I have a love/hate relationship with Nespresso machines. One on hand they’re small, neat, precise and easy. On the other- they seem expensive (the coffee cost per gram), wasteful and not as good as the traditional way that I consume espresso.
I’ve also been fascinated with the story about Nestle losing the case that was brought forth by independent pod makers so they were forced to accept 3rd-party pods. And I’ve used those quite a bit- especially traveling. I’ve been in Air BnBs or Hotels where there was a Nespresso machine, but only 1 or 2 pods available. But I was able to stock up at nearby grocery stores on these trips and have enough espresso for my stay.
During these trips where I was having third party coffee, I noticed the time for a shot wasn’t the same and the quality was hit or miss. I just saw this James Hoffman video where he does a breakdown on the pods and machines themselves. I found it quite interesting- especially his praise for the Nespresso pods and the tech behind the grinds. It’s interesting.