How Nespresso's coffee revolution got ground down

Staggering, I didn’t realise they were so popular those pods,  I’ve used the same stove powered expresso maker for about 20 years, occasionally changing the seal,  work sometimes put me up in some  pretty swanky hotels but yet to  come across one, 


  • trump
    July 15, 2020 at 10:42 am

    I worked for Nespresso about 15 years ago. The coffee was very good, but I wouldn’t buy it.

  • Peter
    July 15, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I had one. Expensive to use and insipid coffee. Now use a stove top – much better in every way.

  • bear
    July 15, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I actually won one of these in a raffle at an exhibition once. It gathered dust in a cupboard until eventually I gave it away to a mate who (I think) took it to his office kitchen. I can’t believe people think it burdensome to boil a kettle and put the hot water into a cafetiere or aeropress!

  • bert
    July 15, 2020 at 10:39 am

    It shouldn’t have ever even been invented. It arrived well in to the plastic/waste/environmental awareness ‘wave’ that we’re currently in, whoever thought it was a good idea..? Even if the pods are recyclable, it still doesn’t excuse the fact that they take energy to produce in the first place and energy to then recycle. Complete waste. What’s wrong with a jar/paper bag of coffee beans/ground/instant?

    • Ian
      July 15, 2020 at 10:39 am

      Like you, I’ve always thought the idea stupid & was surprised it ever became popular. I guess it demonstrates the power of publicity. Meanwhile I’ll stick to my collection of stove top Bialetti’s

  • toerag
    July 15, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Interesting read thanks. Our Nespresso machine has sat in the cupboard for at least a year, if not two. We moved away from somewhere we could drop off pods for recycling. Aeropress or stove top here. Stove top was a hand me down from my parents. It looks beat up, but still works.

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