Keurig K-Cup Coffee vs Nespresso

Posted by | March 31, 2012 | Marketing Advice | 71 Comments

Brief Updated 5/27/2014

(The original post I wrote in March of 2012. Until the Spring of 2014, Nespresso machines only produced American-style espresso. Now with the release of their latest model: VertuoLine, they are producing an 8oz cup of coffee and an espresso.)

I have yet to meet a person who has not tasted a Keurig K-Cup coffee within the last few years. You’ve seen the fancy coffee makers with several different flavors of coffee pods to try, right? What is the word on the street regarding its taste and overall functions? Do people like the K-Cups? It is a resounding YES. These machines are still selling like hotcakes. I attended a few paint conferences and both had Keurigs with enough coffee pods to keep us awake for weeks. Now, the big question: Have you ever heard of or tried the Nespresso CitiZ? What about their new VertuoLine? Probably not.

Nespresso has been known for many years amongst the elite group of fine coffee drinkers for making quality espresso machines. The general coffee drinkers out there still stuck on Folgers or Costco’s 3 Lb bag of Kirkland would never have known about Nespresso or its automatic coffee and espresso machines. Keurig tried to get the general coffee drinkers to step it up a notch when they introduced their K-Cup coffee makers. They catered to the busy lifestyles of most Americans and introduced a simple way to make a less messy and consistent cup of coffee. Nepresso saw the success of the coffee pod business and introduced the CitZ with its coffee capsule. However, they were just a little too late to have the success Keurig has had the past few years. Keurig has become the “Kleenex” of the pod coffee business. It is becoming a standard household item.

What is Better?

I am a coffee snob, so to be honest I’ve never liked the way Keurig coffee has tasted. To me the pods of coffee are not fresh, and I can never get the cup of coffee to taste the way I want. That was until I stepped into William Sonoma Christmas 2011. I was introduced to the Nespresso CitZ with its tiny little capsule. At first I laughed and thought, “Oh great Nespresso is coming out with pod coffee!” I did not like pod coffee and didn’t think it would ever work with elite and coffee snobbers like me. Boy was I wrong! Nespresso is selling their product to people who love good coffee. Their market, so far, is not the Keurig folks. Their capsules are a fraction of the size of a Keurig K-Cup pod. Why? So it can hold “freshly” ground coffee in an airtight capsule. It is air that is the single reason coffee begins to age and lose its fresh taste. I was told (by a sale people at WS) Nespresso roast, grinds and packs its coffee into capsules and quickly ships them to the consumer’s home within 1-2 days (as one commenter pointed out, this is probably a myth). The coffee taste is 10x better than any cup of Keurig I’ve had, because Nespresso uses a completely different method of brewing and producing it’s coffee. Their machines use the espresso style and pump system, rather than the traditional drip method. In laymen’s terms, Nespresso produces more of an Italian espresso-like cup of coffee (rich and strong with more crema). Have I wet your appetite to try a cup of Nespresso? The cost isn’t much different. You can purchase a Nespresso CitZ for around $200 (VertuoLine for $300) where a Keurig ranges from $120-249.

Three Reasons Why I Wrote A Post About Coffee on a Marketing Website

1) I write about what I love. I love marketing, technology and coffee among other things. I’ll use a blog for an excuse to write about coffee any day.

2) I am impressed with how Keurig has dominated the market in so little time with their K-Cup coffeemakers. They were innovative thinkers. They thought carefully about what Americans wanted next when it came to coffee. Nespresso did too, but they were just a little late to make a dent. The marketing lesson I’ve learned from Keurig is to always be innovative in your business. Continually be thinking how your business can be better and produce something that is different than your competition. Nespresso is a competitor of Keurig, and it is only a matter of time before Nespresso may just be able to make their name a household item. Since I first wrote this blog, I’ve seen more and more people switch to the Nespresso brand and become more like me: a snob. (I have two machines: Nespresso Citiz and a Miele Espresso Machine

3) I want you to go into William Sonoma sometime and ask for a sample cup of Nespresso’s coffee. My guess is your eyebrows will raise just a little and it just might make you donate your Keurig to charity. There is no turning back once’s you’ve had a good cup of joe. It truly is that much better.

