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My favourite of the Carte Noire offerings
on 29 July 2014
This is the 3rd of the Carte Noire Espresso capsules that I have tried. The packaging is the same throughout the range, the plastic pods are individually packaged in an air tight bag. A coffee smell is apparent as soon as one tears open this bag - as the top of the pods are not totally sealed. I had no problems in putting the pods in my machine, and the pressure required to (further) puncture the top is not noticeably different from Nespresso pods.
The taste is down to individual preferences, I tried a "3", "7" & "9" in parallel. The "3" tasted like a lighter roast coffee, and the mildest; the "7" was a higher roast and a bit more fuller flavoured. "9" was fuller still, and seemed more chracterful to me, fruity or even a touch of chocolate - bit not the overly high roast one sometimes encounters. So their labelling system does seem accurate. I personally prefered the "9" and would happily buy more of these. My wife has a particular Nespresso favourite, which none of the Carte Noire pods displaces - although she is very happy to have the occasional non Nespresso pod.