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The Art of the Coffee Experience

The Art of the Coffee Experience: 
Nespresso perfects the tasting experience

Like a fine wine, that should only be savored from an appropriate glass to maximize its nose and taste, coffee benefits from being enjoyed from a perfectly designed vessel. Thus Nespresso has undertaken a partnership with experts to design a flawless vessel which elevates the coffee tasting experience. 
In a perfect harmony, Nespresso coffee experts and master glass makers Riedel came together to craft the most advanced tasting vessel from which to maximize the Nespresso Grand Cru sensory experience. Nespresso experts intimately understand the intricate relationships between terroir and variety in selecting exceptional green coffee beans for Nespresso Grands Crus. It is Riedel experts who understand the complex role that vessel size and shape play in conveying the message of a fine wine.  Together, Nespresso and Riedel experts created two tasting glasses to carry the very essence of fine coffee terroir to the coffee connoisseurâs palate.
Nespresso has take n the enhancement one step further by working with no less than 16 sommeliers in tests of the glassware in the Reveal Collection that confirm the coffee experience is taken to new levels. These included the renowned Giuseppe Vaccarini and ASI 2013 Best Sommelier of the World, Paolo Basso. The Intense glass increases the overall intensity of aroma and taste and the Mild glass develops the freshness, acidity and lightness of the coffee as well as the delicacy of the aromas. It also increases the smooth and sweet perception.
Bassoâs first impression of the glass was that it is ââRevolutionnaire! It creates a more distinct art of consumption, a deeper pleasure as well as a profound innovationâ.
Giuseppe Vaccarini commented that âThe glass improves the appreciation of a coffeeâs crema, it makes aromas more intense and elegant, it helps to discover the finesse and co mplexity and the different aromatic families.â
The Reveal Collection perfects the coffee experience by best conveying the aroma of the finest Grands Crus to coffee connoisseur. This tasting experience indulges all of the senses. The transparency of the tasting glass holds the delightful vision of coffee; the aromas are so specifically directed onto your palate as to satiate your nose; your touch is heightened through the elegance of the crystal and your ears awaken to the resonance of this enduring, quality material. This gives an innovative way for the world of fine dining to provide a totally unique coffee experience for their clientele.  This result of the partnership of two of the worldâs leading experts in their field is a world and something that elevates the art of coffee tasting to a whole new level and one that will excite and inspire not only coffee connoisseurs but also lovers of fine wine and gastronomy .

Ruben Kwakman, Best Sommelier of the Netherlands 2014

Ruben Kwakman, Best Sommelier of the Netherlands 2014

On Monday 22nd September, the Dutch Association of 
Sommeliers (NGS) organized, in partnership with importer Wijnkooperij De Lange and the Restaurant Valuas, its biennial contest, the Henriot Trophy, to award the title of Best Sommelier of the Netherlands.
This time the NGS was the guest of Marcel and Erik Swaghoven at the Restaurant Valuas* in Venlo.

The jury consisted of: René van Heusden (head of the jury, writer and journalist for the magazine Perswijn); William Wouters (former president of the Belgian sommelier, working for Luis Pato Wines, Portugal); Cees Helder (former owner and Chef of the Restaurant Parkheuvel*** in Rotterdam); Magda van de Rijst (wine journalist and author of various books about wine); Roy Pelgrim (Master-sommelier of the Restaurant Cordial* in Oss); Bob Jurjens (sommelier of the Restaurant De Leest*** in Vaassen); Martijn Verkerk (owner of import company Wijnkoperij Smaragd Wijnen).

The participants showed their knowledge and value through four tests:

-    a tricky theoritical exam and a tasting;
-    a practical part including food and wine pairings;
-    an oral comment of two wines;
-    decanting of a great wine.

Further to these semi-finals, the three best candidatesâJob Seuren (Librije), Lotte Wolf (Pure C) and Ruben Kwakman (Parkheuvel)âhad to fulfill high-end tests and fiercely faught for the title in the finals held in front of an audience. Ruben Kwakman ranged first and will hold the title of Best Sommelier of the Netherlands for two years.

Ruben Kwakman (Restaurant Parkheuvel in Rotterdam), winner of the 2014 Henriot Trophy, receives from WOSA (Wines of South Africa) a journey to South Africa and qualifies for the preselection of the A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the Word (Mendoza 2016) and/or of Europe (Vienna 2017).

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