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    Has anyone tried the new empty coffee capsules that you fill with your fresh coffee and use in the nespresso machines?

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    Re: empty coffee capsules

    No, but I know that site sponsor Di Bella are now offering them.

    DESCRIPTION
    Di Bella’s Coffee Pods are compatible with all Nespresso machines and are a valid alternative to the original Nespresso capsules. Providing Nespresso machine owners with the much needed freedom of choice in their coffee selection as well as the ability to refill and reuse the Coffee Pods.

    The Di Bella Coffee Pods are very cost effective as they can be refilled for use up to 5 times, equating the cost of each Pod to 25cents. As the Pods are refillable they are also environmentally friendly, reducing the waste of other Pods on the market by 80%.

    The pods are easy to use and take seconds to fill, making them an excellent solution for savoring a good coffee.

    How to use:
    For best results use freshly ground coffee (Turkish grind)


    http://mydibellacoffee.com.au/sh_products.php?pi=0&ci=113&cn=Di+Bella+Coffee+Ref illable+Pods


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    Re: empty coffee capsules

    Why?

    Surely filling these is harder/messer than filling a PF therefore removing the main selling point in pods/capsule machines???

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    Re: empty coffee capsules

    Quote Originally Posted by 43550946094D09574E444C42554E4940270 link=1328677158/2#2 date=1328687470
    Surely filling these is harder/messer than filling a PF therefore removing the main selling point in pods/capsule machines???
    I tend to agree, but I think the best use would be in a workplace where one of these machines is already in place.

    The waste created by these machines is terrible - good on Di Bella for providing an alternative.

    And no, I dont get coffee in a disposible cup if I can avoid it...

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    Re: empty coffee capsules

    Thanks for the heads up!

    There is one of these machines at one of the places I work so I might pick some to try. :) this means I can drink what I like rather than what is on offer ;)

    I am curious though as to how the "pod" is reuseable as the factory packed capsules have both ends of the capsule perforated when a coffee is made. Might have to pop into di Bella for a look.

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    Re: empty coffee capsules

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C75707573000 link=1328677158/4#4 date=1328732210
    Thanks for the heads up!

    There is one of these machines at one of the places I work so I might pick some* to try.* :) this means I can drink what I like rather than what is on offer* ;)

    I am curious though as to how the "pod" is reuseable as the factory packed capsules have both ends of the capsule perforated when a coffee is made. Might have to pop into di Bella for a look.

    There is a youtube video in the link to Di Bella above: here. You should be able to see how they work. The plastic pod has four large holes (Im guessing where the machines normally puncture the pod). And you place the filter paper in yourself - Im guessing this gets punctured though.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: empty coffee capsules

    I also have found a way to refill K cups. Take the used K cup and remove the top. Dump out the used coffee, and rinse it. Let it dry completely. You can use a hair dryer to help the process along.*Take heavy duty aluminum foil, about a 3 inch square. Lay the K cup on the foil and trace around the top with a sharpie. Cut around the circle about 3/8 of an inch larger than the circle. Write the type of coffee on the foil with a sharpie. Once the cup is dry, fill it with the flavored or plain coffee, about 1/4 of an inch from the top, packing the coffee down slightly. Then place the foil over the top of the K cup wrapping the foil over the edges of the cup. Try to get the foil as tight as you can.*When you use your recycled K cup, line the hole on the bottom at the 12:00 position and try to seat it in the same position where it was punctured before. If you dont get it exactly, an extra hole doesnt hurt.

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    Re: empty coffee capsules



    I purchased some of the refillable pods for my* daughter from Di Bella when in Melb for MICE.
    After experimenting with grind level and a few choked shots we got the Nespresso pumping out a brew equivalent (but tasting better) than their pods.
    The Nespresso extraction is fairly fast and overextracts but the taste was ok, def better than an instant ;)
    I filled the pods with a teaspoon and levelled off with gentle pressure to level off grinds, mess factor was minimal and not too time consuming.

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    Re: empty coffee capsules

    I have tried 2 different versions of the reusable pods, as well as re filling the original Nespresso pods which some folk claim is easy. Despite much experimentation, i cannot get consistent results with 505 of the attempts being undrinkable, and some blocking up the machine.
    Generally i fell they are a wast of good coffee, and since the only real point of the nespresso is quick clean convenience.... i will stick to original pods for those few times i ever drink one !

    FYI.. After filling* *( presumably with fresh ground beans ?)* the Nespresso pods are purged with Nitrogen and sealed to* preserve the freshness.* You cannot do that with the re useable pods.
    * *So,* *unless you grind fill and brew the pod immediatelly, you are wasting fresh beans, and as was said , its easier to fill a PF.

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    I tried them and the problem for me are 2:
    - they are not sealed and coffee loses freshness very quickly
    - refilling is not practical

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    Quote Originally Posted by metrics View Post
    I tried them and the problem for me are 2:
    - they are not sealed and coffee loses freshness very quickly
    - refilling is not practical
    I've tried them and think it's better than the original pods. No where near the results you get from an espresso machine though.

    I was experimenting with the pods and I found it works best using a fine setting on the grinder and 9 grams of coffee. The only way I could fit 9 grams and properly seal the lid, was by tamping firmly with thumb (ie press as hard as you can).

    Freshness is only an issue if you grind your beans ahead of time. It's best to grind as you go like any other machine but I'm guessing most nespresso owners dont own a grinder though.

    The process isn't too cumbersome: grind directly into pod, tamp, paper filter, close lid, load. It's definitely not practical if you're trying to prepare pods for the week (time consuming + loss of freshness). I don't see any problems if you are preparing 2 pods (or however many you are planning to make in the session) while the machine is warming up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specialpants View Post
    .. I don't see any problems if you are preparing 2 pods (or however many you are planning to make in the session) while the machine is warming up.
    Hmm ? ....one good thing about Nespresso machine's is they only take about 20secs to warm up !

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    I gave it a try as i have some relly's with these machines.
    Was a bit curious about the things coming already perforated, although that was always going to be the result after the first shot.
    Not a big task if you have everything in front of you at the table, but it becomes tedious rather quickly - like after about 2 capsules!
    Having big hands does not help at all either.
    Due to lack of feedback from what i gave out (pensioners are too bloody set in their ways!) i didnt bother with doing any more. Still have a fistful of unused capsules in the drawer.



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