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This article will cover everything you need to know about Nespresso capsules:
But that isn’t all.
Let’s dive right in.
There are two types of Nespresso machines: OriginalLine and VertuoLine.
There are other differences to know, so check out our OriginalLine vs VertuoLine guide if you’re unfamiliar with each type.
We also have a Complete Comparison Guide To EVERY Nespresso Machine (both OriginalLine & VertuoLine) if you want to see the differences between each machine.
The Most Important Difference: VertuoLine machines incorporate capsule-scanning technology, meaning these machines only work with Nespresso brand capsules. OriginalLine machines don’t scan capsules. This is important when talking about third-party roasters.
Nespresso OriginalLine machines only use OriginalLine capsules–they’re the boxier looking ones–to brew single-serve espresso. Depending on the machine you have, OriginalLine capsules can be used to brew the following:
At this time, Nespresso offers 6 different “types” of OriginalLine capsules, each designed for a different espresso-sipping experience:
You can make any size beverage with any capsule. These are just Nespresso’s recommendations.
Nespresso VertuoLine machines only use VeruoLine capsules. VertuoLine capsules feature a barcode around the rim, which the machine uses for two purposes:
*These parameters include volume, temperature, rotational speed, flow rate, and water contact time.
VertuoLine machines also have the ability to brew standard-sized long coffees in addition to espresso. This means they don’t top out at the 3.70 oz lungo, instead ranging all the way up to 17 oz.
Unsurprisingly, this means there are more different types of VertuoLine capsules.
Note About VertuoLine Machines: While both conventional espresso machines and Nespresso OriginalLine machines use a pump to extract espresso, VertuoLine machines operate differently. They use Centrifusion—or rapid capsule spinning—to apply pressure. The result is a slightly more whipped beverage with a thicker, foamier crema. I’m partial to the espresso from OriginalLine machines, but to each their own.
At this time, Nespresso offers 8 types of VertuoLine capsules.
Your average Nespresso capsule will cost around $0.75 for OriginalLine machines and around $1.00 for VertuoLine machines.
Related: Where To Buy Nespresso Capsules?
While that’s much less than an espresso or latte at your local coffee shop, those costs add up.
With capsule-based coffee machines taking off over the last decade, competitors have sprung up to meet the demand of the coffee-consuming public:
Quality capsule alternatives at an affordable price.
We’ve tasted nearly all of the best Nespresso compatible capsules for OriginalLine machines and have landed on these 5 as the best, factoring in quality, cost, and reliability.