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Nespresso capsules with the aid of George Cluny have topped the charts with the single serving espresso coffee market. But now there is more than one player in the single service nespresso coffee capsule market to rival Nestle and Nespresso: DUALIT. You may know this well know company for producing toasters and kitchen gadgets for the cool cooks – used by Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and <a class="zem_slink" title="Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall" href="http://en generic zithromax online.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Fearnley-Whittingstall” target=”_blank” rel=”wikipedia”>Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall to name a few celebrity cooks…Now Dualit wants to take some of the coffee share off nespresso.

English: Nespresso, what else ? 😉 Français : Nespresso (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They have introduced a new nespresso compatible capsule. It looks the same as the nespresso capsule. There are of course some subtle differences, the capsule is made from an extruded recylable plastic as opposed to the aluminium used by nespresso. The coffee quality is as good as nespresso, but Dualit have only so far brought out five flavours of espresso coffee where as nespresso have in excess of 15 coffees to choose from, nespresso has, for the time being, the upper hand in the numbers game.

The nespresso capsule market is said to have 1 million customers and 750 million coffee capsules or coffee pods are bought in the UK alone on the interent – so Dualit is looking to take some of the market share away from nespresso. Dualit has a strong following in the home kitchen market and B&B market, and will be looking to get people who already own a Dualit product to but the Dualit nespresso compatible capsules. Aromo coffee and Dualpresso are 2 companies that are selling the Dualit nespresso capsules for Dualit, which were launched in June.

If you want to try the nespresso compatible capsules then you can visit either http://www.dualpresso.co.uk/ or http://www.aromocoffee.co.uk and they are offering the dualit capsules at 28 pence per capsules – placing it just slihtly cheaper than the Nespresso capsules from Nestle.

nespresso compatible capsule from Dualit

The Duailt capsule also works with ALL Nespresso machines such as the Magimix CITIZ and PIXIE as well as the krupps and delonghi versions – so nespresso users will now have an alternative supplier to nespresso – about time!

You can also see the Magimix Citiz in operation using the Dualit nespresso capsules here:http://youtu.be/aFwwhlEPO4M

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I have been using a Nespresso coffee machine along with my ese coffee machine to do some testing. Now I do like the nespresso coffee pods, and they make a good cup of coffee. But I just tried a pod as an espresso shot – and was very disappointed. The Aromo coffee pod is so much nicer – more flavour and character with a smooth taste. Even the Bounce is better. So for all you espresso coffee lovers out there, try the aromo E.S.E. Coffee pods – you can get your hands on a mixed case from the website: www.aromocoffee.co.uk

E.S.E espresso coffee pods made by Aromo Coffee Ltd are a favourite of the Monkey’s and he makes his espresso coffee using a 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pod

That’s all from me for now – why not write your own coffee tips in the comments? You can also reach me on Twitter or my Facebook page.

This article was written by Aromo the Monkey. Aromo writes for aromocoffee.co.uk, the UK’s leading online retailer of 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pods

The good news with Aromo’s easy serving espresso pods is that you won’t have one of those holiday nightmares…

You know the situation, where you bring home a straw donkey, or a bottle of Limoncello or Turkish wine… seemed great whilst on holiday…..but back home…..well, it just doesn’t seem the same!

Our ese espresso pods have been carefully crafted to match and exceed authentic espresso performance from across Europe… but the problem is which European espresso is right and how does coffee and espresso vary across Europe?

The two key variables in an espresso coffee, or an easy serving espresso recipe across Europe are Robusta content and roast colour

In the picture below, typical espresso would be roasted to 13 or more… the darker the bean … the more carbonised and the more aromatic coffee oil which is produced

Darker coffees tend to be atypical in southern Europe… Think Italian roast espresso

Dark, stiff, bitter and full, usually using lower grade Arabica and high Robusta, typically 30 > 50%,  but in practice anything up to 100%!

Conversely, our Nordic friends tend to prefer a lighter more acidic caffeine shot… typically 100% Arabica and using the finest original coffees available… import figures for coffees support the fact that little Robusta is used in Nordic coffee products

Here in the UK, and indeed in much of Benelux and Germany there is no such thing as a typical coffee or espresso recipe…it is very much down to price/ personal preference or brand.

The Uk is especially a case in point – with our tea drinking culture and the predominance of soluble / instant coffees…

Admittedly, 100% Robusta espresso might prove a hard sell…but anything from 70% Robusta on down would be more than acceptable to our palette …think this isn’t the UK? Then think again, as many of the UK’s major operators successfully offer product with 30 or 40% Robusta content and even Torrefacto….typically roasted to a medium dark level. The exclusion to this roast level being Starbucks, notorious in the trade for selling burnt, carbonised coffees which are ideal for / can deliver a coffee taste in those large milky buckets which they flog.

So if nothing else this proves that taste and what is good or bad, right or wrong, is nothing more than a factor of personal preference or national culture!!