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


  • Have you tried the compatible nespresso capsule from Capsul’in? The perfect coffee at the right price.

    • Martine says:

      I have used the Nespresso CitiZ for a few years now and love their coffee. I recently tried a variety of compatible pods from supermarkets and bigger brands and not only found the coffee taste inferior, but the pods didn’t work as well in he machines (the pressure of the water just didn’t flow so well). I ended up throwing them away and am now back to using the Nespresso pods. To be fair there is very little price difference anyway.

  • David says:

    @Compatibles Nespresso

    I don’t currently own the Nespresso. I’ve got a large manual espresso machine. But…my next purchase for my office will most likely be the Nespresso! I’ll definitely try out your capsule/pods. Thanks for posting.

  • Sagar says:

    You need to do your research – nespresso has been around since the ’80s. What a terribly inaccurate article in general…

  • David says:


    Thanks for taking the time to express your opinion, Sagar. Not sure why you think it is inaccurate. It is only my opinion! Did you read my article? I mentioned, and I quote, “Nespresso has been known for many years…” Yes…it has been around longer than Keurig and the K-Cup product. I am making a distinction regarding two products: K-Cup and Nespresso’s CitiZ. How is that inaccurate. If I am missing something, feel free share. But I’ve experienced both machines. I like Nespresso best! WAY WAY better. But…in this blog, I like to talk about marketing and technology. So I related how Nespresso was late in getting this CitZ product on the shelf. I’ve been trying to evangelize folks to look and try out CitZ…but the Keurig K-Cup has the upper hand.

  • Mike says:

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the article. Am regretting that I let some Black Friday Nespresso deals pass me by …

  • Hillary says:

    Hey so Nespresso has been around since like 87′ and the shelf life of the capsules are 12 months, they are held to Swiss Standards.

  • Richard says:

    Last October, while visiting in Saudi Arabia, I stayed at the Four Seasons, in Riyadh. They had a Nespresso in the room and it was the most delicious cup of demitasse I’ve had in a long time. Sadly, I didn’t realize that it was available in the USA and bought the Keurig instead. I can tell you from experience that there is a huge difference in quality and taste.

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  • Kirsten says:

    Hi there! Completely agree with your article, I just had my first Nespresso cup today and it was AMAZING! The question I have is, since I did not since the machine like it said to do in the beginning, I discarded the initial cup and took the cup out to clean the machine. Now I real really want to try the ‘Rosabaya’ espresso, which it the one with little puncture marks in it. I am afraid to use it, because it might spill everywhere and taint my poor coffee with grinds. Any experience in this field? What would you recommend, or should I just pop in another cup.

    Also, do I press the small espresso button only once? Or hold it down for 25 seconds? Obviously I just got it late last night and haven’t had my coffee yet, lol!

    Look forward to hearing back!


  • David says:


    Kirsten, I hope you found the answer to your question. I do not personally own the Nespresso (just yet). I just was given a demonstration and tried it. I loved it…but my current espresso machine is still going strong. When it breaks, I’ll get the Nespresso! So I am sorry I cannot help with your question. Shoot them an email…they should respond quickly.

  • Ellen says:

    Hi All,

    I have been a Nespresso user for many years, and own the Romeo model (no longer made, but still a fantastic machine…retailed at around $800.00 “back then”). I believe that Nespresso was the first to have the pod concept, and that Keurig “tweaked” their design. There is absolutely no comparison between the quality of the Nespresso pod and the Keurig capsule; it’s like comparing oil to water. The Nepresso makes a fantastic cup every single time, and has all the richness of an expensive barista-made cup. If you value the flavor of coffee the Nespresso wins hands down. Use a larger (6 oz.)cup with a pod when brewing, add a little cream, and you will get a wonderful cup of coffee.

