I tried own-brand Nespresso pod dupes – one supermarket beat the signature brand

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Sun online. CONSUMER DEPARTMENT- James Flanders coffee pod taste tests.

COFFEE is the go-to pick-me-up for millions of Brits every morning.

But along with many other household items, the cost of coffee is soaring.

HOAR’s Consumer Reporter James Flanders put Nespresso-compatible supermarket pods to the test

I’m a sucker for Nespresso’s original pod-based brews, but it’s hard to ignore their high cost.

Ten of my favourite pods set shoppers back a whopping £4.20 – which works out at 42p per pod.

But some Nespresso pod packs cost upwards of £4.90 each.

If you’re not lucky enough to live near a Nespresso kiosk you’ll also face a £4.95 delivery charge when ordering online if you purchase less than 100 capsules.

This means that I’d have to spend £42 to get free delivery.

With this in mind, I sought to test and compare medium-strength supermarket own-brand pods and the results were surprising.

The best-tasting pod cost just 25p each and I’ll be rushing back to get my hands on more.

Here’s the full results of the taste test.

Aldi Specially Selected Lungo Coffee Pods

  • £1.79 for 10
  • 18p per pod
  • Strength: 4

Aldi’s pods cost 18p each

Aldi’s pods were the cheapest tested and while low cost is always a major drive for me, the flavour of the coffee didn’t blow me away.

The coffee had a nice sweetness with a hit of nuttiness but it was lacking a stimulating aftertaste.

It was also disappointing that the pods themselves cannot be recycled.

  • TASTE: 4/10
  • VALUE: 10/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 14/20

Asda Extra Special Colombian Coffee Pods

  • £2.60 for 10
  • 26p per pod
  • Strength: 8

Asda’s pods cost 26p each

Asda’s Nespresso-compatible pods are in fact fully recyclable which for me is a great start.

The supermarket’s Colombian pods have quite a fruity and strong flavour.

But the aftertaste was far too bitter for my liking.

  • TASTE: 3/10
  • VALUE: 9/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 12/20

Costa Coffee Nespresso Compatible Signature Blend

  • £2.75
  • 28p per pod
  • Strength: 5

Costa’s pods cost 28p each

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to pick Starbucks coffee over both Cafe Nero and Costa.

I often find Costa’s coffee far too smooth and weak.

Costa’s own pods did little to change this opinion. They were far too smooth and had zero bitterness.

And if you were to add steamed milk to a shot of this pod it would be way too watered down.

To make things worse – the pods cannot be recycled.

  • TASTE: 1/10
  • VALUE: 7/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 8/20

Co-op Single Origin Colombian Fairtrade Coffee Pods

  • £4.50
  • 45p per pod
  • Strength: 7

Co-op’s pods cost a whopping 45p each

These were the most expensive pods tested overtaking the cost of Nespresso’s own original pods.

But the flavour was decent. The coffee had a sweet caramel flavour without an overly bitter aftertaste.

Co-op’s pods are also 100% aluminium and are fully recyclable after being rinsed clean.

  • TASTE: 8/10
  • VALUE: 2/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 10/20

Lidl Deluxe Colombian Coffee Capsules

  • £1.99
  • 20p per pod
  • Strength: 6

Lidl’s pods cost 20p each

These pods have a smooth but strong flavour – something I’m always on the hunt for.

However, I found that the coffee had a chemical type aftertaste.

Lidl’s pods cant be recycled which makes them far less appealing.

  • TASTE: 4/10
  • VALUE: 9/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 13/20

Morrisons The Best Fair Trade Colombian Pods

  • £2.89
  • 29p per pod
  • Strength: 7

Morrisons’ pods cost 29p each

These pods delivered a reasonably strong taste to begin with but it soon became weaker with each sip.

The aftertaste was also overly bitter and I worry that it would be too weak to have with steamed milk.

Morrisons’ pods also can’t be recycled.

  • TASTE: 5/10
  • VALUE: 7/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 12/20

M&S Fairtrade Colombian Espresso Pods

  • £3.20
  • 32p per pod
  • Strength: 6

M&S’ pods cost 32p each

These pods delivered a strong and rich coffee with hints of caramel.

The coffee has a fresh aftertaste with a hint of bitterness that’s not overpowering.

I would definitely consider buying these again – especially as the pods can be recycled through Nespresso’s own scheme.

  • TASTE: 8/10
  • VALUE: 6/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 14/20

Nespresso Genova Livanto

  • £4.20
  • 42p per pod
  • Strength: 6

Nespresso’s pods cost 42p each

Nespresso pods are just right, after all, they’re the ones who invented the system.

The coffee is strong but not overpowering and the aftertaste is delightful.

The pods are fully recyclable but the only thing letting Nespresso’s own pods down is the price – they’re still on the expensive side of things and the price is a huge factor for me.

  • TASTE: 10/10
  • VALUE: 4/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 14/20

Ocado Lungo Coffee Pods

  • £2.50
  • 25p per pod
  • Strength: 7

Ocado’s pods cost 25p each

These are the winner for me. They taste as good as Nespresso’s pods but cost just under half the price.

The coffee has a deep and rich flavour without any harsh bitterness – they’re my new go-to.

The pods make a really great cup of coffee and a single shot would go a long way if paired with steamed milk.

The only downside is that the pods are not recyclable.

  • TASTE: 10/10
  • VALUE: 9/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 19/20

Sainsbury’s Colombian Lungo Taste The Difference Coffee Pods

  • £2.60
  • 26p per pod
  • Strength: 7

Sainsbury’s pods cost 26p each

A really good effort from Sainsbury’s here. The coffee delivered from these pods has a pleasant strength and would go well with steamed milk.

But overall the coffee lacked the complexity that other pods delivered and the flavour lacked the stimulating bitter aftertaste that makes a superb cup of coffee.

The pods are fully recyclable when rinsed out which is handy.

  • TASTE: 7/10
  • VALUE: 8/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 15/20

Starbucks Single-Origin Colombia Coffee Pody by Nespresso

  • £4.14
  • 30p per pod
  • Strength: 7

Starbucks’ Nespresso pods cost 30p each

These are a solid bet if you’re after a good cup of coffee.

These capsules are much cheaper than Nespresso’s own-brand pods they’re actually made by Nespresso.

The only difference is that these pods just carry the Starbucks branding.

The coffee is strong and filled with flavour. It would mix really well with steamed milk.

The pods can be recycled through Nespresso’s own scheme.

  • TASTE: 9/10
  • VALUE: 6/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 15/20

Tesco Finest Colombia Supremo Coffee Capsules

  • £2.90
  • 29p per pod
  • Strength: 6

Tesco’s pods cost 29p each

Tesco’s pods certainly deliver a really good cup of coffee.

It delivers a strong flavour which proceeds to a sweet, soft and pleasant aftertaste.

This sweetness may make it the best drunk on its own without milk, so this will depend on how you take your coffee.

Unfortunately, the pods are not recyclable.

  • TASTE: 8/10
  • VALUE: 8/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 16/20

Waitrose No.1 Colombian Coffee Capsules

  • £3.30
  • 33p per pod
  • Strength: 7

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These pods delivered what can only be described as a dreadful cup of coffee.

While the packaging and pods look great the coffee tasted overly earthy and lacked the roasted flavour I crave.

It also had a nasty artificial-like and woody aftertaste – which was enough for me not to finish the cup.

I certainly won’t be rushing back to Waitrose to buy any more of these pods – even if they’re fully recyclable.

  • TASTE: 1/10
  • VALUE: 6/10
  • TOTAL SCORE: 7/20

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