Nespresso Cosi Review (Our Favorite 100% Arabica)

A light and subtle experience is at the forefront with each cup of a Nespresso Cosi, the delicate mix of Arabicas in this blend was carefully selected to offer a complex flavor that is subtle and keeps the intensity at a minimum. While the idea of a light coffee cup might not be for everybody the selection of South American and African beans promises a unique flavor profile that can’t be found in most blends.

As part of the OrginalLine selection, the Cosi comes packaged in a box with 10 capsules, these rectangular boxes with recycled aluminum capsules retail for roughly 7 to 8 dollars depending on your region, and each capsule provides you with 1.35 oz of a delicate espresso blend.

Coffee Origins

The Nespresso Cosi is made solely with Arabica beans, which are famous for being lighter in intensity and having a much more complex fruity flavor profile compared to Robusta. However, even beyond the selection of Arabica, there is a lot of attention to detail when it comes to the specific beans used for the Cosi.

Arabica beans from Costa Rica were selected due to their lightly toasted tones, most of the “intensity” in the blend comes from these beans and they make sure that despite the milder tone the cup still tastes like coffee. On the other hand beans from Kenya were chosen for their rich fruity profile, which adds to the light tones present in the cup. Last but not least the blend is completed with Colombian beans which offer a fine balance between the former two beans and harmonizes the blend.

Key Specs

  • Roast: Light
  • Flavor: Mild with a hint of Citrus
  • Intensity: 4/13
  • Quantity: 5 grams
  • Brand: Nespresso
  • Range: OriginalLine
  • Beverages: Espresso
  • Price: $0.70 per capsule

Aroma

As a whole, the aromatic profile of the Nespresso Cosi is a very light one. While the aroma of coffee is always one that spreads easily it’s important to remember that the Cosi has a very light roast and its beans were specifically picked to offer a mild profile. As such the Cosi has a very light aroma where the citrus tones of the Kenyan beans and the almost cereal tones of the Costa Rican beans will be more prevalent.

Nonetheless, even though you might not perceive the same level of roast compared to other cups, it does have a very clear aromatic profile. The Nespresso Cosi’s aroma doesn’t dissipate fast and it works great with the mild tones. So those of you used to dark roasts might be surprised to discover the other subtle aromatic profiles that coffee can offer.

Flavor

The flavor is one of the most interesting aspects of the Cosi, and that’s because it manages to taste milder without feeling like a watered-down cup. The natural bitterness of coffee might be toned down in the Cosi, but it’s not fully gone. Instead of feeling diluted the Cosi simply provides a silky and subtle coffee flavor that manages to expand on your palate without being too overbearing.

The most interesting aspect of the flavor however comes from the fruity tones. Since the cup is much milder this means the other flavors in the beans are much more apparent. The Cosi in particular manages to offer a slightly citrus undertone to its overall flavor, and when coupled with the light but everpresent roast the Cosi manages to have a fairly complex flavor profile while remaining light and easy to drink even for the most casual of coffee fans.

Intensity

At an intensity rating of 4 out of 13, there’s not a lot of impact to be found on a cup of Cosi. In fact, the Nespresso Cosi is traditionally the mildest cup in the Nespresso OriginalLine selection meaning that this cup is 100% meant for coffee fans who would prefer to avoid strong flavors altogether.

What we like about the Nespresso Cosi

  • It offers a mild alternative for coffee lovers with a much more delicate palate.
  • Despite the lighter tones the Cosi still offers a fairly complex flavor profile.
  • The selection of beans was very carefully thought out, and the cup manages to feel very unique without losing the overall appeal of coffee.

What we don’t like about the Nespresso Cosi

  • The Cosi is mainly meant for light snacks and breaks, so for people who need a strong cup to start the day, the Cosi will fall short.

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