Nespresso Ethiopia Original Review 2022

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What is Ethiopia Nespresso Original

With aromas of wild and musky jasmine, white lily, bergamot, and orange blossoms, a delicately fresh and floral Pure Origin Lungo, the Bukeela ka Ethiopia reveals the taste of southern and western Ethiopia. It is prepared with wet-processed beautiful Arabica beans, lightly and long roasted beans to create a complex bouquet. Nespresso combines the flavors and aromas of all Ethiopian coffees into one capsule and your coffee cup. This capsule comes in two shapes: OriginalLine and VertuoLine.

Nespresso Ethiopia Original Taste

When we tasted OriginalLine Ethiopia Nespresso, the flowery aroma soothed us. It initially tasted a bit bitter to us, but later this bitterness balanced out. The complex jasmine notes hit our palate and we drank the whole cup in no time. We found it dominated by woody and cereal notes with traces of peppery notes at the end. We felt that the flavors of various jasmine blossoms accumulated in my single coffee cup. Overall we found OriginalLine Ethiopia to be very well balanced. We brewed Ethiopia in all seasons; it never disappointed us and always surprised us with its hidden strength. 

Original Nespresso Ethiopia Features

FeaturesDetails
Capsule NameOriginalLine Ethiopia Nespresso
Perfect cup size for servingLungo 3.7 oz (90 ml)
Flavor profileBright and flowery
Aromatic notesA complex bouquet jasmine, white lily, bergamot and orange blossoms
Medium/Dark/Light roastMostly dark roast with a touch of a light roast
Recyclability100% recyclable
Caffeine content55 – 65 mg
Intensity4 out of 13
Bitterness1 out of 5
Acidity3 out of 5
Roast level2 out of 5
Body1 out of 5

Major Features of Nespresso Ethiopia

We focused on 10 major features of Nespresso Original Ethiopia; these attributes enable us to figure out how Ethiopian-originated Nespresso Ethiopia differs from all other Vertuo capsules. These characteristics also estimate whether we take this flowery cup in summers or winters. Let’s study these attributes in detail.

Origin — Ethiopian Arabica Beans

Nespresso Original Ethiopia is a blend of dark roasted Ethiopian Arabica beans (south and Western). The signature drying method gives this sumptuous Original pod rich, wild, and flowery aromatic notes.

Roasting Level — 2 out of 5

Roasting Profile

In Nespresso Ethiopia, the Arabica beans are dark and light roasted. The roast level directly affects your drink’s acidity. Dark roasting gives candy or syrup flavor, indicating that the sugar is caramelized, while light-medium roast gives a fruity aroma or flavor. So, Ethiopia possesses sweet (fruit jam) and flowery aroma and flavor.

Aroma — Flowery and Jasmine Bouquet

When I brewed a lungo shot with Nespresso Ethiopia, the complex aroma of the jasmine bouquet (lily, bergamot and orange blossoms) impressed me greatly. Its aroma hinted at South and Western Ethiopian Arabica beans. I smelled its scent again and again. Its floral aroma soothed my thoughts, and I felt relief for a few moments.

Acidity — 3 out of 5

The dark-roasted Ethiopian Arabica beans balanced their acidity very well. You either feel mild tang-like or acrid lemon-like acidity in your drinks, but I did not feel any harshness in Ethiopia. The complex jasmine notes and rich wild aroma make your morning perfect.

Bitterness — 1 out of 5

Each coffee cup has a unique level of bitterness. You can feel fresh fruit, honey, or caramel-like sweetness. You can also easily identify whether it has white or brown sugar, honey or maple syrup etc. When I brewed Ethiopia coffee, I felt a bit of bitterness, but later on, its bitterness was balanced out with rich fruit jam notes.

Body — 1 out of 5

Nespresso Ethiopia delivers smooth, light drinks that you can easily slurp down your throat. The body is the weight of coffee you feel on your tongue. Nespresso Ethiopia is a blend of dark and roasted Arabica beans, so it delivers smooth drinks with a musky jasmine aroma and ripe, rich fruit jam notes.

Caffeine content — 77-85 mg

Nespresso capsules (OriginalLine or VertuoLine) always fulfill your caffeine needs. Its one capsule contains about 80 mg of caffeine and is enough for one standard coffee cup. Ethiopia is an OriginalLine capsule with standard caffeine content. When we measured it in our lab, we found 75-85 mg of caffeine in this sumptuous Nespresso pod. 

