If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Where can I buy Nespresso pods?” then you’re in the right place.
You won’t find a better guide on the web.
This guide covers everything you need to know to make the most of your Nespresso OriginalLine or VertuoLine machine.
- Environmental impact
- Where to buy Nespresso pods
Welcome to The Coffee Maven’s DEFINITIVE guide to the Nespresso capsule universe.
Table of Contents
- 1 Nespresso OriginalLine vs VertuoLine Capsules
- 2 How much caffeine in Nespresso pods?
- 3 Cost of Nespresso pods
- 4 Where to buy Nespresso pods
- 5 Alternatives to Nespresso brand capsules
- 6 Save money on Nespresso pods
- 7 Nespresso pods & the environment
- 8 Comments or questions?
Nespresso OriginalLine vs VertuoLine Capsules
Nespresso makes two lines of coffee machines:
- OriginalLine: Brews espresso only
- VertuoLine: Brews espresso and coffee
Each line requires different capsules, which look like this:
What’s the difference between Nespresso VertuoLine and OriginalLine machines?
- VertuoLine brews up to 17 oz coffees
- VertuoLine incorporates capsule scanning technology
- VertuoLine capsules cost more and you can’t find third-party alternatives
- VertuoLine uses Centrifusion (rapid spinning) to extract your coffee; no pump
- VertuoLine uses lower temperature water to extract
That’s the quick summary.
For more detail, check out our complete Nespresso VertuoLine vs Original comparison.
How much caffeine in Nespresso pods?
While the exact amount of caffeine varies slightly based on pod variety, the average Nespresso capsule has 60 mg of caffeine.
That’s comparable to the amount of coffee in your typical coffee shop espresso but about half the caffeine in a full cup of coffee.
Cost of Nespresso pods
Generally, you don’t choose to go with a pod coffee system to be more cost-effective.
Still, pod coffee systems will save you money compared to buying a beverage at the coffee shop every day.
The table below shows the average annual savings for Nespresso and Keurig coffee pods compared to a daily $4 coffee at your local coffee shop.
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Save up to 80% over the cost of a daily coffee from your local coffee shop by switching to a Nespresso machine.
Where to buy Nespresso pods
Nespresso pods are available in multiple locations:
- Nespresso Club via Nespresso.com
- Brick and mortar Nespresso boutiques
- Select brick and mortar retailers
- Other online retailers
Nespresso Club via Nespresso.com
Marketed as “the ultimate coffee experience” the Nespresso Club is a community of customers united by Nespresso ownership. The Club comes with several perks:
- Personalized customer service for questions about capsules, etc.
- Convenient ordering via web, mobile app, or phone
- Various pick-up and delivery options
- Repair, tips, and tricks for registered machines
- Special offers and invitations
- Latest news
- Nespresso Magazine, a bi-annual publication dedicated to coffee
What is a Nespresso boutique?
If Keurig brewers are about convenience, Nespresso machines are about refinement.
To that end, Nespresso has developed their concept of “boutiques” where customers can browse and sample Nespresso’s wide array of available pods and buy capsules, machines, and accessories.
According to Nestle, there are over 700 Nespresso boutiques around the world, and the company has 44 locations across the United States as of this writing.
Some are full retail locations, some have cafes, and some are just kiosks. Use Nespresso’s boutique locator to find the one nearest you.
In addition to the brick and mortar boutiques, you can buy Nespresso pods through authorized partner retailers. There are thousands of locations around the country. Retailers include these fine companies:
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Best Buy
- Bon Ton
- Crosell & Co
- Kitchen Kaboodle
- Roland Products
- Sur La Table
There are plenty of places online to buy Nespresso pods, but the best deals available are on Amazon. The items below are currently the best selling pods on the web’s biggest retailer.
Nespresso OriginalLine Variety Pack, 50 Capsules Trying to find the perfect capsule for you? Sample Roma, Capriccio, Livanto, Arpeggio, and Ristretto capsules with intensities ranging from 5-10, all roasted, ground, and packaged with care from the industry-leader in single-serve espresso.
Alternatives to Nespresso brand capsules
Nespresso brand capsules aren’t the only game in town. You can save upwards of $0.40 per serving (well over $100 per year) by choosing a third-party pod such as those from the following retailers.
