• Red Nespresso Machine

    How to use Nespresso compatible pods

    Nespresso compatible pods are all those capsules that are sold by 3rd party companies and work with most (maybe all) Nespresso original line machines. These aren’t official capsules produced by Nespresso, and in the past they were subject to a series of problems, not the last being capable of breaking your Nespresso machine. Those were the early days, and luckily those issues aren’t common today. We said that these compatible pods should work with most, perhaps all, Nespresso machines. The vast majority of Nespresso compatible pods will indeed work flawlessly with your machine, as with any other. Not all these capsules have the same shape or material, and that influences…

  • The Best Nespresso Cocktails

    The Best Nespresso Cocktails

    Here cocktail stands for alcoholic drinks, not simply a mixture of coffee with some juices or sodas. While mixing coffee with alcohol is a thing since a century (or even centuries), it’s still not that common for coffee fans to drink both coffee regularly and coffee cocktails. Even less so, making cocktail with a Nespresso machine; not even Nespresso advertise much alcoholic drinks with their line of coffee. There are but a handful of cocktail recipes that are alcoholic on the official website. We feel that using a Nespresso capsule to make a good cocktail is an underrated habit and we experimented over the last months with preparing some. Everybody…

  • Plastic Capsules

    Can Nespresso capsules be reused?

    This is a common question we receive. Personally it’s one of the very first things I attempted to discover when I bought my first Nespresso machine years ago. On the internet there are plenty of reusable pods. Pods made of metal or sturdy plastic that can be opened, filled with ground coffee, and securely closed. That is surely a way to follow if you plan to routinely use ground coffee instead of Nespresso capsules. But the actual, original, Nespresso capsules can be reused? Well, yes. A bit. Why the single serve capsule systems preserve the flavours of coffee The single serve container, as Nespresso capsules are, is designed to preserve…

  • Cappuccino and Latte

    Best Nespresso Capsules for Lattes and Cappuccinos

    Lattes and Cappuccinos are tricky coffee drinks to make good. On one side, too much milk will overcome even the strongest coffee capsule while on the other side a too bitter blend will make necessary to add more sugar, watering down the coffee flavours and the milk taste. There’s a need of a Nespresso capsule that is both intense enough to not succumb under the amount of milk while not being very bitter. If it has nice flavours that can be savoured, the better. For these reasons, most of the weakest Nespresso capsules won’t do. They are nice on their own, flavourful and delicate, but won’t stand out when mixed…

  • Nespresso Complete Guide 2020

    Nespresso Capsules Guide 2020

    Often it is not easy to choose which capsule to drink based on their relative intensity and the suggested cup size. Some capsules are good for a ristretto, others are not, while most who are good as lungo won’t be that great as an espresso. The official Nespresso website provides this info for each capsule and probably your Nespresso machine came with a manual containing the same info but it may be outdated if you haven’t bought a machine in the last couple of months. And admittedly, searching on the website before brewing is annoying when all you want is the right capsule for the moment. Thus we made a…

  • Reference

    Coffee Market report for October 2019

    A published pdf from the International Coffee Organization shows a few interesting statistics about the world’s production of coffee. Robusta’s output increasing, a bolstering of Brazil’s production with a decline of Mexico’s and Peru’s coffees and a recovering Indonesia’s production, among the many statistics that can be read in the pdf. Globally a reduction of the coffee production is expected for the 2019/2020 years.

  • How much caffeine in Nespresso capsule

    How much caffeine in Nespresso capsules?

    Nespresso doesn’t declare what is the caffeine content for each of their capsules. Not anymore, at least. In the past some informations could be gleaned from a few official Nespresso websites and that’s what we publish here. Be aware that all these measurements are not exact as the temperature of water, time of brewing and water:coffee ratio can all influence the final caffeine content in your cup. Even wildly. So, assuming that each of these Nespresso capsules are brewed according to the suggested cup size, their relative caffeine content should be as such, from lower to higher: Vivalto Decaffeinato, Volluto Decaffeinato, Arpeggio Decaffeinato, Ristretto Decaffeinato: less than 2mg/cup Barista Chiaro:…