Flavor — Fruit jam and orange blossom

When I brewed Ethiopia and took my first sip, I felt flowery notes on my tongue. The rich fruit jam and musky jasmine notes hit my palate in another sip. I took sip after sip, and each sip gave me a different flavor, and I felt I was drinking a bouquet of different coffee flavors. 

Intensity — 4 out of 13

Intensity is determined by the level of bitterness and acidity in your drink. Ethiopia is a blend of dark and light roasted Ethiopian Arabica beans with low intensity. The dark and light roast gives it a sweet, fruity, floral aroma and flavor.

Finish — Woody And Cereal Notes

When I finished Nespresso Ethiopia coffee, I felt a bit bitter in the end, but later on, it was dominated by woody and cereal notes with traces of peppery notes at the end. I found Ethiopia coffee smooth and lingering. Its complex fruity and floral aroma is preserved in my mind. Whenever I am reminded of this flowery drink, I want to brew and drink a smooth cup of Nespresso Ethiopia.

Nespresso Ethiopia Brew Size

Nespresso Ethiopia is an OriginalLine pod and only brewed with Nespresso OriginalLine machines. OriginalLine machines offer three brew sizes.

  • Espresso — 1.35 oz
  • Ristretto — 0.85 oz
  • Lungo — 3.7 oz

Nespresso Ethiopia delivers a 3.7 oz balanced lungo shot. We also brew other cup sizes with it, but we got only harsh drinks. So, it is better to brew only lungo with Original Ethiopia.

Nespresso Ethiopia Price

We found that the pod-based Nespresso machine is an affordable brewing system compared to regular visits to coffee shops that are expensive and time-consuming. Although you cannot evaluate how much you can save by brewing at home. If a person spends $4 at a local coffee house, but if he buys Keurig or Nespresso capsules, how much money he will save is shown in the table below.  

Capsule or pod Cost, 1 ServingCost, 365 ServingsSavings Over Coffee Shop
Keurig K-Cup$0.35-$0.65$219$1,241
Nespresso Vertuo$0.90-$1.25$402$1,058
Nespresso Original$0.70-$0.85$292$1,168
Coffee Shop$3.50-$4.50$1,460$0

The above table shows that if you brew your desired milk and coffee recipes with Nespresso Ethiopia at home, you can save up to 80% of your money. Not only with Nespresso Ethiopia, but you can save the same amount with any of the OriginalLine or VertuoLine pods.

Nespresso Ethiopia (OriginalLine) Features Chart

The History of Bukeela Ka Ethiopia OriginalLine — The First Nespresso Pure Origin Lungo Grand Cru

This Nespresso capsule has a wonderful floral aroma with wild notes of musk and wood in a pure Arabic blend.

21.01.2014, it was around this time that Nespresso was thinking of launching Bakila Ka Ethiopia as the 22nd Grand Cru coffee. The first suggested name was Bukeela ka Ethiopia meaning Ethiopian coffee beans.

Bukeela Ka Ethiopia Reflects The Essence Of Ethiopian Coffee

Nespresso wanted to produce one of its capsules from coffee beans from the region that is the birthplace of coffee. So that those who drink it can enjoy coffee as well as learn about the history of coffee. It was a unique idea to bring awareness about coffee in this wonderful way. I think Nespresso has delivered its message to coffee drinkers very well because this capsule is the first pure origin Grand Cru from Africa that specifically reflects the essence of Ethiopian coffee.

The Origin Of The Capsule Name Is From Africa.

When I studied African languages, especially Ethiopian, I found out that the Ethiopian name Bokela is derived from Amharic, a local language of Ethiopia. It means “coffee beans from Ethiopia.” Bukeela Ka Ethiopia’s copper color signifies the capsule’s special connection to the African land, evoking an African accent.

A Blend of Two Types of Ethiopian Coffee

Ethiopia is known throughout the world as the origin of coffee. When I visited Ethiopia to research coffee beans, I discovered a rich diversity of coffee trees, both cultivated and wild. Nespresso claims that Bukeela Ka Ethiopia’s unique Ethiopian blend is made from beans from two different regions of Ethiopia.

