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Nespresso Vertuo Pods: Know Your Machine

Posted on November 29, 2023

Nespresso Vertuo pods can often be confused with Original Line Nespresso capsules – trust us, we understand the hassle. If you have found yourself with a brand new Nespresso machine and are wondering what sort of capsules can fit into it, Coffee Capsules Direct is here to break it down for you.

Coffee doesn’t have to be complicated, so read on to discover more about Nespresso machines, how they can differ depending on the model, and what sort of capsules you’ll be able to use in your shiny new coffee maker. At Coffee Capsules Direct, we sell Nespresso-compatible pods and have a broad selection of delicious flavours for you to choose from.


Nespresso Vertuo Pods And Machines

One of the key differences between the Original Line Nespresso machine range and Nespresso Vertuo, is the coffee styles they are able to make. While the Original Line offers espressos, ristrettos, and lungos, the Nespresso Vertuo Machine is able to offer bigger cup sizes and a broader range of beverages. The main difference, however, is the shape of the pods compatible with each machine.

Nespresso Vertuo pods are shaped differently to Original Line Nespresso pods, donning a barcode and featuring a more rounded, dome-like shape. Because of this, Vertuo pods are not compatible with Original Line machines, and vice versa. Moreover, the particular shape of Nespresso Vertuo pods have been patented by Nespresso, meaning it’s not possible to create Vertuo-compatible pods.

The Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine uses an intelligent extraction system known as Centrifusion technology. This allows the machine to read the barcode on the coffee capsule and tailor the extraction level accordingly, creating the perfect cup of coffee. The unique barcode on each coffee pod contains bespoke extraction parameters that regulate the flow and volume of water as well as temperature, infusion time, and even the speed of the capsule rotation.

The Nespresso Vertuo model uses an innovative approach to coffee creation. The line offers 26 unique coffee blends in five different cup sizes so you can choose your favourite flavour and size. The Vertuo coffee sizes include the following:

  • Craft Brew: 535ml
  • Cold Brew: 355ml
  • Mug: 230 ml, an ideal mug of coffee with a dash of milk
  • Gran Lungo: 150 ml, a long black
  • Double Espresso: 80 ml, a double-shot espresso
  • Espresso: 40 ml, a classic espresso

Nespresso Vertuo Pods: Cleaning Your Machine

As is the case with every Nespresso machine, Original Line or Vertuo, it’s a good idea to give it a good clean once in a while. Making sure your machine is well-maintained will keep it running smoothly and keep your coffee tasting good. On the other hand, leaving the cleaning a little too late could lead to blockages as residue builds up, making for a rather unpleasant cup of Joe.

If you have a Nespresso Vertuo machine in need of a clean, Coffee Capsules Direct has got your back. Our Vertuo-compatible Caffenu Cleaning Pods will do the trick, cleaning your machine from the inside with the simple push of a button. We also offer a similar Caffenu cleaning solution for Original Line machines. Simply pop the pod into your machine and let it do all the dirty work for you. The Caffenu pods will clean the brewing chamber and hard-to-reach parts of your coffee machine, making the maintenance side of things a breeze.

Another important objective is descaling. We recommend descaling your machine every few months, or after 30 pods. Effective descaling will remove deposits of coffee residue and any leftover, hardened oil. You need to descale your machine every now and then in order to prevent a mineral buildup, known as limescale. These minerals, which are mostly calcium and magnesium, are found in water and accumulate over time. Limescale can affect the flavour of your coffee, or even clog certain pipes and tubes. This damages your coffee machine and can require you to replace the machine over time. Luckily for you, we offer a Caffenu Liquid Descaler too, helping you cover all of your basis when it comes to cleaning your machine.


Coffee Capsules Direct: Nespresso Pods

Since Nespresso Vertuo pods cannot be replicated, there is no way to get your hands on Vertuo-compatible capsules from anyone other than Nespresso themselves. However, this is not the case for Original Line Nespresso machines. Here at Coffee Capsules Direct, we stock a broad range of Nespresso-compatible pods – meaning you are able to enjoy a broad variety of coffee pods that are compatible with your Nespresso Original Line machine.

If the standard Nespresso pods have become a bore (or simply too expensive) then we’re here to help. Do you have a favourite coffee brand? Well, it's possible that they have developed coffee pods that are fully compatible with your Nespresso machine. We source, stock, and supply plenty of different brands from both local and international suppliers, offering the broadest range of Nespresso-compatible pods on the South African market.

