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Nespresso®* compatible coffee capsules - the comparison

Since the fall of the Nespresso®* patents in 2012, there have been numerous suppliers of Nespresso®* compatible coffee capsules. Online shops such as Taylors of Harrogate, Cafe Direct and Pellini have compatible capsules, but also offline suppliers such as Cafepod or Starbucks have entered the capsule market.
The Nespresso®* capsules are very costly with £0.33 to £0.39 per capsule and are only available in Nespresso®* boutiques or in the online shop. The online purchase is associated with minimum order quantities and only possible with a club membership.
Therefore, the alternatives are becoming more attractive. We compared them based on various criteria such as price, quality and diversity and used the opinions of various bloggers and test sites.

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The compatibility is one of the most important criterions to make coffee capsule enjoyable. Common problems are issues with the closing mechanism of the machine, the waterflow, the broaching or other fitting problems with the capsules. Some suppliers, such as Gourmesso, offer a lists of compatible Nespresso®* machines. The capsules were extensively tested on the respective models.

prettygreentea.com writes:

„I’ve tried a wide range of pods from the brand [Gourmesso] and they all work smoothly with the 2 machines I have access to. They fit perfectly, never get stuck and always allow for the full amount of coffee to come through.“

A good aspect for the compatibility of a capsule is a flexible material. These can also adapt to the machine if you put in the capsule crooked or the capsule doesn't fit 100 %. Starbucks has one of the most adjustable material.

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Nowadays, there are more and more suppliers of Nespresso®* compatible coffee capsules and the more opportunities you have as a customer, the better. Nevertheless, it is difficult to keep an overview.

The alternatives to Nespresso®* capsules are in different price segments. The cheapest capsules can be found at Taylors of Harrogate. Here you find capsules for £0.20 each, followed by Gourmesso with £0.21 apiece. High quality capsules such as Pellini or Cafe Direct cost about £0.30 to £0.34 per capsule.

Gourmesso would like to bring light into the darkness, so we prepared a general overview of different suppliers, as well as individual comparisons in the price and overall offer, and also to introduce you to Gourmesso capsules, because we are convinced that we can make you a happy and wiser customer.

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At Nespresso®* you will find 24 different coffees, which are regularly supplemented by changing special editions. Most providers of Nespresso®* compatible coffee capsules have significantly less choice.Starbucks, Pellini, Taylors of Harrogate and Cafe Direct provide less than 10 varieties.
Cafepod offers you 17 sorts. The supplier with the largest assortment is Gourmesso. Here you will find more than 25 varieties, including a wide range of espressi, flavored coffees as well as decaffeinated and organic coffees.

Do you already have a favorite strain at Nespresso®*?
At Gourmesso you will find the equivalent!

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coffeedetective.com writes:

„I have tried a few of the Gourmesso drinks, comparing them with the equivalent Nespresso capsules, and haven’t found any difference in quality. The Gourmesso espresso doesn’t taste exactly the same, but they do taste just as good.“


„Gourmesso passed the test with flying colors. Even the most intense, darkest roasts I tried (Etiopia Blend Forte and Messico Blend Forte) taste surprisingly smooth and not at all bitter.“

grocerygems.blogspot.de writes:

„I enjoyed the fact that each blend had its own unique flavor notes as this adds a pleasing variety to the blends already available from Nespresso. “


„Gourmesso, super affordable coffee capsules that are compatible with my Nespresso machine. It’s gourmet coffee without the gourmet price.“

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The quality of Nespresso®* coffee is well known, but at more than £70 per kilogram, it also has its price. For good coffee quality at moderate prices, you can turn to coffee companies with decades of experience, such as Starbucks. The Fairtrade seal is also a good indicator of quality, as various standards must be met during production. You will find fair coffee in capsules at the Cafe Direct and Gourmesso.

top10mealdeliveryservices.com writes:

„Gourmesso cooperates with the best coffee producers in the world in order to bring the finest blends to your table. They offer an amazing variety of first-class coffee pods that are compatible with your Nespresso machine.“

Also letstalkmommy.com agrees with this opinion:

“The Gourmesso capsules quickly won my heart and loyalty. I think they have a lot more flavor and freshness than other capsules on the market. They are smoother and stronger in taste as well.“

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Pcolorful coffee capsules with nespresso packs

In terms of design and sustainability, the packaging materials of the capsule providers don’t differentiate too much. It is important that the capsules are hermetically sealed to ensure a long shelf life and to save further packaging. The capsules of Cafepod , for example, must be packed with another foil packaging. When this is open, the coffee loses its aroma and needs to be used up as quickly as possible. Nowadays it is a standard for the capsule providers to arrange the capsules to save space and packaging material.

In terms of design, all providers are very similar. The packs are usually kept dark and are accompanied with a color for competitors like Pellini or Starbucks. The packages of Taylors of Harrogate and Gourmesso are very colorful and a real eyecatch.

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Here are the advantages of Gourmesso at a glance:

  • Over 25 varieties
  • Particularly varied selection of espresso and flavored coffee
  • Intensities from 3 to 12
  • Largest range of Fairtrade capsules
  • Coffee from the best growing areas in the world
  • Compatible with all major Nespresso®* machines
  • Up to 35% cheaper than Nespresso®*
  • No club membership
  • No minimum order quantities
  • Satisfied customers in over 25 countries
  • Choice of organic coffee
  • Free shipping on orders over 35 €

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