One of the main reasons why we got into making Nespresso® compatible pods was that we love the idea that anyone can have a beautifully crafted great tasting cup of espresso at the simple touch of a button. We know that sometimes there’s nothing that beats a carefully crafted cafetière or a flat white from your favourite café, but for us, the Nespresso® machine is the perfect coming together of quality, taste & convenience.
The whole thing’s built for simplicity - pop in a pod, push a button, and away you go. But if you want to get the absolute best out of your machine, read our tips below...
This may sound basic, but it makes a huge difference to the way your coffee will come out. Most Nespresso machines have two buttons (one for espresso, and one for lungo). For both short and long pour (most machines have a choice of two buttons), our recommendations are as follows:
Short Pour - 40ml
Long Pour - 60-75ml
We’ve found the easiest way to get these right is to grab a small measuring jug (or a glass coffee cup with both measurements marked), and simply hold down each button to the desired length. We do recommend sacrificing a pod for each of these measurements, as our pods do retain more water than some brands.
The next tip is again pretty simple - but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t do it. Before you pop in a pod, be sure to grab your cup and run a shot of water into it. This allows you to flush your machine before use which will get rid of any residue or old coffee and most importantly, you’ll have a warm cup to pour your coffee into.
This makes a huge difference, as pouring coffee into a cold cup will bring the temperature down and kill off some of the more delicate flavours straight away.
Now, this tip is probably for the more serious coffee drinkers out there, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. We’ve previously mentioned our recommended pour times, and whilst these will steer you right, you can get even more precise when it comes to CRU Kafe pods.
It’s all a case of eyeing the cup. Coffee extraction goes through several stages, with the colour palette moving from a deep brown to a rich caramel, before turning blonde at the end. To get the most out of each blend, you’ll want to end the pour as soon as you see the pour turn to this third, blonde stage. This means that all the coffee has been extracted, and what you’re getting now is just extra water. This may be great for some people who are looking for a longer drink, but if you’re keen to try the coffees exactly as they were designed, then you need to stop on blonde.