Buying a Nespresso Coffee Machine is a great decision and if you’ve made the plunge then congratulations.
Whilst Nespresso do offer a vast and delicious range of Coffee Capsules, they can be a little pricey, or you may be looking to try something new. Thankfully for you, our experts got to work and sought the best Nespresso compatible capsules on the market, rating them on both price and taste.
Marks & Spencer: M&S Peruvian Single Origin Pods
You get ten capsules in a box at three boxes for £10 so in terms of price, the fair pretty similar to Nespresso pods themselves but still offer an alternative.
In terms of taste, these aromatic Fairtrade coffee capsules have a rather sweet air to them. Granted, this is not unusual with a medium roast brew. These pods are certainly enough to tantalise your taste buds without breaking the bank, offering a touch of acidity, with a slight hint of nuttiness finished off with some peachy undertones for a fruity burst.
The Arabica beans are packed almost immediately after being roasted to ensure that the favour is as fresh as can be. If this Peruvian style brew doesn’t take your fancy, there’s a plenty of others in the range all complying with the three for £10 offer.
Sainsbury’s: Colombian Nespresso Compatible Coffee Pods, Taste the Difference
Sainsbury’s deliver an excellent Nespresso Compatible range that is a saviour to coffee lovers everywhere with a Nespresso Coffee Machine. And at £2.50 for ten capsules, you can’t go far wrong here.
Similar to the Peruvian style from M&S these single origin pods offer a touch of nuttiness, this time complimented with a delightful crema. The taste is well worth the money, working out at just 25p per pod. Great value and perfect if you plough through multiple brews a week.
Tip: This is best as black coffee, no need for milk or sugar.
Aldi: Ristretto Coffee Pods
These Ristretto Coffee Pods are even better value for money than those from Sainsbury’s, believe it or not! You can purchase a box of ten for just £1.79 from Aldi, working out at just over 17p per capsule, compared to 31p per capsule from Nespresso’s own range.
Say, you have two brews a day, one before and after work, that will equare to £130.67 a year using these pods, saving £95.63 if you were to use Nespresso pods. Enough for a new Coffee Machine!
The taste is very similar to the Ristretto Capsules from Nespresso, delivering a strong brew with a crema finish. If you like a slightly bitter brew, this is your jam.
Amazon, Caffesso: Gourmet Coffee Capsules
Amazon offer some great deals when it comes to Coffee Machines, but what about pods? Well, this if offer is absolutely brilliant.
For just £16.94, you will get 60 Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules/Pods of six different blends! Ten each of; Intenso, Indiano, Forza Roma, Milano, Italiano and Decafeinato. The blends boast respective intensity ratings of 12, 11, 10, 9, six and four.
The flavours are all as strong as they are marked and the ultimate cheap alternative to Nespresso’s own brand. We genuinely couldn’t tell the difference!
Café Royal: Caramel Nespresso
For £3.00, you receive ten of these delicious compatible coffee pods. Swiss made, they are perfect option if you’re after a sweet tasting brew. Admittedly, we do find that the taste is rather like honey, as opposed to caramel. So if you are something with a caramel taste, you may wish to look elsewhere.
Still, we loved the taste of these Café Royal pods and would certainly return for more.
Café Pod: Taster Pack
This is a great idea from Café Pod, to release a sample pack of their capsules, in bulk rather than individual pods. It means if you do like them, you don’t have to immediately order more, however, if they’re not for you, pass them onto your fellow coffee lover or save them for guests!
In this taster pack, you receive 80 capsules, ten boxes including eight capsules which feature all eight of Café Pod’s coffees. At just £22.95, the price is more than reasonable and works out at just 28p a pod.
The capsules are: Supercharger, Livewire, Ristretto, Intense, Sumatra Origins, Colombia Origins, Guatemala Origins and Ethopia Origins. All of the pods offer a fantastic taste, perfect for making either an Espresso, Flat white, latte, Cappuccino or Americano, medium to strong!
The Sumatra lungo was by far our favourite, full-bodied with tasty dark chocolate undertones.
Starbucks: Espresso Capsules Sampler
Instore, Starbucks is mightily expensive but £11.50 for 40 capsules is great value, we believe.
You will receive four boxes of ten Espresso Capsules including Guatemala, Colombia and Kenya Origins. The ultimate way to explore the unique tatstes of South America and Africa. Plus, you get to try the highly respected Espresso Roast coffee blend.
A fantastic medium to dark range, if you like a strong, intense brew, look no further. Our favorite of the range is definitelt Colombia or Guatemala, we just can’t decide!
Colombia offers a beautiful caramel sweetness whilst the Guatemala pod offers the perfect and somewhat hard to believe blend of lemon, chocolate and soft spices, the perfect homage to its homeland.
Podista: Hot or Cold Mint Chocolate
If you like iced coffee but still what to make the most of your Coffee Machine, look no further than Podista. The brand offer a great range of capsules that can be used to make hot or cold drinks.
For £3.25 you receive a pack of ten mint chocolate capsules and boy, is it worth it. Some flavours are just made for each other, and mint and chocolate are certainly two. An aromatic combination of subtle mint and rich and creamy chocolate, this is the perfect way to any coffee lovers heart. It can be drank hot or cold, perfect to warm you up after some bliserty conditions or the ultimate way to cool down in the summer heat.
Nespresso offer a great chocolate mint pod themselves but it’s hard to come by in the UK. Thankfully, Podista have delivered an alternative that may just be better than the original itself.