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The power of taste and varieties

Nespresso Professional has a wide range of 16 unique varieties that meet all your needs, no matter of what time of day it is. You may prefer an Espresso in the morning, a Ristretto after lunch, and a Lungo in the afternoon. Identify your unique preferences and learn the secrets of coffee tasting.

Your taste is unique and so is Nespresso

We are all unique, so why should we drink coffee the same way? With a wide, fantastic range, Nespresso has a favourite for everyone. Find yours and discover how to taste it like a professional!

Different varieties for different moments

Let’s discover each variety, going from high to medium, and low intensity, using a taste map and a roasting guide. So you can easily explore which intensity suits you the best during the day - let's start!

The intensity is defined by the degree of roasting of a coffee, its body, and its bitterness



High intensity (degree of intensity)

If you like intense blends with a very roasted character, these are for you. Some people prefer high-intensity coffee in the morning or after lunch to get that extra go.

Ristretto Intenso (12) – If you are looking for Nespresso strongest coffee, this is what suits you. A south American blend of Robusta and Arabica beans where they are split roasted. Robusta gets an intense roast and Arabica a gentle and short one, to give them the notes of spicy pepper and wood.

Origin India (10) – Do you like spicy coffee, with notes of wood, clove, pepper and nutmeg? Try this single blend, made from split roasted Robusta and Arabica beans with taste of India. Arabica beans are lightly roasted to keep the aromas intact, and Robusta gets a short dark roast to bring the cocoa and spicy notes.

Ristretto (9) – To highlight the coffees roasted aromas of cocoa tones and subtle wood, this coffee gets an intense and dark roasting. The blend is made of pure Arabica beans from Central and South America. Suits perfect as a Cappuccino!

Medium intensity

This intensity level gives you that go kick when you need it, but also something you can easily enjoy in the afternoon.

Origin Guatemala (6) – Malty and elegant, with a bitter tone describes this Arabica and Robusta single blend with taste from Guatemala. The roasting is short and light, which helps to give the coffee its boldness.

Espresso Decaffeinato (7) – If you want a coffee with full taste but no caffein, this is the one. A decaf South American blend of Arabica and Robusta beans, with hints of cocoa and roasted cereal. A full-bodied coffee with a short and intense dark roasting brings the best out of this blend.

Espresso Forte (7) The perfect combination of roasted aromas and notes of red fruits describes this Arabica blend from South and Central America. The blend is given a short-medium roast to bring out the best in each coffee.

Espresso Leggero (6) – A kind coffee, full of taste. Perfect the whole day! This lightly roasted Arabica and Robusta blend comes from Brazil and Colombia. Espresso Leggero contains yummy roasted cereal and cocoa tones.

Espresso Caramel (7) – If it tastes like caramel? Oh yes! This blend is based on Espresso Forte's short-medium roast. With its toasted notes and warm aromas of red fruits, the natural source of caramel fits perfectly in this Arabica blend from Central and South America.

Espresso Vanilla (7) – This perfect short, medium roasted blend is also made from Espresso forte, full of tasty vanilla aromas from natural sources. A real treat in the afternoon, especially if you are looking for sweets.

Origin Peru Organic (6) – Nespresso´s first organic blend! Peru Organic is a single Arabica blend with beans from Peru. Distinctive green notes and toasted sweet cereals describe this blend. The light roasting is divided into two parts to highlight the smooth character and exotic fruity notes.

Low intensity

An intensity that suits every day, all day! If you like a silky smooth and soft one, these are for you. Perfect to drink as they are or with milk.

Lungo Forte (4) – This blend contains Arabica beans from Colombia, Guatemala, and Latin America. Let yourself be charmed by the short but intense roast that reflects the aromas with a hint of red fruits.

Origin Brazil (4) – A favourite among many! Exceptional smooth and mild with a hint of cereal notes and toasted grain, describes this single Arabica blend from Brazil. The blend is split roasted, some are lightly roasted and the other gets a longer but gentle roasting.

Lungo Decaffeinato (4) – A caffeine free blend with silky and soft tones with hints of cereal and sweet floras. Made from Arabica beans from East Africa and South America. The beans are split roasted at a moderate temperature to bring out the best of each variety.

Lungo Leggero (2) – Be ready for flower power! This lightly roasted Arabica blend from Ethiopia, Colombia, and Latin America has delicate notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and bergamot. If you like a little sweeter coffee, this blend suits you.

3 steps for professional tasting

Now that you have learned more about varieties, is it time to taste and validate your choices for each moment of the day. How do you taste coffee? Use Nespresso three-step coffee tasting to become a taste expert

Start looking at the foam on top, the crema.

It’s formed naturally during extraction, created by a perfect balance between water pressure, temperature, coffee quality, freshness, grinding and thanks to the preservative effect of the capsule. The foam should be uniform, smooth, and with small bubbles.


It’s time to smell the coffee and the crema.

Notice the amazing fragrances, take a spoon of crema, and smell again. Stir it so that you can sense the coffee and the 900 aromas in the cup. Breathe deeply into the aromas before the next step.

Finally, take a large spoon of your coffee and crema.

Slurp it, the louder the better. When you slurp deeply, the coffee is spread over the entire palette and the small coffee molecules will travel up through the nose so that you can identify the aromatic profile and taste in combination. We can notice the basic flavours, acidity, sweetness, and bitterness. Also, consider how the coffee feels on the palette, is it thick and syrupy or light and silky.

Enjoy the tasing and find your favourites during the day, maybe every day looks different.

Do you want to find out more about what’s in your cup, apart for the fantastic flavours and crema?