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3.0 out of 5 stars It's passably good, but not on a par with the genuine article., 30 Aug 2014
This review is from: Carte Noire Espresso No 9 Intense 10 Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 8) (Grocery)
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Compared to some of the first Nespresso clones that came out, this has a number of things going for it. It fits properly in the machine, not requiring the arm muscles of a gorilla to get the arm down. It also tastes passably good so you could give it to someone not familiar with Nespresso.

It isn't a Nespresso capsule though. This is supposed to be on a par with the Ristretto (black) or Arpegio (purple) capsules, unfortunately it isn't. It has a good initial taste but where Nespresso coffee then reveal further taste layers and a pleasant lingering aftertaste, this doesn't. It's a bit flat and a tiny bit chemically.

I also find the packaging odd - each capsule is foil sealed, but then additionally wrapped in plastic. The smell on opening the packet indicates a possible reason why - not air tight. That smell however is not pleasant, so another black mark.

The capsule is probably as recyclable as a genuine capsules - though two materials make it more difficult, but the wrapper is straight in the bin.

Overall, if you really must save a few pennies a cup, this will do - but if you really enjoy your coffee and are a regular Nespresso user, you will notice the difference between this and the genuine article.

For me, I'll be sticking with Nespresso capsules.
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