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Nespresso Variations Limited Edition

3 Limited Edition Nespresso Variations For Christmas

Vienna is far from just the birthplace of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The European nation is also known for its love of coffee, which explains why Nespresso has been inspired by Vienna to create its festive Nespresso Variations. Joining the permanent Variations range, are the limited edition Variations. Available in special gift packs, the three special creations make this a wonderful gift for a loved one who cherishes their daily dose morning Joe.

Nespresso Variations Limited Edition

Variations Sachertorte

Using three famous Venetian pastries, the brand has presents us with a taste of Vienna in a cup. The first of the three, Variations Sachertorte brings to life the popular Austrian Sachertorte with the help of the Livanto Grand Cru alongside notes of chocolate and apricot. We suggest you enjoy the cuppa with a slice of that glazed chocolate cake and thin layer of sweet apricot jam that it takes its name from.

Nespresso Variations Limited Edition

Variations Apfelstrudel

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and we hope that works in a pastry or in a cup. With the Variations Apfelstrudel, the classic puff pastry is best enjoyed in an Espresso that fills the senses with the rich aromas of the pastry, baked apples and just a hint of cinnamon. The final variation is the Variations Linzer Torte that rings the delicious red fruit tart with spiced dough notes in another Espresso.

Nespresso Variations Limited Edition

Variations Linzer Torte

Nespresso Raffles City: New Boutique, New Pricing

Coffee lovers in Singapore will be delighted to hear that Nespresso has just opened a new boutique — the third in the country since its setting-up in 2008 — at Raffles City Shopping Center. A new addition to the 450 boutiques spread worldwide, its Raffles City venue, opened November 2 and showcased the brand’s products, from machines to capsules. A recycling point has also been created that allows clients to drop off their used capsules.

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Grand Crus Display Wall

To celebrate this opening, Nespresso will offer a new coffee recipe called Cococrema throughout the month of November. Created by Michael Callahan, an award-winning mixologist and founding bartender of 28 HongKong Street (named Best cocktail bar in Asia at Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards this year), the drink is a clever mix of condensed milk, sugar, coconut cream and honey making it “recognizably Singapore yet distinctly Nespresso.”

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Just opened: Nespresso boutique at Raffles City

Concomitantly, Nestle’s premium coffee brand announced a significant reduction of the price of its 24 permanent Grand Cru coffees in Singapore, bringing them closer to prices in other markets. The new pricing applies in stores, online and on the Nespresso mobile app.

Mixologist Michael Callahan and the Cococrema.

Mixologist Michael Callahan and the Cococrema.

“The Nespresso promise has always been to deliver the ultimate coffee experience with the highest quality coffee that can be enjoyed every day conveniently” said Country Manager Matthieu Pougin. “As we continue to grow in Singapore and most recently with the opening of our new boutique at Raffles City, we are also happy to announce this new price to enable more coffee lovers and Club Members to fully benefit from our exclusive Club services in Singapore.”

Nespresso Boutique Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, #01-16

Tom Dixon Brew coffee set photo

How Japan is Perking Up to Coffee Culture

Need a pick-me-up? Try a lychee-flavored coffee infused with jasmine, or a ‘Chardonnay’ espresso served in a wine glass – whatever your taste, Japan’s swashbuckling baristas are bringing some serious sex appeal to the drink.

In a country famous for its elaborate tea traditions, the Japanese are increasingly turning to coffee as a quick-fix to help ease the daily grind. Hipster cafés are popping up everywhere, offering exquisitely curated beverages to satisfy even the fussiest of caffeine addicts.

Japan imports over 430,000 tones of coffee a year – behind only the United States and Germany – and boasts some of the world’s top baristas.

“The fact that tea culture already existed in Japan has helped cultivate an appreciation for coffee as a luxury item,” Miki Suzuki told AFP after recently being crowned Japan’s champion barista.

“Japanese people have an extremely sensitive palate so they can appreciate subtle differences in flavor,” said the 32-year-old.

