The History of Single Use Coffee Brewers
Machines that brew espresso coffee from pre-apportioned single use containers of ground coffee were invented and patented by Nestle employee Eric Favre in 1976.
First marketed solely to businesses, they did not take off with the consumer market until 1990, when Nestle licensed the hardware and process to a number of different global manufacturers and marketers, including Krups, DeLonghi, Philips, Siemens, and other.
The Single Use Coffee Capsule
The hermetically sealed coffee capsules are made of aluminum foil, and are placed in a special receptacle in the machine. The start button is engaged to super heat the water quickly, though some consumers find an advantage to leaving the machine on continuously, so the beverage can be available on demand.
When the signal indicates the water is the right temperature, a lever is engaged to pierce the top and bottom of the capsule, allowing the hot water to be pumped through the capsule at high pressure and directly into a cup positioned at the bottom of the machine. The capsule can than be disposed of.
Widely available and now commonplace in consumer homes, the Nespresso®* machine is used to brew a single cup of regular or flavored coffees and other hot beverages, in less than a minute.
Nestle markets a wide variety of beverages for the machines, including regular coffee, strong, decaf, half caf, vanilla and hazelnut. The Nestle capsules are sold exclusively by Nestle, and are available in twenty-one different varieties as well as several limited editions that are released annually.
Adding milk or cream to the beverage adds a new dimension and taste to the hot drink; putting your favorite dairy or non dairy creamer into the cup and allowing the hot beverage to run into it enhances the experience even more.
Is There an Alternative to Nespresso®* Capsules?
The marketing effort and the price points underscore Nestlé’s plan to position the equipment and brews to 'discriminating' buyers, and consumers not opposed to paying a premium price for a product.
While Nestle makes a great fuss in their marketing that their proprietary capsules are the only option for the Nestle and other branded machines, in fact, an alternative is available from a company called Gourmesso, and purchasing your coffee and beverage capsules from them can save you up to thirty percent.
Gourmesso - Costs Less, Delivers More
Gourmesso coffee capsules are compatible with all Nespresso®* machines. Based in Berlin, and long popular in Europe as the leading manufacturer of Nespresso®* compatible capsules, Gourmesso capsules are now available in the United States.
Using special blends of the finest Arabica and Robusta coffee beans which are roasted and flavored utilizing Gourmesso's proprietary methods, the capsules are available in different intensities from the most renowned coffee growing countries in the world, in both regular and decaffeinated versions.
Flavored blends, in chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut and caramel are also available.
Gourmesso has developed special "Lungo" (long) blends, which use the same amount of ground coffee, but twice as much water, resulting in a slightly less intense brew than regular espresso.
Gourmesso capsules are not only perfect for home users of Nespresso®* machines, but also offers custom programs designed for varying sizes of business users, and can create a plan that suits your company perfectly.
Shopping for Gourmesso capsules can be handled quickly and efficiently, online.
No more running around to stores looking for a capsule designed for your Nespresso®* machine. The online shopping at Gourmesso is safe and secure, and not only accepts credit and debit cards, but you may also pay by PayPal if desired.
Shipping and Returns
Your Gourmesso capsules will be shipped within twenty-four hours of the order being received and payment processed, Monday through Friday. All orders are shipped by the United States Postal Service Priority Mail. You can track your order online and know precisely when your delicious coffee capsules will arrive at your home or business.
Orders over $50 always receive free shipping, and smaller orders are charged only $4.99 for priority delivery in one to two days.
If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with your order, contact Gourmesso within fourteen days of receiving your order and they will email you a return label, and happily issue a refund for unopened product. Your payment will be refunded to your original payment method.
Great Coffee, Great Price
Gourmesso will soon be as popular in the United States as it is in Europe, and will be delighted to become your supplier of high quality Nespresso®* compatible capsules at about thirty percent less than you would pay for brand name coffee.
With a wide variety of regular blends, decaf, and flavors, Gourmesso knows that once you try their capsules, you'll never feel a need to go back to Nespresso®* brand.
One final "perk" - with Gourmesso Rewards Points, you'll earn bonus points good for discounts on future purchases, with ever single pack of coffee capsules purchased. Signing up is free, and you'll be able to track your points on your personal account page.