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A captivating embrace of sweet dried fruits notes with licorice, Juniper pepper and grilled touches with a spicy long lasting aftertaste. Dark, intense and with wonderful aromas of hazelnut and licorice, Ristretto Ardenza takes the classic espresso to another level. A little shorter, Ristretto is made by passing less water through the coffee. What this means is that you get a short, robust espresso that has a smoky aroma with a deliciously peppery aftertaste.
Our Ristretto Ardenza capsule coffee is our most intense coffee capsule drink yet, so if you love the full-bodied taste of a bold espresso, this one is definitely worth a try. Also known as 'corto', Italian for 'short', Ristretto Ardenza is definitely proof that good things come in small packages. As well as a wonderfully woody character with a bold, hazelnutty taste, these punchy espressos are also topped with a silky layer of crema thanks to the maximum 15-bar pump pressure in our stylish machines.
The colour of caramel, the delicious crema is frothy, rich and helps give your espresso pod coffee a high quality taste, just as you would expect from a coffee shop.
I don't drink coffee much at the moment but I'm ever keen to find a new coffee that I might like and enjoy.
I figured the first thing to do would be to try this as the packaging suggests,Mohicans means only one bar of hot water. The aroma was fantastic, no doubt at all that this was going to be a strong drink. I gave it a little sip and was right away hit by the taste. I did however find it a bit too bitter for me, I really don't like things too bitter and so it put me off trying it again for a couple of days. I tried this again diluted, upping the amount of water, but didn't find it improved things.
I ended up trying this, one bar of water, adding a little bit of sugar and then some milk, whilst it still wasn't my preferred drink, this did make it more drinkable for me. I decided to experiment with this coffee and decided to do so when we were making pancakes. I added some of the coffee to my pancake mix, with a sprinkling of chocolate and bananas. This added a nice effect to the pancake and gave it a little more pep.
This is good value for the price but not a drink I will be buying again.
This was a new product for me so I decided to sample it at several different strengths before commenting. So, over the course of three sessions, I had the opportunity to experience a range of tastes and effects. Each cup was different, but I enjoyed them all. I think it might depend on the time of day as to what effect you are after - certainly, I like a short strong shot in the morning whereas I would not go for the same intensity late in the day in case it kept me awake. Possibly this is wishful thinking - I guess you are getting the same dose of caffeine from the capsule whatever the setting you choose - but having it more diluted might mean you don't go back quite so fast for a second cup.
The first time I tried it was with two friends. We had fresh cherries and strawberries with chocolates for dessert, and I served the coffee at the same time. The recommended setting is a 1, but as this was quite late in the evening, I settled for a 4. Perhaps this was not quite the way to test it, but I wanted their reactions as well so they all got the same strength. Incidentally, both of them habitually drink their coffee black (as I do) and without added sugar, so there was no additive involved.
The aroma was awesome. We gave it the sniff test and if we had not all already had a serving I would have had to make more - that just-brewed smell of fresh coffee is irresistible! The brew was piping hot so we had to wait a little while before sampling. When we did, we were all impressed by the smoothness of the product. Often a stronger coffee can generate a bitter aftertaste, but there was no evidence whatsoever of that unwelcome "burnt toast and charcoal" effect that you can get from cheaper varieties. For me, the experience has to be clean-cut with a pure coffee flavour, and with no extras apart from those that are intentionally included. The final verdict was a thumbs-up all round and a PS from one friend who said he thought that it made a perfect combination with the dark chocolates included in the dessert.
Next morning, I made myself a coffee at the recommended setting (1). This would prove the ultimate effect for taste and strength! I was intrigued to see just how small the quantity was when compared to the previous setting. The result was darker, but it was topped by a decorative frothy layer almost as thick as the coffee below it. This made a very attractive drink and I might be inspired to purchase some smaller coffee cups to enhance the appearance. The aroma was pleasant but not overpowering, but what really impressed me was the flavour. Full-bodied, rich, definitely coffee but unbelievably smooth and totally delicious. I am aware that it contains licorice and juniper but the flavours have been so well blended that you cannot isolate them. Long after I took each sip, the flavour lasted so what appeared to be a very small drink actually lasted me a good five minutes as I was determined to savour each drop!
The third trial was as a long cold drink. We had this for lunch with plain sandwiches and fruit. I used up three capsules and brewed at a 6 setting to fill three tall glasses, then I let it go cold before adding some vanilla ice cream on top. This was not quite as successful as the two hot drinks I had made; I think I should have used a lower setting on the machine to make a more concentrated drink. It was pleasant, but we all thought it was a bit too dilute so maybe next time I make an iced coffee I will use a 3 setting or possibly a 4.
However, the consensus was that this is a first-rate coffee and certainly compares very well with the commercial drinks that can be purchased at outlets in town. The price is very reasonable, working out at around the quarter of the average barista price, and the quality is up there with the best. I can see this becoming one of my favourite coffee varieties in the future. I am hooked already!
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