Can I use non-branded pods in any Nespresso machine?
If you have the Nespresso Original. This is because the Vertuo uses barcode technology to read the type of pod you have used, so it is made with optimum brewing conditions.
This includes the centrifugal force used, the amount and force of the water and amount made. While Nespresso say they make better coffee with longer results, if you have a Nespresso Vertuo, it does mean you are locked into buying the official pods.
Unlike Dolce Gusto machines, the design of the Nespresso pod is not patented, so exact copycats have been around for a while now.
Can I use Nespresso pods in a Dolce Gusto, Lavazza or Tassimo machine?
Pod variations aren’t interchangeable. They are different sizes, so if you are buying branded you need to stick to your machine type. If you’re opting for alternative pods, ensure it is the type for your machine.
Where Can I Buy Nespresso Pods?
We would always say to buy online as there is more choice, you can order larger packs for lower prices, and get good deals on the best Nespresso pods.
However, Aldi and Lidl also make their own Nespresso-compatible pods which are highly rated (although some say they’re a bit of an awkward fit). Most supermarkets sell Nespresso capsules, but you will find better value online as well as the choice of independent roasters.
And around the Christmas season, you’ll even find coffee advent calendars that use Nespresso-compatible capsules.