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Nestlé Nespresso S.A., trading as Nespresso, is an operating division of the Nestlé Group headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. Nespresso coffee machines brew espresso and coffee using coffee capsules (or pods in-home or professional machines), which are pre-dispensed disposable containers or reusable coffee bean capsules (pods), sometimes with added flavoring. Once inserted into the machine, the capsule is pierced and processed, and water is then pressed against the heating element under high pressure, which means that only the amount of a cup is heated. Nespresso is a premium coffee with annual sales of more than CHF 3 billion by 2011. The word Nespresso is a combination of "Nestlé" and "Espresso" and is a common mechanism used in other Nestlé brands (Nescafé, BabyNes, Nesquik).

All Nespresso coffee is roasted, ground, and encapsulated in one of three factories in Switzerland, but the company sells its machines and capsule systems globally, as well as its VertuoLine systems in North America and certain other countries.


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Nespresso History

In 1975, Eric Favre, a Nestlé employee, noticed that a coffee bar near the Pantheon in Rome, Italy, had a disproportionately large number of customers. He found that the only difference between this bar and many others using the same machine was that the operator smoked the piston multiple times before releasing the coffee, while the others only smoked once. Repeated pumping forces more water and air into the ground coffee, resulting in greater oxidation that extracts more flavor from the beans and produces a better crema, the foam on a premium espresso. Favre invented the Nespresso system. The pods containing the coffee are sealed and kept fresh. In use, it ensures greater ventilation, like the repeated pumping that Favre noticed. In operation, a pointed spout pierces the capsule and injects pressurized hot water, forcing the foil against the spiked plate, bursting it inward, and letting the espresso flowed out of the spout.

The system was patented by Nestlé in 1976. Early prototypes were complex machines with large tanks, pumps, and pipes. The machine wasn't ready to hit the market in ten years. It was introduced to the Swiss market looking like a large traditional commercial espresso machine and initially had no major success. Nespresso first tested its new concept in Japan in 1986 and rolled it out to consumers in Switzerland, France, Italy, and Japan the same year. A decade later, thanks in part to the efforts of Jean-Paul Gaillard, who brought in the Le Club community - providing Nestlé with a huge database of customers and their preferences - lowering the price of the machine but raising the price of the capsule, changing the machine from the office The product became more successful as the machine became a luxury brand, now available to consumers and licensed by other companies. In 1990, Nestlé signed a contract with Turmix to start selling Nespresso coffee machines in Switzerland. Since then, other contracts have been signed with Krups, Magimix, Alessi, Philips, Siemens, and De'Longhi. Nespresso started out as an e-commerce business and only opened its first boutique in Paris in 2000 as a concept store. Today, Nespresso has more than 700 boutiques in 68 countries around the world.

In later years there was friction between Favre (who came up with the concept and developed the first machine) and Gaillard, who made the machine a commercial success. Favre resigned in 1990 over a personality conflict, and the two criticized each other. Gaillard left Nestlé in 1997 after falling out with CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. He claims that the original idea for Nespresso, acquired by Nestlé in 1973, did not come from Favre, although Nespresso denies this. In 2008, Gaillard founded a company to sell biodegradable capsules for Nespresso coffee machines to compete with Nespresso.

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Nespresso Machines

Nespresso sells or licenses many different machines, which are mainly made in Europe. The machines bear the names of well-known kitchen equipment manufacturers such as Krups, Breville, and DeLonghi, but are mainly made by the Swiss company Eugster/Frismag, one of the largest producers of coffee machines in the world. DeLonghi exclusively produces the Lattissima models in Italy. Eugster/Frismag is strictly an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and does not sell under its own brand. In 2000, Nespresso started selling machines under the "Nespresso" brand. From the entry-level Inissia, U, and Pixie series, there are many models ranging in sophistication and price.

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Nespresso Capsules

Nespresso capsules were sold exclusively by Nespresso when the machine was patented, and were significantly more expensive than an equivalent amount of "bulk" ground coffee. However, thanks to the sealed capsule, the coffee aroma does not deteriorate over time like coffee in an open package. Nespresso currently sells 28 different Original Line Arabica and Robusta capsules. Limited edition seasonal release. Since the system is no longer protected by patents, a growing number of third-party and refillable capsules are now available in some grocery stores and stores.

Each capsule contains 5-7 grams of ground coffee to make one serving. Depending on the length of the pour, the capsule can yield a 40ml espresso brew or a 110ml Lungo (long) pour. The capsule body and perforated top provided by Nespresso are made of aluminum, while third-party capsules are made of a variety of materials, including plastic and aluminum. To allay some concerns about aluminum's potential health effects, most of the Nespresso capsules are lined inside with food-grade paint.

