What's the consensus on how the Nespresso tastes? I normally buy lattes from Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts when I need a coffee fix. I hate the taste of Keurig machines. Would I like the Nespresso? I probably should've asked this question before I went driving around Long Island and coming up short at 4 different locations. Best I found were a discontinued model (Inissia) which was returned ($199), and then an opened VertuoPlus minus Aeroccino ($139).
I can let you know soon as I’m testing a dozen pods on a Vertuo plus machine this week. I too hate Keuriig cups since the coffee to water ratio and water temp cannot be controlled. I used to buy cheap pods too and man are they bad. I’ve weighed then and traditionally you want a 15:1 ratio, which is about 15g to a 250ml/oz cup of coffee. I typically do 17:1. A k-cup has maybe 5g of coffee grind in it, hence the watered down taste, since it’s literally true.
Now I don’t have experience with the Nespresso original machines and pods yet. Right now I’m using the Vertuoplus Deluxe and trying out the coffees and grand lundo so far. The pods in aluminum capsules weigh 14g, so my estimate puts it at double the amount of coffee grind compared to a k-cup, considering the aluminum vs plastic cups.
As far as taste, over the past five months I got big into fresh beans, manually grinding, weighing beans, and brewing at specific temps. No pod can compare to any of these methods. Yet it takes me about 5 minutes to manually prep and make one (8oz) cup of coffee vs 30 seconds with a Nespresso pod.