If you're reading this guide while enjoying a cup of goodness then you're clearly one of the South Africans who appreciate great coffee. We strive to provide exceptional service, along with delicious coffee pods that will keep you coming back for more.

Today’s consumers yearn for a coffee experience that rivals what they would find in a specialty café. Coffee Capsules Direct meets this demand by offering an array of high-grade, gourmet coffee capsules – each meticulously crafted to deliver rich flavours and aromas. Our unwavering focus on sourcing premium coffee beans ensures a café level coffee every time.

Below is a list of Nespresso-compatible pod brands that are available on our store to get you started:

  • Bootlegger
  • Coffee Capsules Direct
  • Giovannis
  • Importers
  • Italian Coffee
  • Jacobs
  • L’OR
  • Lavazza
  • Red Espresso
  • Vida e Caffè
  • Terbodore
  • Gimoka
  • Caffenu
  • Note: Our pods (barring a caffenu option) are not compatible with the Vertuo system.

If you’re wondering if our pods will fit in your machine, take a look at our reliable Coffee Pod Guide for more information. Alternatively, our friendly staff are always happy to help – simply send us a picture of your Nespresso machine and let us know what you’re working with. We will take a look and match you up with the perfect pods to fit your needs.

For now, here are some of the Nespresso machines that will accommodate our Nespresso-compatible pods:

  • Nespresso U and U Milk
  • Nespresso Inissia
  • Nespresso Pixie and Pixie Clips
  • Nespresso Lattissima
  • Lattissima Touch
  • Lattissima Pro
  • Nespresso Essenza
  • Nespresso CitiZ
  • Kmix
  • Maestria
  • Caffeluxe Duo
  • Verona
  • Sienna
  • Torino
  • Milan
  • Piccolo

Keeping Things Environmentally Friendly

Many coffee capsule companies, including Nespresso, are now adopting eco practices to address the concern of waste generated by this swift and effortless coffee making process. There is a misconception that Nespresso pods are unsustainable. In truth, however, regular Nespresso pods are actually made from recyclable aluminium, ensuring that you can dispose of them sustainably.

As part of their sustainability efforts, Nespresso has established over 100,000 collection points worldwide. Recycling your used pods has never been easier. Every delivery of Nespresso pods even includes a free collection service for your used pods.

Furthermore, some of the compatible pods available at our store are also recyclable. This means you can enjoy your coffee without any guilt. Specifically, our Terbodore coffee capsules are designed to be environmentally friendly. They can be composted, with the exception of the foil lid – which needs to be removed. These capsules, made from a combination of cereal plants and other materials are 100% Bio Based and will break down in a compost heap within 14 to 16 weeks.


Liven Up Your Daily Cup With Coffee Syrup

While some coffee purists may turn their noses up at coffee syrups, we know just how much flavour they can add. So, why not spice up your usual cup of coffee with a delicious syrup, or get creative and whip up some brand new coffee concoctions in your kitchen. The world of coffee is your oyster and we believe experimenting is the best way to find out what you like.

At Coffee Capsules Direct, we sell several types of syrups that you can add to your cart the next time you order from us:

  • Nettari Hazelnut Syrup
  • Nettari Himalayan Salted Caramel Syrup
  • Nettari Vanilla Syrup
  • Flavoured Coffee And Syrup Bundle
  • Vanilla Coffee And Syrup Bundle
  • Choc Hazelnut Coffee And Syrup Bundle
  • Caramel Coffee And Syrup Bundle

About Coffee Capsules Direct

In the past, achieving barista-level beverages required skill, time, and expensive equipment. However, companies like Coffee Capsules Direct have bridged this gap by offering a selection of high quality coffee products in a scheme that's both convenient and easy to use. Alongside our coffee syrup, we offer plenty of Nespresso-coffee pods from local and international brands – allowing you to be your own barista and brew your own delicious blends. Each pod demonstrates our commitment to excellence, containing ground coffee that retains its freshness and distinct flavour profile.

In today’s fast paced world, time is considered a luxury. Nespresso-compatible pods address this predicament by providing a mess-free process for making consistently good coffee, fast. With the press of a button, consumers can enjoy high-quality coffee within seconds. This user-friendly approach not only streamlines morning routines, but also adds an extra layer of efficiency to the preparation of coffee.

Founded in 2013 by two lovers of coffee, Coffee Capsules Direct is South Africa’s go-to store for affordable and high-quality coffee pods. We know how upsetting it can be to have to pay a fortune just to have your daily dose of goodness, which is why we began our organisation in the first place. We provide coffee capsules at great bulk prices and deliver straight to your doorstep.