You could pull a stellar shot of espresso with the help of such state-of-the-art equipment as a La Marzocco, but the taste of your brew is only as good as the coffee beans that have gone into it. Coffee, as with wine, charms with a wide spectrum of flavour profiles, each reflecting the terroir in which it was raised.
The search for a superior cup of coffee inevitably leads to the source itself, and this is where Nespresso's latest limited edition releases mark their births. In the same way Frederic Malle perfumes are named after its creator, Nespresso has dedicated two outstanding lines of coffee — Umutima wa Lake Kivu and Tanim de Chiapas Mexico — to the coffee farmers from Rwanda and Mexico.
While the coffee farmers at Chiapas, Mexico, continue to raise their crops by way of traditional and sustainable practices grounded by 150 years of know-how, the farmers in Lake Kivu, Rwanda, have harnessed modern post-harvest practices to enhance their crop. At the end of the day, both crops undergo the same split roasting technique to balance the brightness and complexity of the beans' flavour. Here's a quick look at what you can expect from Nespresso's latest limited edition releases.
Umutima wa Lake Kivu
Country of origin: Lake Kivu, Rwanda
Tasting notes: A vibrant attack of juicy fruits laced with a slight acidity that gives way to a delicate aftertaste.
Best savoured as: An espresso or lungo.
Pair it with: Dark chocolate.
Tanim de Chiapas
Country of origin: Chiapas, Mexico
Tasting notes: Toasty aromas enhanced with delicious nutty notes.
Best savoured as: A ristretto, espresso, or with a dash of milk.
Pair it with: Tiramisu.
Umutima wa Lake Kivu and Tanim de Chiapas will be available from 28 January 2016 for a limited period. Available at Nespresso boutiques (ION Orchard, #01-14 or Takashimaya D.S. B1), online at www.nespresso.com, via the Nespresso Mobile App or via the Nespresso Club.