- Small artisan roaster based in New York, NY
- Wide selection of coffee for Nespresso and Keurig coffee makers
- Also sell whole bean coffee, ground coffee, and cold brew packs
- Coffee is roasted fresh right before shipping
- Nespresso capsules not compatible with VertuoLine machines
- Hard to find information on each roast, such as where it's sourced
- Capsule packaging made from plastic
Variety is the spice of life, and some days coffee is my life.
That makes variety in my coffee one the most important things to me.
For those like me, who want to see, taste, and experience everything, there’s no need to feel limited by the pod and capsule compatibilities of your Nespresso and Keurig coffee makers.
Enter HiLine Coffee.
A small coffee company based in New York, NY, HiLine Coffee hasn’t been in existence for very long.
But in their short time, they have established themselves as one of the best alternatives to Keurig and Nespresso pods.
Initially offering pod-based alternatives to the major single serve manufacturers, HiLine has expanded to offer whole bean and ground coffee, including specially-designed cold brew packs.
HiLine sources their coffees from high altitude, small lot farms in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia before roasting them freshly right before shipping.
Our Favorite Lavazza Capsule: Armonico (Intensity: 8/12) is a blend of South American 100% Arabica beans with a medium-strong intensity and a well-balanced flavor profile with strong cereal notes.
Lavazza is an industry leader in espresso.
In fact, two of their espresso roasts crack our list of the Best Espresso Beans.
The company offers around 10 different OriginalLine-compatible capsules with intensities ranging from 4-12, so there’s something for everyone.
- Looking for low-intensity, light, and flowery. Try their Delicato.
- Prefer something bold and intense? You’re looking for Lavazza’s Vigoroso with washed Robusta beans.
While I do love Lavazza’s offerings, they’re usually the most expensive third-party capsule for OriginalLine machines.
Price Per Nespresso Pod: Around $0.55
Our Favorite Jones Brothers Capsule: Chelsea Light Roast (Intensity: 4/10) is a high-altitude roast from Guatemala with notes of cinnamon, citrus, and blackberry. HiLine is the best Nespresso-compatible roaster because of their dedication to freshness, and I can’t recommend them enough.
Based in Amsterdam, Jones Brothers does a good job combining cost and quality.
They don’t make the cheapest coffee.
They don’t make the best coffee.
But generally you’ll be happy with it for the price.
Price Per Pod: Around $0.45
Our Favorite Caffesso Capsule: Chelsea Light Roast (Intensity: 4/10) is a high-altitude roast from Guatemala with notes of cinnamon, citrus, and blackberry. HiLine is the best Nespresso-compatible roaster because of their dedication to freshness, and I can’t recommend them enough.
A UK-based company, Caffesso launched in 2012. They tout the 3 C’s that define their company:
Coffee: Caffesso capsules truly are no muss, no fuss and yield a solid coffee beverage with a decent crema. Nothing great, but definitely good considering their price.
Club: If you purchase your capsules through Caffesso’s website, you’ll automatically be enrolled in their Club where you can earn points to redeem for Caffesso products.
Compatibility: Caffesso has gone the distance to ensure compatibility with a wide array of Nespresso machine models. You can read here to see all of the machines they support.
I’ll add a 4th C.
Cost: Caffesso is a touch less expensive than other Nespresso-compatible capsules. While I advocate trying all brands to see what you like, there’s no doubt Caffesso pods are pretty easy on your wallet.
Price Per Pod: Around $0.35
- Cost per capsule often less than $0.50 (33% less than Nespresso brand)
- Good variety of Nespresso espresso capsules
- Also sell tea capsules
- Only available for OriginalLine machines
- Not as fresh as Nespresso capsules or other industry-leading 3rd-party alternatives
- Capsules made of plastic and can be tough for machines to puncture
Nespresso owners know the company is great at providing their customers with two things:
- Quality, durable espresso machines
- A ton of convenience
What they don’t necessarily deliver is a cheap morning routine.
In response to the market opportunity for more affordable Nespresso compatible capsules, several companies have sprouted offering consumers alternatives to the name brand product.
One such company is Gourmesso.
A Berlin-based company, Gourmesso sells Nespresso-compatible capsules for OriginalLine machines.
Whereas companies like HiLine Coffee Company were founded with the mission of giving you the best quality capsulized coffee, Gourmesso was formed to give you the most affordable capsulized coffee.
They even have a page on their website titled “Save Money & Enjoy Coffee.”
As almost any owner of a single serve coffee machine will tell you, the cost of those pods and capsules starts to add up.
Sure, it’s less expensive than paying $4 or $5 at Starbucks or your corner coffee shop, but a $15 one-pound bag of coffee beans will yield around 40 coffee servings at about $0.37 per serving.
Whereas Nespresso brand capsules tend go to go for around $0.75 per serving, Gourmesso capsules typically cost around $0.50 per serving.
In case bullet points are your thing, here’s that breakdown:
- Whole Bean Coffee: $0.37 per serving (depends on the quality/type of roast)
- Gourmesso Capsules: $0.50 per serving
- Nespresso Capsules: $0.75 per serving (OriginalLIne machines)
Let’s look at the cost of Gourmesso capsules versus Nespresso.
At $0.25 savings per capsule and one serving per day, that’s $91.25 in savings per year.
Simply by switching to Gourmesso you can pay for your Nespresso machine in around a year and a half!
But marketing yourself as “we’re the cheapest!” isn’t the most flattering of business models. While Gourmesso does note the affordability of their capsules, they really like to stress the variety of their product offerings.
We’ll dig deeper into that in a minute, but first…