  • Ellen says:

    Kristen- to answer your question; the small and large espresso and cappuccino buttons adjust the amount of hot water entering the cup. The machines ship factory pre-set, but you can adjust the water flow if need be, by pressing the button once when the desired capacity is reached. From that point forward, the machine will be pre-set until you once again adjust the setting for a different size cup. Your owner’s manual should also be able to guide you through this process step-by-step. As far as other pods go, I would make sure they can be used specifically for the Nespresso…the associate whom you purchase non-Nespresso pods from should be able to make recommendations. Caffe’ Vergnano is now making Nespresso compatible pods, as the patent for the Nespresso pods has elapsed and Nescafe (makers of Nespresso), no longer have exclusivity. Their pods come in regular and decaf and are individually wrapped. I purchase mine at my local gourmet housewares store, where they also sell Nespresso machines. Great quality coffee as well!

  • Ellen says:

    Kirsten- correction to what I last typed…you MUST hold the button down until the desired water capacity is reached…do not release the button, or the water capacity will be set before it reaches the level you want. Sorry about the confusion!

  • Andy says:

    How do you know Nespresso pods are fresher than Keurig? Aren’t they both sealed in air-tight pods? I’ve had a Keurig for about 2 years and love it. I just bought a Nespresso Essenza. I can’t say the Nespresso is way better or better at all. Yes if you want espresso then Nespresso is the way to go since Keurig won’t do espresso. I’ve also been making Americanos and can’t say they are better than the Keurig coffee. For me with all the options in pod flavors, it comes down to the coffee. Green Mountain’s Black Magic for Keurig is awesome. My Nespresso machine came with 16 different pods and I’ve tried most of them. Some are great and some I don’t like as much. I’m also discovering that Nespresso pods cost more. If I want to make an Americano comparable in flavor to Keurig 12oz cup of coffee, I have to pull 2 shots from 2 pods. That means double the price. The main reason I purchased the Nespresso is to make iced Americano like they do at Starbucks — pull a few shots and then add cold water and ice. It works pretty well and the convenience is nice but again the cost is almost as much as Starbucks when I have to pull 3 shots to make a 16oz drink. Which machine better comes down to how you want to use it. Both make good coffee.

  • David Chism says:



    Great points here. Thanks for sharing. I won’t argue with you over which one is better, as I was sharing my own opinion. I don’t own a Nespresso or a Keurig. I have a Breville Espresso machine and get my coffee from a local roaster weekly. So my coffee roast never hit the two week mark in my office or home.

    What the folks at Williams Sonoma told me about the Nespresso pods is that the coffee is roasted, packaged and shipped to a subscribers home. So the roast is 2-3 days old. That is the sweet spot for good coffee, as you don’t want to normally drink freshly 1 day roast beans…it has to sit for 2-3 days to be at its prime.

    Even if they are vacuum sealed, I think coffee can’t stay as fresh over a long shelf life. Maybe I’ve just had bad pods, but I’ve tried Keurig coffee probably a 100+ times over the last few years, and I just can’t find a roast that taste good to me. It taste bitter. I’ve had many of folks in my home for parties who say the coffee I serve is the best they’ve ever had with no bitterness. That is because of the freshly roasted organic beans. When I tried the Nepresso (only 1 time mine you)…it tasted very similar to what I make at home in my espresso machine. I like you make VERY strong Americanos, not Espresso too.

    Some of it will come right down to the taste buds. I used to hate an IPA beer, for example! Now it is growing on me…and I love a good IPA.

    Thanks for your observation too. Also, I agree…Nespresso pods are more expensive. I found a company that offers a self-pod method for Nespresso. So one can buy his own coffee, pack in a pod and make a cup.

  • Andy says:

    Thanks for you reply. I didn’t know Nespresso roasted and shipped so quickly.

    Couple questions:
    What are you finding works best for your Americanos? I’m finding 2 shots plus water to make 10oz drink is still a little weak. But I may just need a bolder roast. I bought some third party pods which don’t seem very bold. Also which self-pod method are you using? I’ve seen a few options but haven’t tried any yet. I did try refilling a pod and covering with aluminumm foil as per some online recommendations but didn’t like the results.

