Not all Nespresso Pods Are Created Equal...
There. We've said it. And it's true!
There's no shortage of Nespresso compatible coffee pods on the market these days, not to mention Nespresso themselves still seem to be doing pretty well if George Clooney is any indication. But, what is it that sets one coffee pod apart from another? What enables it to create a truly unique experience for the drinker?
Well, there are actually a number of things that contribute to making the best Nespresso coffee pod...
It All Starts With The Coffee
Not surprisingly, what is inside your coffee pod is pretty important in terms of creating flavour and enjoyment.
And just like many things in life, the better quality the ingredients, the better quality the outcome. Creating the best Nespresso coffee pod is no different. If your coffee pod only contains Speciality Grade coffee beans, you're getting the best coffee available to roasters around the World.
A specialty coffee should be a highly enjoyable experience and should be an authentic representation all of hard work by farmers, pickers, tasters, importers, and roasters who all play a vital role in completing the humble coffee bean’s remarkable journey from plant to cup.
The best Nespresso pods which feature Specialty coffee can be characterised by the fullness and authenticity of their flavours and depth, which are deliciously evident as they shine through your cup.
It's no coincidence that many of the World's best roasters use Specialty coffee beans, generally exclusively.
The same is true in realm of the best Nespresso pods - Specialty Coffee Pods are Special.
Blending & Roasting
When you compare a coffee pod which contains approx 5-6gms of ground coffee to an cafe style espresso basket which contains approx 15gms of coffee per shot, Nespresso coffee pods need to punch above their weight to still deliver an authentic coffee experience.
This means the quality of beans are important (which we just covered above), and the careful blending of different varieties are critical in being able to deliver an experience that satisfies the expectations of the drinker.
The best Nespresso pod roasters are experienced at selecting varieties for their depth of flavour and body and scour the globe to find the most effective varieties to carry out their vision.
Of course, there is always the temptation to take short cuts and use cheaper and more intensely strong bean varieties to create the illusion of strength or intensity, however this often results in that classic 'pod coffee' taste (we've all experienced that ashy, burnt, and overly earthy flavour) that ultimately disappoints an increasingly astute coffee drinking market.
Specialist roasters of coffee pods prefer to use their skill and expertise to allow the distinct flavour nuance and subtleties of their various blends be the hallmark, and create intensity by clever variety selection and roasting profiles. The best Nespresso coffee pods are crafted, not made.
So What Makes Best Nespresso Coffee Pod
It's a combination of factors, both equally important.
The quality of the coffee, combined with the blending and roasting expertise both play instrumental roles in creating the best Nespresso pods. The two elements are so complimentary and one won't work without the other.
Ultimately, a true and committed passion to crafting memorable and delightful experiences is what differentiates one coffee pod from another.
In your quest to find the best Nespresso coffee pods, you will find not all pods were created equal!