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Best Nespresso Pods
Nespresso pods — also known as “capsules” — are recyclable coffee pods designed for Nespresso coffee and espresso machines. The original Nespresso-brand capsules can be hard to find, however, because many stores only carry less-expensive (but still compatible) pods.
So, when there are so many different varieties these days, why do people still refer to them as Nespresso Pods. Or when they’re searching for them online, usually use the term ‘best Nespresso pods’ even though they’re looking for alternate brands that are potentially less expensive and more suited to their own tastes than the range that Nespress themselves supply.
So we thought it might be interesting to give you coffee lovers a brief history of how these coffee pods or coffee capsules came to be and how the innovation of one man, a Swiss aerodynamics engineer invented this super efficient way of getting a fresh cup of joe, and how his invention completely changed the way we drink coffee and made Nespresso a massive worldwide success in the freshly brewed coffee space.
Inventors are generally modest, while entrepreneurs like to boast about their success. Looking back 40 years on the invention which ushered in the era of capsule coffee, Éric Favre – both inventor and entrepreneur – is quietly “proud” of his achievement. Favre always knew he would be an inventor, but it was his Italian wife who set him the challenge that would make his career. If Anna-Maria hadn’t teased her husband about the bland coffee enjoyed by the Swiss, the world might never have tasted Nespresso.
It all started in 1975. Favre had joined Nestlé’s packaging department to learn about the workings of a multinational from the inside.
He wanted to prove to his wife that he was capable of making the ultimate espresso. The couple set off to scour Italy’s bars in search of the best coffee. Settling for a while in Rome they frequented the popular Caffè Sant’Eustachio, today considered by tourist guides to serve the best espresso in the city.
Anna-Maria and Éric took to peeking behind counters and questioning staff, until one day barista Eugenio dropped a vital clue. According to Favre, the reason why Italians were lining up to sample Eugenio’s brew was that instead of pumping the piston of the machine just once, the barista aerated the coffee by pulling the lever at several short intervals. “It’s chemistry: oxidation brings out all the flavours and aromas,” Favre explains.
That was where he got the idea of a machine to introduce a maximum amount of air into the water forced through the capsule. Back in Switzerland, the inventor developed a prototype espresso machine – a Back to the Future style amalgamation of tubes and cylinders – before settling on his formula: froth = air + water + coffee oils. Favre invented a sealed capsule in which air is trapped before water is forced through, filling the cup with frothy espresso.
Nestle wasn’t convinced. Their famous instant coffee brand Nescafé was flying off the shelvesand they were confident that households would stick to their instant granules rather than switch so, Nestlé’s management didn’t see the need to invest in expensive espresso machines.
10 years later, Nestlé director Helmut Maucher finally gave Favre the go-ahead to launch Nespresso as a subsidiary company.
They were initially aimed at a specialist business clientele: bars, hotels and offices. The first machines designed for offices and homes were inspired by the huge espresso machines found in Italian bars. In 1984, two models were tested by Nestlé in Switzerland, Italy and Japan. In 1986, Nespresso’s capsule system was marketed as a luxury product.
However it failed to catch on, and in 1988 Nespresso repositioned itself to target the high-end consumer market. The more affordable capsules started appearing in Swiss households and two years later they arrived in France and the United States.
And since then, as we know, as the concept of nespresso pods became a household name, other coffee manufacturers including us at Lost Sheep Coffee have started manufacturing our own pods with our own unique blends of coffee.
In our opinion if you were looking for best Nespresso pods and you found this page, you’ve landed in the right place as our Lost Sheep Coffee pods are the best that you will find!
When we developed our Nespresso capsules we wanted to ensure that we was able to create a capsules that truly showcased the standard of Speciality Coffee that we look to achieve and embodied our goals for the Speciality Coffee industry!
The coffee you will find inside all of our capsules is expertly Hand Roasted by our roast master and is carefully sourced by us to ensure that all farmers are paid well above the industry standards for their hard work.
It was very important for us to ensure the “Full Life Cycle” of the capsule was as environmentally friendly as possible, not just the capsules ‘End of Life’ cycle, we wanted to focus on the start & middle of the cycle too! You can read more about our green side here.
So kick back, relax and experience capsules like you have never tasted before. Welcome to our Lost Sheep Family!