Like the originals, Nespresso compatible capsules consist of a small cylindrical container, generally in plastic or aluminium. Inside, there is a single dose of Arabica or Robusta coffee or of a blend containing both varieties, in a quantity of between 5 and 9 grams.
In this way, the capsule keeps the coffee sealed, protecting it from the air, and preserving the aromas and properties of the beverage. The fact that automatic coffee machines are handy, easy to use and maintain, has helped to increase their popularity compared to that of the classic method of preparing coffee with the moka pot, making them more suitable for particular occasions and contexts, such as the coffee break in the office.
Coffee machines and capsules
Coffee machines cannot be used with just any kind of capsule because the shape, size, and weight of capsules change from one producer to the next. This is why it’s not worth your while trying to use a non-compatible single dose capsule, because there’s a real risk of damaging the appliance.
For example, with Nespresso coffee machines, you can use both original capsules, that is, those created by the manufacturer of the machines, and Nespresso-compatible capsules, which are made according to the same technical characteristics as the originals and can therefore be used without running any risks, and with no need to take special care.
Compatible and original capsules: what’s the difference?
The definition of “original capsules” can sometimes be misleading: compatible single dose capsules shouldn’t be considered as sub-brands or fakes. Quite the opposite: sometimes they contain top quality coffee such as, for instance, the 100% Organic Arabica Capsules that won the Gold Medal in the last edition of the prestigious International Coffee Tasting trade competition.
The shape, size and weight of a compatible capsule are practically identical to those of original capsules. Apart from the price, of course, the only difference between Nespresso compatible capsules and original single dose capsules is the blend of coffee they contain. And often the compatible variety has nothing to fear in the quality and taste stakes, in fact, on the contrary. Try it to believe it: the real Italian espresso by Caffè Aiello is available in compatible capsules, and now also on subscription, enabling you to save money without skimping on the delicious taste and top quality of an excellent cup of coffee.