If, like me, you were an ardent fan of Nespresso’s Pure Origin capsule line, you’d have been shattered to discover that the brand’s high-end range was discontinued weeks ago.

Now at the unveil of their new Master Origin series at Waku Ghin, I feel rather foolish for having scooped up as much Dulsao and Indriya off retail channels as I did, while I could.

The Master Origin picks up where Pure left off, continuing their good work in India, Colombia and Ethiopia while raking in new experiences from Nicaragua and Indonesia. That leaves us one more option than Pure’s four. As with any matter as personal as coffee, I find some hits and misses within the five new offerings.

All pours sampled were prepared by the Essenza Mini. If you’re wondering why the shape’s off – the matte black edition takes on a slimmer profile.

A huge part of Nespresso’s allure goes beyond the convenience of popping those pods into slick machines that are themselves a joy to shop for. They’ve been digging deep into the grounds where suppliers and farmers coax the magic from the beans, setting up communities for success and discarding potential partners with higher value propositions but low sustainability in their practices.

We draw the line at calling them a force of good – it’s still a business transaction at heart. That the brand respects the uniqueness that their suppliers have to bring (‘you do you’ in a bean pod) is heartwarming, but more importantly results in some interesting cuppas.

My new favourite hails from Sumatra, Indonesia.  The humidity we equatorial folks are all too familiar with means farmers hull the beans (skinning them) while they’re still wet. This manifests in woodier, rich aromas propped against the right amount of bitterness in this intensity 8 mix.

We’re glad to see both celebrated chef Tetsuya Wakuda and Nespresso Tastemaker Anita Kapoor agree with us. They both picked Indonesia.

The Indriya from Pure Origin is a tough act to follow, but the simply-named India steps up to the pod in the flavour department, delivering a refreshing intensity that even hardened veterans can appreciate (11 on the scale). There’s not as much finessing in the area of aromatics. However, returning to it will reveal a subtler finish that’s a result of the battering the beans get from monsoonal winds. The crema seemed insubstantial.

Does the taste of the ocean in the India make this… a tide pod?

We re-emphasise: coffee is an intensely personal subject, so it’s best you head down to a Nespresso boutique to try out the range for yourself. After all, sampling is gratis – one of the things we’ve come to love from these guys.

written by.
Xiangjun Liao
XJ is the associate digital editor and works the F&B, tech, watch and motoring beats. Correspondingly, he's an alcoholic carnivore with a boyish fascination for all things mechanical. No prizes for guessing which Jaguar he wishes to commandeer.

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