Broadway is a dark roast espresso brought to us by Hiline coffee. Hiline manufactures Nespresso compatible capsules providing us with a premium alternative to brew in our prized single serve espresso machines at a valued price.
Most Nespresso compatible capsules come with an intensity rating on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the darkest. Broadway falls pretty high on the scale with a rating of 9/10. This left me feeling a little intimidated...I do enjoy dark roast coffees but, still fear that the roaster may overdo it and leave me with a brew completely devoid of coffee taste replaced by burnt bitterness. Luckily, this was not the case with Broadway.
I brew all of my Nespresso capsules on the higher water setting of my unit, I guess I am just not woman enough to go with the more intense lower water choice! The result was a beautiful espresso with a perfect thick crema, that clings to the side of my mug.
The first sip was some what uneventful on the front end. I don't mean that in a bad way- it was easy and smooth. Once the espresso reached the back end of my tongue that is when the party started. I swear the fruity/ tart flavor literally felt like it was dancing on my tongue (perhaps that is how they came up with the Broadway name)! I have never used the word glitsy to describe a taste but, that is what came to mind right away. This Nespresso compatible capsule is packed with depth - a surprising feature considering it is a single origin bean. Generally, it takes a blend of beans to create this kind of dimension.
I found Broadway to have a medium acidity and a body that lingers for quite some time.
I would tend to disagree with the intensity rating on this espresso. I think it is more of a 7 maybe even a 6- it simply is not anywhere close to overwhelming.
I would recommend Broadway to really any espresso drinker but, specifically medium roast fans who prefer an easy to drink smooth cup of joe. If you are in search of a bold in your face espresso, this is not the one for you. If you regularly choose Kazaar, Dharkan, Ristretto, Arpeggio or Roma Nespresso capsules, Braodway will suit you just fine.
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