This is a review of the Nespresso Hawaii Kona 2020 / 2019 Special Reserve Gran Cru capsule for the Original Line Nespresso machine. In 2020, Nespresso has reduced the price of the Hawaii Kona (Original Line) from $2.00 USD (2019 price) to $1.25 USD per capsule. The Vertuo Line capsule for reference is still $2.00 (although it’s double Espresso size cup).

The sleeve is front opening and silver in color, which stands out! It’s hard to tell on the bottom the cup size because of the lightness of the bolding of the fonts for “Espresso”, but I did confirm online that this Gran Cru should be brewed as an Espresso.


The Nespresso Hawaii Kona 2020 / 2019 Special Reserve has a very mild to light aroma. It definitely has a fruity aroma to it. The aroma is maybe like grapefruit and possibly some nut fragrance.


This is one of the most unique tastes I’ve experienced in a Nespresso Gran Cru capsule, so it’s definitely special! It has a sweet fruity taste, plus also a nutty taste with a slight bitter aftertaste. The crema is thin to medium thickness.


Get some! This is definitely worth the $1.25 per capsule price to at least try a few sleeves. All Nespresso coffee is great coffee, so why not give it a shot? The Hawaii Kona 2020 Special Reserve has uniqueness – character, something that you will remember.