Suzuki impressed judges with a nitrogen-charged beverage – a technique often used by craft beer breweries to get a rich froth – which also had delicate citrus tones. For added serving style she decanted it into champagne flutes.

“Actually I didn’t even like coffee at first. Now my goal is to become the first female barista to win the world title,” she admitted.

Japan has a fine pedigree at the World Barista Championship and Suzuki will look to emulate 2014 winner Hidenori Izaki at the competition in Seoul next year, and go one better than Yoshikazu Iwase, the 2016 runner-up.

Creativity and Panache

Along with the likes of Suzuki and three-time national runner-up Takayuki Ishitani, their creativity and panache have made coffee-making cool.

“With a flick of the wrist here and a little bit of flair, baristas are making coffee sexy,” said Ishitani, adding: “It’s part of a barista’s job to enchant the customer and be a bit of a smooth operator, like a bartender. The performance is part of creating an atmosphere to please the customer.”

How Japan is Perking Up to Coffee Culture

In this photo taken on October 12, 2016, a Japanese woman drinks her beverage at a coffee shop in Tokyo. Hipster cafés are offering exquisitely curated beverages to satisfy even the fussiest of caffeine addicts. © BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP

Ishitani whipped up a bubbling potion mixed with dry ice, fragrant herbs and orange honey at the Japan Barista Championship but insists he is on a “never-ending quest” for the perfect cup of coffee.

“It’s all about perseverance,” he added between pouring frothy cappuccinos at a trendy surf shop in Tokyo’s Daikanyama district.

“Japanese people pay meticulous attention to detail. You’re not competing against other baristas, the battle is against yourself.”

Tea Ceremony

The first documented evidence of tea in Japan dates back to the ninth century, when Buddhist monks brought it back from China.

However, coffee only became popular in Japan after World War II, when the country resumed imports.

Starbucks now peddles its wares in more than one thousand stores in Japan, while bottled and canned coffee sold in vending machines or convenience stores have long been a cheap favorite of the busy salaryman.

Despite the fact serious roasters turn their noses up at Starbucks, Japan has come a long way since the smoke-filled dives of the 1980s bubble era, which served coffee with antiquated percolators – though many still survive.

Coffee sales have long outstripped those of green tea and hip new hangouts with latte artists sprouting up in Tokyo and across Japan could easily be mistaken for New York or London.

“Definitely there is an intense interest in the minutia of coffee-making in Japan,” said American Scott Conary, one of the judges at the Japan Barista Championship.

“You’re seeing more cafés with better skills and better coffee.”

While Japan’s highly ritualized tea ceremony is increasingly seen as a remnant of a bygone age, Ishitani doesn’t take his art too seriously.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to drink coffee as reverently as we do tea,” he said. “Just knock it back – it’s really something that’s there to help the conversation flow.”

Intense Flavor: Nespresso Envivo Lungo

If the only thing that can make your morning right is a cup of coffee, better make it a good one. Better yet, if you’ve always fancied waking up to the rich scent of aromatic woods and gingerbread, you should know about Nespresso’s latest blend, the Envivo Lungo.

This blend might be new but boasts as much personality as its counterparts in the Grand Cru range. With an intensity of nine on a scale of one to 12, this dark roasted coffee is a blend of Indian Arabica and Mexican Robusta beans, its roasted notes and complex scents giving it a unique flavor like no other. This particular blend also features caramelized notes to cater to consumers who enjoy their coffee with milk.

Coffee lovers can choose to enjoy the blend either as a Lungo Macchiato (with a touch of milk froth) for a rounder body without losing its intense character or as a Latte Macchiato for an indulgent and buttery aroma.

The Envivo Lungo will be a permanent addition to Nespresso’s 23 other Grand Crus, and will be available at all Nespresso boutiques at S$9.90 for one sleeve of 10 capsules and S$48.70 for a five-sleeve pack (two sleeves of Envivo Lungo and one sleeve each Ristretto, Arpeggio, Indriya). Remember to enjoy your Nespresso responsibly.

