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Review: Nespresso Variations Masala Chai

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Nespresso Variations Masala Chai coffee


Each spring and fall, home espresso system Nespresso releases a seasonal edition of its Variations series. This fall/winter, the company announced the release of Masala Chai, an espresso-sized aromatic blend featuring notes of cinnamon, star anise and clove. The limited variation was voted on among a list of options (including one called Liminto and another dubbed Cioccorosso) by Nespresso Club members.

Every season, the limited-edition release seems to be more popular, and run out more quickly than the season before. This selection, with its silver capsule and holiday-inspired stripes, makes it a decorative option as well as a tasty selection.

On the nose, it is warm, fragrant and mild, with subtle notes of cinnamon, fresh earth, forest wood and allspice. On the mouth, it has a medium body, with licorice notes, spice on the mid-palate, fresh grain and a long sweet-cinnamon finish.

Even better, the spice notes are enhanced when this particular coffee is blended with another flavoring: Chocolate, ginger, brown sugar, bourbon and other rich fall/winter treats. Sprinkle shaved bittersweet chocolate or bittersweet cocoa on top for a quick, elegant and relatively lo-cal treat. Because I personally like to blend my coffees with other elements (milk, chocolate, etc), I'm a big fan of the sublte flavors and aromatics that come to the fore here when blended.

Ginger Espresso Macchiato
(from Nespresso)

  • 1 capsul Masala Chai Grand Cru
  • 1 tsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 1.7 oz Milk
  • 1 tsp Ginger Powder

Pour condensed milk into the bottom of an espresso cup and pour the Masala Chai espresso over it. In a milk frother or Aeroccino machine, add milk and ginger powder and froth well. Carefully layer milk froth over the coffee. Serve hot.

Coming up: Two amazing giveaway opportunities for new Nespresso machines and sleeves of the Masala Chai.

Nespresso Variations Club Favorite Masala Chai is available for a limited time at Nespresso flagships, at and at retailers who carry Nespresso products. It has an medium intensity of 6 (out of 11) and is best served as an espresso (40ml). This post was created in connection with my appointment as a Nespresso Club Blogger. Author is not compensated for the position, nor is required to post any specific information, opinions or reviews. Author receives advance samples of new product for review and access to news and information about Nespresso products, events and spokespeople. Feel free to follow my Tumblr feed at


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FTC Disclaimer: The author sometimes receives product samples for review, which carry no cash value and cannot be re-sold, and sometimes attends press events such as lunches or cocktail parties, designed to promote a given product. The author is not paid by any alcohol manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or provided compensation apart from revenue from an assigning publishing company for editorial publication. Opinions are the author's own. By the way, you should be 21 or older to read this page. Author is an Official Club Nespresso Blogger for 2013. Author receives no compensation for the position, but does receive advance product samples for review and event coverage access.



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