The Coffee Experience
From the cherries we pick to the coffee you drink, we are committed to convey our expertise, savoir-faire and passion every step of the way.
Nespresso brings you the finest quality coffee.
To guarantee the best beans, Nespresso only sources exceptional coffees that are rigorously selected and tested to satisfy the most demanding palate.
For each Grand Cru, the Nespresso Coffee Experts compose a unique and complex aromatic and taste profile. Guaranteeing the consistency of this profile is our primary concern. To achieve this, Nespresso continually tests and selects the world’s highest grade coffee crops.
Through our AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, Nespresso works closely with farmers to produce premium beans using sustainable methods. They are harvested by hand, fermented and dried in the sun as we prefer to process the coffee beans naturally.
Nespresso high standards extend to the careful roasting and grinding of beans to bring out the 900 different coffee aromas that differentiate a Nespresso Grand Cru. Our exclusive capsule system is designed to protect the coffee from air and moisture, so that you can enjoy all the aromas on serving.
6 Fascinating Facts About Coffee Harvesting.
Harvesting coffee is either done by hand or machine, depending on a farm’s size and terrain. But it’s not as easy as it may sound — coffee cherries on the same branch ripen at different times, which can make things tricky.
Want to know more? Below we reveal the curious ins and outs of harvesting.
01 It’s easy to tell when a coffee cherry is ripe and ready to be harvested – it’s bright red. If it’s green, you’re too early, and if it’s black, you’ve waited too long. We train the farmers to ensure they always pick ripe cherries.
02 Certain countries, such as Kenya, have two crops (a main crop and a fly crop) so they have two harvests a year. That means, more coffee. Lucky them; lucky us.
03 Farmers hand-harvest most of the cherries for our Grands Crus as they usually ripen at different rates on the same branch. It takes three to five trips to pick them all from coffee trees, as so many have to be left to mature.
04 “Stripping” is another method of harvesting. Pickers slide their hands along the branches and strip the trees of both ripe and unripe cherries, which fall onto tarpaulin underneath the tree. The fruit is then meticulously sorted in a machine or by hand as even a few unripe beans can affect the taste of the coffee.
05 In countries like Brazil, which have very large plantations and the land is flat, a machine is used for harvesting. It’s driven over each tree and shakes the branches so the fruit falls off. The cherries are then sorted in other machines which weed out the green ones.
06 Harvest time doesn’t necessarily mean amazing weather. In fact, you’ll need an umbrella in the Espírito Santo region of Brazil’s subtropical north where it rains heavily in July, just when the Conilon we use for our Kazaar coffee ripens. As the farmers can’t dry the cherries in the sun, they use a machine set to a low temperature – and indirect heat – so as not to damage the beans.
The Art of Coffee Tasting
Try this technique to evaluate coffee like an expert.
Tasting is a vital part of making exceptional coffee. It’s the way we assess our hallmarks of quality: crema, body, smoothness and aroma intensity.
Working to a precise process of slurping and sniffing, Nespresso’s experts can quickly judge a coffee’s characteristics to see whether it reaches our high standards.
It’s both science and art, but you don’t need decades of experience to become a pro at distinguishing good from bad.
If you want to learn how to judge your cup of coffee, try our simple three-step coffee tasting guide.
01 STUDY THE CREMA
Is the crema, the layer of foam on the surface of your coffee, uniform and smooth? The bubbles should be small and numerous, making a fine, dense crema. If the bubbles are large, and there’s only a few of them, it indicates that the coffee has been brewed too quickly. If bubbles are dense, the coffee has probably been brewed too slowly and may be burned.
02 INHALE DEEPLY
Sniff the aromas released above the cup. How do they smell? Note the fragrances, then stir your coffee gently and sniff again. Breathe in deeply for a few seconds so that the aromatics reach your nasal cavity. Smell and taste are very closely interlinked, so your first general understanding of the smell sensations helps you decide how pleasant the coffee is.