Nespresso Goes Green, “One Pod at a Time”

Now you can have that morning cuppa – sans guilt – because Nespresso’s latest initiative, “One Pod at a Time”, is making the world a greener place. Recycling has long been an issue with regards to the Nespresso capsules, which were great at delivering easily made coffee but left the matter of what happens to the capsules hanging. In Singapore, Nespresso has found a local solution in-line with its global efforts to be a responsible corporate citizen.

“Embedding sustainable business practices is a commitment and an ongoing journey. When it comes to recycling capsules, every country has different legislations and level of infrastructure available so it took us awhile to find the right partners and efficient setup to collect back the used Nespresso capsules.” said Matthieu Pougin, Country Manager of Nespresso Singapore.

To reduce environmental footprint, the coffee company has made its capsules fully recyclable right here on the island. This means that all of the one gram of aluminum used to manufacture the pod can be processed to create other aluminium products such as bicycles and window frames, and they’ve enlisted the help of a local recycler for this.


The process goes like this: once collected, the capsules are sun-dried before the used coffee grounds are separated. The aluminum capsules are then melted down and turned into new aluminum products; the coffee grounds are sent to a local farm and leading organic product distributor, Quan Fa Organic Farm, for use as compost in vegetable farming.

Energy-dense used Nespresso coffee grounds are mixed into the compost, which is then left to ferment for 6 months before being used at Quan Fa Organic Farm.

Besides being the only material which ensures high standards of freshness, taste and quality, aluminum is also infinitely recyclable without the need for additional wrapping and protection against oxidation. Recycling aluminum also only uses 5% of the energy it takes to extract it from the ground, so carbon footprint is significantly reduced. The used coffee grounds in compost drastically improves produce at farms – drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil are improved, while pests like slugs and snails are repelled from crops. In the video below, Fly Entertainment artiste Henry Golding takes us through the process of this unique recycling initiative.

“The value proposition of Nespresso is to offer a mindful and unique moment of indulgence to our customers. One that not only delivers an exceptional coffee experience for every moment but makes sustainability a part of everyday life. With the launch of One Pod at a Time campaign, we hope to invite and inspire more people in Singapore to join us on our sustainable journey,” Pougin added.The most popular vegetables at Quan Fa Organic Farm are the Cai Xin, Kai Lan, Bai Cai (Pok Choy) and Xiao Bai Cai (Baby Pok Choy).

And if you always thought recycling was a pain, Nespresso has made it as simple a process as possible. Members of the Nespresso Club can either drop their used capsules at Nespresso’s capsule recycling collection points at the ION Orchard and Takashimaya boutiques, while the [email protected] initiative enables couriers to pick up capsules directly whilst delivering a new order. Besides, Nespresso will issue a voucher for 10% off purchases at Quan Fa Organic Farm, so that’s another incentive to participate.


“Nespresso understands that consumer participation is key in recycling efforts and changing consumer behaviour is not an easy task. To increase consumer participation, we continue to improve our processes to make it more convenient for customers and increase our efforts to communicate better, and more, with consumers, making sure they know where and how, as well as why, to recycle,” said Pougin.

Nespresso’s “One Pod at a Time” campaign is extremely timely. Across the coffee pod industry, hundreds of millions of pounds of unrecyclable materials are being trashed, and that’s only in the US. Locally, accurate estimates of consumer recycling rates are unavailable due to the number of factors that influence their recycling behavior, according to Nespresso, though it revealed significant progress over the years.

“Where Nespresso has decided to focus on is to heavily invest in making it as easy as possible for our Club Members to return their used Grand Cru capsules. For example, establishing the [email protected] initiative and working with corporate clients, including Marina Bay Sands, Fairmont Singapore and Royal Plaza on Scotts, to collect used Nespresso capsules for recycling. We also extended recycling bins in some offices using Nespresso’s capsules for employees to drop their used capsules more conveniently,” Pougin revealed.


