Nespresso and Blue Bottle Coffee join forces to develop Blend No 1 using Yirgacheffe and Rwenzori beans
October 9 - 2023
Coffee Geography Magazine
Nespresso has developed a joint coffee brand with Blue Bottle, Blend No. 1, the first co-developed coffee brand with a limited-edition capsule.
A fusion of worlds that was discovered by curiosity, the collaboration is an unlikely one. Nespresso's elegant approach to portioned coffee elevates the coffee experience at home at the touch of a button, whereas Blue Bottle consumers are familiar with the brand's meticulous craft and care within every cup.
"Years in the making, Blend No. 1 combines two distinct origins that were carefully selected to create the blend using coffee from the renowned Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia and Rwenzori in Uganda," said Alexis Rodriguez, Head of Coffee Development at Nespresso. "Symbolic of these two coffee worlds coming together, even more coffee drinkers can now enjoy the quality and exquisite taste of this exceptional creation."
Blend No. 1 is the brainchild of Rodriguez and Blue Bottle Coffee, Head of Global Innovation and Quality, Benjamin Brewer. As the Blend No. 1 name suggests, this is only the start of the pair's ongoing relationship.
"Blue Bottle was born in part by a deep appreciation for the tactile experience of coffee and the desire to connect people to delicious coffee," said Brewer. "We questioned whether we could achieve the same quality result Blue Bottle is known for with this brewing method. The answer is yes, and it has reminded us that exploring curiosity should always be pursued."
Expertly crafted, Blend No. 1 is a delicious mix of naturally processed coffee from two distinct origins, Ethiopia and Uganda, and particularly light and short roast done in two splits, separated by origin. While the beans from Uganda have more time in development to create intensity, the Ethiopian beans are roasted lighter to preserve the finer aromatics. This is a particularly mild blend with aromatic notes of jammy, ripe fruit, sweet caramel, subtle white flowers and a hint of cereal.
To fully enjoy, Nespresso and Blue Bottle recommend drinking this coffee on its own as a Gran Lungo (5 fl. oz). Blend No. 1 can also be enjoyed cold by pouring it over ice. Simply brew 5 fl. oz of coffee over the same ratio of ice. This releases the coffee's sweet aromatic notes. A dash of oat milk, either cold or slightly heated and frothed, creates a pleasantly sweet and creamy sipping experience.
Blend No. 1 is available for Nespresso Vertuo machines and will be available for purchase on Nespresso.com and at Nespresso boutiques on Wednesday October 18, 2023.