Following our Taste of Toronto Experience with Nespresso, we joined them again last week at the Rogers Cup in Montreal to watch a few matches and enjoy a cup of coffee. For the occasion, the brand showcased two very special and limited edition blends from their Grand Cru collection, “Tinto de Colombia” and the “Cafezinho do Brasil.” Both comes from very special regions in Colombia and in Brazil, respectively.
The “Tinto de Colombia” is a light and aromatic coffee that gives off a taste of buttered bread with hints floral notes and berries. The Arabica beans come from three sources in Colombia, all of which come from the highlands of Cauca, Tolima and Santander. This translates to a cup of coffee that is similar to what the many local Colombians enjoy on a daily basis. If you enjoy Nespresso’s “Half Caffeinato” as an afternoon pick-up in the afternoon, you’ll appreciate the smoothness of the Tinto de Colombia. The capsules are made specifically for their Vertuoline Machines.
Next, we sampled their “Cafezinho do Brasil.” Unlike the Tinto, the flavours are more bitter and more roasted. This is representative of the taste that is similar to an espresso that Brazilians have traditionally used to welcome guests into the home, or to begin a meeting. The beans are sourced from Southern Brazil and were specifically chosen to deliver the powerful taste Nespresso wanted to capture. It was served in Reveal Crystal glasses that were designed to showcase the complexity and aroma of the espresso. The capsules are made specifically for their OriginalLine Machines.
All throughout the experience, we were guided by Master Sommelier Elyse Lambert, who served us chocolate treats that paired wonderfully with the new coffee. Elyse also demonstrated an “un-pairing” with blueberries to show how bitter the “Cafezinho do Brasil” truly is.