Gourmesso Coffee Review

Overall Rating
82
Flavor & Aroma (50%)
83
Freshness (20%)
80
Balance & Acidity (10%)
85
Body & Mouthfeel (10%)
80
Roaster Reputation (10%)
82

The Bottom Line

Gourmesso isn't the best alternative to Nespresso or Keurig brand pods, but they are more affordable. That's Gourmesso's niche and they hit it hard. If you're looking to save on your daily habit, check out Gourmesso.
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Key Features of the Gourmesso Coffee

Key Features of Gourmesso Coffee

  • Nespresso-Compatible Capsules: Yes, OriginalLine machines only (not VertuoLine)
  • Keurig-Compatible Pods: Yes
  • Whole Bean Coffee: No
  • Ground Coffee: No
  • Other: Cold brew packs, coffee accessories
  • Coffee Source: Latin America, South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia

Gourmesso Coffee Overview

Nespresso owners know the company is great at providing their customers with two things:

  1. Quality, durable espresso machines
  2. 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.

Enter Gourmesso.

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…

Pros

  • Cost per capsule often less than $0.50 (33% less than Nespresso brand)
  • Good variety of Nespresso espresso capsules
  • Also sell tea capsules

Cons

  • 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

Is the Gourmesso Coffee for you?

Is Gourmesso Coffee for you?

Gourmesso is an established retailer offering affordable alternatives to Nespresso’s more expensive capsules, and like all Nespresso compatible alternatives they’re only compatible with OriginalLine machines.

If you want the best Nespresso compatible capsules and don’t mind paying upwards of $0.75 per serving, check out HiLine Coffee. HiLine uses 100% Arabica beans — the best beans you can buy — and has a more freshly roasted product.

But if your prime directive is to cut costs as much as possible, Gourmesso is a great choice.

Gourmesso Coffee Review: An In-Depth Look

Where Does Gourmesso Get Their Coffee?

Gourmesso sources their beans from the major coffee growing regions around the world. By browsing all of their available roasts, I was able to pull together the following list of source countries:

  • Ethiopia
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • India

Almost all of Gourmesso’s roasts are Arabica/Robusta blends, but they do have a couple that are 100% Arabica. In general, Arabica beans are superior to Robusta, but Gourmesso does this to keep their costs down.

What Products Does Gourmesso Offer?

Gourmesso specializes in Nespresso compatible capsules, but their products only are compatible with OriginalLine machines.

This is due to the barcode scanning technology on Nespresso VertuoLine machines.

Gourmesso offers the following products:

  • Espresso & lungo capsules
  • Tea capsules
  • Accessories

Let’s take a minute to highlight each.

Gourmesso Espresso & Lungo Capsules

Gourmesso offers 28 different espresso and lungo capsules. Most are blends from different countries, and most are Arabica/Robusta blends, but some are flavored/specialty roasts.

For the complete list, check out our compilation of the 6 best alternatives to Nespresso capsules. We have a whole section there dedicated to Gourmesso.

Gourmesso Tea Capsules

Tea lovers, rejoice! Gourmesso has you covered.

They sell 5 different tea capsules for use in Nespresso OriginalLine machines:

  • Rooibos Vanilla Infusion: African rooibos tea enhanced with subtle vanilla (caffeine free)
  • Black Infusion: Indonesian tea, fairly strong and caffeinated
  • Fruit Plum Infusion: Plum and cinnamon base enhanced with chokeberry and licorice (caffeine free)
  • Green Infusion: Gunpowder green tea; caffeinated
  • Herbal Mint Infusion: Herbal peppermint, chamomile, and fennel (caffeine free)

They also offer bundles combining all 5!

I’m an occasional tea drinker — I have a few cups per month — and actually enjoyed Gourmesso’s tea capsules.

However, because Nespresso OriginalLine machines are set to brew a maximum 3.50 oz lungo size beverage, you need to use their easy custom size feature to produce the full serving size you’re looking for.

That said, I really don’t know why anyone is using a Nespresso machine to make tea. It’s nice that Gourmesso thought of you tea drinkers out there, but just get some standard tea bags of your choice.

Gourmesso Accessories

Or should I say, “Accessory.”

Though they advertise accessories on their website, all they sell is a descaler for your Nespresso OriginalLine machine. That’s well and good, but their descaler isn’t any better than anyone else’s.

Check out the Gourmesso Coffee!

Check out Gourmesso Coffee!

Gourmesso Coffee
Gourmesso isn't the best alternative to Nespresso or Keurig brand pods, but they are more affordable. That's Gourmesso's niche and they hit it hard. If you're looking to save on your daily habit, check out Gourmesso.

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