The humble Espresso Pod was first invented in 1976 by a Nescafe employee (hence Nespresso) named Eric Favre, and at first, it was a failure, the idea didn’t catch on. Until one day Eric observed a highly skilled and popular Barista make Espresso in Rome. Eric emulated the process to create the original Nespresso pod which became very successful in the 1990’s. Today the Nespresso Pod is a premium Coffee with billions in sales. Luckily there are also other affordable Espresso pods on the market, so who makes and sells them?
The original Coffee and Espresso pod which is available in 23 different variations in strengths ranging 3-10. Espresso specific pods include Cosi, Volluto, Capriccio and Livanto and if you want to go extra strong try a Ristretto pod.
Gourmesso offers a wide range of Nespresso machine compatible pods which are 30% cheaper than Nespresso pods with a range of Espresso, Lungo, Flavoured, Fair Trade and Decaff pods. Espresso Pods include Late Night Nemur, Midnight Monkey, Night Owl, Ristretto Blend Forte, Ethiopia Blend Forte, Honduras Pura Forte, Messico Blend Forte, SFCC House Blend, Tarrazu Forte, Nicaragua Mezzo, Colombia Arabica Mezzo and Brazil Blend Dolce.
Gimoka Nespresso compatible coffee pods include the flavours Deciso (dark roasted) Intenso (full bodied) Cremoso (medium bodied) Vellutato (Arabica) and lungo (medium roasted Arabica) Gimoka pods are sold in a range of pack sizes in 10’s, 100’s, 200’s, 350’s and 500’s.
L’OR offer a wide range of aluminium Nespresso capsules to make Espresso, Ristretto, Lungo and Latte. Espresso pods are in strengths 5-12 and include Splendente, Onyx, Forza, Columbia, Supremo, Satinato, Oro Rose, Sontuoso, Delizioso, Papua, Ristretto, Oro Sublime, Fortissimo and Decaffeinato.
CaféPod Nespresso compatible capsules are a common sight amongst the coffee shelves of most UK supermarkets. There are 18 different pods in total with 5 Espresso flavours with strengths ranging from 8-12 which include Supercharger, Ristretto, Diablo 20, Diablo and Decaffeinated.