August 25, 2023

What are the best Nespresso original line capsules?

Coffee capsules give modern consumers the option to easily brew high-quality, espresso-style coffee in a range of places – whether they’re at home, in the office, or visiting hotels.

Today, there’s a huge selection of coffee pods and capsules on the market, but one of the most popular formats is the Nespresso original line capsule.

Nespresso launched in the late 1980s, and in the last few decades, it has become a market leader in single-serve coffee. Nespresso capsules are convenient and easy to use regardless of the user’s experience and knowledge. But what are Nespresso original line capsules, and how can you find the best Nespresso original line capsules?

Read on to find out.


Brown spice coffee capsules.

What are Nespresso original line capsules?

As the name suggests, Nespresso original line capsules are coffee capsules that are compatible with Nespresso original line brewers.

Nespresso first launched the system in 1986, drawing on designs by Nestlé engineer Eric Favre. While visiting a particularly popular espresso bar in Rome, Italy in 1975, Favre observed how baristas would pump the espresso machine’s piston several times before releasing the coffee.

According to an article in The Guardian,“this meant they forced more water and air into the ground beans, which meant greater oxidization, which drew out more flavor from the beans and produced more of a crema – the layer of foam formed on top of a good espresso”.

With that, the idea that would become Nespresso was born – and the brand sought to enable virtually anyone to create high-quality espresso-style coffee without a commercial espresso machine.

But why do we talk about the Nespresso "original line" capsules?

Well, until the early 2010s, Nespresso held various patents on the design of its capsules and machines. However, once these expired, the market opened up for third-party coffee capsule manufacturers.

Today, that means that there are thousands of Nespresso-compatible original line capsules on the market, all of which work with Nespresso original line brewers.

These capsules can be made from aluminum, plastic, or plant-based materials. Each generally contains between 5g and 7g of finely ground coffee. One end of the capsule is solid, while the other is hermetically sealed with foil or another similar material.

To brew the capsule, the machine pierces the base and forces pressurized hot water through, breaking the foil seal at the other end. The coffee then dispenses from the spout into the cup below.

Metropolis coffee capsules packaging on display.

Why are Nespresso original line coffee capsules so popular?

When the Nespresso system was first introduced, it was mainly marketed to offices and other commercial spaces. However, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nestlé shifted its focus to at-home consumers, laying the foundation for its later success.

Fast forward to 2022, and the Nespresso brand now turns over more than $2.2 billion. Europe remains the biggest market for Nespresso and Nespresso-compatible capsules, but they're becoming increasingly prominent here in the US, too.

There are also plenty of brands producing coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso original line brewers in Europe, but precious few in the US. In fact, Metropolis is the first company in the US to pack commercially compostable coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso original line brewers. They also have a shelf life of up to 24 months.

Do consumers want environmentally friendly coffee capsules?

Yes. Consumers are more concerned than ever with the environmental effects of the goods they buy – and that includes their coffee.

Research from the International Institute for Sustainable Development indicates that 43% of all coffee consumers are influenced by ethical, environmental, or social factors when they buy coffee.

An incredibly high number of plastic and foil coffee capsules end up in landfills each year. As such, more coffee brands have started to offer more environmentally responsible solutions for their capsule packaging.

For example, our Metropolis Coffee espresso capsules are commercially compostable. They’re also both BPI and CMA certified, meaning they meet the highest standards for commercial composting in the US.

Metropolis Coffee Spice island coffee capsules in packaging.

So, what are the best Nespresso original line coffee capsules?

Ultimately, it depends on what you want. But if you’re looking for high-quality specialty coffee that can be brewed at the touch of a button while ensuring you minimize your environmental impact, commercially compostable coffee capsules from a specialty coffee roaster are the best option.

At Metropolis Coffee, we only manufacture commercially compostable espresso capsules that are compatible with Nespresso original line brewers.

And as well as being perfect for home consumers, Metropolis Coffee espresso capsules are also a fantastic option for businesses. Coffee drinkers care more than ever about the environmental impact of their cup. But they also want to see that the hospitality businesses they visit are being responsible, too.

That’s why we offer commercially compostable wholesale coffee capsules. By partnering with Metropolis, you benefit from our decades of specialty coffee experience, as well as our cutting-edge coffee capsule-filling technology.

Metropolis Coffee wholesale coffee capsules

For wholesale customers, we’ve got several options that will be ready to brew straight out of the box:

But as well as this, we also offer private label coffee capsules and co-packing services.

We’ll work with you to optimize your coffee for an espresso capsule or design a bespoke blend that tells your story. You can trust our team of knowledgeable coffee and capsule pros to roast, grind, nitro flush and seal your capsules to perfection, then finish it up with gorgeous branded packaging.

Interested in learning more? Check out our wholesale co-packing and private-label espresso capsule solutions today.

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Metropolis Coffee is not affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by Nespresso. Nespresso is a registered trademark of Société des Produits Nestlé.

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