Well gang, as long as I have the Illy coming I figured I'd go whole hog and try the Caffitaly system as well, so I ordered one of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaves units.
This means I should be able to do a head to head test on the Nespresso Essenza, Lavazza Blue, Illy Francis Francis X8 and the CBTL Caffitaly Contata machines as well as continue the comparisons of the espresso produced available for each.
jbviau wrote:Mod note: The results are in! Below you'll find links to jar's write-ups on all four systems. Click through, by all means, but please don't neglect to also check out the discussion in this thread, where you'll find additional details and, toward the end, updates and follow-ups.
I'm actually excited by the Caffitaly format because like pods, it is an open format designed so that smaller producers can package their in house or small batch coffees. For now there are only a few roasters using the format but I note in Europe that it seems quite popular, with many of the European equivalents of our Starbucks, Peets or Barnies marketing their particular house blend in the Caffitaly format. Hopefully that will catch on over here.
The Caffitaly capsule is recyclable for those that can recycle.
As usual, while waiting for the machines and coffee to arrive, some basics.
First, the coffee.
The basic espresso capsules volume:
As mentioned above, the first three are proprietary and so you get Nespresso, Illy or Lavazza coffee.
The Caffitaly system though will be roaster specific, initially I will be sampling the coffees from CBTL, but have also emailed some other sources to find out what is available or can be shipped to this side of the pond.
More to follow as I learn so bear with me good folk.