So, you have a shiny Nespresso machine sitting on the counter and need new capsules? I don’t own a Nespresso maker myself, but used one for quite some time at my office (I hate K-cups). Although meant for home use, Nespresso is perfect for the office because you don’t need to worry about who made the last pot of coffee. I use my French press occasionally but don’t always have time to clean it.
Buy Nespresso Capsules in Stores
What retail stores sell Nespresso capsules? The easiest option in my city was to visit the local Nespresso store in Berlin (or boutique, as they call it). There, I could buy as much or as little as I wanted and try a shot before buying. Boxes of 10 Nespresso capsules start at just 3.50 EUR. This is a bit less expensive than in the United States. The issue of where to buy Nespresso capsules becomes more complicated if there’s no official outlet in your area.
Luckily, a larger number of retail stores have begun carrying Nespresso capsules. Chances are good you can find them at a local store such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, or William Sonoma. It used to be the case that many stores would sell Nespresso machines but not the capsules, leaving users in a quandary. Thankfully this is no longer the case.
Order Nespresso Capsules Online
If you live in a rural area or don’t like leaving the house, you’ll probably have to buy Nespresso capsules online. This is my preferred option now that Amazon offers fast Prime delivery. The price generally comes out to the same $0.70 capsule, which is the same you would get at the store.
The above-mentioned retail stores also sell Nespresso pods online, though I find that Amazon and other web-only retailers have better shopping experiences.
Which Nespresso Pods Should I Buy?
I typically buy the Nespresso variety packs that come with at least 50 pods. If you want specific types of coffee and aren’t sure, it will be easier to head into a store, where you can buy varieties in packages of 10 and try any type of coffee.
I would encourage you to go beyond the typical Nespresso coffees and try something new. Some of my favorites include Rosabaya de Colombia, a single origin blend, and Vanilio.
For those looking for a sweet deal, Bestpresso makes a line of Nespresso-compatible capsules at a significantly lower price. I have not personally tried these capsules.
Use Your Own Coffee in a Nespresso Machine
Various refillable Nespresso capsules such as the Coffee Duck are an eco-friendly alternative to buying new capsules. This is a good option if you like to the take DIY approach, though you’ll need a good grinder to get the same fineness of normal espresso. My opinion is that if you want to fill your own Nespresso capsules, you’re missing out on the benefits of the system and might as well upgrade to a manual espresso machine.
And of course, it’s sadly not possible to brew the same capsule twice.
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