Nespresso Machines vs Espresso

We have all become extremely familiar with Nespresso in the past few years. If you don’t have a Nespresso machine in the house, you likely have one at work or know someone who owns a Nespresso machine. Nespresso seems too good to be true. I’m sure you’ve wondered at some stage: but what’s the catch? Is Nespresso good coffee?

However, Nespresso coffee machines come with a whole host of advantages that are impossible to ignore. What’s more, the coffee is actually great! 

In this post I am going to be talking about Nespresso, capsule machines and answering the question: is Nespresso coffee good?

Advantages of the Nespresso Machines in Comparison with a Semiautomatic Espresso Machine

Nespresso is the main type of capsule machine available on the market. A capsule machine is a coffee machine where the user simply inserts a coffee capsule into the machine and presses the button. The result is a cup of coffee that is good quality and oh so convenient.


Capsule brewing has a whole host of advantages that no coffee drinker can ignore. First of which is that it is incredibly convenient. With capsule machines there is no brewing technique or skill required at all. It is perfect for people who want good coffee and who want it with the least amount of effort possible.

I am very grateful for the convenience of capsule brewing. This is because my parents have a Nespresso machine. My dad drinks a lot of coffee. When I visit, most of the time is spent drinking coffee, if I’m being honest. It is the easiest thing in the world to pop in a coffee pod and is ideal when you’re making multiple coffees for a big family. I barely even notice I’m doing it!


In line with the convenience is the fact that capsule coffee is extremely consistent. It acts almost as a super automatic espresso machine in that it takes care of the whole brewing process for you. This means that it is going to brew with the exact same recipe, the exact same heat, the exact same quantities and timings every time. It eliminates human error. The result is a consistent cup that is likely better than the espresso shots we pull ourselves. This, at a cheaper price than super automatic espresso.


And so we come to the cost. Here is another comparison of nespresso vs espresso that points out, the cost comparison comes down to how much coffee you drink.

It costs about $100 for a domestic Nespresso model such as the Nespresso Inissia. This is under the price of the cheapest semi-automatic domestic machine. Along with the coffee machine, with espresso you also need to buy a grinder and a tamper before you are ready to brew. With Nespresso it is just the machine.

The Nespresso capsules are pricier than whole espresso beans are, so if you are drinking lots of coffee per week, it is probably cheaper to go with an espresso machine in the long run.

However, the solution here is to go with Nespresso compatible capsules. These pods can be used in a Nespresso machine, they still taste great and they are much cheaper. Cafe Joe´s coffee capsules are up to 40% percent cheaper than Nespresso capsules and they do exactly the same job.

We also have to consider that $100 is bottom of the spectrum for a domestic espresso maker. At this level, the quality of the espresso isn’t going to be very high and so capsule coffee is probably the better bet for quality at this price.


The automatic brewing actually means that capsule coffee always tastes good. A well made espresso will be of higher quality, but the difference isn’t that big and most day to day drinkers can’t really tell the difference. Take a look at this YouTube review of Nespresso Vs. the Breville Barista Express, one of the best domestic espresso makers. The reviewer has to concede that the difference is negligible.

No Cleaning

Another one of the huge advantages of coffee pod brewing is that the coffee doesn’t come into contact with any of the machine parts such as the brew head, like it does in an espresso machine. This means that there is absolutely no cleaning and maintenance to be done, apart from occasionally descaling. This is another huge argument for those who value convenience.


We have to point out that getting a capsule machine, such as a Nespresso machine, is such a great option because of all the different capsule varieties that you can buy. The individual pods allow you to change from regular coffee to vanilla to decaf from cup to cup. This isn’t the case if you are grinding your own espresso beans as you will likely have a whole bag of beans in your hopper so brewing a flavored bean or decaf isn’t really an option. With coffee pods you can switch from decaf to flavored, fully caffeinated coffee in an instant.

In summary

There you go folks. Nespresso machines really do tick a hell of a lot of boxes. 

If you are an avid coffee drinker who really cares about authentic espresso quality and who is  invested in learning barista technique, an espresso machine is probably the way to go. However, for everyone else, capsule coffee is ideal.

A great place to start if you are looking to give different coffee flavors a try or if you are looking to change up your coffee game is with the variety pack from Cafe Joe. Shop now for yours here and start enjoying the joy and ease of capsule coffee!

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