Nespresso coffee machines are my favourite way to make coffee, but I hate buying all of those overpriced pods. So when I discovered that you could use third-party pods in the machine, I was thrilled! However, not all third-party pods are created equally, and there is a lot to choose from. In this post, I’ll share with you some things to keep in mind when choosing which Nespresso Compatible Pods Coles are right for you.
What kind of coffee do you like?
Many of the Nespresso compatible pods are blended, which means they contain both Arabica and Robusta beans. The proportions of each type of bean vary by brand and flavour, but most blends contain between 80% and 100% Arabica beans to give a more balanced cup with a subtle sweetness.
If you prefer lighter roasts, you can choose from coffees that have been roasted longer at lower temperatures to minimize bitterness. If you’re more of a dark roast fan, look for coffees that were roasted shorter at higher temperatures to emphasize their natural oils and create richer flavours.
What roast do you prefer?
The roast level of your coffee will affect its taste tremendously.
- Light roasts are best for those who enjoy a bright and lively flavour, with notes of lemon and cane sugar.
- Medium roasts are for those who want to emphasize the body of their brews, with flavours reminiscent of chocolate and caramel.
- Dark roasts have a richer taste profile that includes earthy notes like tobacco or even cocoa powder.
Are the pods organic?
If you’re like us, then the only thing that could make your coffee better is if it came from a plant that was grown without pesticides. According to Nespresso’s website, all their beans are grown using organic methods, and there are no GMO products in their pods. The company also claims that its pods are free of BPA, phthalates and other toxic chemicals.
The compostable cups used by some companies have been made with recycled materials instead of plastic—so they can break down in a compost heap or even an industrial composter after you’re done drinking your morning cup o’ joe! If those don’t appeal to you (or if you live somewhere where there isn’t any access to composting facilities), biodegradable pods might be an option for your eco-friendly lifestyle: these pods will decompose naturally into fertilizer within six months after going into landfills or being thrown out as trash.
What are the pods made of?
As a starting point, you’ll want to consider the kind of pods you’ll be using. The most common type is plastic, which is cost-effective but not as durable as aluminium. If you’re deciding between the two materials for your pod needs, it’s worth noting that aluminium pods are recyclable and can be reused many times over—but they are also more expensive than their plastic counterparts.
Pods are made from different kinds of plastics as well; some manufacturers add biodegradable components to their products in order to reduce waste and make them more environmentally friendly. However, this may increase their price tag significantly since these types of compostable plastics can’t be broken down by traditional recycling methods (at least not yet).
Where do the beans come from?
The first thing to consider is where your beans are coming from. Are they fair trade? Organic? Single-origin? From a single estate, farm or region? If so, you’re on the right track.
Fairtrade means that farmers get paid a fair price for their crops. This is especially important with coffee because there are so many middlemen between the farmer and roaster/consumer (you). It’s tough for farmers to make money when they have to pay those middlemen along with transportation costs and taxes just to get their beans shipped off somewhere else for processing.
Organic means that no pesticides or artificial fertilizers were used in growing these coffee beans. That’s good news—especially if you care about what goes into your body! And if the farmers are paid fairly enough by the company buying their crop, then maybe they can afford some organic fertilizer now and again too!
Single-origin means all of these coffees come from one place: whether it’s one region in Brazil where they all grow at altitude of 5500 feet above sea level; or several farms that work together under one label as part of an estate (you know how fancy people say “estate wine” instead of just “wine”?); or even just one country like Colombia where everything comes from Santa Marta near Rio Magdalena River Valley – Colombia’s most popular growing area which produces 40% of its annual exports!
As you can see, there are lots of great things to consider when buying Nespresso Compatible Pods Coles. We’ve provided some simple guidelines that should help you choose the right product for your needs and budget. Think about what kind of coffee you like, how much time (and effort) you want to put into making it each morning, and what other features are important