Aromo ese espresso coffee pods taste great wherever you chose to drink them… we have sampled and analysed many of Europe’s finest coffees and espresso variants available….Trust us when we say we know a good espresso when we taste one as well as how to make the ideal easy serving espresso for you to enjoy!

This is the new way of blogging about espresso coffee pods? What do you think?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aromo the monkey like nothing better than drinking a great cup of pure espresso coffee made using only the finest coffee. Boost espresso coffee pods made by Aromo Coffee Ltd are a favourite of the Monkey’s and he makes his espresso coffee using a 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pod (A single serving espresso pod that is sealed in a foil bag for freshness and aroma). If you would like to find out how you can get your hands on some great tasting espresso coffee pods in the UK  – visit the Aromo Coffee website.

E.S.E espresso coffee pods made by Aromo Coffee Ltd are a favourite of the Monkey’s and he makes his espresso coffee using a 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pod

That’s all from me for now – why not write your own coffee tips in the comments? You can also reach me on Twitter or my Facebook page.This article was written by Aromo the Monkey. Aromo writes for aromocoffee.co.uk, the UK’s leading online retailer of 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pods

 

The new E.S.E Espresso pod from aromo coffee is now out: BOUNCE

ESPRESSO COFFEE POD TASTING NOTES: For those of you out there who insist upon a 100% arabica espresso we offer this little piece of ‘sex on a stick’ Our old favourite the Brazilian Daterra Bourbon and more than a generous hint of Sumatran Mahandeling. Expect crema heaven with this thick and curvy bodied beauty between a typical French and Italian espresso roast… Creamy yet full and satisfying with the Sumatran providing a wonderful baritone of bitter sweet dark chocolate.

This is the easiest way to make a perfect cup of espresso based coffee every time. Can be used in most espresso coffee machines Good crema and smooth taste. Ideal for regular espresso coffees, Espresso, Cappuccinos, Americano and Lattes.

Box of 100 x Premium 44mm E.S.E. Easy serving espresso Coffee Pods for use in Espresso coffee machines  which use ESE single serve pods. This is pre-ground espresso coffee, a perfect balance of high quality 100% Arabica beans, contained in a handy paper ‘pod’ which is then sealed in a foil outer pack. Easy espresso means no mess, no fuss and it saves time and effort. Forget grinding coffee beans and tamping.

E.S.E espresso coffee pods made by Aromo Coffee Ltd are a favourite of the Monkey’s and he makes his espresso coffee using a 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pod

The New Espresso Coffee: bounce from Aromo Coffee – Out next week.

Box of 100 x Premium 44mm E.S.E. Easy serving espresso Coffee Pods for use in Espresso coffee machines  which use ESE single serve pods. This is pre-ground espresso coffee, a perfect balance of high quality 100% Arabica beans, contained in a handy paper ‘pod’ which is then sealed in a foil outer pack. Easy espresso means no mess, no fuss and it saves time and effort. Forget grinding coffee beans and tamping.

ESPRESSO COFFEE POD TASTING NOTES: For those of you out there who insist upon a 100% arabica espresso we offer this little piece of ‘sex on a stick’ Our old favourite the Brazilian Daterra Bourbon and more than a generous hint of Sumatran Mahandeling. Expect crema heaven with this thick and curvy bodied beauty between a typical French and Italian espresso roast… Creamy yet full and satisfying with the Sumatran providing a wonderful baritone of bitter sweet dark chocolate

 

Our Espresso Coffee Pod Tasting Notes: November 2011

BOOST: We’ve taken ages over this beauty – a finely balanced blend of great Brazil Daterra Bourbon/ Costa Rican Strictly High Grown for the Ooomph / Honduras Strictly Hard Bean for the acidity /Old Java Brown for that ‘ Je nes sais quoi’  and of course the obligatory super fine quality Robusta from Uganda.

A complex and  intense full espresso, with bitter sweet notes, chocolatey scrumptious and and a creamy, dry finish – Quite simply superb and you won’t find another one like this….

BOUNCE: For those of you out there who insist upon a 100% arabica espresso we offer this little piece of ‘sex on a stick’ Our old favourite the Brazilian Daterra Bourbon and more than a generous hint of Sumatran Mahandeling. Expect crema heaven with this thick and curvy bodied beauty between a typical French and Italian espresso roast… Creamy yet full and satisfying with the Sumatran providing a wonderful baritone of bitter sweet dark chocolate

BUZZ: Good for all occasions this simple yet effective recipe came about through a happy coincidence in Monkey’s kitchen. Brazil Daterra Bourbon mixes as if made in heaven with our outstanding, premium Vietnamese wet polished. Simple – yet devastatingly effective – clean , bright , smooth  dark and bold Italian style roast for the true espresso addict.

