This is a review of the Nespresso Galapagos Exclusive Edition coffee for the Original Line (OL) machine. Actually, I’m not sure if it should be referred to as Galapagos Exclusive Edition, Special Reserve Galapagos Limited Edition, or Galapagos Limited Edition; since there are all of these naming references. For example if you look at this online US site link, where it mentions both Galapagos Limited Edition and Special Reserve Galapagos. Plus the box is marked Galapagos Exclusive Edition. Seems like marketing was coming up with various names.

The coffee used is single origin from the island of Galapagos, which is an ideal climate for growing coffee – volcanic soil and cool and humid environment. Nespresso describes this coffee as having sweet and biscuit notes. The coffee uses a split roasting technique to produce the best flavor / aroma profile for this type of coffee. Nespresso does not mark the intensity of the coffee on the box, but I have seen previous links that have indicated that this should be an intensity 7 coffee.

The sleeve used is what I call a front load sleeve where the perforations are on the side of the box, and it can be tucked back in place after you take a capsule out. The sleeve has a very nice dark algae green or tortoise shell color to it, probably the pattern is intended to look like a tortoise shell. The price of these is very expensive in the US at $20.00 USD a sleeve. In Canada they are $12.50 CDN per sleeve; so you could get two sleeves for the price of one in the US!


The Nespresso Galapagos Exclusive Edition coffee has both a sweet / sugary and nut like aroma to it and it is nice to smell; the only downside, is the aroma is not very strong. The Galapagos has a thin and light colored crema that is foamy (or bubbly) in the mouth. The crema dissipates quickly.


The Nespresso Galapagos Exclusive Edition coffee is very mild tasting when you first sip it, then afterward you get very intense notes. The bitterness also comes afterwards, but it has very light bitterness. The initial taste is sweet, and does remind me of a sweet biscuit. The bitterness is tolerable, but it persists in the mouth and it does seem to have that coca like taste to it. I’m really not liking the bitterness to this coffee, and it’s the character of the bitterness that is not very pleasant. Also, the bitterness persists long after you’ve finished drinking the coffee, which is somewhat annoying.


The Nespresso Galapagos Exclusive Edition coffee is definitely a unique coffee, but at $20.00 USD a sleeve, this is a coffee that I mostly likely will only have this single sleeve and that’s it. I’m really not liking the bitterness, and I suggest that you just order one sleeve of this one to first try it out and see if you find the bitterness likeable or not for you.