Do you consider Nespresso to be good quality espresso?

Do you consider Nespresso to be good quality espresso?

You can check the answer of the people under the question at Quora “are nespresso pods coffee or espresso

0 thoughts on “Do you consider Nespresso to be good quality espresso?”

  1. Here’s my answer to a similar question:
    Anil Bhat’s answer to Is the coffee from a Nespresso machine as good as coffee made from a stove espresso pot or a French press?
    For a coffee brand that offers convenience and a caffeine fix without the hassle of cleanup, Nespresso is good coffee.
    I know Nespresso is not instant coffee, but here’s another answer to explain my approach to coffee:
    Anil Bhat’s answer to What makes instant coffee taste “bad” as opposed to brewed?

  2. I would not call it “Espresso” at all.
    Nespresso is a coffee drink that tastes okay, that’s it. It’s trivial to produce – really it’s just pushing a button and wait a few seconds.
    Every single capsule tastes exactly the same and you have no idea what’s inside. Being in a Nespresso store is like being in a candy store. The selection is very limited and you completely depend on what an industry giant decides to put on the market.
    Using an espresso machine (a PORTAFILTER machine) is a completely different story. You see, smell, feel the coffee. And you are using a beautiful machine. What comes out of this machine is very dark and looks like hazelnut-chocolate syrup. The taste is incredible. For me, no other type of coffee comes close.
    I often order espresso from a shop in Zürich: it’s a 50% Arabica / 50% Robusta dark roast, souther italy style, and no you will never find something like that on Nespresso.
    On the other side, it takes a lot of time to prepare the espresso and to clean the machine. It takes time to learn how it works. Nespresso is super easy and takes almost no time.
    We use Nespresso at the office and that’s excactly what we need there.

  3. No. Every year I go to Cannes film festival and Nespresso has a stand on festival grounds. In an area closed off to the public. They probably paid a ton for that spot. They should probably care to serve the best of the best of their offering since most of the people there are potential customers. The coffee is free to me there.
    You know how many times I drank it over the last 6 years, all 10 day visits? 3 times. I prefer to pay and get coffee outside, even starbucks than drink Nespresso. There are some quality capsule coffees from speciality roasters but not Nespresso. Also capsule coffees are not ecological so I avoid them anyway now.

  4. I consider it to be convenient.
    Old-school espresso people like me have mixed feelings about these popular modern appliances that conveniently make espresso-like beverages from prefabricated pods.
    On the positive side, the good examples of these devices have helped to simplify the process and helped bring this brewing method and the popularity of coffee beverages to a much wider range of consumers. These modern machines are compact, extremely cool, futuristic, and deliver a great product. It doesn’t take expertise to use one, and it tastes great. And for many, the tradeoffs are worth it. I am personally very impressed by this development. Even though it represents a threat to my livelihood.
    On the down side, this home-appliance technology doesn’t make real espresso. Not even close. But for most consumers, that may not be important. The extraction is flavorful, but thin. Not dense and syrupy, like authentic espresso. And I say this, not because I’m not being unfairly purist about it. I’m just trying to respect and maintain a clarity of definitions of terms. The meanings of words in the coffee trade are often misused and distorted. Though it may be a fuzzy line, there is a line between manufactured pod beverages, and espresso. The line is real.
    Even most Nespresso consumers are happy to concede it’s not the same thing, and respect the distinction. Which does nothing to challenge the value and convenience and coolness of pod-machines.
    To be fair, even traditional non-pod home espresso machines and espresso appliances don’t make real espresso, either . Home appliance machines in general aren’t equipped (steam pressure, etc.) to make espresso that is in the same category is espresso made by real espresso machine like we see at coffee shops.
    Perhaps the most problematic thing about this technology is that has bred consumer capture (locking a customer into a product line) and has produced a smoke cloud of misunderstandings about what kind of coffee is what. The most obvious downside is this built-in inflexibility. The pods are proprietary. Some can be hacked, but that’s problematic, too. Owning a Nespresso machine generally means becoming a regular consumer of their proprietary products. Which, over time, can be costly. And that’s part of the tradeoff.
    That said, it’s probably a net positive. Just because more consumers benefit from convenient home espresso, made by these proprietary modern robots, doesn’t necessarily diminish their appreciation for real espresso drinks. it’s not either/or. it’s just a new category. One that’s brought more delicious coffee to more people. Nespresso machine owners still enjoy going out for a hand-crafted authentic espresso drink, and recognize the distinction. You can enjoy both.
    Those big heavy Italian commercial-grade espresso machines are expensive . And making espresso is messy. Grinding beans, packing the basket, cleaning the surfaces, cleaning the equipment. This is best left to barista monkeys who clean this stuff up all day, and deliver real espressos. Making high-end espresso beverages is a craft. When done by humans, with expertise (it’s not rocket science, but it is messy) it enjoys a unique status, like many other hand-crafted things that people enjoy.
    And I’ll keep making real espressos until the giant weaponized army of coffee-making robots come to replace me. I won’t stop until these robots pry my espresso tools from my cold, dead hands.
    And my last words, my dying breath, I’ll speak the truth:
    “No, I don’t consider Nespresso to be good quality espresso”.

  5. Firstly, let’s determine what constitutes “quality”. In its most simple definition, it means ‘conforming to requirements’. If you create a list of personal requirements and the pod espresso meets those, then by your standards that may be a quality espresso. That’s the trite answer.
    As a barista & coffee roaster, my short answer is a resounding no. You could never approach the result achieved using well roasted beans, and extracting on professional standard equipment with artisanal skill. It would be unreasonable to even expect this from a Nespresso or any other brand.
    Pod coffees are a compromise between convenience over quality by most standards, and at a high price point (I need 2 pods per cup to my friends horror). However, in a given situation, they can give a satisfying result for many folks, and who am I to say that this is not quality enough for them?


Leave a Comment