As an avid coffee drinker, I’m constantly looking for quick and affordable ways to get my daily fix. Having an at-home Nespresso maker is ten times easier than going to a café (especially when you drink 3-4 cups a day!), but the price of the capsules can really add up. To feed my coffee addiction, I turned to the Internet to find a more economical solution.
Recently, I tried out compatible capsules from Gourmesso, and I was thoroughly impressed by the quality. Being a creature of habit, I wasn’t super set on straying from what I knew, but I’m glad I took that leap of faith. Not only were the Gourmesso capsules $0.20 less, but the quality was comparable with the high-end brands.
The first blend I tried was the Chocolate-Flavored espresso (Soffio Cioccolato). With rich flavor, full aroma, and thick crema, this was one of the best cups of espresso I’ve had in quite some time. The chocolate flavoring was present, but subtle enough that it didn’t take away from the richness of the espresso itself. I also tried the caramel, vanilla, and coconut flavors, all of which tasted natural compared to the artificial flavoring in most coffees/espressos.
In addition to having great flavored blends, Gourmesso also has an extensive selection of espresso with varying degrees of intensity. I decided to go all out and try the Etiopia Blend Forte with an intensity of 10. With a little steamed milk, it tasted just like a fancy drink in a café but at a fraction of the cost. Being only $0.45 a capsule, I may start to experiment more with drink recipes. Also, a lot of the blends are FairTrade certified and come directly from coffee farmers. It’s pretty hard to find capsules with FairTrade coffee, so that was a nice surprise.
The Gourmesso capsules are definitely more modest than the ones from Nespresso, but they still fit just the same. The capsules from Gourmesso are plastic and are sold in increments of ten. I had no problem with using the capsules in my Nespresso Pixie machine, and I’m sure the same holds true for any OriginalLine Nespresso coffee machine.
I highly recommend buying the capsules in a bundle, not only to figure out what you like, but it also saves money. After trying out the chocolate flavor, I bought the flavor bundle and the espresso bundle to get a better feel for what I liked. Another added bonus for buying in bundles, there’s free shipping when you spend $50 or more! The payment process was easy and secure, and I was able to receive my coffee in under a week.
Overall, I was very pleased with my Gourmesso experience. Although there is an added sense of luxury that comes with Nespresso, the cost really starts to add up on a daily basis. What I liked the most about Gourmesso was that I wasn’t forced to compromise my love of quality espresso with the need to be frugal. Even if you don’t drink 3 cups a day, I really suggest trying out Gourmesso to get your daily fix, while saving money!