Justin Metcalf Signature Blend
($8.50 for 10 capsules, www.gourmetcoffeecapsules.com)
Region: African, Asia and Central America

This pleasant blend is individually foil-sealed to ensure freshness. despite having an intensity of 10, the robust coffee was nicely balanced with a noticeable acidity that did not overpower our taste buds.
Verdict: 4/5

Providore Main Blend
($15 for 15 capsules, available at The providore)
Region: Asia and Central America

Roasted exclusively in Melbourne, Providore main blend has a delicate body that’s smooth and easy to drink. The low acidity and slight floral note make it a brilliant choice when picky friends visit. Though we tried, we couldn’t discern a chocolate aftertaste as listed on the tasting notes.
Verdict: 4/5

Espresso1882 by Caffè Vergnano  
($8.30 for 10 capsules, www.capysense.asia)
Region: Africa and central-south america

A rich and citrusy scent greets you as you sip this velvety brew. boasting a well-rounded body and harmonious taste, the espresso has a sparkling acidity and gentle chocolate undertone that was much appreciated. The blend was also fresh due to the individual foil packaging.
Verdict: 5/5

Tripod Coffee Red Fedora

($7.50 for 10 capsules, www.tripodcoffee.com.sg)

Region: Africa

Our senses were immediately enticed when Tripod coffee red fedora’s lovely hint of sweet flora notes hit our noses. The bright roast has a distinctive zesty overtone and a light body that’s enjoyable to drink. (bonus points for cute packaging!)

Verdict: 4.5/5

Café Borbone Respresso Borbone Rossa
($6 for 10 capsules, www.reddot.coffee)
Region: Africa and Central America
Marked by a heavy, full-flavoured body, Respresso Borbone Rossa is ideal for those who like their coffee strong. The acidity is powerful and tart, but not overwhelming. ideal for when you need an instant perk-me-up.
Verdict: 3/5

Cafédirect Americano

($8.90 for 10 capsules, available at fairprice xtra) Region: Africa and Central America

Cafédirect americano’s complex flavours and bitter aftertaste was far too intense for our liking. There was a lack of toffee notes too, as promised on the packaging. The saving grace of this 100% fair trade coffee is its delightful aroma, making it the most fragrant of the lot.

Verdict: 2.5/5

Pellini Armonioso

($7.50 for 10 capsules, www.reddot.coffee)

Region: North and South America and Africa albeit bitter, Pellini’s Armonioso reverberates on our palate with a burly flavour and has a long, sharp finish. There is a subtle toasty aroma and a mild dark chocolate undertone, which was nicely accentuated with milk.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Pittissima Arabica

($9.10 for 10 capsules, www.pitticaffe.com.sg)

Region: South America and Africa

This dark, bittersweet blend has a mild floral aroma and crisp acidity that lingers on your palate. great for those who love their coffee with milk–the full-bodied roast mellows down and has a nice rich texture when a dash is added.

Verdict: 3/5

San Marco Verona
($8.40 for 10 capsules, from selected cold storage & market place outlets)
One shot will get you buzzing through the day. The nutty blend carries a distinctive smoky flavour that grows on you on subsequent sips. Though the acidity is slightly sharp, the creamy texture from the full-bodied coffee leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Verdict: 4/5