If you don’t drink coffee, then this is not a blog post you need to read. Instead, sit down for a few minutes with a nice cup of herbal tea or something.
But if you do drink coffee, and happen to have a Nespresso* machine, then read on. Those little capsules you buy for your coffee machine may be a saving on visiting your local coffee shop regularly, but the cost can still add up. It’s quite easy to go through a couple of boxes of pods in a week, especially if you have more than one coffee drinker in the house and/or have a lot of people round for morning tea.
Up until now, if you rely on a Nespresso machine for your caffeine hit, then you have been stuck with the branded capsules that work out at around 50p a shot. And unless you live near a selected outlet, you will probably have had to buy them online, so there is no chance of nipping down to the local shop and picking up some extras if you are about to run out.
But now we Nespresso owners have an alternative; Premium French coffee brand Carte Noire would like to introduce their Collection Espresso; a range of exquisite espresso capsules compatible with most Nespresso machines that cost about half the price of the branded ones.
The new range of capsules features four distinct flavours and each espresso comes with its own special character. For the coffee connoisseurs, there are detailed descriptions of notes and textures but if you just want to know how strong your coffee is going to be then all you need to look at the numbers. The higher the number, the higher the intensity.
You can chose between;
· N°3 Élégant is an exceptional pure Arabica coffee with a smooth and subtle taste enhanced by cereal notes.
· N°5 Délicat is a pure Arabica coffee with fruity notes and a silky texture
· N°7 Aromatique is an aromatic pure Arabica coffee with delicate hints of cocoa
· N°9 Intense is a rich, intense blend of pure, darkly roasted Arabica coffee
Each flavour/intensity comes in a easy-to-store box of 10 individually wrapped capsules costing around 28p each. And the good news is that this coffee will be available at a supermarket near you very soon. The capsules are plastic and so lack the visual appeal of the branded ones, but I did like the aroma of coffee that you get whenever you open a new one.
The base of the Carte Noir capsules is also slightly thinner than the Nespresso brand, so they didn’t fit as snugly as the original ones, but worked fine in my machine without any problems.
I have to admit I am no coffee snob; I’ll even drink instant without a second thought if that’s what is served to me. I was sent a box of each flavour so have been trying them out on anyone who walks through the door, and the general consensus is that these capsules make a good cup of coffee. As for me, I especially enjoyed the N°5 Délicat and N°7 Aromatique varieties.
A cup of coffee is my treat once I’ve done the school run, the kids have been dispatched and the house is quiet. I like to take my time over a cup of coffee before I get on with the tedious bits of the day and I think that a box or two of Carte Noire Collection Espresso will be a permanent addition to my kitchen cupboard from now on.
This post is an entry in the Foodies100 Espresso Collective Challenge, sponsored by Carte Noire. Each box of Carte Noire Espresso capsules contain 10 single servings and are available in supermarkets at an RRP of £2.79 and are available in four intensities. To find out more about the new Carte Noire Collection Espresso click here.
*Nespresso® is a registered trademark of a third party without any link with Mondelez International group. Compatible with all Nespresso®* machines bought before July 1, 2013. After that date, compatible with most Nespresso®* machines bought. For additional information regarding compatibility, please see UK:www.CARTENOIRE.co.uk/compatibility
This is a Sponsored post about a product I was sent samples of to review, but the opinions expressed above are entirely my own.