    I’ve only had the machine for about a week so I’m still playing with it which is really most of the fun of these machines.
    @David Chism

    • Coffee Dude says:

      Just a FYI, nespresso has a roast on date its never within even 2-3 weeks from when it was roasted from when you get it (they are all made in Switzerland… That is not a bad thing it is NO2 flushed and there is no oxygen in those little pods. Honestly the same is true for Keurig branded products, the reason you may not like them is that they only put 9G’s of coffee in each pod instead of the 12-13 you would need to make a hearty cup. Not a terrible article overall, I dig your enthusiasm. It is also a little unfair to compare an Espresso maker to a drip coffee maker, its like comparing a Whiskey to a Beer. You should try some of the “unofficial” brand Keurig cups like those made by Barrie House Coffee, they pack their cups with the right amount of coffee and it works a lot better.

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  • Judy says:

    Nice and informatiove article. I have three Keurig machines…and love the coffee. I’ve never heard of Nespresso until today. I ordered one but now I see the pods are twice as much. Can you buy them any less that a$1.00 each? …what about the price comparison…does this coffee have twice as much taste? ..just checking… thanks

    • David Chism says:

      Is the coffee better than Keurig? Good question. I think part of it depends on one’s taste buds for good coffee. Personally, I think it does taste better. I pretty much only drink freshly roasted coffee and Nepresso’s pods tasted great. Now…I’m sure they make a killing on their pods!

      So an alternative is to buy reusable pods. There are a few companies that sell compatible pods that you can use your own coffee instead. Try this out:

      That is what I’ll do. But my espresso machine (a breville) still works. If that ever breaks, I’ll get the Nespresso

  • Andy says:

    Anyone have any idea how many Nespresso machines are installed in the world? I am thinking about 30M.

  • Robert says:

    My wife and I recently stayed in a hotel in Vancouver where we had a Nespresso CitZ machine in our room. It was the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. Carol is familiar with the Kuerig machine, having had one at work many years. Our old espresso maker, a krups has died. My main concern was obtaining the pods, they are expensive, but then the coffee is really good. One great cup is worth more than many ok cups. Maybe a reusable pod is an alternative, I did’t know that it existed before today. Macy’s has a sale on the CitZ with Milk Frother, normally $429, they had one locally for $249. Sounds like we made up our mind. The CitZ was a pleasure to use in our hotel and really well made.

    • David Chism says:

      Thanks for the comments, Bob! That is good to know. Yes…getting the reusable pods is definitely the way to go. The coffee maker is only part of the equation of making good coffee. Quality water and good beans are the other parts!

  • Alexandra says:

    Love, love, love my nespresso machines….I have had beverage cups many times from a Keurig and it is nice to have all the choices, but the quality in my opinion is lousy…..overall a hot water drink….I do like my coffee strong so the nespresso machine is perfect for me- I have a pixie and a dolce gusto machines plus the aerochino for frothing milk….the capsules are more expensive but very easy to get from Nestle – lightening quick shipment! The nespresso machines are well built and customer service is fantastic….most of my friends have a Keurig and when they taste a cup of coffee from my pixie they are bowled over by the difference as well as the creamy top….the only reason I purchased the dolce gusto was it was a great sale and I use it in my studio…. Thanks for the review!

  • beth says:

    I couldn’t agree more with every point you made! I discovered Nespresso a year ago and I have to say- Life Changing! I have probably “sold” 6 to my friends and will likely get one for the office because,.. of course… that’s what everyone has as “Good coffee” at the office. Not even close.. Smells good.. just doesn’t taste anywhere as refined as Nespresso. Thanks for the article!

  • Joy says:

    There was a Nespresso machine in my room at the Conrad during a diving trip in the Maldives. I had had Keurig many times before and wasn’t impressed – I have been happily using my French press for years. I was amazed at the difference in flavor! I love pressed coffee – but a lot ends up going to waste.

    I have a ten year old Krups espresso machine that has been limping along and for the past year has just been reserved for when I would have guests over. I decided that it was time to upgrade and finally let the Krups retire to Goodwill. Just bought the Nespresso U and love it!