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Save money on Nespresso pods
Even if you go with the non-Nespresso capsule manufacturers above, there’s still no cost-saving substitute to using your own ground coffee.
Keurig offers the My K-Cup, where users can refill a pod with their own home ground or pre-ground coffee for a fraction of the price.
Nespresso machines offer similar alternatives.
Cheap reusable pods (OriginalLine)
The closest comparison to Keurig’s My K-Cup are the reusable, refillable Nespresso capsules available on Amazon.
Once again, these capsules are only compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine machines, and they have their pros and cons:
Pros of Reusable Pods
- Choose whatever coffee you like, either whole bean or pre-ground
- Reusable to keep costs down
- Comes with a scooper designed to function as a tamper as well
Cons of Reusable Pods
- Post-extraction cleanup is tedious trying to get all of the wet grounds out of the pod
- Adding insult to injury, the included brush is low quality and has weak bristles
- By design the capsule has to be smaller than a single-use capsule, so it holds less coffee
You weigh out the good and bad for yourself, but I’d suggest giving them a try.
Premium resealable pods (OriginalLine)
Identical in concept to the cheap resealable pods above, you can also try a premium product: Sealpod’s Stainless Steel reusable pod for OriginalLine machines.
You only get 2 stainless steel pods for a ~$40 investment, but it’s a better performing product for sure. They also offer a 5-pod package for a heftier price tag but a lower per-pod investment.
The package also comes with 100 foil lids to reseal the stainless steel pods, and you can buy more for about $0.12 per foil.
SEAL POD Premium Stainless Steel Reusable Nespresso OriginalLine Capsules Price: $34.90 The best reusable capsule available for Nespresso OriginalLine machines, these stainless steel SEAL POD give you the best quality coffee while still saving $100s over buying straight from Nespresso.
Resealable foil lids (VertuoLine)
VertuoLine machine owners — there’s hope!
My-Cap is a company that makes VertuoLine compatible reusable filters and foils for pods you have already used.
That’s right. This isn’t a reusable pod that you fill with your choice of coffee. It requires you already to have used a VertuoLine capsule, which you then refill and reseal for multiple uses. And the company suggests immediate use, so don’t refill and store for future use.
These capsules really do work, and they have the reviews to prove it.
My-Cap’s Foils & Filters for Nespresso VertuoLine Machines Reuse spent Nespresso VertuoLine capsules with the My-Caps filter and foil system. This is the only way to save money by reusing pods with the VertuoLine system.
Nespresso pods & the environment
Single-serve coffee has been a boon to coffee drinkers seeking convenience but has had a significantly negative impact on the environment.
In fact, an article by The Atlantic claim that used Keurig pods buried in 2014 would circle the Earth 12 times!
And that’s just for Keurig pods.
Bad press and a push by consumers have single serve coffee manufacturers searching for answers. In that same article by The Atlantic they state Keurig will be ready to unveil a recyclable single-serve pod by 2020. While great, that doesn’t solve the problem now.
How to solve the problem
The best solution is to avoid buying single-serve pods or capsules and to instead purchase the reusable pods above. The benefits?
- Better for environment
- Cheaper daily use
- You get to control exactly which coffee (and how much) you want to use
Why don’t more people do it?
PEOPLE ARE LAZY.
Don’t be a lazy person. Jump in with reusable pods from Day 1.
Of course, if you do want to be lazy — or maybe if you’ve just found that oh-so-perfect pod that makes your day that much better (who am I to judge?) — you can sleep well knowing Nespresso is a leader in single-serve recycling efforts.
Nespresso’s Ecolaboration Program
Nespresso has possibly the best pod recycling program in existence with the stated goal of recycling 75% of all capsules sold. They allow customers to collect all spent capsules in specially designed recycling bags, which can be returned to any Nespresso boutique for collection.
The actual recycling process takes place in Canada, but Nespresso offers support for their US customers as well. According to Nespresso, capsules can be returned to any of the following locations:
- Collection points in Nespresso boutiques
- TerraCycle collection points in retail partner locations around the US
- Via UPS through Nespresso’s mail-back program in the continental 48 states
Compatible retail partners include Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma. You can click here to find a participating location near you.
Comments or questions?
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