I am so excited to see the growing selection of choices for Nespresso drinkers including our very one product line by Hiline coffee. Before the addition of these Nespresso compatible coffee capsules ordering your beloved Nespresso coffee was difficult, intimidating and quite frankly expensive. I have actually owned the Pixie machine for quite sometime but, rarely used it...simply because the espresso was not easily accessible, until now. Now it is an...shall we say...addiction, obsession...both? I must admit that having both the Keurig and Nepresso in my kitchen has me basically spoiled rotten and happy as a lark.
I am so incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to review all of the roasts available starting with Chelsea.
Chelsea is a light brown roast espresso with intensity rating of 4/10. I thought that both of these factors made Chelsea a great starting point for myself and those new to the world of espresso. Espresso can be a bit intimidating with its bold flavor and intense brew but, on the contrary it can also be incredibly artistic with more depth and charact than you have every experienced before.
I chose to brew my Chelsea capsule on the highest water setting of my Nespresso. I did not think I was quite ready for the small shot yet!
The results were beautiful. This is one good looking cup of espresso with a perfect caramel brown crema.
The aroma was surprisingly minimal but, what I could detect was slightly woodsy. The first sip was very pleasing to the tongue as far as feel. I think this is one of the biggest attractions to espresso, the crema produces such a pleasing consistency that lingers for quite some time. I was relieved to find that the intensity of Chelsea is as described- relatively mild. Don't get me wrong, espresso always packs a pretty powerful punch but, this roast is on the lower spectrum. The flavor was somewhat fruity and bright with hints of sweetness and very little acidity.
This is an extremely pleasing, easing to drink cup of espresso. I would recommend it to all medium and dark roast coffee drinker making the transition to espresso.
If you are a regular espresso drinker, I did not find any qualities in this brew that would be a turn off. Nespresso users that enjoy Livanto, Capriccio, Volutto and Cosi, this will be right up your alley.
If you love the ultra intense, shockingly strong coffees, this is not the roast for you.