The green Pixie coffee maker pours its daily lungo shots on Peregrinus each morning. Tired of Nespresso's absurd U.S. markup on capsules that we've been paying for years, we had been looking forward to the European copycats, which are commonplace. In Ireland we got a few nice local roasts, but it is in France that the experience has bloomed. Carrefour's house brand by itself has no less than 12 varieties, and it carries three or four other brands as well.
It was a surprise to find these single-farm capsules, from Finca La Nueva (a property with which we were unacquainted), from the «Cordillère d'Apaneca», located «a l'ouest du Salvador». The value-added chain remains, as usual, completely foreign: «Torrefié et conditionné en France».