In the beverage world the word “vintage” is usually reserved for wine or whiskey, but people have been quietly aging coffee for centuries. The practice didn’t begin with the intent to actually change the flavor of your morning cup though; it was just the reality of shipping during the colonial period. It would often take months for a ship to sail around Africa and drop off its caffeinated cargo in Europe. But intended or not, the long voyage changed the makeup and flavor of the beans. And as technology has advanced over the years coffee aging has continued the process has become much more controlled.
And while aged coffee has started to work its way into the mainstream recently—even Starbucks is now featuring it—vintage beans had not made their way to convenience seeking coffee pod users. Until now.
Today Nespresso released SELECTION VINTAGE 2014, its first aged coffee pods. In an email, Nespresso Head of Coffee Karsten Ranitzsch told us that the company wanted to “introduce an entirely new flavor” to its collection of pods—a flavor the company describes as having a woodiness and a more tempered fruitiness.