Gourmesso, alternative capsules for your Nespresso® coffee machine

Gourmesso coffee capsules are individually wrapped in air and light proof packaging to ensure they never lose their unique tastes and aromas.

Gourmesso coffee capsules are individually wrapped in air and light proof packaging to ensure they never lose their unique tastes and aromas.

Having lived in England with an English husband for nearly ten years, I have been converted from the French-style “bowl” of filter coffee in the morning to a steaming cup of strong tea – especially enjoyable when ThermoHubby John brings it to me in bed! Both of us do enjoy a good-quality cup of coffee now and then, but we found we were wasting coffee by throwing out most of even the smallest pot we would make. Enter Nespresso® and their ingenious system of one capsule/one cup of coffee. We invested in our first Nespresso® machine nearly ten years ago and haven’t looked back since. Excellent coffee, always fresh, and only the amount we need. No more waste!

Nespresso® capsules are of the highest quality, but they do come at a price. Ranging from £0.29 to £0.35 per capsule at the time of writing, Nespresso® capsules provide us with delicious coffee that’s perfect for the amount of coffee we drink.  Just yesterday I received some samples of Gourmesso coffee capsules to try in my Nespresso® machine. Gourmesso offers 16 different compatible Nespresso® capsules ranging from £0.21 to£0.25 so I was curious to see how a lower-cost capsule would deliver on flavour. I agreed to try them and let you know what I think about them, so ThermoHubby John and I did a blind tasting, comparing similar Gourmesso and Nespresso® capsules.

Gourmesso and Nespresso® coffee capsules have a flavour intensity scale

Gourmesso and Nespresso® coffee capsules have a flavour intensity scale

Both Gourmesso and Nespresso® capsules have flavour intensity scales, with most fitting in between 1 and 10. Gourmesso capsules are wrapped up like little candies in individual foil pouches, which release a delightful coffee aroma as you open the pouch. The capsule itself is made of plastic with a beautiful swirl of tiny holes in the bottom, and it fit perfectly into my Nespresso® machine. We first compared two intensity 10 capsules. Both capsules made a nice crema on top and produced a liquid with a deep, coffee colour. At intensity level 10, Nespresso® won easily for its more intense aroma and flavour.

We then blind tasted an intensity level 7 coffee, and the comparison was harder to make. The Gourmesso coffee was balanced and fruity, although the Nespresso® coffee was more intense. ThermoHubby John called this one a draw.

Gourmesso coffee capsules come in 16 varieties, including Fair Trade and lungo

Gourmesso coffee capsules come in 16 varieties, including Fair Trade and lungo

Not a bad result for Gourmesso, then. I brewed the coffee the same way for each cup, and even though I knew which was which, I personally felt that the Nespresso® coffees were more to my taste as I like really robust, strong, almost “thick” coffee. If you’re a coffee drinker looking for a nice cup of java at a reasonable price, go ahead and give Gourmesso a try. They offer a lungo and a coffee blend that combines Fairtrade and Organic, they’re really friendly and you can order on the web or by phone. There’s one little oops! however: their website says they “offer free shipping within the UK for all orders” in one place and “free shipping from £40.00” in the header. I placed a dummy order under £40 and it did generate a shipping charge. I’m sure Gourmesso will clarify this really quickly, as they do seem very keen on providing excellent customer service.

www.gourmesso.co.uk
+49 (0)30 64 49 63 93 (Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Bon appétit !

 

Please like & share:

1 Comment

  1. Nespresso®-compatible coffee capsule comparison test/review « Why is There Air?

    20 March 2014 at 14:35

    […] has a reasonable aroma once brewed. I thought the Fine Coffee Club capsules were better than the Gourmesso capsules previously reviewed, but there stops any comparison. In a side-by-side blind taste test between similar strength […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Food Blog Theme from Nimbus
Powered by WordPress

Enjoy my recipes? Please spread the word!