Nespresso Nicaragua Review

Nespresso coffee has thrived because the company has offered users a simple way of making coffee at home. They also ensure that they have made various coffee products to meet the different taste buds of their clients. Here is a Nespresso Nicaragua Review.

Nespresso Nicaragua was first introduced in 2003, and it has become one of the top Nespresso brands, and for a good reason. The coffee is blended using lack Honeyed Nicaraguan coffee. During the drying process, part of the cherry is left on the coffee bean to give the coffee a full body. It is the sweet finish that has made this one of the best coffee brands in the market. 

Here’s our review of the Nespresso Nicaragua and everything you need to know about this coffee capsule.

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Intensity

Nespresso rate all their capsules with an ‘Intensity Rating’. This number goes from from 1 to 13 and is based on a combination of it’s flavour, bitterness, acidity and roast. Nicaragua scores a 5. 

Read more about Nespresso’s intensity ratings.

Value

At roughly $0.72 USD each, they are on the cheaper end for genuine OriginalLine Nespresso capsules. There are however much cheaper 3rd party options that fit the OriginalLine machines which is a better value option than using the genuine pods.

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Caffeine

Nicaragua contains roughly 65mg of caffeine per serving. This is in the middle of the range for Nespresso capsules. 

Read our full caffeine comparison here.

Calories

The Nespresso Nicaragua contains around 0.6-1 kcal per serving. 

Weight

The Nicaragua pods each weight around 6.2 grams when new. 

Coffee Content

Each Nicaragua capsule contains around 5 grams of freshly ground then hermetically sealed coffee. 

Material

The Nicaragua capsule is made of 8081 aluminium with a food safe lacquer coating. This capsule is reportedly made from at least 80% recycled metal. 

Beverage Size

The Nespresso Nicaragua is designed for a Lungo shot. This means you can expect 40ml/1.35oz or 110ml/3.72oz of coffee from your capsules. 

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Origin

The Nespresso Nicaragua contains 100% Arabica coffee.100% Arabica from Nicaragua. 

sustainability

Nespresso capsules can be recycled via the Nespresso recyling program. 

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Extraction Method

This capsule uses 14 bar of high pressure hot water to produce espresso coffee. This is the same process used by cafes. 

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The product is packaged using 80% aluminum to prevent air or moisture from getting into the pods. Thus, it helps in protecting the freshness of the aromas. In addition, most of the aluminum used by the company to package the product is recycled. One pod is used to make 40ML espresso in cup size or 110 ML express in Lungo. One capsule cost $ 0.82, but since it is packed in a sleeve pack, you will get the packet at $8.20.

Nespresso coffee has thrived because the company has offered users a simple way of making coffee at home. They also ensure that they have made various coffee products to meet the different taste buds of their clients. Here is a Nespresso Nicaragua Review. %%%Nespresso Nicaragua was first introduced in 2003, and it has become one of the top Nespresso brands, and for a good reason. The coffee is blended using lack Honeyed Nicaraguan coffee. During the drying process, part of the cherry is left on the coffee bean to give the coffee a full body. It is the sweet finish that has made this one of the best coffee brands in the market.

 

Nespresso Nicaragua Coffee Origin

The coffee is made using the Arabica coffee cherry. The production process of the Nicaragua Nespresso coffee is similar to all other coffee products where the seeds are left to dry. But what makes Nicaragua unique is that almost all the sticky mucilage is left hanging on the coffee bean. In addition, these beans are not left to sit; they are raked and rotated to ensure that only good flavor develops.

 

Key Specs

  • Intensity: 5/13
  • Flavor: Honey flavored
  • Content: 5 grams of roast and ground coffee
  • Brand: Nespresso
  • Roast: 2/5
  • Price per Capsule: $ 0.72
  • Beverages: Espresso Lango 110ml; Espresso 40ml
  • Flavors: Smooth honey texture with sweet with cereal notes

 

The Aroma

The sweet, malt, and acid-like aroma is the one distinct feature that stands out when brewing this coffee. These three aroma blends make you almost want to grab your cup even before the brewing is over. It is the way that the aroma creates the appetite of coffee that makes you go back again and again for this sweet-bitter tasting beverage.

The Flavor

The coffee has a sweet taste, making it an excellent option for those who do not enjoy taking bitter coffee. When you first taste the Nespresso Nicaragua, you might overlook the cherry fruit taste, but the coffee has been made in such a way that the fruitiness of the coffee is tardy. The cherry is an excellent addition to the product since it is not sour as one might think. Thus, it helps in making this beverage sweet and fruity. The coffee is excellent by itself, but for those who like adding an extra product to their coffee, there are various recipes that they can try.  

Pros of the Nicaragua:

The Nespresso Nicaragua comes with excellent packaging, which is one of the reasons that we like the product. The packaging has information about the product, thus, making you understand the coffee you are brewing. It is also easy to make and has excellent taste. The fact that it is not bitter is what makes this product stand out.

