used this method for longer than anyone else.
If Black Honey processing were the easy road to a nectarous coffee, they’d all do it. But only a few farmers dare. It’s a rare process because it calls for meticulous monitoring. Master Origin Nicaragua with ‘Black-Honey’ processed Arabica contains this coffee. It gives this Nicaraguan Arabica its smooth honeyed texture and sweet cereal notes.
Master Origin India with Robusta Monsoon gets its intense, woody, spicy aromatics from the monsooned Robusta blended into Indian Arabica. Monsooning coffees is unique to India’s southwest coast. Months of monsoonal winds repeatedly swell and dry the beans. It mimics the journey it used to take when sailing to Europe.
Master Origin Indonesia with wet-hulled Arabica is a race against rain. Sumatran farmers wet-hull their coffee because of the humid climate. They remove the parchment when the coffee is soft and moist because exposed beans dry faster. The method is unique to them and produces the classic Indonesian taste - velvety thick, wildly aromatic, notes of cured tobacco.
Decaffeinato coffee range
True Nespresso coffees, each with its own rich aroma and natural characters preserved through the decaffeination process.
Intensely roasted and rich in flavour, Ristretto Decaffeinato has the same powerful character and contrasting taste as the original Ristretto. A selection of the best Latin American and East African Arabicas is sophisticatedly blended with a touch of Robusta, roasted separately to create the subtle fruity note of this full bodied, intense Espresso.
Dark roasted and rich in flavour, Arpeggio Decaffeinato boasts the same strong character, intense body and indulgent cocoa notes as the original Arpeggio coffee. A selection of the best Arabicas from South and Central Americas enriches this blend with intense, cocoa-like notes. A split roast reveals the specificities of each origin, carefully protected during the decaffeination process, which respects the coffee bean’s true nature, allowing us to maintain the blend`s aromatic strength and richness.
Vivalto lungo decaffeinato
A complex yet balanced blend, Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato has the same rich character as the original Vivalto Lungo coffee: roasted, lightly woody with sweet cereal and subtle floral notes. It is a pure Arabica blend from several origins including South America and East Africa. The aromatic profile of these coffees is carefully preserved during the decaffeination process, which respects the coffee bean’s true nature, allowing us to maintain the strength and richness of its aromas.
Delightfully sweet and smooth, Volluto Decaffeinato has the same rich flavours and round body as the original Volluto coffee. The selected pure Arabica beans from South America are roasted lightly and separately to highlight their specificities and reveal the sweet biscuity, fresh and fruity notes. The aromatic profile of these coffees is carefully preserved during the decaffeination process, which respects the coffee bean’s true nature, allowing us to maintain the strength and richness of its aromas.
Lungo coffee range
Four Nespresso coffees offering a wide range of taste profiles and intensities, specifically designed to be enjoyed in a long cup, 110ml.
As in the age of sailing ships, Indian Malabar Arabica beans are exposed to monsoon winds after harvest to reveal a distinguished aromatic profile. We blend these with Latin American Arabica beans to create a Lungo with a truly intense character. This full-bodied Lungo, rich in aroma, expresses itself in beautiful sweet cereal and malty toasted notes, and it offers a pleasant bitterness with an exquisite fullness on the palate thanks to its round and smooth texture.
A complex yet balanced marriage between South American Arabicas cultivated at high altitude, among which “Cerrado” from Brazil, and an East African Arabica. Vivalto Lungo combines roasted and subtle floral notes. Split roasting of the beans enhances the character of each origin.
Envivo Lungo was specially designed for the morning by Nespresso Coffee Experts. It is a long-cup that stimulates the senses through its high intensity and generous character. This dark roasted coffee is a blend of a distinctive Arabica from India with a Robusta from Mexico. In cup, it reveals a bold character and a full body, roasted notes and rich scents reminiscent of aromatic woods and gingerbread.
Pure Arabica from South America, Linizio Lungo is a well-rounded blend made of Brazilian and Colombian coffee. The split-roasting gives a cereal, malty note typical for the Bourbon variety, while maintaining its mild and smooth character.
Variations coffee range
Three gourmet variations on the Livanto coffee, flavoured with natural aromas of exceptional finesse. Best enjoyed in a short cup, 40ml.
Ciocattino is a coffee elaborated on a base of Livanto coffee, a blend of Arabicas from South and Central America with a round and very balanced bouquet. The dark and bitter chocolate notes create an indulgent harmony with the roasted notes of the Livanto coffee. A rich combination reminiscent of a square of dark chocolate.
Caramelito is a coffee elaborated on a base of Livanto coffee, a blend of Arabicas from South and Central America with a round and very balanced bouquet. The sweet flavour of caramel softens the roasted notes. This delicate gourmet marriage evokes the creaminess of soft toffee.
Vanilio is a coffee elaborated on a base of Livanto coffee, a blend of Arabicas from South and Central America with a round and very balanced bouquet. The rich and velvety aromas of vanilla subtly express themselves in a mellow texture. A blend distinguished by its full flavour, infinitely smooth and silky on the palate.