    • David Chism says:

      Joy, glad you too are enjoying Nespresso. It is cheaper than going to a coffee shop to make it yourself with Nespresso pods, and it taste better too! I do hope the cost of Nespresso pods come down a bit. $1 buck a piece is a little steep compared to Krups…$.50.

  • Where are you seeing $1.00 a piece for Nespresso capsules? They’re 65 to 70 cents each on the Nespresso website, and have been ever since I bought my machine a year or so back.

  • Club membership is free with machine purchase. I got free shipping on my last order – 200 capsule minimum, the deal shows up every so often, can’t remember what shipping was on my previous order, maybe in the $5.00 range. You have to buy a minimum of 50 (they come in packs of 10).

  • Ali says:

    Thanks David for helping me make my mind between Nespresso and Keurig. I was just about to go buy a Keurig because of the price difference. I also noticed that Target has recently added Nespresso to their product line so that should help drive the price down.

  • Amy says:

    I’m an American living in the UK. The K-cups here are more expensive than nespresso. Nespresso is all over Europe and George Clooney stars in thier adverts. I’ve never seen K-cups in the stores. The nearest thing available is pods, generally known as t-pods as they were first popularised by the maker Tassimo. The most popular UK coffe shop (Costa) sells them too. BTW Costa had much better coffee than Starbucks.
    I think a lot of Nespresso missing the US has to do with Nestle marketing. I cannot get Toll House chocolate chips or Powerbars (excercise bars) in the UK. And, that was when I worked for Nestle!
    Baking has become really big in the UK recently and they have lost any market share they could have had to companies like Betty Crocker and Dr Oertker (German). Nestle own vast companies but their marketing does not make sense to me. They do not cross borders much, even as the globe gets smaller and smaller.

  • Steve says:

    I have had a Nespresso machine for two years. Now I bought a Keurig. Nespresso makes better coffee, can make latte’s and expresso. However, you can’t buy Nespresso capsules anywhere but online. I found this blog because I am desperately trying to find some capsules for a cabin trip I am trying to make for New Years tomorrow. I’m screwed.

    If you think of pods of being convenient, it is for Keurig but not Nespresso. I can get Keurig at Target or almost anywhere anytime. Also, Nespresso pods are tiny and make a tiny cup of coffee. For me, Nespresso is also twice the cost. To summarize, if you want a cup of coffee on your way out to work, Nespresso will be twice the cost for 1/2 the coffee than Keurig.

    They really don’t compete because they aren’t the same thing.

  • Matt says:

    I just bought a Nespresso Pixie and love it. I did this after purchasing a Latissima for my girlfriend, which is also made for Nespresso capsules, and it, too, is awesome. I have very little counter space and don’t generally use milk, so I went for the simpler and smaller Pixie.

    I found this article by googling “Why is Nespresso so much better than Keurig?” Because it is so much better, as many above have said, I was just a bit curious as to where Keurig went wrong. Thanks for putting a comment-able article out there so I could gush about my new toy.

    • David Chism says:

      Thanks Matt for chiming in! Glad you like the Nespresso. Keurig is still dominating the market. I am a fan of Nespresso because it makes better espresso/coffee. In many ways, they are totally different than each other. K-Kups are more about a cup of coffee, and Nespresso makes more European-type of coffee (espresso).

  • Natalie says:

    Question. Do you know if the k-cups are interchangeable with the Nespresso pods? I’m a K-cup user and you are right they suck.

    • David Chism says:


      The K-Kup pods will not work with Nespresso. Nespresso pods are VERY small. Nespresso is a bit more about espresso and small (short) coffees. K-Kup, for the most part is more about a cup of coffee 8-10oz. Does that make sense?

      There are some reusable pods you can find (3rd party) that might work.

  • Natalie says:

    That makes sense, Thank you!


