The summer issue

Our summer-packed January issue is out now - featuring our guide to summer rieslings, strawberries and seafood recipes, as well as a look at the best of Bali.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller for just $6 an issue - offer ends 29th January, 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Nespresso launches decaf

Nespresso Punch

Nespresso Punch

Earlier this month Nespresso announced the release of its new range of decaffeinated Grands Crus, created to mirror three of the company's most popular caffeinated blends.

To celebrate the release, Nespresso's head of the Oceania region, Loïc Réthoré, welcomed select media to experience the new blends at The Sydney Theatre Company on Tuesday night, before treating them to a performance of The Sydney Festival's hotly anticipated show by James Thierrée, Tabac Rouge.

"James Thierrée is the grandson of Charlie Chaplain and is renowned for being one of the world's greatest circus performers," Réthoré said. "He was also born in Lausanne, Switzerland - the same place Nespresso was born."

Before the show, specialty Nespresso cocktails, designed by Mike Enright from The Barber Shop and featuring the three new crus, were served in the STC's Ruth Cracknell Room, which was decked out for the evening with bouquets of red roses.

Before roasting, the three decaffeinated blends - Arpeggio Decaffeinato, Volluto Decaffeinato and Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato - each go through an advanced decaffeination process, using both water and carbon-dioxide methods of decaffeination rather than harsh chemicals. These methods, says Nespresso, "respect the true nature of the green bean; there is no sacrifice in quality or taste, and the environment is respected".

The food
Canapés included basil, Persian feta and tomato tarts; seared teriyaki tuna and wasabi crème on rice-paper wafers; king prawns with tarragon and chive crème; pumpkin, Stilton and mustard-fruit tortellini; and bite-sized 12-hour-cooked beef Bourguignon with mashed potato.

The drink
Mike Enright's bespoke cocktails included a Nespresso Punch (Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato, Havana Club rum, macadamia nut-infused almond milk and date); the Nespresso Night Cap (Volluto Decaffeinato stirred with Martell VS Cognac, Heering cheering liqueur, Aztec chocolate bitters and fresh cherry) and an Espresso Martini (Arpeggio Decaffeinato, vodka, coffee liqueur, nutmeg and vanilla ice-cream foam).

We loved
James Thierrée not only starred in Tabac Rouge, but he also directed, choreographed and designed the set - a spectacular unlike anything we've ever seen before. How many coffees must he have a day?

The new decaffeinated range is available now from Nespresso boutiques, the Nespresso Club and online at nespresso.com.

Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
A Chinese New Year Night Market at Carriageworks
18.01.2017
Barbecuring cancer this summer
13.01.2017
Reader dinner: Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney
09.01.2017
GT photographer John Laurie's The Light of Day exhibit
06.12.2016
Icebergs First Day of Summer Party returns for 2016
28.11.2016
Carriageworks Christmas Market, Sydney
24.11.2016
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

You might also like...

On a high note

Australia’s restaurant stars took a well-deserved night off ...

Sanpellegrino Cafe Society awards

Sanpellegrino announces the winners of its Sydney Cafe Socie...

Jaeger-Le Coultre 180th birthday

Swiss watch company Jaeger-Le Coultre celebrated its 180th b...

NICI cocktail party

The National Indigenous Culinary Institute introduced its ne...

Porteno book launch

It was Navajo collar tips, pointy shoes and coiffed hair all...

Best at Est

Est's crack troupe of waiters is ferrying an extra-special l...

2006 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque

Glasses of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque sparkled as the Champa...

March into Merivale

March: it means March into Merivale...

Absolut Oz launch party

Bondi's Bucket List might not quite be East Egg but that did...

2014 Sydney Carnival at Royal Randwick

Randwick gets a taste of Melbourne Cup glamour this autumn r...

Taste of Sydney 2014

Time to strap on the eating boots, folks: Taste of Sydney is...

Calvisius caviar launch

It's one of those "tough job, but someone's got to do it" mo...

Little Sydney 2014 recap

The Little Sydney marquee space at Royal Randwick, featuring...

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond launch

The secret ingredient in Estee Lauder's latest skincare rele...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×