Sustainability doesn’t just begin and end in the capsules alone. In 2003, the coffee company also launched the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. In partnership with NGO Rainforest Alliance, this approach ensures the steady supply of high quality coffee while increasing its production. Working with farmers in 12 countries such as Brazil, Colombia and Ethiopia, this scheme will ensure they will always enjoy a sustainable equitable income. By 2015, Nespresso saw up to 70,000 coffee farmers under the AAA Program. By expanding the program in Ethiopia and Kenya, the company aims to achieve an increase the amount of coffee it sources for its permanent Grand Cru range significantly.

The video starring Henry Golding is just one of the few that Nespresso  unveiled on World Environment Day on 5 June 2016. Starring more of Singapore’s most prominent people – think Chef Tetsuya of Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands, international TV host Anita Kapoor and Tracy Phillips, director of ppurpose. Watch Chef Tetsuya work his magic and share his passion for his favourite cuppa in the video below.


Design Focus: Storyline Cafe and Junsekino

Even the most popular neighborhood cafés have their downtimes when only a handful of customers are left hanging around, nursing their lattes for hours, and generally just soaking in the atmosphere.

Jun Sekino, founder and principal of Junsekino Architect and Design, understands this cycle, and proposed a design for a space that will serve more than a cup of Java. “Our concept was a coffee shop that serves coffee but also transforms into a the multi-purpose space. It is a meeting point where customers can relax while enjoying coffee, but it also has a purpose-built co-working space where customers can do productive work.”

Sekino’s brief from his client, who owns the space, was to set up a coffee shop within an existing office. “The owner wanted to turn a spacious meeting room and some parts of the building into the Storyline Café, a coffee shop with ‘eat, talk, and work’ concept in Bangkok, Thailand.Form-Latte-and-Beyond-Interior

The spaces earmarked for the project were once part of the office and occupied the first and part of the second floors. There was also an outdoor space that could be incorporated into the café.

On the first floor are the coffee bar, food counter, and dining area designed as open contiguous spaces. On the second floor are two sections—the co-working space and a private office.

The design of the façade was meant to preserve the building’s identity and charm by keeping much of its elements, including the old glass panels. To these, natural materials have been added to sustain the look and feel of the original structure. Plants have been incorporated around the bar to create a fresh feel inside, while wood panels extend the feeling of enveloping coziness.   Form-Latte-and-Beyond-Interior2

“During the day, Storyline Café is naturally lit, but at night artificial lighting transforms it into a quaint bar that is quite unlike the café,” Sekino explains. “Depending on their time of visit, customers can have a different experience within the very same place.” 

Story Credits

Text by Marc Almagro

Images by Spaceshift StudiO

This story first appeared in FORM Magazine.

Nespresso Shines Spotlight on Community Values

If you like your coffees artisanal, with values and tastes reflective of very specific origins, these two new limited edition flavors from Nespresso might be your brews of choice. Umutima wa Lake Kivu and Tanim de Chiapas come from Rwanda and Mexico, respectively, with the Rwandan growers using contemporary techniques while their Mexican counterparts use age-old traditional methods. Nespresso’s goals are to pay tribute to these communities and also highlight its corporate good guy role. Yes, the Nestle-owned firm is not just about irreverent George Clooney advertising.

In fact, at the launch of these limited editions in Singapore, the brand filled us in on the conservation angle that is of great concern for customers, namely disposal of the aluminum capsules and the coffee within. According to Nespresso, the company is working with partners to collect the capsules and separate the aluminum containers from the coffee so that one can be send to compost locally while the other can be sent overseas for recycling. No prizes for guessing which is which…

Growers at Lake Kivu, Rwanda at work

Growers at Lake Kivu, Rwanda at work

Ok back to the new limited editions then. Both brews are Pure Origin, meaning that 100% of the beans have been sourced locally, with Nespresso adding its own touch in applying its split roasting technique. Tasting notes for Umutima wa Lake Kivu describe it as such: “Refreshing union of fluid texture with bright, juicy fruit notes, enhanced by a delicate aftertaste.” Tanim de Chiapas, on the other hand, is a “Sweet harmony of a silky-smooth texture and bready aromas with delicious nutty notes.” The Chiapas version also reflects the acidity of the volcanic soil the coffee was cultivated in while the Lake Kivu version really is extremely fruity, which is a fair description of most Lake Kivu coffee. Both are available now and you can find them at Nespresso boutiques or on their website, where they can be ordered.