  • David says:

    1. Nice article. Suggest you revisit now that Nespresso has released a new system,Virtuoline.
    2. The myth that Nespresso packs capsules to order should be dealt with honestly.. Not sure why the demo staff at WS and Macy’s and others have been told to say this.. It is simply not true.
    3. Nespresso systems use proprietary aluminum capsules that hold about 5 grams of finely ground coffee. A true espresso requires at least 7 grams to produce about one fluid ounce. so to appreciate Nespresso coffees you must stop at less than one ounce. Americans won’t so that, generally, they feel ripped off.
    4. several companies make compatible capsules made of plastic. I am slogging through all of them, one at a time and they are, for the most part terrible. I have a drawer full of knockoffs for lattes and soy drinks and I save my Nespresso caps for the delicious miniature espressos they deliver.
    5. Nespresso capsules are about $0.65-70 each. Compatibles can run $0.40-69 each.
    6. I had professional grade espresso systems at home for decades (the last one is for sale!) but the Nespresso is just so simple.

    • David Chism says:

      Thank you for the thorough update on Nespresso. I did make a few updates to the post this AM. So thanks for the reminder. I’ll have to try out their VertuoLine someday. However, my best cup of coffee or espresso comes from my Breville espresso machine. I can make it just the way I want it. I then use the Nespresso Citz for the quick and simple espresso when I’m on the office.

  • Vic says:

    David: Very interesting discussion, and very timely for me as I am considering the purchase of Virtuoline machine. Like you, having full bodied flavor in my coffee is paramount. But one factor I haven’t heard mentioned here is temperature. I’ve read elsewhere that Nespresso machines don’t deliver very hot coffee. A salesman at Nespresso recently told me that they are very careful about temp. so as not to burn the coffee. He said the coffee is delivered at different temps. , as the machine follows specific bar coded brewing instructions for different coffees; however he estimated that the range is around 145-160 degrees. I’ve read that much higher temps. are ideal for best coffee– more like 190-205 degrees. Any thoughts about that, based on your own experience?

    Also the salesman @ Nespresso–Jason was his name–said that Nespresso handles their coffee from the field to the pod. They reportedly have their own plantations and plant it, raise it, harvest it, roast and grind it, and hermetically seal it. I have heard from lots of people that Nespresso coffee quality is excellent and would like to believe Jason. I’d appreciate any thoughts you or anyone else has on this point too. Thanks again.

  • David Chism says:


    I have not actually put my espresso thermometer in my Nespresso. I’ll have to put that on the list. I would think 190+ would be a bit too hot for my liking. I know a good latte (when frothing) should not exceed 175 degrees. It will burn the milk, and that is super hot already!

    Also because Nespresso pods are small, it does not produce a lot of coffee in a cup. It is very much an espresso machine, not a coffee or americano machine. So if you warm up your espresso mug and use the machine, I personally think the coffee is just hot enough to enjoy the small amount you do get! If it was any hotter, It would take too long to drink and go from super hot to warm at a more rapid rate!

    I just had a guy from Italy in my office two weeks ago who tried my machine. I actually had him try both machines: Breville and Nespresso. The Breville was filled with my own Organic beans (roasted in the States). He really liked both but LOVED the Nespresso. He said it was like what he drinks in Italy! I think he is probably spot on. My favorite, to this day, is getting beans that are freshly roasted and making my manual cup with my Breville machine. That, to me anyways, taste the best. There is zero bitterness. Any pod coffee taste a tad bitter to me. I can live with it as I like my Nespresso. It is my lazy machine when I’m in my office and don’t want to spend the extra 2-3 mins making myself the “perfect” cup!

  • Verreytasse says:

    We own a Nespresso and love it. We have tried the Keurig at hotels, etc. and are not impressed. The Nespresso delivers a decent espresso or lungo without a big hassle and steams milk very well. OK. It’s not from my favorite cafes in Italy, France or Austria, but it is more than adequate at 6AM, or at the end of the day.