BUZZ LITE: For you Lite Lovers out there this is a fine quality Decaffeinated espresso, A 100% arabica blend of the finest South American coffees carefully decaffeinated…no caffeine but still the espresso Buzz. Dark and full bodied with a satisfying tan crema.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aromo the monkey like nothing better than drinking a great cup of pure espresso coffee made using only the finest coffee. Boost espresso coffee pods made by Aromo Coffee Ltd are a favourite of the Monkey’s and he makes his espresso coffee using a 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pod (A single serving espresso pod that is sealed in a foil bag for freshness and aroma). If you would like to find out how you can get your hands on some great tasting espresso coffee pods in the UK  – visit the Aromo Coffee website.

E.S.E espresso coffee pods made by Aromo Coffee Ltd are a favourite of the Monkey’s and he makes his espresso coffee using a 44mm E.S.E espresso coffee pod

Espresso Crema – The Virtue and Sin of a Perfetto Espresso

If we exclude the wonderful art of the roaster from the equation – then the recipe for a fine espresso is simply temperature / pressure and time

Temperature 90 degrees +/- 5 degrees

Inlet water pressure 9 bar +/- 2 bar

Percolation time 30 seconds +/- 5 seconds

For 6.5 > 7 g of coffee

Get one of these variables wrong and you will end up with a disappointing result – and one which the espresso, in all its honest virtue, will exhibit to you… through its crema

How and why is complicated… but reflects the mystery that is the perfetto espresso

Espresso is a concentrated solution of salts, sugars, acids (Acetic/ Formic/ Malic /Citric & Lactic) and caffeine

A typical 25 ml ristretto contains 50 mg (cumulative weight) of caffeine and a standard espresso of 35 ml around 60mg

The caffeine content varies according to the relative Arabica/ Robusta content of your chosen espresso recipe… Robusta contains 45% more caffeine than Arabica coffees… and subsequently, also produces a denser beverage and one with more soluble solids…hence why the authentic Italian espresso always contains 10 > 20 % of a good quality Robusta origin

Espresso crema is technically a ‘biphasic system composed of gas globules held within liquid films called lamellae’… these globules are typically in a honeycomb structure… and their persistence is both an important characteristic and a measure of the quality of the espresso produced

Any error in judgement when grinding, brewing/ extraction / temperature is immediately shown in the colour, the texture and the persistence of the espresso crema

If the Crema is light tan coloured / inconsistent and thin (the cream should be c 10% of the total liquor produced) this has resulted from either under extraction …too coarse a grind or an insufficient water temperature

If the Crema is whitish in colour and made up only of big bubbles then the brew has been over extracted and potentially the water temperature is too low

And if the espresso is topped with simply a whitish spot or ring in the middle of the cup and the brew is very black then the temperature has been too high

If the Crema is the correct medium tan / Cadbury milk chocolate type shade – but is simply thin and disappointing…then it may  be that your beans are no longer fresh!

It will be ok – but weak and uninspiring…!

The Crema then is the virtue and the sin of a fine espresso…it traps the volatile compounds which make that beautiful aroma… and if not there…we have a beverage which is thin, burnt and without that burst of espresso ‘wowee!’ aroma

 

 

The easiest way to make the perfect espresso is with the ESE espresso pod. It really is simplicity personified…. fresh pure espresso each and every time you need it… simply tear open your favourite brew and sit back and  make your perfect espresso… then enjoy that espresso moment!

It’s no easy job selecting the best coffees for our superb ESE espresso pods

So we have covered off the Sumatran Mandheling we use…now on to the bedrock of just about every blend you will ever come across…Brazil

Yes- the world’s largest coffee producer…the engine of the Worldwide coffee market and this year perhaps due to have a bumper 60m bag crop – who knows as CONAB are never quite clear with the numbers!

Typically 15m bags (of 60 kilo each) is conilon or Robusta, the reminder a huge and bewildering variety of Arabica….

Brazil is a member of the ICO unwashed Arabica classification and has c 4 trillion coffee trees which produce c 560 > 600 kilo of cherries per hectare

The key botanical varieties are the old standards such as Bourbon and Typica but also Caturra , Catuai and even Maragogype and is now produced in c 17 states at altitudes varying between 200 to 800m …

My personal ‘horror’ is Minas… which is popular in the former Yugoslav states! Good luck to ‘em!

We used Brazil Daterra 17 / 18 screen bold bean fine cup NY2 (This means we choose the bean with the minimum number of defects per 300g)

Brazil offers a great deal of choice – but if I am honest I believe the marketers at NE Port have done a great job at flogging the estate coffees…. yes there is a variance… but whether it is worth paying the premium for the Fancies and Extra Primes, well  I suppose determines whether you  choose for example a Mondeo LX or GLX! You pays your money and takes your choice…. J

Brazil is the corner-stone of all our ESE espresso coffee pods…  and is a popular addition in almost all authentic Mediterranean espresso blends…

Typically, Eastern Europe and Russia sell a 100% Brazilian espresso – fit for purpose but a little bland… However, carefully and artfully mixed with other superb origins and the results can be sublime and satisfying. Try our Aromo espresso pods and make up your mind!