My post on Nespresso-compatible capsules has become unmanageable because of its too many updates. I myself cannot use it as a guide anymore! As I’ve discovered some more capsules, it’s time for a separate addendum.

Even to the original post, I forgot to add what I settled for mid-June, before making a trip to Romania. Here’s my sudden switch based on the offer in my local EDEKA (all costing 2.69 €):

Note that they’re stupid enough at Gourmesso to write “Perù” instead of “Perú”–Germans are clueless when it comes to accented letters; most of the time, in this country you’ll see e.g. “20 Beutel á 1,5 g” instead of “20 Beutel à 1,5 g”!

The recent batches of Gourmesso (those in the new packaging) have improved shape and material for the capsules–old capsules at left, new capsules at right:

During my visit to Romania, I discovered some new brands of Nespresso-compatible capsules, most of them unavailable in Germany.

First, Delhaize has a small range of espresso-only (no lungo!) capsules, individually packaged (what a waste to have a 155x90x75 mm box for 10 capsules!): Brasil (strength 3), Ethiopia (strength 5), Colombia (strength 7),  Indonesia (strength 9). They’re 2.85 € in Belgium (I forgot the price in Romania). I only purchased Colombia (7) and it’s quite good, although not necessarily my first choice: a bit too acid (they call it fruité). The capsules themselves are made of an ugly plastic resembling of Grandos Pronto. As the box of ten came to an end, I was sorry it didn’t last longer–this coffee is actually enjoyable.

Auchan too has 4 types of capsules for Nespresso, and also at 2.85 € the box: Lungo (strength 5), Classico (strength 7), Expresso (strength 9), Fortissimo (strength 9). I’ve found them in a compact box (155x70x30 mm), not in the huge box depicted on their website. I opted for the only lungo they have, and I found it to be very decent: balanced, low in acidity, very drinkable. The capsule is similar to Kaufland’s Exquisit, i.e. it also has an aluminium back foil.

Too bad Auchan doesn’t bring in Romania the capsules branded Carte Noire and L’OR (by Douwe Egberts).

Still at Auchan, I found the capsules branded Davidoff, which are distributed in Romania by Tchibo (who actually makes the coffee), yet in Tchibo’s motherland I wasn’t able to find them in stores! They only have 3 kinds: Elegance (espresso, Arabica, strength 4/6), Prestige (espresso, Arabica and Robusta, strength 5/6), Style (lungo, Arabica, strength 3/6). As expected, I only tried the lungo variety, which happens to be excellent! Very low acidity, no bitterness, medium strength. The capsules have a tin back foil, for maximum compatibility. One caveat though: I liked it as is, black; my wife drank it with milk and sugar and she said it was crappy!

Back in Germany, I discovered two things. First, that I ignored Starbucks’ own capsules. Their varieties don’t have a declared strength, only an indication on the roasting: blonde, medium, dark. And they’re all for espresso or ristreto–no lungo: Guatemala Antigua (medium), Colombia (medium), Kenya (medium), Espresso Roast (dark). The online offer doesn’t include the 10-capsule packs that are available in their coffee shops, and it doesn’t list Kenya, not even in UK or France! On the other hand, in Germany and Austria the following varieties are missing: House Blend (lungo, medium), Decaf (dark), Blonde Espresso (blonde).

Because I normally like Guatemala, I gave it a try and I found it to be utterly mediocre and lacking the aroma, despite having 5.5 g for 40 ml. Starbucks is definitely a highly overrated brand! Oh, and despite the back being of aluminium (somewhat similar to Dallmayr Capsa, but worse), the water flow is disappointing.

The second discovery is that Dallmayr Capsa has just launched two new varieties of lungo: Crema d’Oro (strength 5/12) and Prodomo (strength 6/12). This is a definite improvement over the previous lungo offer, and it brings their number of varieties to 12.

Despite both Crema d’Oro and Prodomo corresponding to Dallmayr varieties of regular coffee that I don’t fancy much, I’ve found both to be valid choices for those in quest of a different taste. I prefer Crema d’Oro, as Prodomo is stronger and with a higher acidity. There’s no clear indication on Crema d’Oro with regards to the type of coffee, but Prodomo is made of highland Arabicas, mostly from Ethiopia (which explains why I don’t quite like it).

To be continued? Hopefully not!

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