  • Joseph Forrest says:

    Nice article, but I warn you about the temperature of the Nespresso pod coffees. I have two of the Nestle machines – the Inissia and the Vertuoline. Neither produces hot coffee. The average cup comes out at about 140 degrees F. A normal cup of coffee is usually about 195-212 degrees F. I have to microwabe my Nespresso coffee to get it hot and that is a bother, especially since these machines are not cheap. i am ready to send both machines back to Nespresso and look around for something better.

  • Anne Gilmore says:

    I bought the espresso vertuoline machine in November and have been very unhappy with the 140 degree coffee. I have no interest in heating my freshly brewed coffee in a microwave. In the store where we sampled the coffee, it was hot, so we bought. I think because the sample went into a plastic cup with a lid, that may have kept the heat better. Can you tell me what the temperature of the new espresso kitchen aid coffee is? I so regret this purchase. Kerrigan brews to 160 degrees, much better if you like your coffee to be more than lukewarm! I appreciate your response.

  • Glenda says:

    I have both machines and the Nespresso coffee is wayyyyyy better quality. I actually add a shot of espresso to my coffee from the Keurig and it’s perfection.

  • Diana says:

    I had a Keurig machine but definitely did not like it because sometime their flavors makes me tired…. I just rather to have a nice “normal coffee” now I am considering to buy the Nespresso but does anyone know if I can have the option to add regular coffee? or there is an adapter for the coffee just like Keurig? I do not want to feel the pressure of buying coffee pods all the time…

    • David Chism says:

      I am not aware, Diana, if you can just do the coffee thing with Nespresso. They make their money, I am sure, off of the pods. You are better off buying just a basic coffee machine to save on the cost of pods. It makes a rich americano and/or espresso currently.

      Have you tried a french press? that does not take up much space. You could probably get the Nespresso with some pods and french press when you just want coffee!

  • david bogie says:

    You cannot compare the Keurig directly against the Nespresso original or virtuo systems. They produce different types of coffee. Keurig is a pressurized form of drip coffee. Nespresso produces an espresso-styel brew. Huge difference in quality and voume of the coffees in the pods, temperatures, pressures, volume of water used, flavor profiles, mouthfeel, and many others.

    There have been several comments about sub-prime temperature on the Nespresso systems. This would be a defect of the machine. All of my Nespresso units produce espresso in the 180+ range but I do not have aVirtuo unit.

    The Virtuo produces superb espressos but there are no third=party competitors; you are locked into the Nespresso proprietary capsules for US$1.00-1.50 each. The Virtuo produces a superbly crafted coffee, too, that will blow the socks off the brown water dispensed by Keurig units. But you are locked into the Nespresso ecosystem.

    The Citiz and Inissia and Pixie units can use a wide variety of third-party products. Trust me, most of them are terrible, So you are really stuck with the Nespresso premium capsules, for whcih you pay a premium price, about $0.72 each.

  • Antonio Banderas says:

    My god people who don’t even drink real espresso can act like snobs (sorry but a true coffee snob does NOT drink Nespresso imitation espresso). It is the height of laziness to pay through the nose for fake espresso when you could have the real thing for a similar price for the equipment and 5 minutes of your time at a fraction of the cost per cup in coffee.

    The fact that people disparage Keurig or any regular coffee method (I like my French Press and even my Presto electric percolator; hell I like my Turkish coffee pot too and when I’m sleepy and have to get ready for work, I find my Keurig does what I otherwise wouldn’t have time to do and that is make decent coffe fast and with no mess). Oh yeah, I own a real espresso machine (I’ve gone through several over the many years I’ve spent on Earth) and while cappuccino is a favorite of mine, I don’t make fun of regular coffee like a damn snob loser fool. Just because one appreciates a fine steak that does not mean one cannot enjoy a hamburger too. They taste very different and yet come from the same animal. I like both. I don’t tell people Folgers sucks. People are allowed to have different tastes and opinions and frankly while a bit boring , it tastes fine when made well. In short I don’t hate coffee. I hate boorish self-righteous SNOBS, most of whom are hypocrites.

