♦ TAYLORS of Harrogate
♦ YELLOW BOURBON
♦ STRENGTH : 10
♦ 50 g
♦ 100% Arabica Coffee
~ 'All our coffee growers are independently certified - and we invest in their communities and environment to help build long-lasting relationships. 100% of this coffee comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified(TM) farms.'
► 'Compatible with Nespresso® Machines'
(With TAYLORS, there doesn't appear to be the advice re the age of coffee machine and compatibility like some have declared on their product, in the past).
Since the dawn of Nespresso®-compatible capsules, I have tried every brand under the sun so was excited by this opportunity from, to me, a new player.
The 60 TAYLOR capsules come neatly packed in a black and white cardboard box, measuring around 24.25 cm x 20 cm x 7 cm, and in a sturdy outer carton, for safe transit. Inside are six yellowy-green coloured, slim boxes with white lettering and a shiny gold embellishment, which adds that little extra touch.
Each box measures around 19 cm x 6.75 cm x 4 cm and 10 gold-coloured capsules rest inside, ordered by a cardboard separator.
It is a bit of a challenge to open the box without tearing it, but the flap slides back in easily to keep the rest.
Granted there is less packaging but I do miss that moreish aroma of fresh raw coffee that escapes when you split the pouch of the individually wrapped capsules.
The 'Best Before' date is on the side of each box, and, in my case, this is April 2016.
The capsules work fine with my ageing Magimix, with a little extra pressure required compared to a genuine Nespresso capsule. As with other brands, it does take slightly longer for the same amount of water to permeate through but a nice dark liquid duly appears in the cup accompanied by a middle of the road smell of freshly brewed coffee and a reasonable crema.
Like a bottle of wine, opinion on coffee will vary depending on how it is served, what it is served in, the location, what the mood is etc., so I decided to share some of my 60, and asked others what they thought, too.
To me, the actual taste of this coffee is something weaker than 'STRENGTH : 10', might suggest, but having learned the hard way with other brands, I have come to the conclusion that there is not a specific industry standard for the intensity of coffee, or I need to do some more research!
As a cappuccino ~ my preferred tipple ~ it is a pleasant enough drink but nothing really to write home about.
Those in the test group, who prefer an espresso, voted it as smooth but with no real flavour presenting in terms of the advertised 'toasted walnut, toffee fudge and a smoky touch of darkness'.
Overall, it was liked, not loved...but I am glad to have had that opportunity to try another brand.
(2 of my images show the 'Taylors' capsule on the right with a genuine 'Nespresso' on the left, for comparison).
Other 'Espresso Coffee Capsules Nespresso® Compatible' currently available, from TAYLORS, include:COLOMBIAN : HUILAKENYA : HEIRLOOM