For the professional market, different Nespresso capsule systems exist. These cushion capsules are not interchangeable with consumer capsules.

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Nespresso Process

Nespresso's sealed capsules are made of aluminum. Depending on the Nespresso system used, when inserted into the machine, the flat top or tip of the capsule is pierced and the compartment lever is lowered. Some machines make one large hole, while others make three smaller holes. When the machine starts, it pumps high-pressure hot water into the syringe hole that is inserted into the narrow end of the capsule when inserted. This can cause the flat bottom of the capsule to break because it is made of foil that is thinner than the rest of the capsule. The bottom of the capsule holder (where the capsule is) has many raised squares that cause the foil at these points to break. The brewed coffee leaves the capsule through these rupture holes and flows into the coffee cup through the funnel nozzle. As with the pressure cooker, a safety pressure relief valve in the brew chamber prevents explosions if the normal coffee discharge path is blocked.

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VertuoLine System

In response to North American demand for producing larger servings of coffee than the original Nespresso machines, Nespresso launched a new "Vertuoline" machine and capsule system in the US and Canada in February 2014. The system can produce Espresso (40ml/1.35oz), Double Espresso (80ml/2.7oz), Gran Lungo (150ml/5oz), Mug/Coffee (230ml/8oz), and Alto/Alto XL (414ml/14oz) cup sizes, Original collection featuring espresso and Nespresso coffee. Nespresso uses more than 25 blends simultaneously in specially designed VertuoLine capsules. VertuoLine capsules cannot be used with the original range of Nespresso coffee machines (now branded "OriginalLine" in North America). Nespresso continues to sell OriginalLine and VertuoLine machines and capsules in the US and Canada, both systems targeting different market segments.

The VertuoLine system uses two technologies not found in OriginalLine. First, the system uses "centrifugation" (a term coined by Nespresso for a combination of centrifugal force and infusion), which spins the capsule in a machine at speeds of up to 7,000 rpm to mix ground coffee and hot water. Second, a barcode is embedded on the edge of each capsule, and the barcode laser scanning system reads 5 different parameters: rotational speed, temperature, infusion time, water volume, and flow rate. Some critics claim that the VertuoLine technology, especially the use of barcodes, is Nestlé's attempt to create a new proprietary Nespresso system that excludes compatible capsules from other companies.

When the VertuoLine system was launched in 2014, there were no plans to launch the system outside of Canada and the United States. However, sales of the VertuoLine system expanded beyond North America in 2016, first with the launch of a system called "Vertuo" in France in 2016 (the original product line was branded "Original"), followed by the UK, Germany, countries such as Switzerland and Australia. As of 2018, Nespresso plans to launch the Vertuoline system in eight additional European markets by the end of the year. In September 2019, the VertuoLine system was launched under the name "Vertuo" in Kuwait, UAE, and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East.

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Nespresso Ecological Impact

Each capsule produces 1 gram of aluminum waste unless the capsules are recycled. Recycling aluminum requires only 5% of the energy required to produce aluminum from ore. Initially, Nestlé did not implement any recycling program outside of a few regions in Switzerland. This has resulted in a large amount of garbage, which has been criticized by the user community. As of 2017, Nespresso has established capsule collection systems in 36 countries. France and Switzerland are among the largest buyers of Nespresso, so recycling facilities in these countries are more readily available.

Only 24.6% of Nespresso capsules are recycled globally, but the company says it has the ability to recycle 100% of its capsules through its recycling program. The proportion of recycled aluminum in the capsules is not known, but it is estimated that as of 2015 it was over 80% (annual). The company has launched a program called "écolaboration" to try to solve this problem. The program sets goals around recycling and sustainability. The program goals were achieved in 2014 and a new sustainability program "The Positive Cup" was launched. It includes sustainable coffee sourcing goals under the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Program, developed by the Rainforest Alliance and launched in 2003, focused on helping farmers who grow and supply Nespresso coffee. Nespresso claims to do this by teaching farmers the best business and growing practices. Farmers are not obligated to sell their coffee to Nespresso, although many choose Nespresso to provide a fair price for their coffee and to help farmers with all aspects of their business. Nespresso offers a premium of up to 40% over the price of coffee beans, and some 75,000 farmers from 12 countries are participating in the program.

In 2019, Nespresso teamed up with Swedish company Vélosophy to create a commercial bike from recycled Nespresso pods. Other projects include working with Caran Dache to make ballpoint pens from recycled coffee pods.