Sidama Coffee Beans From Ethiopia

For Bukeela Ka Ethiopia, Coffee beans are handpicked in Sidama, southern Ethiopia. I noticed that Nespresso wet-processes the beautiful Arabica beans here. To create a complex bouquet, these green coffee beans are roasted long and lightly in Nespresso’s roastery. When the pods are brewed, they emit aromas of jasmine, white lily, bergamot, and orange blossoms.

Coffee Beans Of Western Ethiopia

Western Ethiopia is famous for growing wild Arabica. A blend of washed wild and musky Arabica beans imported here is deep and short roasted. Bukeela Ka Ethiopia’s Grand Cru blend brings aromas of wild, musky, and cultivated Ethiopian beans to your cup as you brew this capsule.

The First Lungo Grand Cru In The Nespresso Pure Origin Range

Bukeela Ka Ethiopia is the first Grand Cru of Nespresso’s Lungo family to introduce a new dimension of Nespresso capsules to its fans.

Nespresso’s lungo family includes Fortissio Lungo (Strength 7), Vivalto Lungo (Strength 4), Linizio Lungo (Strength 7), Decaffeinato Lungo (Strength 3), and Decaffeinato Lungo (Strength 3), but I prefer the Ethiopian flavor overall.

When we tasted all the Nespresso Pure Origin Grand Cru capsules, we could smell the coffee beans from the famous countries from which they were produced in the cups. Each cup of Pure Origin evoked the subtle, refined flavors of the country of origin. Each cup of coffee was assigned a specific region classification in terms of aroma, intensity, and location.

Bukeela’s Ethiopia stands out with its floral and wild notes at a lower intensity of 3. At the same time, its other cousins ​​Dulsão do Brasil, has a 4 intensity with a sweet and sour profile, Rosabaya de Colombia at 6 with a fruity and winey profile. At the same time, Indria from India has an intensity of 10 with its spicy profile.

Among all Nespresso’s Grand Cru and Pure Origin capsules, I found none to match Ethiopia in flavor and size, except for Indonesia. I found both the Indonesia and Ethiopia capsules better than all the other Pure Origin capsules. So if you want to try a capsule after Ethiopia, Indonesia might be your best choice.

Where Can You Buy These Capsules?

Bukeela Ka Ethiopia and all of Nespresso’s Original Line and Vertuoline capsules can be purchased through Nespresso boutiques, Amazon, brick-and-mortar stores, and Nespresso Customer Relationship Centers worldwide, including in the US and UK.

Nespresso Capsules Overview

Nespresso offers two lines of capsules: OriginalLine and VertuoLine. OriginalLine capsules are compatible with OriginalLine machines, and VertuoLine capsules are compatible with VertuoLine machines. There are other types of Nespresso capsules: third-party Nespresso capsules like Lavaza, Illy, Starbucks by Nespresso, and others.

Nespresso Machines Overview

Nespresso offers two lines of machines: OriginalLine and VertuoLine. OriginalLine machines accept OriginalLine capsules and third-party Nespresso capsules, and VertuoLine machines can only brew VertuoLine Nespresso pods and Starbucks by Nespresso Vertuo pods.

OriginalLine and VertuoLine machines can fit reusable Nespresso pods. If you want, you can grind and brew your own whole coffee beans by using these reusable stainless steel Nespresso pods.

Compare OriginalLine Nespresso Ethiopia Capsule With Its Competitor Nespresso Pods

Capsule Image
Capsule NameIndiaIndonesiaColombiaNicaraguaEthiopia
Nespresso LineOriginalLineOriginalLineOriginalLineOriginalLineOriginalLine
We ReceivedEmail Reviews for This Capsule16018,7402,23554018,840
Overall Score92/10096/10096/10096/10096/100
Basic FlavorsPunchy cocoa and spice notesBitter like tobacco, smokey, and quite acidicFruity and Vibrant, Berry, WineySweet and Harmonious, Honey, CerealFlowery and Bright
Caffeine Content77 – 85 mg77 – 85 mg77 – 85 mg77 – 85 mg77 – 85 mg
Intensity118654
Serving SizeEspresso (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)Espresso (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)Espresso (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)Espresso (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)Espresso (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)
OriginIndian Arabica and Robusta100% Arabica from Indonesia100% Arabica from ColombiaNicaraguan ArabicaEast African Arabica
PriceView its price on Amazon.View its price on Amazon.View its price on Amazon.View its price on Amazon.View its price on Amazon.

