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The Nespresso Coffee SommelierTM Program

A unique global coffee training program for professional sommeliers

Haute cuisine has long meant the highest quality ingredients, skilful preparation and presentation partnered with the perfect wine to complement the dish. But can you approach coffee like wine?
Nespresso, with its passion for perfection and a quest to deliver the highest quality coffee, is leading by example in the world of high gastronomy. Its strong focus and commitment to creating extraordinary coffee experiences has started a quiet revolution in the world of fine dining, amongst the best gourmet establishments and the finest hotels. But more than that, Nespresso has been able to fulfill the needs of these professionals known for their perfectionism. Nespresso ensures that the quality, flavour and aroma profile of its Grand Crus is always consistent.
With the Nespresso Coffee Codex, Nespresso has found a way to transform its coffee expertise into an expert methodology for professional sommeliers around the world. The Nespresso coffee experts are able to share their knowledge and experience with equally talented gastronomy professionals. This codex is the map for professional sommeliers to provide them with the directions firstly to be able to master the art of tasting coffee and secondly, to be able to pair Nespresso highest quality Grand Crus with other gourmet elements. Taking this one step further Nespresso also invites top sommeliers to its in-house Coffee Sommelier Programs each year.
The Nespresso Coffee Sommelier Program is open to professional sommeliers worldwide that already have extensive skills in wine as well as other products such as chocolate and food. Once graduated from the academy, the sommeliers have a deep understanding of Nespresso Grand Crus and Green Coffee tasting and can conduct a sensory analysis of both the coffees themselves but also other culinary products, surprising their clients with individually suited coffee experiences. It completes their introduction to the Nespresso world of coffee.
According to world renowned sommelier Giuseppe Vaccarini and Nespresso Coffee Codex co-author, “Knowing only about wine is a thing of the past for the professional sommelier. In order to be successful, he or she must master all the ingredients around the table: from spirits and waters to chocolates, cigars and, of course, coffee.”
“In developing the Coffee Codex, we applied the vocabulary of wine tasting to the art of tasting coffee. Not only does this reflect the parallels between the two fields, it also enables the sommelier to effectively identify and describe the characteristics of coffee needed to make ideal pairings with other food and beverages,” explains Vaccarini.
At present, Nespresso has had the pleasure of welcoming and training over 150 of the world’s leading sommeliers who can now add bring a specialization in coffee to fine dining across the globe.

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