Nespresso Pro, OriginalLine, and VertuoLine capsules can be recycled at one of Nespresso's recycling facilities.

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Marketing Campaigns

George Clooney considered the "face of Nespresso", has starred in Nespresso's advertising campaigns since 2006, first in European and international campaigns, and also in the US market since 2015. At these events, Clooney was paired with actors such as John Malkovich, Danny DeVito, and Matt Damon, and reportedly earned $3 million for his involvement.

In the summer of 2020, during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Nespresso launched an internet ad focused on sustainability on its YouTube channel.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Nespresso

Which Nespresso machine is best?

The best Nespresso coffee machines will outperform all other pod alternatives to produce great-tasting coffee. The coffee should be well-balanced, not sour or burnt, but full-bodied and aromatic with rich oils. Best of all, these machines are designed with convenience in mind, so they should deliver this perfect coffee quickly and easily — ideally at the touch of a button. That's why Nespresso coffee machines can be the best.

Nespresso coffee machines are slightly higher than their competitors i.e. the best Keurig coffee machines. The initial machine is more expensive, and the pods themselves cost more, so overall a bigger investment. However, these machines do have some advanced features, such as a built-in milk frother and automatic pod detection, which automatically adjusts brew settings based on pod type. So it's worth buying from Nespresso. There are many types of Nespresso coffee machines, but it can be hard to know which one to buy. That's why we conducted research to find the best Nespresso coffee machines, and these are the winners: Nespresso Vertuo Plus, Nespresso Lattissima Pro, Nespresso Vertuo Next, Nespresso Essenza Mini.

How Nespresso machines work?

Brewing Nespresso drinks couldn't be easier. Insert the capsule, choose your drink size, and let the machine do the rest. But to really understand your Nespresso machine and how it works, you need to dig deep. Read on as we explore what's going on under the slick exterior.

Each Nespresso Original espresso machine has a unique design and configuration, but for the most part, they all work the same way. With this range of Nespresso espresso machines, you can insert a compatible capsule and turn off the machine. The pod was stabbed 3 times at the top. When you choose a drink size, the machine pumps the correct amount of water from the tank into the capsule.

Heated water is pumped into the capsule under high pressure until the capsule's broad foil covering bursts, releasing a rich, creamy espresso. The filter inside the capsule ensures that no coffee grounds get into your coffee cup. As if using these single-serve brewers wasn't easy enough, cleanup is even easier. When you turn on any Nespresso machine to insert new capsules, the machine automatically ejects the used capsules into the built-in bin.

It may seem impossible, but Nespresso has managed to make their new VertuoLine Nespresso coffee machines easier to use. With these Nespresso machines, you don't even have to press a button to choose the size of your drink. Instead, each Vertuo capsule has a barcode. When you insert the capsule and turn off the machine, it reads this barcode and the brewer automatically optimizes the brewing parameters for that particular coffee.

I'm not saying it just adjusts the amount of water for a specific amount of drink. It also changes the brew temperature and flow rate, which experts believe should vary from roast to roast.

Vertuo's extraction process is also very different from the original Nespresso Line's pressure-based system, which is immediately clear from the different pod shapes. While Original Line Nespresso capsules resemble small cups, Vertuo Nespresso capsules are dome-shaped.

During the brewing process, this range of Nespresso branded coffee machines injects hot water into the flat top of the coffee pod. The pods are then rotated at 7000 rpm to thoroughly infuse the water and ground coffee beans. It then flows out through a series of perforations around the edge of the capsule by centrifugal force.

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Is Nespresso worth it?

Nespresso coffee machines are quite possibly the best-selling and most attractive coffee machines in the espresso industry. When you think of Nespresso, images of George Clooney elegantly sipping a steaming cup of coffee come to mind.

If you want great espresso without the effort and learning curve, a Nespresso machine is worth it. If you're willing to spend the time learning and brewing espresso manually, you can save some money by opting for a regular espresso machine.

The best way to help you figure this out is to explore the pros and cons of your Nespresso machine, which will help you make an informed decision. As you can see, the answer is not black and white.

Nespresso who owns?

Nespresso was founded in 1986 when a breakthrough design proved to be a new idea in the espresso world. But the story actually started more than 10 years ago, when a Nestlé employee named Eric Favre made an interesting observation about the technology used in one of Italy's busiest and most popular espresso bars.

Are Nespresso pods recyclable?

Nespresso coffee capsules are made of aluminum - Aluminium is the best material to protect the freshness and quality of our Nespresso capsules with the added benefit of being infinitely recyclable. For more than 25 years, Nespresso has been investing in its dedicated recycling program. We are committed to making it easy and convenient for our customers to recycle their Nespresso capsules.

