A guide to Colombian coffee

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A guide to Colombian coffee

Mention Colombian coffee and it’s hard not to think of rich, full-bodied aromatic coffee beans. Colombia is known for its production of mild, well-balanced coffee beans and they’re a key flavour in many of Nespresso’s popular blends.

We’ve put together a guide of our Colombian coffees, to walk you through our blends, the aromas and the flavours with a Colombian influence.


Coffee beans – grown and harvested in Colombia

We grow and harvest our coffee in their countries of origin. It’s pulped, fermented, washed and dried in Colombia. The seed of the coffee cherry (called a green bean) is transported for roasting to Switzerland where it is blended and roasted to perfection. Finally, the beans are ground and encapsulated before they make their way to you.

Every Nespresso coffee has its own taste, depending on the blend composition and terroir. Terroir refers to the unique and differing coffee tastes based on altitude, soil composition, plant variety, temperature, climate and a range of other factors.

Did you know every Nespresso cup you enjoy makes a positive contribution, to sustainable quality coffee from farmers to consumers?

Our specially designed hermetically sealed aluminium capsules designed to lock in freshness capture the flavours and blends Colombian coffee is known for.

Discover Colombian coffee

Learn more about our range of coffees in our guide to Colombian coffee.

Our Master Origin Colombia coffee uses only high-grown, washed Colombian Arabica. Our coffee farmers who waited a little longer before harvesting their crop deliver coffee with lively acidity and a burst of winey red fruit aromas. Combine this coffee with milk froth and sweet biscuit notes emerge.

The Master Origin Colombia coffee capsules are available in both the Original and Vertuo systems. The Original Master Origin Colombia flavour comes in the espresso and lungo sizes, while the Vertuo pods can be purchased in mug size.

Vertuo capsules

Bianco Forte – carefully selected Arabicas from Colombia and Kenya give a contrasting split roast and create rich, roasted and cereal notes. The result: a wonderfully balanced and full-bodied cup.

Voltesso – lightly roasted, Voltesso is a balanced, round coffee with biscuity notes and a distinctly sweet aroma. Coffee from the central region of Colombia is added to enhance the mildness of the flavours.

Decaffeinato Intenso – an intense decaffeinated Espresso with body. This dense and harmonious blend brings together Brazilian and Colombian coffees with fine Asian Robusta to create harmony, release cocoa and fruity notes.

Arondio – washed Colombian Arabicas with a touch of dark and long roasted Guatemalan Robusta, this medium roasted blend has distinct cereal notes.

Decaffeinato Ontuoso – a light bodied coffee with a refined simplicity. The malty cereal notes are possible with the combination of Arabicas from Brazil and Colombia. Adding milk brings out a caramelised honey-like note.

Master Origin – this fruity, sweet cup with a juicy acidity, red berry aromas and a hint of candied apple is the result of washed Arabica. They showcase the farmers’ skill in picking only ripe fruit and monitoring a longer fermentation to develop only the best aromas.

Solelio – delicate, red fruit notes in this full washed Arabica blend. Combining beans from the Narino highlands of Colombia and Kenya it offers a well-balanced and lightly roasted morning blend.

Decaffeinato – Colombian and Costa Rican Arabicas are blended to create a round, smooth malted coffee.

Alto Dolce – Soft and mellow best describes this mildly roasted pure Arabica blend. Sweet and slightly mild notes are present thanks to the Colombian Central region, while the Costa Rican and South American washed Arabica beans are responsible for sweet cereal and malty notes.

Original capsules

Master Origin Colombia – this blend with Late Harvest Arabica makes a delicate and creamy cappuccino. Combine with Colombian coffee with milk froth and sweet biscuit notes emerge.

Barista Creations Scuro – intense and roasted this balanced blend combines Arabicas from Colombia and Ethiopia. The beans are split-roasted in a contrasting manner to deliver an intense roasted coffee balanced perfectly with milk.

Ispirazione Genova Livanto – this espresso delivers the scent of freshly toasted coffee escaping from the roaster with caramelised notes.

Fortissio Lungo – Indian Malabar Arabica beans are exposed to monsoon winds after harvest to reveal a unique aromatic profile, with cereal notes. These are blended with washed Colombian Arabicas to provide intensity, texture and richness.

Linizio Lungo – the Arabicas from Brazil and Colombia used in this blend are handpicked. The Brazil Bourbon beans are washed, depulped and dried in the sun with their mucilage, longer roasting resulting in a darker bean with malted cereal notes.

Ispirazione Ristretto Italiano Decaffeinato – powerful and contrasting with a hint of fruit. A selection of the best South American Arabicas and East African Arabicas is sophisticatedly blended with a touch of Robusta. Its finely ground texture creates an Italian style coffee: intense with a rich flavour and body.

Volluto Decaffeinato – sweet and smooth. The Arabica beans from Brazil and Colombia are roasted lightly and separately to highlight their differences and reveal the sweet biscuity, fresh and fruity notes. The shorter roast allows the sweet biscuity notes of the Brazilian Arabica to come through.

Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato – a roasted, lightly woody blend with sweet cereal and subtle floral notes from Colombian and Ethiopian Arabica beans.

Volluto – sweet and light, this capsule is a blend of pure and lightly roasted Brazilian and Colombian Arabicas. Sweet and biscuity flavours, with a little acidity and a fruity note. The beans used to make this blend come from small plantations known for producing very high quality coffee and are grown in respect of the local environment and traditions.

Try for yourself

Why not try one of our incredible Colombian blends next time you’re in store or placing an order online.

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