Traditional production at Chiapas, Mexico

Traditional production at Chiapas, Mexico

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Virgin Australia and Nespresso to offer coffee in the sky

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 and  announced Tuesday their collaboration to offer travelers gourmet coffee from the Nespresso by B/E Aerospace machine that was designed to brew on airplanes.

Travelers in Virgin Australia’s newly refurbished business class cabin on board the Airbus A 330 fleet will benefit from the machines, which are engineered for high-altitude brewing.

Flow time, volume and temperature are maximized under the new technology and the machines are capable of creating quality milk foam just like their on-land counterparts.

The machines have been tested in high altitude chambers, according to a press release, which says the results deliver fine coffee at 30,000 feet.

Tom Dixon Brew coffee set

Tom Dixon designs copper-coated coffee set

Tom Dixon Brew coffee set

British designer  has unveiled a set of copper-covered items for brewing and serving coffee.

Due to release in September, Brew comprises a caddy, a scoop, a cafetiere, a stovetop espresso maker, a milk pan, espresso cups, a biscuit tin and a serving tray.

Tom Dixon Brew coffee set photo

The pieces are created from stainless steel and given a high-gloss finish from a film of vaporized copper.

The collection is said to treat coffee-making as “a form of art,” and coffee-drinking as “a ceremonial performance that merits tie and reverence.”

Tom Dixon office accessories

The Brew collection is part of the Tom Dixon Accessories collection, for which the furniture designer takes inspiration from British heritage to create home products, gifts and design objects in resilient and heavyweight materials such as copper, marble, cast iron, brass and wood.



Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Starbucks to deliver coffee to your door

Starbucks coffee

 has announced the launch of its delivery subscription, available in monthly increments to customers who sign up online.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Subscriptions will offer small-lot coffees otherwise available uniquely at the Seattle Roastery.


Starbucks Reserve Roastery

The company claims customers will receive their coffee within three to five days after it’s been roasted, depending on where they live.

There are a variety of subscription options including a $24, one-month subscription, and $288, year-long subscription.

At the moment, the service is only available to US customers.

Nestle Japan Pepper

Nestle to ‘hire’ 1000 robots to sell Nescafe in Japan

Nestle Japan Pepper

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink conglomerate, has bought 20 humanoid robots to help sell coffee machines in its stores across Japan.

Nescafé will use the humanoid robot “Pepper” to sell Nescafé Dolce Gusto and Nescafé Gold Blend Barista coffee machines in home appliance stores.


Through voice and emotion recognition technology, the robot is able to analyze consumers’ feelings by reading their facial expressions and listening to their tone of voice.

The machine will even be able to hold a conversation with the customers!

“The dream to create an advanced consumer experience with Pepper is now coming true,” said Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank Corporation, producer of the robot. “We hope that by providing people the opportunity to interact with a robot whilst shopping, we can help create experiences of wonder and delight for consumers.”

Pepper was first unveiled in June of this year by SoftBank and has been working in the mobile carrier’s locations ever since.

He will make his Nestlé debut this December in around 20 home appliance stores, with the company planning to use the robot in around 1,000 stores in Japan, its biggest market, by the end of 2015.

Ralph's Coffee

Ralph Lauren opens coffee shop in NYC

Ralph's Coffee

 has opened his first coffee shop, Ralph’s Coffee, on the 2nd floor of the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store at Fifth Ave. and 55th St.

The new coffee shop offers Ralph Lauren’s private coffee blends from USDA organic coffees, teas, fresh juices, pastries, sandwiches and some of the designers favourite sweet treats.

