• Why Nespresso compatible pods are underrated

    Why Nespresso compatible pods are underrated

    Many Nespresso drinkers swear by the official Nespresso pods and disregard any compatible pods, no matter the brand. The assumption being that these capsules aren’t the same quality of the Nespresso ones, nor created with the same craft, or that you get what you pay (thus, less). 3rd party Nespresso pods are seen as a cheaper alternative that rarely lives up to the expectations. But, is it true? Is it accurate to consider the Nespresso original pods as the best pods you can purchase for your Nespresso machine? We’d say that it is not. There are some compatible pods that are absolutely worth checking. To establish that we will go…

  • Freshly brewed french press coffee

    A Guide to the Positive Effects and Health Benefits of Caffeine

    Coffee is a popular beverage worldwide. It’s consumed by several individuals as a morning staple, making it a valuable commodity. Drinking it in moderation can offer many health benefits and positive effects due to its caffeine content. Understanding more about the advantages of consuming coffee can help reveal facts about its beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. As many of you have repeatedly asked about the content of caffeine in a Nespresso pod, we imagine that most are worried about ingesting too much of it, or curious about the effects of caffeine consumption on your health. Luckily they are mostly positive, and those we will be discussing in this article. As we…

  • Cup with Espresso Crema

    Is Nespresso real crema?

    We have been returning often on the comparison of Nespresso with real espresso. We like to explore the differences between coffee brewing systems, in a fair way. Not like in marketing or such. If you haven’t read our previous explorations on the subject yet, we wrote on how Nespresso and Espresso compare and whether Nespresso is to be considered real espresso. Both are about how Nespresso coffee made with any of the Nespresso machines compares to coffee made with an espresso machine, and whether Nespresso can rightfully be considered as a proper espresso. Both our previous articles were on the scientific/technical aspects that make a good espresso and explored how…

  • Crema on top of coffee

    Nespresso vs Espresso: how do they compare?

    There is a long held debate on whether Nespresso is real espresso or not, and how does the coffee produced by a Nespresso machine compare with what a proper espresso machine can produce. We have chimed in on whether Nespresso constitutes real espresso before, so we won’t repeat ourselves here. You can read our previous article on whether Nespresso is real espresso if you are more interested in that and come back here later. What we are interested in discussing here instead is how actually Nespresso coffee tastes in comparison with an espresso from an espresso machine and other brewing methods. There’s a lot of discussion that is mostly superficial,…

  • Espresso in a glass cup

    Is Nespresso real espresso?

    Nespresso has “espresso” in its name so it’s only logical to compare the output of a Nespresso machine to what an espresso machine can brew. Espresso is a specific coffee drink that has specific characteristics. The most recognizable one being the crema (“foam”) that the coffee creates due to the pressure at which hot water is pushed through the ground coffee. Every Nespresso machine works under the same principles and it is natural to ask: is Nespresso real espresso? Can a Nespresso machine produce an espresso? The debate has going on for years. Coffee snobs have often snubbed Nespresso as not a “real espresso” and producing a subpar crema, if…

  • Nespresso Intensity Rating

    What does the Nespresso intensity rating mean?

    Throughout our reviews, we have always indicated the “intensity” of a Nespresso capsule, as given on the official channels. Some call this the “Nespresso number scale”. But what does this intensity actually mean? The official definition of intensity in coffee From the Specialty Coffee Association website: Coffee shall exhibit a brew strength, measured in Total Dissolved Solids, of 11.5 to 13.5 grams per liter, corresponding to 1.15 to 1.35 “percent” on the SCA Brewing Control Chart, resulting from a solubles extraction yield of 18 to 22 percent*. That’s the golden cup standard that a good coffee should achieve. If you want to read more on this, the full pdf…

  • Plastic Capsules

    The Nespresso revolution = yet another myopic article

    From time to time an article bashing Nespresso and its business model comes along. Latest in this list is this one from the Guardian. Recently it made the rounds on social media and was shared to us (more than once actually). We read it and reflected on it for a couple of days before collecting our thoughts, before feeling ready to make some points about it. We are more and more convinced that often these articles are written by journalists that either don’t truly understand what Nespresso is or dislike the company, for whatever reason. Why do we believe this? Because all of them are myopic takes on Nespresso and…