Cons of the Nicaragua:

It is not possible to find something that is not to like about this product.

CHARACTERISTICS

2

ROAST

A light roast 

3.5 

Flavour

The gentle roast and low acid makes the delicate flavor come screaming through. 

AROMA

XXX 

2

body

A thinner body but this isn’t a bad thing. Combine with a velvety foamed milk for a great cafe latte. 

acidity

Nice low acidity from care processing and roasting. 

2

bitterness

Low bitterness lets the sweet fruity flavours shine through. 

Beverage Options

Nicaragua is designed to be exreacted as a 30 – 60 seconds shot. It’s full body and intense flavor means this shot is absolutly packed with flavor. We recommend the Nicaragua is enjoyed in the following beverages:

Iced Coffee 

In a tall 12oz glass, add ice cubes, milk and a teaspoon of sugar. Extract an espresso shot from your Nicaragua capsule and pour over the top. Garnish with vanilla icecream, or syrup as desired. More ideas here 

Cuppaccino 

Froth a half cup of milk and swirl to texture. Pour into a warmed round cup and then extract an espresso from your Nicaragua on top. Serve with a dusting of chocolate or cinnamon powder. 

Dash of Milk 

Draw a lungo or an espresso as usual and simply top with a ‘dash of milk’ (around 20-30ml). 

Machiato 

Extract an espresso shot from your Nicaragua capsule. Froth a small amount of milk and pour very slowly against the rim of the cup. Finish by spooning a small amount of froth to the centre of the espresso to ‘mark’ the crema. 

Food Pairings

We’d reccommend something sweet to balance out the bitterness and bold flavours of Ristretto Decaffeinato. This is a great morning tea coffee, so grab a bikkie or pastry and enjoy.

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SUSTAINABILITY

Are they recyclable?

Yes! All Nespresso pods are recyclable through the Nespresso recycling program. 

What are the capsules made from?

Nespresso pods are made a specific aluminium alloy known as 8081. They are then coated with a thin film of plastic and an epoxy varnish to stop the metal from oxidising.

Recycling Nespresso pods

We’re actually quite impressed by the lengths Nespresso has gone to implement its recycling program on a global scale. In most countries, Nespresso offers dedicated recycling bags, which you can return full of your used pods to drop-off points at Nespresso stores, post shops, supermarkets, and even florists.

To date, Nespresso has become one of few brands to demonstrate its commitment to environmental concerns. While most major manufacturers continue to produce disposable plastic coffee capsules, the latest Nespresso capsules are made from 100% recyclable metal.

Accessing Nespresso’s recycling locations worldwide

Nespresso has put in place a recycling programme for its aluminium Nespresso and Vertuoline capsules in 44 countries.

Out of these 44 countries enrolled in the program, consumers can dispose of the capsules in their recycling bins in 6 of them. In 15 countries they can ship them off back to Nespresso through the postal system for free. For the 23 other countries, there are 122,287 collection points worldwide where you can drop off the used capsules.

Read our NZ recycling guide here.

Sustainability Score

Nespresso OriginalLine capsules score a 2.5/5 for being able to be recycled. They loose points for still being a single use product, and not being able to be biodegradable or compostable. 

 

Recyclable

Yes

Biodegradable

No

Commercially Compostable

No

Biodegradable

No

HOW TO BUY

 

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Nespresso sell the Nicaragua in many different size packs, as well as in variety boxes. We’ve found these capsules are slightly cheaper on Amazon, so have linked them here (right) for your convenience.

Note: prices fluctuate often so check the lates price before buying.

decaf variety pack
$32.99
30 Capsules
$1.10 Per Pod
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50 pack
$35.05
50 Capsules
$0.70 Per Pod
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FAQ

If you have any questions about the Nespresso Nicaragua, we’re here to help. We’re passionate about all things coffee and coffee pods. Here’s the answers to a few questions we’ve been asked, or had to figure out for ourselves!

HOW DO I EXTRACT LUNGO WITH MY MACHINE?

Most Nespresso machines have two buttons, marked with a big cup and small cup icon. The big cup buttom will give you a lungo pour. 

Is the Nicaragua and the Nicaragua La Cumplida Refinada the same thing? 

No. This is super confusing, but Nespresso have two pods with the name Nicauragua, so make sure you grab the right one. 

WHERE IS THE CHEAPEST PLACE TO BUY Nicaragua?

Nespresso pods are usually the same price no matter how many you buy. That being said, you can sometimes find them slightly cheaper on Amazon. 

WHAT DOES THE INTENSITY RATING GO TO? 

Nespresso’s Intensity rating operates on a scale from 1 to 13. Why? We don’t know. 

Read up on intensity ratings here.

 

OUR REUSABLE ALTERNATIVES

Here at The Green Pods, we specialise in reusable stainless steel capsules to replace the single use ones used in coffee machine like this one. 

Our Reusable Nespresso pods fit almost all Nespresso OriginalLine machines. We recommend a starter pack with includes a weighted tamper, scoop and brush. 

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