Following the success of Hawaii Kona Special Reserve 2012, Nespresso coffee experts embarked on a quest to present Club Members with yet another exclusive connoisseur taste. The result is Special Reserve Maragogype Grand Cru 2014, composed of the finest specimens of an extremely rare and immensely precious coffee variety with uncommonly large coffee beans from Central and South America. It’s the first Grand Cru coffee in two years from Nespresso. But that’s not all. Nespresso and master glass makers Riedel have designed two special tasting glasses to further elevate the coffee sensory experience for Nespresso and all coffee lovers.
A natural variety of Arabica Typica, Maragogypederives its name from a town in Brazil of the same name where the plant was first discovered in the late 19th century. The unusually large coffee plant, often twice the size of regular coffee plants, has the largest known coffee beans in the world. With a much smaller yield compared to other coffee varieties, Maragogype is less profitable for farmers to grow, thus adding to its scarcity. Nevertheless, this highly coveted and prestigious variety is prized by coffee connoisseurs for the delicacy and sophistication in taste that distinguish it from other coffee varieties growing on the same terrain.
Due to the large bean size and low density, roasting Maragogype can be a challenge, but Nespresso coffee experts have drawn out their full essence through gentle split roasting. The beans from Mexico and Nicaragua were roasted longer to enhance their mild, round notes. The Colombian and Guatemalan beans were roasted for a shorter period for a fruity finishing touch. The result is an exceptionally smooth, delicate and balanced mild Grand Cru with a hint of acidity and sweet, malty and faintly green notes.
The Riedel’s glasses, called Intense and Mild, are designed to transport the essence of the finest and most complex Nespresso coffees known as Grands Crus. While all Nespresso coffee cups are crafted to enhance the aromatic pleasure of the Grand Cru coffee, the Riedel-designed Reveal Collection, as it is known, takes this enhancement one step further.
The Intense glass increases the overall intensity of aroma and taste while the Mild glass brings out the freshness, acidity and lightness of the coffee as well as the delicacy of the aromas. It also increases perception of smoothness and sweetness.
Maragogype Special Reserve 2014 comes packaged in a premium silver aluminium capsule with gold highlights and is available in single sleeves or as a gift set. The Special Reserve 2014 gift box includes one sleeve of Maragogype, two tasting glasses for Mild Espresso Grands Crus and a tasting guide inviting coffee connoisseurs to indulge all their senses in an exclusive coffee ritual. The Reveal Collection of glasses will be commercially available from the end of October.