We’ve been really excited to hear of the feedback we’ve been getting for our Nespresso®-compatible capsules, but we figured we should share a little capsule guide on how we use them.
We hope this capsule guide will help you to get the best results when using our capsules, and ensure delicious coffee at all times!
You’ll notice that our capsules are built of plastic, not of aluminium. We find that in order to get the best from them, and to ensure that the machine forms an adequate seal around the back of the capsule as it punctures it, it’s best to pre-warm the machine. It’s a really easy process.
Place a cup under the pouring spout, press either of the brewing buttons to start water flowing, leave it for 5 seconds, and then press again to stop the water flow. Discard the water, add the capsule, andas normal.
You’ll notice that we recommend a ‘weight’ on the back of the capsule bag (or box). After testing multiple different drink volumes, we’ve found the best weight of drink (to our taste) that gives a balance of sweetness, acidity, character and bitterness, to ensure that the coffees tastes as great as possible. For short “espresso-style” drinks, we recommend a weight of 25g.
You can set your machine to dispense drinks using our capsules with the steps below:
- Firstly, pre-warm the machine (as discussed above). Add the capsule to the machine.
- Take a small set of scales, place your cup on top, and place them under the pour-spout.
- Tare the scales, so as to ensure they’re set at 0.
- Press and hold the ‘short’ brewing button, until the scales read 25g – it’s a good idea to release the buttons as they reach 22-23g, as there will be a gram or two to come out after release.
- The time is now stored on the machine – most machines will have the same procedure, but if you’re in doubt, please check the instruction manual of the particular model you own.
If you’re a fan of longer “filter-style” drinks, then you can set the other button to 65-70g. Most of our capsules are designed for short drinks, but a couple are suitable for longer drinks also. Please check the individual products for more info.
We recommend you give each capsule a little shake before using it. If they’ve been static for a while in your cupboard, then the coffee will have settled – a quick shake will ensure it’s evenly distributed in the capsule.
Coffee oils will gradually build up in the machine, over a period of time. This happens in traditional espresso machines in commercial environments all the time (think of cafe’s, coffee shops, restaurants etc) -thankfully, it’s easy to solve this issue.
We recommend that periodically (once or twice a week should be fine), you flush water through the machine using the normal brewing procedure, similar to the pre-warming process mentioned above. We’d do this a few times – there’s no such thing as a machine that is too clean.
We hope this capsule guide is of use to you and helps you get the best out of your capsules – if you have any questions please let us know.