OriginalLine Nespresso Ethiopia Vs. Vertuo Nespresso Ethiopia

The table below will show you the differences between Nespresso Ethiopia Original and VertuoLine:

Capsule NameNespresso Ethiopia VertuoLine Nespresso Ethiopia OriginalLine
Nespresso LineVertuoLineOriginalLine
Perfect cup size for servingGran Lungo 5.07 oz (150 ml)Lungo 3.07 oz (90 ml)
Flavor profileFloral, fruity and complexBright and flowery
Aromatic notesA sweet, woody, and slightly earthy with a subdued aromaA complex bouquet jasmine, white lily, bergamot and orange blossoms
Medium/Dark/Light roastMedium roastMostly dark roast with a touch of a light roast
Recyclability100% recyclable100% recyclable
Caffeine content120 – 200 mg55 – 65 mg
Intensity4 out of 114 out of 13
Bitterness1 out of 51 out of 5
Acidity3 out of 53 out of 5
Roast level2 out of 52 out of 5
Body1 out of 51 out of 5

Our Final Verdict: Vertuo Nespresso Ethiopia Vs. Original 

As shown in the table above, both Nespresso Original and Vertue Ethiopia have the same basic features and specs. There is only a slight difference in their aroma and taste. This difference is also because the original line machines use 19 bar pressure to extract the capsules as opposed to the Vertue machines, which use centrifugation forces.

When we prepared two separate cups of coffee and espresso in our lab, Nespresso Ethiopia Vertue and Original, the two coffees were almost identical except for the following differences:

  • The original Nespresso Ethiopia Espresso was hotter than the Vertue Ethiopian coffee.
  • The crema on the top of the Original Nespresso Ethiopian Espresso cup was less thick, and the bubbles were very fine and gave a very good mouthfeel. In comparison, the crema on top of the Vertue Ethiopian coffee was thicker than the original, but it was more aerated and didn’t have a great mouthfeel.
  • The Original Nespresso Ethiopia had a deeper scent than the Vertue and felt good to my nostrils. My entire lab was filled with its aroma while the scent of the Vertue Ethiopia Nespresso barely reached me from the cup.
  • The original Nespresso Ethiopia was full of bitterness with the first sip. Afterward, it converted into a balanced espresso, while the Vertuo Ethiopia Nespresso was smooth and relatively less bitter.

Compare Nespresso Ethiopia Orginal with Other Nespressso Lungo Pods

Capsule Image
Capsule NameLinizio LungoVivalto LungoFortissio LungoEnvivo Lungo
Nespresso LineOriginalLineOriginalLineOriginalLineOriginalLine
Email Reviews2,5302,2302,47017,480
Overall Score96/10096/10096/10096/100
Basic FlavorsCereal notesFloral notes with roasted woody cerealsMalty roasted notes with sweet cerealsGingerbread and woody with caramelized notes
Caffeine Content77 – 85 mg77 – 85 mg77 – 85 mg77 – 85 mg
Intensity4489
Serving SizeLungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz)
OriginColombia and BrazilEthiopia and South AmericaColombia and IndiaMexico and India
PriceView its price on Amazon.View its price on Amazon.View its price on Amazon.View its price on Amazon.

Is Original Ethiopia Nespresso for You?

If you have an OriginalLine machine and like a complex bouquet of jasmine, white lily, bergamot, and orange blossoms with a 3.07 oz (90 ml) lungo cup size. It contains wet-processed beautiful Arabica beans from Sidama, southern Ethiopia, and wild Arabica from western Ethiopia. The harmony of these coffee beans may provide you with a light and creamy cup of Lungo with 55 – 65 mg caffeine content. However, if you want to taste:

