Nespresso, which means "Nestle Espresso", actually came onto the coffee pods scene fairly early. However, lots of folks do not see them as coffee pods because Nestle patented and labels them as capsules, instead. But, in reality, since they are a format of single cup coffee, they compete directly with coffee pods, as well as T-Discs and K-Cups.
The Same People That Make Chocolate Manufacture Coffee Machines?
It seems strange to think that the candy bar makers would also produce pod coffee brewers, and Nestle apparently agrees. The original Nespresso machines actually had both a recognized brand name and Nespresso printed on them as well. However, since 2000, the machines have actually featured only the Nespresso name. The vast majority of the machines were produced by a Swiss company by the name of Eugster/Frismag, who you have probably never heard of as they only make coffee makers for other companies.
Purchasing Nespresso Coffee Pods
Unlike K-Cups, T-Discs, and regular coffee pods, you'll never see Nespresso coffee pods at your supermarket. They can only be purchased directly through a Nespresso Boutique, the company's website, or a mail order form. Yes, that's right, these coffee pods have their own little stores. Of course, the brewers themselves sit on shelves at retail outlets everywhere.
How Do Nespresso Machines Work?
These machines work a little differently than other pod coffee brewers. The entire pod, or capsule, or whatever you want to call it, gets injected with hot water. Once the pressure builds, the aluminum pods are designed to rupture at certain points to allow the coffee to escape. The aluminum waste is then stored in the Nespresso machine for later disposal, in most models.
The Downside To Nespresso Machines
Nespresso coffee pods do have a few big downsides. There is a patent on the technology for making the capsules, which means they will never be available outside of the website or boutiques. Also, some have expressed concern with the Nespresso machine's aluminum waste. Nespresso has attempted to remedy this problem by offering free recycling at any of their points of sale.