Nepresso are one of the most well known coffee brands in the world.
They are owned by Nestle who are themselves one of the largest food and beverage companies worldwide.
It seems like the capsules advertised by George Clooney have been around forever but in reality they only really gained traction in the retail market from around 2000
Partly due to a huge advertising budget everyone is now familiar with the small coffee PODS that you pop into a Nespresso machine.
One of the biggest selling points is convenience. If you don’t want to mess about with grinding coffee beans and clearing up afterwards and simply do not have the time or inclination to even think about such things then this is probably why you were drawn to Nespresso coffee in the first place
If like some you were seduced by the advertising and bought a machine followed by buying the capsules direct from Nespresso you will have pretty quickly noticed something:
They are expensive
Each individual capsule from Nespresso will cost you around twice as much as some of the alternative coffee brewing methods available. If you choose a filter coffee machine, a pump espresso machine or a bean to cup coffee machine then you can expect the average price per cup to be around half the price of a Nespresso capsule.
But you don’t want the hassle that comes with one of those other machines. You chose POD’s because you want a good cup of coffee without the mess and drain on your time.
Only problem is that you don’t really want to pay double for a cup of coffee so are there any credible alternative coffee capsules that you can use in your Nespresso machine?
Short answer – YES
The longer answer is important if you want to pay less AND get a decent cup of coffee because if you choose wrongly you will just compromise flavour which just defeats the object of what you wanted in the first place – a decent cup of coffee without any hassle.
With the original capsules you know exactly what you are getting. One of the worlds largest companies source some of the best coffee worldwide and produce a POD which fits perfectly into your machine and gives you a great cup of coffee, every time.
With a compatible capsule or POD you can never be quite sure exactly what you are getting so to a certain extent it is a matter of trial and error to find the one that works best for you.
Firstly not all compatible capsules are fully compatible with your Nespresso machine. Some may be tiny bit smaller so could be a bit of a pain when it come to them fitting properly in place before the coffee is delivered.
These capsules have been tested and they do fit properly which is obviously important
Secondly and most importantly, what’s the coffee like?
There are a broad range of different Nespresso compatible capsules available from different manufacturers all over the world.
Coffee is subjective. Different people have different tastes and different palettes so what works for one person may not work as well for another.
With compatible coffee capsules the general rule of thumb is to look for pricing that sits in the middle of what is available and go from there.
You can buy cheaper than these ones and you can also pay more. The cheapest ones will almost certainly have a quality of coffee which is way below what you will find in an original Nespresso capsule
What you are looking for is a balance between the two. The reality is that you are unlikely to get a capsule which is around half the price of an original Nespresso with the same quality of coffee as an original.
But the good news is coffee is as good as the person who is drinking it thinks it is. And it is different for everyone.
What you want to achieve is value for money
These compatible capsules make a decent cup of coffee. They are not quite as good as the Nespresso original capsules but they are around half the price so on that basis alone they are worth a try.
This is the mixed pack for which you will get 5 different varieties at different strengths. This is the pack we recommend if you have never tried them before. If you decide you like one specific type then you can buy each individual flavour on their own if you prefer.
You will get 5 different levels of intensity with this pack all with differing tastes:
DECISO is the strongest and most intense with flavours of cocoa powder
INTENSO is next with an intense full-bodied flavour
CREMOSO is a soft and more medium body coffee
VELLUTATO contains 100% Arabica coffee
LUNGO is also 100% Arabica, fruity and well balanced
Only suitable for Nespresso machines