What’s the deal? Every season, Nespresso rolls out one or two new limited edition coffees sourced from small, local coffee farmers around the globe who produce too little supply to sustain a long-term product line. What this translates to is a small quantity of delightfully flavoured, rare and truly bean to cup coffee that you will find impossible to locate elsewhere, unless you spend the coins to actually fly all the way across continents to a rural community tucked away on the border between Congo and Rwanda at Lake Kivu, or the mountainous, volcanic highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Weirdly specific, I know, but that’s because those are the two locations that Nespresso has decided to connect with this time.
So why’s it good? Espresso is not exactly the most favoured beverage in Hong Kong. The average Hong Konger prefers drip coffee because they find the often potent, acidic flavours of an espresso unpalatable. What I find though is that Nespresso produces some of the most enjoyable espressos in the market, even
for the taste buds of Hong Kongers which are accustomed to highly milky and sugary beverages. And this is especially true for their two new products. Not only are they extremely smooth, they also don’t have the strong bitter lingering aftertaste you’ll find in a lot of espressos. The Umutima wa Lake Kivu from Rwanda is my personal favourite because it’s highly aromatic and has a very fruity note while the Tanim De Chiapas from Mexico weighs more towards the nutty side and is velvety. What’s worthy to note, too is that they’re both single origin coffees, so you really get to taste the distinguishing characteristics from the terroir where they are cultivated.
Sales for both coffees will begin on 22 February and will last as long as stocks last. They will be sold at $67 per sleeve (10 capsules) and are available for purchase at Nespresso Hong Kong boutiques, through the online boutique and through the 24-hour hotline (800 968 821).