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Is Nespresso better than Keurig?

Keurig, the largest single-serve coffee brand on the market, has captured most of the caffeine demand in the U.S. since it took off in the early 2000s. As new competitors emerge, Keurig has been upping its game by adding more flavors, features, and smart home programs to its convenient devices. But competitors have been keeping up - Nestlé's recently launched Nespresso VertuoLine has found a way to add a layer of depth and complexity to the pod approach, making its coffees stronger, more luxurious, and therefore more expensive.

After weeks of testing the best pod coffee makers, we think Breville's Nespresso VertuoPlus is the best investment for most people, while the Keurig K-Cafe is a strong option if you're interested in versatility.

Does Nespresso make tea?

The Nespresso coffee machine can make not only coffee but also tea. However, to make a great cup of tea, you should only use high-quality ingredients. The tea you use should be the correct type for your machine. Likewise, the use of clean water is mandatory. The question is, are you using the right tea bags for your Nespresso machine?

The Nespresso coffee machine supports the use of teabags. While these machines are made for coffee, some of them can also brew tea.

Do Nespresso pods expire?

Each sleeve shows 2 dates: production date and expiration date. The latter date is approximately 6-9 months from the date of manufacture, coffee is completely safe past the best before date. Dates are only an indicator of optimal freshness, flavor, and aroma.

Additionally, the Nespresso capsules are hermetically sealed to protect the coffee from light, oxygen, and moisture. Therefore, we guarantee that the capsules will remain fresh for at least 4 months from the date of purchase. Therefore, we recommend that our members place larger orders less frequently so they can save on shipping over time.

You do not need to keep the capsules in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Which Nespresso machine should I buy?

Nespresso coffee machines are the best-known pod coffee machines around, but with so many options, it can be hard to know if they're right for you—and which one you should buy.

As the brand behind some of the best coffee machines, Nespresso coffee machines give you the opportunity to make barista-style coffee with ease. Whether you want to make a latte, cappuccino, or just want to make a smooth espresso, there is an espresso machine that does the job for you - at the touch of a button.

Nespresso creates coffee machines under the Vertuo or Original series. Vertuo Nespresso coffee machines use Vertuo pods and are ideal if you want a large selection of beverages of different sizes and a variety of coffees. Original Nespresso coffee machines are compatible with original-sized coffee pods and are more limited since you can't make long cups of coffee with them. For those who prefer espresso or cappuccino, an original Nespresso machine is a great option.

Are Nespresso machines worth it?

The Nespresso is worth it because the combination of ease and consistency simply outperforms all other options. These machines allow anyone to brew a great espresso in under a minute. These machines cost less than half the cost of a decent home espresso machine, and even the ongoing capsule cost is cheaper than a daily trip to the coffee shop.

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Does Nespresso make hot chocolate pods?

No, Nespresso doesn't make its own brand of hot chocolate pods, this should be your first indication that a Nespresso coffee machine isn't the best choice for brewing hot chocolate.

In fact, a notable exception to Nespresso's wide range of beverage packages is hot chocolate.

Although hot chocolate is the hot beverage of choice in many cultures around the world, especially during those coldest winters, Nespresso does not produce a single brand of hot cocoa or hot chocolate pods.

Drinkers have several options, one to consider. While Nespresso doesn't make any brand of hot chocolate pods, a handful of third-party pod makers do. Podista is the first and most famous third-party pod maker to make hot chocolate for Nespresso coffee machines.

Podista produces Nespresso-compatible hot cocoa pods in a variety of flavors: regular chocolate, mint, caramel, and hazelnut.

They also have sugar-free options in regular chocolate flavors.

So, again, the answer is "yes", Nespresso machines can make hot chocolate using their own normal brewing techniques and off-brand pods, but Nespresso does not recommend this.

Is Nespresso owned by Nestle?

Nestlé Nespresso S.A., trading as Nespresso, is an operating division of the Nestlé Group headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. Nespresso coffee machines brew espresso and coffee using coffee capsules (or pods in-home or professional machines), which are pre-dispensed disposable containers or reusable coffee bean capsules (pods), and sometimes seasonings are added. 

Once inserted into the machine, the capsule is pierced and processed, and water is then pressed against the heating element under high pressure, which means only the amount of a cup is heated. Nespresso is a premium coffee with annual sales of over CHF 3 billion in 2011. The word Nespresso is a combination of "Nestlé" and "Espresso" and is a common mechanism used in other Nestlé brands (Nescafé, BabyNes, Nesquik).

Do Nespresso pods have calories?

