- Sep 25, 2012
If this is your first Espresso machine, welcome to the espresso club. You will have plenty of fun and it’s 1000% better than any washy coffee you can find. Don’t you think?
From what I heard from people /companies with pod-machine’s is that it’s really good stuff.
I also heard that it tends to be a pricey way to get espresso after a while.
The machine’s are affordable but the pods isn’t comparing to beans. But there’s also tons of variations of those pods, and hey you gotta make a choice where to put the money when you want the good stuff, enjoy 😋
Thanks and yes, this is the very first espresso machine in my house. Only in the last couple of years did I start really embracing the strong refined taste of espresso.
Yeah the pods/capsules are certainly more expensive than buying your own grinded beans. But the trade-off is the convenience. So I am willing to pay more for the convenience of these modern espresso machines.
With the Nespresso pods (capsules), I don't need a filter paper. I also don't need to decide exactly how much water my espresso needs. My espresso machine has a computer microchip (and YES, it has Wifi and Bluetooth connection so I can update the firmware). When I insert the pod, my machine digitally reads a barcode on the pod, it then recognizes if the pod is for a single espresso, or a double espresso pod, or a lungo pod, or a pod for making an 8-ounce coffee. It figures out exactly how much water is needed. (see image below)
It also determines the BAR pressure. There are no levers to pull like in the traditional barista-grade espresso machines in Italy. The higher-end Nespresso machines can achieve as much as 19 BAR of pressure. That's more than plenty.
Cost: Currently at 2023 prices (everything is higher due to inflation), I bought a 10-pack of Double Espresso pods for $11.50. That's not bad for a single serving! That would be the Nespresso MSRP price of the pods, when bought online, or when I bought from my local Nespresso Boutique (which was located inside a mall). I decided to buy at the local Nespresso boutique because.... they gladly gave me tasting samples before I even purchased anything. Free espresso shots at the mall. ☕
Amazon might sell the same pods for around 10% cheaper occasionally. And Walmart is starting to sell the 3rd-party espresso pods as well (e.g. Starbucks and Peets branded pods made for the Nespresso machines).