Nespresso has set the gold standard for mind-boggling good espresso and coffee. Over the years they have become a household name and marketed themselves as the epitome of luxury and convenience. However, enjoying those two qualities comes at a price and drinking daily Nespresso's can really take a toll on the pocket book. So the big question becomes whether there are more cost-effective and legitimate options out there for the Nespresso lover. Enter Gourmesso, a Berlin based company that sells Nespresso-compatible capsules that work with their OriginalLine machines. To find out how Gourmesso stacks up to the original Nespresso, check out our quick Gourmesso review below.
As a starting point, Gourmesso is open about their goal of delivering a high value but low cost coffee product that will fulfill the coffee cravings of folks looking for a real Nespresso alternative. Nespresso pods cost on average 75 cents each. On the other hand, Gourmesso pods are around 48 cents each which is around a 33% savings comparatively. That's a major savings that I think most people will find significant especially when you consider that drinking coffee is basically a daily activity (for some it's an hourly one 🙂 )
Selection & Taste
Gourmesso currently offers 25 different flavors while Nespresso touts 19. That's not a monumental difference for me but for those who are big on options, it may be a significant factor. Both companies offer a full-spectrum intensity scale so that you can gauge the strength of your coffee. But the real question of this Gourmesso review is “how does it taste?” Does the 33% reduction in price amount to a 33% reduction in quality. Fortunately, it does not. Turns out, Gourmesso pods taste pretty darn good and are well-worth the money.
If you compare the two strongest blends of the two companies, you'll notice some major differences. In this comparison, we take the Ristretto for Nespresso and compare it to the Etiopia Blend Forte which are both rated at maximum intensity based on their relative scales. Both offer a very deep taste with good texture. Having said this though, the Gourmesso pods are not as strong as those from Nespresso. Please note that this isn't considered a bad thing. Every coffee lover has a different taste profile and what's too strong for one is too weak for another. If you were to consider Nespresso as an extra bold coffee, then Gourmesso would be bold. Coffee lovers who appreciate a less harsh and extra smooth coffee will probably be a big fan of Gourmesso pods.
In conclusion, despite the differences in intensity, I'd still recommend Gourmesso as a legitimate alternative to Nespresso. Gourmesso did not produce a pod that tastes exactly like Nespresso. That simply wasn't their goal. Rather, it was to create a less expensive but equally enjoyable alternative that could satisfy the cravings of Nespresso lovers. In my opinion, mission accomplished.
As a bonus for the caffeinated connoisseur, Gourmesso takes it a step further than Nespresso and offers tea pods.
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