Ralph Lauren coffee shop

“The smell of freshly brewed coffee evokes so many memories for me—mostly of time spent with friends and family, the people I love,” he said.

“I wanted to develop these coffee blends in that spirit and create a place where people could come together and take a break from their busy days.”

Ralph Lauren's New NYC Coffee Shop

In a typical Lauren style, no detail has been overlooked, from the mosaic-tiled floors, vaulted ceiling and artisanal lighting to the marble tabletops, antique bistro chairs and hand-hewn wooden benches.

Source: L’Officiel Singapore

Starbucks opens first store in Colombia, land of coffee

Starbucks now selling Colombia its own coffee

Starbucks opens first store in Colombia, land of coffee

Starbucks Wednesday opened its first cafe in Colombia — a world famous coffee exporter — apparently unafraid it will be like selling sand at the beach.

 teamed up with local company Nutresa, and picked a location in Bogota’s exclusive Parque de la 93 for upscale appeal.

Starbucks “is looking to achieve a leadership position in the Colombian domestic market,” a Nutresa statement said.

Colombia is the world’s leading exporter of smooth arabica.

Starbucks Unveils First Location in Colombia

So in a country where people know their coffee, Starbucks has decided to sell 100 percent Colombian beans in all its Colombian outlets.

“For us, it is a point of pride that Colombia will be the first country in Latin America where all the coffee Starbucks serves will be 100 percent Colombian,” said Carlos Gallego, head of Grupo Nutresa.

Colombia, with 47 million people, a booming economy and growing middle class, is an increasingly frothy market for international investors.

Lavazza A Modo Mio Espressego

Lavazza launches a portable espresso machine

Lavazza A Modo Mio Espressego

Lavazza has launched a portable espresso machine that plugs into a car’s lighter socket for a perfectly brewed caffeine shot on the move.

The little gadget, called the A Modo Mio Espressego, is designed to sit upright in a car’s cupholder and should take just under two minutes to deliver an espresso into a 50ml cup, once it’s been connected to the vehicle’s 12-volt socket and water has been added.

And to make sure that the car’s cabin doesn’t become littered with coffee grinds, the gadget is designed to work exclusively with the company’s coffee capsules — 10 flavors of which are available.

The A Modo Mio Espressego weighs less than 1kg (880g) and as it comes with its own carrying bag, taking it with you on your travels, whether in the car, a camper van or even a boat, isn’t a problem.

It is available to order now in select European territories as a ‘starter kit’ for £129.99 in the UK and €149 in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The price includes 16 A Modo Mio coffee capsules.

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Noma restaurant launches gourmet coffee program

Noma coffee program

Noma has launched a new coffee program with a world champion barista who uses a Japanese drip system to produce a brew that looks like red wine and smells of red berries.

The Copenhagen restaurant announced on its blog that after “months of planning and preparations,” the eatery has started to offer a special coffee menu which uses a special blend of lightly roasted coffee developed by world champion barista Tim Wendelboe of Norway.

The light, fresh and acidic flavors are meant to complement the menu and the “Noma experience.”

Tim Wendelboe sources his beans from small-scale, sustainable, socially responsible coffee farmers in Kenya and Central America. Currently on the menu is a java sourced from Mount Elgon, Kenya.

Coffee is brewed through a V60 system, designed by Japanese company Hario, a manual ceramic dripper which optimizes extraction by filtering the coffee through a brewing cone and into the cup.

Coffee is also served in custom-made glassware, designed by a local Dutch glass blower to enhance the flavor experience.

Nespresso Naora Capsule

Nespresso Naora Limited edition 2012

Nespresso Naora Capsule

Naora is the latest Limited Edition coffee from Nespresso – a one-off unique blend outside the company’s collection of 16 permanent Grands Crus.

Nespresso introduces a Limited Edition three times a year for a short period of time, offering Club Members an exciting new taste experience and underlining the company’s expertise within the industry.
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