Introducing Nespresso Barista Creations Chiaro + Recipe for White Chocolate Muffins

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We’re excited to introduce Nespresso’s newest Barista Creations range – an offering for the portion of the population that enjoy their coffee with milk. These expertly crafted-blends are a result of 6 years of intensive studies to deliver the dreamiest capsules to lovers of good milky coffees.

We explore the Chiaro, Scuro and Corto blends from the Barista Creations range together with decadent recipes that highlight each blend.

6 Years in the Making

Nespresso’s development team experimented with 18 coffee origins from around the world, focusing on the techniques of roasting and grinding, to perfect a milky coffee at home with the Nespresso milk machines.

“Our team, comprising coffee roasters, sensory experts, professional baristas, food scientists and engineers, embarked on a journey of exploring coffee and milk interactions to create the finest coffee blend to be drunk with milk,” adds Karsten Ranitzsch, Head of Coffee at Nespresso.

Through sophisticated trials, around 20 000 cappuccinos were tested and over 120 coffee prototypes were produced. The result is the new permanent Nespresso Barista Creations range, designed to match every taste, whether you enjoy your coffee with full-fat dairy milk or prefer to use dairy-free options like oat and almond milk.

Nespresso Barista Creations: Chiaro

Chiaro (meaning “light” in Italian) is a blend inspired by Brooklyn baristas. The Chiaro is best used for smooth and sweet coffee and milk recipes.

With an ultra-light roast, it has sweet caramel and biscuit notes when milk is added. Best used for making a sweet Cappuccino.

We use the Chiaro blend to make indulgent white chocolate muffins that highlight the sweet biscuit and caramel notes of this coffee.

White Chocolate Muffins with Almond Streusel and Caramel Drizzle

Nespresso Barista Creations Chiaro

These gorgeous muffins are studded with chunks of white chocolate and are topped with a crumbly and buttery almond streusel. Finished off with lashings of homemade caramel sauce, these muffins are going to be your new fav recipe.


Almond Streusel

120 g butter
1 C (250 ml) cake flour
½ C (125 ml) brown sugar
100 g flaked almonds
1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon

White Chocolate Muffins

12 large cupcake wrappers
2 C (500 ml)  cake flour
½ C (125 ml) brown sugar
1 Tbsp (15 ml) baking powder
½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt
⅘ C (200 ml) full cream milk
50 ml Nespresso Barista Creations Chiaro coffee capsules, brewed black (2 capsules)
½ C (125 ml) butter, melted
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla essence
1 large egg
150 g white chocolate

Coffee Caramel Drizzle

1 C (250 ml) brown sugar
60 g butter
½ C (125 ml) fresh cream
50 ml Nespresso Barista Creations Chiaro coffee capsules, brewed black (2 capsules)
1 tsp vanilla essence


Almond Streusel

Add the butter for the streusel to a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and melt. Add the rest of the ingredients and use a fork to whisk until you have a crumbly mixture. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside until needed.

White Chocolate Muffins

Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. In a large mixing bowl add the cake flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt and mix well to combine.

In another bowl add the milk and brewed coffee and stir well to combine. Pour in the melted butter and mix, then add in the vanilla and egg and mix well to combine.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry then add the white chocolate chunks. Mix to combine until there is no dry flour but do not over mix. Spoon the muffins into a cupcake holder lined muffin tray until they are ¾ full.

Place a generous amount of streusel onto each muffin then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Coffee Caramel Drizzle

In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat add all of the ingredients for the coffee caramel. Stir to combine as the mixture melts and comes together.

Bring to a boil then simmer while stirring occasionally until the mixture has thickened – roughly 10 minutes. Remember it will thicken further as it cools.

Allow the muffins to cool and then drizzle with warm coffee caramel sauce and serve with a Nespresso Barista Creations Chiaro mild cappuccino.

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