    Nespresso is not espresso, but Keurig is coffee. That alone puts the snobs in their place. Don’t pretend to be what you’re not and get a real espresso machine if you want to be a REAL snob and don’t cheat with a pressurized portafilter either! A real snob spends at least $300 on a conical burr grinder alone and wastes at least 2 pounds of coffee dialing in the right setting and finding the ideal tamp pressure by feel alone! (No cheating gauges! A snob does not measure or he would look foolish in front of his snobby friends who would claim to make the nectar if the gods blindfolded using the most picky obstinate fully manual machine out there and laugh at a lesser being!

    • David Chism says:

      Thanks for popping in and expressing your opinion Antonio. I thought you played a great Zorro, by the way!

      Being that it is my blog, I wrote my opinion comparing Nespresso and Keurig. I am a coffee geek, junky, snob: all the above. I drink, Nespresso, Keurig, Drip Coffee, French Press, Pour Over, you name it. I will drink just about any type of coffee and yet have my favorites. I also roast my own coffee beans, let them sit for a few days before brewing them to release more flavors and grind them seconds before I make just 1 cup of coffee or espresso. I do have a manual espresso machine and an automated espresso machine. So I have an expensive burr grinder too. So I think I am qualified here to be a snob!

      I have given Nespresso pod coffee to italians as a test…and they said it was very similar to how they drank their espressos. It is not exact like a manual or automatic espresso machine…but it is pretty darn close.

      My personal favorite, which I do daily is grind and brew. I mix it up from espressos and pour over…and when very lazy…pod coffee!

  • Jane R says:

    I think ANY espresso made by Antonio would taste like nectar of the gods haha. Sorry, someone had to say it.
    I’ve been wrestling with an old espresso machine that I bought and named “Lola” but am still working to “tame” her… She is vexing, temperamental and volatile. I hand grind my beans with a small manual burr grinder and use a jar filled with river-stones as my tamper.
    In the meantime, I’m delighted to have just found a Nespresso Pixie machine on flash sale during Valentine’s and sadly it already makes better tasting espresso than anything I’ve coaxed out of Lola thus far.
    I think I’ll name my Nespresso Antonio in hopes that it will brew hot and steamy espresso lol, and perhaps even inspire Lola to put on her party dress! Thanks for the inspiration gang, I’ll keep on with both 🙂

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  • Bjorn Lofgren says:

    I kind of agree and disagree. I am a Swede and love coffee, say 10 cups/day. I normally have a manual espresso machine which produce great coffee but you have to work if you have friend over.
    I purchased a Nespresso machine and what I do not like is you have to purchase their pods. I like my Swedish or North Italian coffee and found a pod you can fill with your own coffee blend. Capsulin it is called and it is great. Takes like 15 min and then you have 25 full capsules.
    Now I have a great coffee maker brewing my own coffee blend and love it.

  • Geraldine says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Great discussion! I purchased a Nespresso Vertuoline coffee maker & Aeroccino set yesterday from Sears, Canada. I am not a regular coffee drinker, and was mainly looking to purchase a machine in which to brew the Blue Mount coffee that I had purchased on a recent vacation to Jamaica. Well that all changed when I sampled a cup of coffee from the Nespresso Vertuoline coffee maker. My mother has a Keurig machine which she loves. I guess it comes down to a matter of personal taste. In terms of limited choices of coffee for the Nespresso capsules vs the Keurig pods. As the saying goes “quantity does not always mean quality.”
    Geraldine, Toronto, Canada

  • Geraldine says:

    I think you are looking for the angry birds discussion board.
    No snobs here! We are just sharing our experiences and thoughts in a respectful manner, regarding the Keurig and Nespresso coffee machines. BTW, I don’t like the fact that neither brand is environmentally friendly regarding its pods/capsules 🙁

  • Bev says:

    Hi there
    Thanks for the info on Kuerig. I live in the UK where Nespresso has been the main brand – we bought our first machine in 1999 and the pods have always delivered a good cup of coffee. I found your article as we are thinking of an AirBnB stay in NY and the apartment mentioned Kuerig but I had never heard of them. I guess the picture is was v different in the US when you were appraising the marketing of both companies.
    Thanks again

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