In recent years, the coffee industry has undergone a wide range of innovations. A visit to a local barista or café isn’t required for a great cup of coffee. Thanks to coffee capsules, that cup of coffee is also more economical than ever before. Here is a how-to guide on coffee capsules.
Advantages of Coffee Capsules
Coffee Capsules are packaged and measured doses of ground coffee. Although similar to coffee pods, they are slightly different in shape, often in plastic cups and aluminium lids. Many are approximately 54mm diameter and 37mm high. Aside from their small size, coffee capsules have a lot of advantages.
First, they come in a wide selection of coffee blends and flavours. They are often easy to find both in-store and online.
Secondly, they are very convenient. Individuals no longer have to wait in line at the local café, depending on overworked and harried baristas. One can simply brew a cup of coffee in the comfort of one’s home. This is especially helpful on a cold winter’s morning or during the weekend when one simply does not want to change out of their pyjamas. They have proven especially useful during the recent pandemic, as society attempts to socially distance.
Thirdly, coffee capsules are also easy to use and do not make a mess, in comparison to grinding loose beans or using instant coffee.
Types of Coffee Capsules
A variety of coffee capsules are available. Some examples include Dark Roast 100% roasted ground coffee capsules, Dark Roast 80% Arabica and 20% Robusta, Medium Roast 100% roasted ground coffee capsules, Medium Roast Decaf 100% roasted ground coffee capsules, Medium Roast Espresso 50% Arabica and 50% Robusta, Medium Roast Americano 90% Arabica and 10% Robusta, Medium Roast Decaf Espresso 70% Arabica and 30 % Robusta, and Medium Roast 100% Arabica.
In addition, fine tea and hot chocolate capsules are available as well.
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Choosing Coffee Capsules
Next up on this how-to guide to coffee capsules is how to select one. Although the sheer number of available types and flavours of coffee capsules and coffee machines may appear overwhelming, purchasing coffee capsules is actually a simple process when broken down into steps.
The first step to a great cup of coffee is to purchase a coffee maker compatible with coffee capsules. Various brand names and price ranges are available. Choose one that best fits one’s budget and style. Does the machine fit one’s kitchen décor? Is it practical? Is it affordable?
Coffee Capsule Machines
Next, ensure that coffee capsules are compatible with one’s coffee maker. Even if the coffee machine and coffee capsules are from the same brand, ensure that the sizing is correct. Certain brands have more than one line of product. For example, Nestle products are not the same size and not the same density as Nestle Dolce Gusto products.
When choosing a particular coffee capsule, it is important to look for plastic cups with aluminium lids. This seals in nitrogen and ensures optimum freshness and longer shelf life.
Asking friends, family, and coworkers form recommendations is an option, as well as browsing review websites. Customer testimonials online can be very helpful as well.
Ultimately, choosing a coffee capsule depends on one’s personal preferences. For example, is a variety of flavours and types most important?
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Cost of Coffee Capsules
Coffee capsules come in a variety of price points, depending on type, quantity, and brand. Often, deals on coffee capsules can be found on discount and bulk websites.
How to Save Money When Purchasing Coffee Capsules
A variety of cost-saving techniques can be applied to save money when purchasing coffee capsules. Firstly, buying coffee capsules in bulk is the best option for getting the best price possible.
Secondly, consider coupons and look for discounts. At times, physical stores, as well as online stores have promotions and deals.
Thirdly, consider choosing a smaller package when trying a new flavour or roast. This will avoid waste and disappointment.
Fourthly, certain companies are now coming out with reusable coffee capsules. Do not discount these. They are often up to 65% more affordable than non-reusable types.
How to Dispose of Used Coffee Capsules
Environmentally conscious consumers will be pleased to hear that many brands of coffee capsules can now be easily recycled. Certain companies now allow consumers to order a free recycling bag that can be shipped directly to one’s home or office. With products purchased in an official store, recycling bags are often included. A filled up bag may be dropped at any participating store or waste centre.
Innovative coffee capsules now allow individuals easy access to a great cup of coffee for a conveniently low price. Various online and in-store retailers carry a wide range of coffee capsules for everyone’s tastes.
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