The calorie content in an espresso cup is negligible. 100 grams of roasted and ground coffee contains 1260 Kj (300 Kcal). Nespresso Espresso capsules contain an average of 5.5 grams of coffee, while Lungos contain about 7 grams. The fact that ground coffee dissolves in water means that a cup of coffee contains fewer calories. A 40-ml serving of espresso has about 0.6 calories, and a 110-ml serving of Lungo has about 1 calorie.

Does Nespresso have reusable pods?

Reusable Keurig alternatives have become relatively popular over the years, but the Nespresso option took longer to gain traction. Reason? The device requires an aluminum cover to function properly. To accommodate this design limitation, brands have adapted their own recyclable tops that, when combined with reusable capsules, are compatible with the machine's specifications.

The eco-friendly aspects of these accessories aren't the only draw. Users say that incorporating reusable pods into their daily lives saves a lot of money compared to buying designer pod packaging. Amazon has several top-tier reusable pods that shoppers use over and over again.

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Does Nespresso make iced coffee? 

Nespresso has also created its own line of iced coffee, designed for pouring ice. For the Vertuo range, you can choose between three capsules.

Can Nespresso make hot water?

Yes, you'll be able to simply get predicament from the machine. But, if you wish tons of predicament, you'll need to hit the brew button many times to stay pumping out the predicament to the amount you wish.

Do Nespresso pods have sugar?

No Nespresso coffees contain sugar. However, the tasteful coffees, like Caramelizio, are created employing a terribly fine flavoring powder that is side to the low when grinding. The flavors are recreated employing a mix containing natural substances derived from plants.

Can Nespresso make regular coffee?

The Nespresso Vertuo makes regular low and espresso; It mechanically detects what reasonable pod you have inserted and brews consequently.

Do Nespresso pods work in Keurig?

This means that the Nespresso machine cannot work with off-brand pods like those used on a Keurig or different incompatible off-brand capsules. They're factory-made during a method that will be employed in identical methods as a typical drip production pot, a technique inferior to it employed by a Nespresso machine.

Are Nespresso pods safe?

Nespresso pods square measure safe to consume and can not leach any nephrotoxic compounds into your low. They're created to the best international standards, and specifically, their use of metallic elements instead of plastic sets them aside from most competitors in terms of safety.

Which Nespresso pods have the most caffeine?

When it involves finding the strongest Nespresso pod – the most important call is between whether or not you choose Nespresso original flavors or compatible pods. The PODiSTA Double Shot Pod is in our opinion the strongest compatible pod with the Kazaar being the strongest direct from Nespresso.

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Can Nespresso use K Cups?

No. K-Cups are not compatible with Nespresso machines because of the shape and size of the pods and the technical aspects of the machines. If this is a deal-breaker, you can consider some of Keurig's Alternatives instead. 

Is Nespresso coffee organic?

The coffees were grown and processed in ways that are sustainable to our environment and free from any harmful pesticides. Similar to 2017, Nespresso is still the only company to offer Fairtrade and Organic certified coffee.

Does Nespresso make decaf pods?

At Nespresso, we remove caffeine without altering the natural quality of the coffee. The same wonderful notes and aroma you know, you're now decaffeinated. The Decaffeinato Grands Crus collection includes Ristretto Decaffeinato, Volluto Decaffeinato, Arpeggio Decaffeinato and Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato.

Does Nespresso have hot chocolate pods?

Nespresso doesn't have its own hot chocolate capsule product, but many other third-party brands have jumped in to fill the void. The most popular Nespresso-compatible hot chocolate pods are Podista and CaffeLuxe, but there are dozens of others.

Which Nespresso pods are best?

Best coffee pods of nespresso:
Single origin Nespresso: Indonesia Master Origin.
Single origin Vertuo capsule: Colombia Master Origin.
Lungo Nespresso capsule: Vivalto Lungo.
Decaf Nespresso capsule: Fierenzi Arpeggio Decaffeinato.
Blend Nespresso capsule: Ispirazione Genova Livanto.

Are Nespresso pods gluten-free?

The coffee capsules do not contain gluten or any other allergens.

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Which Nespresso has the most caffeine?

Black Insomnia Smooth Roast Coffee Pods, Strongest Coffee in the World, Original Nespresso Compatible Pods, 100% Home Compostable (50 pods per box)

When was Nespresso founded?

Since its founding in 1986, Nespresso has redefined and revolutionized the way millions of people enjoy espresso and shaped global coffee culture.

What Nespresso machine makes lattes?

The most recommended Nespresso machine for lattes is the Nespresso Vertuo and Aeroccino milk frother.