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N° 20 by Nespresso: An exclusive and rare coffee variety


The N° 20 by Nespresso was recently launched, it’s a new bespoke coffee grown exclusively for its superlative taste to surprise and delight coffee drinkers, and the culmination of 20 years of research and dedication.

N° 20 by Nespresso: A café born from a dream


№ 20 by Nespresso case
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This coffee was truly born from the dream of creating the best possible cup of coffee in response to the increasingly demanding palates of consumers across the planet and their penchant for rare, high-quality varieties. To achieve this, the Nespresso coffee team began by identifying the finest Arabicas in its catalogue of coffee collections.


The message inside every case
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Since 2003, over 20 years ago, Nespresso’s coffee masters have been working tirelessly to create this high-quality Arabica coffee plant and identify the ideal terroir in which this new variety could flourish and produce a coffee that reflects the quintessence of its culture.


The № 20 by Nespresso capsules
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This coffee is incredible. It has an exquisite taste profile, with seductive aromas of orange blossoms and fresh citrus notes, it’s smooth and easy to drink. You want to take the time to savour it, and it’s perfect for a beautiful autumn afternoon, with a book in hand, watching the rain fall. Take time to look at its colour, its crema, smell it. It will warm you up and make your day complete with its magnificent notes.

N° 20 is Q-certified by the Coffee Quality Institute, an independent, non-profit organization that designates high quality standards in the coffee industry.

What is the Coffee Quality Institute exactly (CQI)

You may be wondering what the Coffee Quality Institute is all about? It’s a non-profit organization that works internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it. CQI is also the only globally recognized third-party green-coffee quality verification and certification body for specialty and fine coffees. For further information, click on this link

A decades-long quest for perfection


The case, the message, the № 20 by Nespresso capsules and the Reveal glass by Riedel
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Inspired by generations of growers who have traditionally crossed coffee varieties to create more resistant plants, the experts at Nespresso have decided to use this common practice in their quest for taste perfection.

Once they had found the combination that produces this high-quality taste, the team set about finding the ideal environment in which to plant the variety.
After experimental plantings in Colombia, Nicaragua and Indonesia, it was finally in the soil of Colombia’s Cauca and Caldas regions that the N° 20 by Nespresso developed best. Here, coffee was grown by 59 farmers who collectively planted and nurtured a million trees of this new and unique Arabica variety.


The detail of the № 20 by Nespresso capsule
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In keeping with Nespresso’s commitment to making coffee a force for good, the 59 farmers who grew the new variety are all part of Nespresso’s AAA Program, and therefore received a premium as a reward for their investment in sustainable high quality.

Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso, said: “N° 20 is the embodiment of Nespresso’s values: an obsession with perfection and a determination to innovate. Twenty years of dedication has resulted in an exquisite taste unlike anything that coffee lovers have tried before. I’m thrilled to be able to share this labour of love with people—its quality is a true testament to what decades of passion can produce!”

Karsten Ranitzsch, Head of Coffee at Nespresso, said: “They say good things are worth waiting for, and that’s certainly true when it comes to N° 20. Notes of orange blossom, accompanied by rich flowery and fruity aromatics and a bright, citric acidity combine to create a coffee with a rare, elegant and subtle personality. Developed with creating the perfect taste front of mind, N° 20 is guaranteed to delight even the most discerning drinker.”


Ready to taste!
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The N° 20 by Nespresso is a seasonal coffee, which means that coffee lovers will be able to enjoy its elegant, aromatic profile for a limited period each year. To fully appreciate its rare, refined taste, Nespresso recommends savouring the subtle flavours of N° 20 as an espresso in a Riedel Reveal tasting glass.

As this is a limited edition with a restricted volume, it is first launched in Nespresso Original capsules, in a 5-capsule case, for 2023 before being available in Vertuo capsules in 2024.

Get the N° 20 by Nespresso by visiting this link.


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