03 EVALUATE THE TASTE
Now for the fun part — take a big spoonful of coffee and really slurp it. Don’t be shy about it. Slurp strongly from the spoon to draw the coffee into your mouth. If you’re making loud and weird noses, you’re doing it right. When you slurp deeply, you help pump aromatics into the back of your nose where it connects with your mouth, so you’ll also be smelling the coffee. Consider everything from the coffee’s texture and flavour to its acidity and aftertaste. And let’s not forget its marvellous flavour.
While this isn’t the only coffee tasting method, it’s an approachable one to get you started. Now sit back and enjoy your cup.
The Bike That Harnesses Aluminium’s Potential.
From the rising and setting of the sun to the continuous, repetitive flow of the seasons, our world is governed by constant, fervent motion. As humans we’re confronted daily with a million small opportunities to either live in harmony with the cycle or to break it.
This is why, at Nespresso, we’ve made a choice to create our coffee capsules from aluminium, an infinitely recyclable material. Each time you recycle your coffee capsule, an elegant process of re-creation is set into motion.
The compounded power of this simple act inspired us to breathe new life into your recycled aluminium capsules, to craft something beautiful and enduring.
Introducing RE:CYCLE, a bicycle with an aluminium frame forged from coffees past. Offering sustainable transportation long into the future.
In striking Arpeggio purple and using only the finest materials, from its high quality saddle and handles, to its steam bended oak carrier basket and copper trim, the RE:CYCLE bike is an exquisite example of the circular economy at work. We even included two cup holders, perfectly sized to carry your favorite drink along with you. It seems that what goes around really does come around.
To bring our vision for RE:CYCLE to life, we partnered with a like-minded Swedish start-up called Vélosophy to co-design a sleek, urban bicycle that would represent aluminium’s potential to be refashioned into a functional and stylish product.
At the core of Vélosophy’s mission is a commitment to making a lasting, positive impact on the world. This means working with recycled aluminium to design and produce high-quality bicycles that balance sustainability and style. After all, one of the most sustainable choices a consumer can make is to invest in products that will serve their needs long into the future.
But for Vélosophy, sustainability also has a human face. As the first bicycle brand in the world to make a one-for-one promise, they’re investing not only in the future of the planet but in the lives and communities of school girls in Ghana. With every Vélosophy bike sold, they donate another bike to a young woman working on her studies.
How can a bicycle make a difference in her life? This is where the proverbial rubber meets the road—according to World Bicycle Relief, access to reliable transportation has proven to increase her school attendance by 28% and her chances of graduating by up to 59%. We’re inspired to think that a small effort to recycle coffee capsules could contribute to her success.
From coffee capsule to a sustainably produced bicycle. From the streets of prosperous cities to the road to school in Ghana. The partnership between Nespresso and Vélosophy demonstrates the power that our everyday consumption choices can have on the world.
The RE:CYCLE bike will be available for purchase from August 2019 on the Vélosophy website (link)
PRODUCTION-SPECIFIC MILLING FOR PREFERRING LOCAL FLAVORS
Ultimately, grinding makes it possible to extract the aromas of coffee, so this is a vital step in shaping the coffee experience.
Thus, the way in which the coffee is brewed and the quality of the coffee produced are also determined by the way in which the coffee is ground. However, the way each coffee or blend is prepared is different, so we don’t just use one type of grinding process, we also adapt the grinding technique to the nature of each blend to ensure the best possible quality.
After grinding, the coffee is wrapped in laminated aluminum cushions to keep the coffee away from light and oxygen. With this hermetically sealed system, the coffee is guaranteed to retain the quality and instant flavor of more than 900 at the time of grinding, so this technology allows you to enjoy the flavors of fresh ground for up to 12 months.
Aluminum is 100% recyclable, and not just that
preserves the freshness of the coffee grounds but can be re-used thanks to its recycling.
OFFER THE BEST
The Nespresso quality system allows you to:
the coffee pads and coffee machines should interact perfectly with each other, and at the end of the coffee making process, all the flavors, aromas and flavors created by our coffee experts to create the flavor profile of each coffee grinder will be put into the cup.
Our coffee makers are at the ideal temperature for coffee grounds
and pressurize the water flowing through the coffee pods to give a perfect, tasty cup of black.