The shot of Nespresso you pulled is incomplete without crema (the foamy white layer composed of creamy bubbles formed by the CO2). But the question is whether Nespresso crema is real or fake.
I was scouring through forums and came across very interesting questions people were discussing their Nespresso crema. For instance, some coffee lovers thought crema on the Nespresso is not real even though it’s much thicker than regular shots of espresso.
Crema adds richness to the body of your Nespresso (espresso) coffee. Crema is also an essential part of Nespresso’s brewing process. But despite this, there’s debate out there in the community of coffee aficionados when it comes to froth, there’s something amiss with Nespresso.
In this piece, we will have a detailed look at what is crema on Nespresso. We’ll also look at does that crema meet the quality standards of the espresso lovers’ community.
What Is The Crema On Nespresso?
To understand what crema on Nespresso is, you should be familiar with the process of creating crema. Usually, when the beans are fresh they tend to give off more crema and vice versa. The darkness of the beans is also a factor to consider.
For instance, if the beans are roasted dark, they’ll produce less crema, and when beans are too light, they’ll kill the intensity of your crema. So you’ll have to find a perfect blend to produce the perfect crema for your coffee.
Now onto the crema on Nespresso, even though Nespresso machines do a remarkable job at producing what imitates a crema. However, it simply does not do a perfect job at that. Every coffee snob out there would tell you the same.
If you saw the word ‘imitate’ up there, I’m sure the next thing you’d want to know is whether or not Nespresso crema is fake. Let’s take a look.
Is It Nespresso Crema Fake?
The simple answer is yes, the crema your Nespresso is producing is fake. But it seems so real you might say, yes, I do agree with you but there are a few differences.
Firstly, ‘real’ crema can only be produced using freshly ground coffee beans that are high quality. While Nespresso does produce the airy and foamy layer, it’s nothing like the real crema you get when you pull a shot of espresso.
Secondly, you can only make ‘real’ crema through a manual process. Most machines that you use at home actually hamper the process of producing a crema that is truly pleasing to your palates.
Despite all that, Nespresso has done a commendable job at imitating ‘real’ crema and giving you a similar experience at home. You’ll have to be a coffee connoisseur to identify the subtle (not so subtle for them) differences in taste when it comes to Nespresso crema.
Does Nespresso Coffee Have Crema?
This brings us to the next important question if Nespresso imitates crema, does it have crema at all or is it just foam. Well, I really had to dig in deep to find out.
Turns out, Nespresso does have crema but it’s not the same as you might expect. As I mentioned earlier, ‘real’ crema requires freshly ground coffee beans and manual methods, Nespresso does a decent job at keeping their ground fresh in the pods and capsules.
In fact, I came across an entire piece devoted to the efforts Nespresso puts in to make sure their customers know all about their ‘bean to cup’ process of producing and packaging their coffee. This allows Nespresso to keep their coffee fresh much longer than regular coffee you might find at your nearest grocery store.
This means the ‘crema’ your Nespresso produces does a good job at imitating the real one. But of course, I say this with a pinch of salt as I know many coffee lovers out there would immediately disagree with me. At best, the crema Nespresso gives off is their own unique version.
If you are expecting the same crema that you have when you pull a shot of espresso, you’d be disappointed. But if you have developed a taste for the Nespresso, you’d also like their version of crema. At the end of the day, it’s all about personal preferences as a coffee lover.
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Too Much Crema
Crema in your Nespresso is the outcome of the pressure-based brewing system that the Nespresso machines use. Since the entire process is automated, there’s not really much that you can do to lessen the quantity of crema your Nespresso is producing.
However, the Nespresso Vertuoline machine produced too much crema than its previous counterparts. That said, there are a few hacks that you can try to reduce the crema in your Nespresso:
- Scoop off the additional froth with a spoon leaving the quantity you desire
- Wait for a few minutes and the crema should dissipate as it’s CO2
- You can also mix your coffee after brewing it and the crema should start vanishing
How Do I Get More Of It In My Coffee?
If you are getting more froth in your cup of joe it isn’t crema. Bubbles make up a major portion of the ‘crema’ Nespresso produces. Chances are that the crema you are getting in your Nespresso is not as creamy as you’d expect it to be.
Moreover, if you want to get more crema in your Nespresso, there’s not much that you can do. As I mentioned earlier, Nespresso machines are designed to offer convenience rather than extraordinary quality. Nespresso does try its best to maintain high-quality standards, though.
In the future, I’ll cover different Nespresso models and let you know my recommendations for a hot steaming cup of coffee that satisfies your cravings for an espresso.
You’ll have to make a lot of effort with espresso to get the perfect cup of coffee you want. Moreover, the chances of hitting the nail each time when brewing your own coffee are not that great. With Nespresso, rest assured, you’ll get the standardized taste and quality.
You will also get used to the type of coffee you get. Then it’d be hard for you to give it up for a similar coffee.
Why Does My Coffee Have No Crema?
There could be many reasons why your Nespresso machine is not giving you ‘regular froth’. The most likely reason is that the ground in your pods or capsules you used has expired.
As I said earlier, crema is all about the freshness of your coffee ground, this is precisely the reason why Nespresso has not been able to match the quality of a shot of espresso. If your Nespresso is not producing crema, it’s time to buy new capsules for your machine.
If you are experiencing a similar problem despite trying fresh capsules, there might be something wrong with your machine. I would recommend you contact Nespresso’s customer service representatives right away, they’re really helpful as I’ve personally tried them.
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So that was all about Nespresso crema. We dove deep into the process of how Nespresso crema is produced and compared it with a shot of espresso.
In the end, we reached a conclusion that even though Nespresso coffee does produce good quality crema, it’s simply no match for the crema that you can produce when making an espresso.
I hope you found value in this blog post, if you have any questions or you’d like to add something for the readers, feel free to leave a comment below. I look forward to knowing your thoughts on the subject.
Have a wonderful day ahead!