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The irrepressible and irascible Travelling Gourmet TM checks out Cafedirect Fair Trade Americano Coffee capsules that are…wait for it…FULLY COMPATIBLE with Nespresso machines.
MAYBE I am being a trifle pessimistic but the thing I can forsee is that although it is a very innovative developement… the fact that Cafédirect Americano pods are priced at $8.90 for a pack of 10…means that the price difference between Cafedirect and the original Nespresso Coffee Capsules or pods is only $1 to $2. Unless there is a bigger price-point difference, I do not think it can capture a big share of the market…Well. never mind, for the consumer and die hard coffee connoisseur, the more choice the better. Anyway, as the Scots say: ‘many a mickle makes a muckle’, which translates as “every cent counts!”. Cafedirect pods are available at all FairPrice Xtra and FairPrice Finest outlets.
The coffee comprises 100% Arabica beans with an intensity of 8 out of 12. It is a 5:3 blend of Tanzanian and Mexican coffee. The African beans from Tanzania give nice fudge like notes to the flavour with hint sof caramel…while the Mexican beans give a round fleshy finish to the coffee. Enjoy the espresso without the overpowering caffeine punch of an “powderful” espresso. The Cafedirect’s Fairtrade business model gives back 50% of the profits to the coffee growers! Cafedirect is the UK’s largest award winning hot beverage company and was found to be the most recommended brand in a Milward Brown 2007 survey.
I like my coffee strong like my women…rich, voluptuous and keeps you up the whole night…OMG!
As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes.
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