  • Wet-hulled Arabica coffees from Sumatra Indonesia, wild, cured tobacco notes, rich & robust flavor, thick and rich, velvety body, tropical woody aromas, intensity 8, 77 – 85 mg of caffeine content a medium long coffee up to 3.7 oz, check out Nespresso Indonesia. Coffee Aim received 18,740 email reviews about Nespresso Indonesia, and 96% of reviews were positive.
  • Both smooth coffee and fruity coffee, with Late Harvest Colombian Arabicas, with Rich, creamy, winey red fruit notes of blackcurrant and cranberry, intensity 6, 77 – 85 mg of caffeine content a short to medium long coffee, Ristretto (25 ml) or (0.85 oz), espresso (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz), check out Nespresso Colombia. Coffee Aim received 2,235 email reviews about Nespresso Colombia, and 96% of reviews were positive.
  • A nectarous, balanced, and round “Black-Honey” processed Arabica coffee from Nicaragua that reveals a satiny smooth texture and warming sweet cereal notes and pronounces a distinctly sweet aroma, intensity 5, 77 – 85 mg of caffeine content a short to medium long coffee, espresso (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz), checks out Nespresso Nicaragua. Coffee Aim received 540 email reviews about Nespresso Nicaragua, and 96% of reviews were positive.
  • The Darkest and most intense roast of Monsoon Robusta blended into Indian Arabica that pays tribute to the historical Indian coffee from India’s southwest coast, with Dark & Creamy intense, woody, and spicy aromatics notes, intensity 11, 77 – 85 mg of caffeine content a short to medium long coffee, Ristretto up to (25 ml) or (0.85 oz), Espresso up to (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), and Lungo up to (110 ml) or (3.7 oz), check out Nespresso India. Coffee Aim received 160 email reviews about Nespresso Stormio, and 96% of reviews were positive.

Which Nespresso Machine is Best for Brewing Original Nespresso Ethiopia?

You can brew Original Nespresso Ethiopia with all OriginalLine Nespresso machines including:

You can also brew Original Nespresso Ethiopia with the following Nespresso compatible machines:

Can You Make Milk-Based Beverages With Nespresso Ethiopia Capsule?

If you have a Nespresso machine with an integrated frother, you can make all milk-based recipes with Nespresso Ethiopia. If your Nespresso machine doesn’t have an integrated frother, you must buy a stand-alone Aeroccino3 or 4 to create latte art.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Cup Sizes of Bukeela Ka Ethiopia? 

Whether brewing ristretto, espresso, or lungo, any of the original line cup sizes from Bukeela Ka Ethiopia will do, but it’s specially designed for lungo. The lungo has a volume of 110 ml or 3.70 oz and is the largest size in the original line. If you are a long coffee drinker with an OriginalLine Nespresso machine, you can enjoy Bukeela Ka Ethiopia lungo. 

Like many fine Ethiopian coffees, Bukeela Ka Ethiopia takes a long time to brew and is very rewarding for coffee drinkers. Due to the long brew time, it fully reveals the complexity of its floral aroma. When I mix it with the creaminess of milk, the Ethiopian capsule becomes smoother and more full-bodied with caramel-like notes and 3 intensity.

What is the Strength of Ethiopia Nespresso?

When we tested Nespresso Ethiopia Vertuo and Original coffee, we felt both coffees have the same strength: Intensity: 4, degree of roasting: 2 out of 5, body: 1 out of 5, bitterness: 1 out of 5. Both capsules are light, static, and delicately complex but differ in caffeine content. Nespresso Ethiopia OriginalLine contains 77 – 85 mg of caffeine, while VertuoLine Ethiopia Nespresso contains 120 – 200 mg of caffeine.

Does Nespresso have Ethiopian coffee?

Nespresso offers Ethiopian coffee pods. The capsule contains dry-processed Ethiopian Arabica coffee prepared with traditional coffee drying methods. Ethiopia Nespresso is a naturally flowery coffee that reveals ripe blueberry notes and a hint of musk in your cup.

How much caffeine is in OriginalLine Nespresso Ethiopia pods?

Nespresso OriginalLine (also called Original) are smaller pods and can only be used with Nespresso OriginalLine machines. They contain less ground coffee per capsule than VertuoLine does. OriginalLine Nespresso Ethiopia capsules contain 77 – 85 mg caffeine per capsule (average 81 mg caffeine).

What does OriginalLine Nespresso Ethiopia taste like?

I’ll tell you the truth. When you take a sip of a cup of OriginalLine Nespresso Ethiopia coffee, your mind will wander to its origins. Perhaps you will take note of the different subtleties of Ethiopian beans in taste, the acidity, the strength, or you will inhale, and the bittersweet aromas lift you from your sleepy haze.

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