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The History Of Nespresso Coffee Pods And A Few Interesting Facts

Posted on December 19, 2023

For those who are curious about the background and history of Nespresso coffee pods, this quick read is for you. Keep reading as we take a step back in time and have a look at the origins of coffee and eventually, the creation of coffee capsules and machines. Additionally, we will examine a few lesser-known facts about coffee and hopefully teach you a thing or two. We also provide a few compatible capsule recommendations from our online store.

If you are interested in Nespresso-compatible pods and other coffee products, we, at Coffee Capsules Direct, have the largest selection in South Africa – all available to you with the simple click of a button. If you love coffee as much as we do, you can rest assured that you will find something to suit every taste and preference in our online store. Without any further ado, let’s get into the guide.

Nespresso Coffee Pods: The Origins Of Coffee

There is some debate about who first discovered coffee, and as it was so long ago, there are many stories about the origins of these beloved beans. The one legend that seems to be most accepted is the story of Kaldi and his goats, who lived in the ancient forests on the Ethiopian plateau.

Over time, Kaldi began to notice that his goats would become extremely energetic after eating berries from a particular tree. So much so that they would refuse to sleep at night and would keep him awake as a result.

He decided that this was a worthwhile discovery and sought out a local monastery to report his findings. The monks, who were fascinated by Kaldi’s claim, decided to test this theory and make a drink with these berries. A short while later, they found that they were easily able to make it through hours of evening prayers without tiring in the slightest.

From there, stories of these interesting energising berries began to spread further and further, or so the story goes. Eventually, the news travelled far enough that it reached the Arabian Peninsula, which is where the first recognised cultivation and trade of coffee started.


This new drink spread like wildfire, and as soon as the 16th century, coffee beans were grown all across Syria, Turkey, Egypt, and Persia, enjoyed by the rich and poor alike in coffee houses. By the 17th century, the warm, dark beverage made its way to the shores of Europe where its energising nature initially led people to believe that it was a “bitter invention of Satan”.

Oddly, coffee was banned and condemned by the Venetian clergy, as a result of the fear surrounding it. This drummed up so much attention that the Pope at the time decided he would set all this suspicion aside and try this new drink for himself. After a few sips, he decided he enjoyed it so much that he gave it a papal pardon and approved the drink as safe for consumption.

From this point on, coffee continued to make its way around the globe. By the late 17th century, there were more than 300 coffee houses in London, and the drink had been brought to the Americas and Asia. People experimented with different ideas and discovered interesting new ways to serve this delicious beverage. Nowadays, it is estimated that over two billion cups of coffee are consumed every single day! So, you could say that Kaldi and his goats stumbled upon quite the discovery, and the coffee lovers of the world owe him plenty of gratitude.


A Few Interesting Facts About Coffee And Capsules

With a history as long and intriguing as that of coffee, it is no surprise that there are many strange and wonderful facts surrounding this tasty drink. As a matter of interest, let’s have a look at a few of them:

  1. Finland Is The Largest Consumer Of Coffee In The World – When we say this, we don’t mean they drink more coffee volume-wise than every other country, but rather that the average coffee consumption per person is the highest. Currently, the number is at 12kg per person, per year! That’s an average of around 4.6 cups of coffee every day, which is rather far above the worldwide average of around 2.7 cups.
  2. The Number Of Coffee Pods Manufactured Every Minute – To meet the world's never-ending thirst for coffee, an insane 39,000 coffee capsules are created every minute. This is a rather crazy thing to comprehend, but it isn’t surprising considering how delicious and convenient they are.
  3. There Are Two Different Kinds Of Coffee Beans – Technically, there are more than two, but we are exclusively talking about the sort of coffee we drink – these two types are known as Arabica and Robusta. You have more than likely heard of Arabica beans, as these are the most popularly used by quite a large margin. Robusta beans create coffee that has a more acquired taste, probably because it is slightly more acidic and has almost twice as much caffeine compared to Arabica beans. Vietnam stands above the rest of the world in their robusta bean production.
  4. The Largest Brew Ever Made – The record of the largest cup of coffee ever created was made to be 22,739 litres! This unthinkable achievement took fifty Colombians more than a month to complete. It has been officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records and stands to this day.

Nespresso Coffee Pods: Why Choose Coffee Capsules Direct?

Now that we’ve had a look at the history of coffee and gone through a few fascinating facts, let’s get into a few of the reasons why we are the ideal spot for all your Nespresso coffee pods, compatible capsules, cleaning pods, filter coffee, beans, and more.

Nespresso Coffee Pods: Variety And Compatibility

One fantastic reason to opt for Nespresso-compatible pods is that there is a huge range of options to browse through and pick out your favourites. We collaborate with many well-regarded brands from all over the world, and they have something unique to offer when it comes to flavour profiles and coffee intensities. So, if you are one of those people who enjoys trying new things and intentionally looks for exciting new options, consider having a look at our impressive selection of products.

One common misconception that people have about our capsules is that the compatibility is limited, or that they will only function correctly in a few types of coffee machines. However, this is simply not the case. If you are curious about whether a certain product is compatible with your particular machine, all you need to do is check the description of the capsules and the Nespresso machines it is fully compatible with will be comprehensively listed.

Ultimately, there is nothing to worry about regarding compatibility. If you are not entirely sure what type of machine you own, or the compatibility of it, send us an email with a picture of your device and we will get back to you with the model and its compatibility or lack thereof.

Nespresso Coffee Pods: Great Coffee At Fantastic Prices

We don’t believe one should have to spend an arm and a leg to drink tasty coffee – it is for this reason that we ensure that our prices are the most competitive in the industry. We constantly run specials and bulk deals which allow our customers to stock up on their favourite coffees, so keep your eyes peeled for these deals when they come around. Additionally, on orders over R700, the shipping is completely free!

Beyond this, compatible capsules are much more cost-effective than most of the other options on the market, as oftentimes, it is the brand you are paying for. This is not to say that the coffee companies that we work with are not some of the finest in the world, rather that pricier alternatives are priced as premium products. In most cases, you are getting better quality coffee, for a fraction of the cost, and everyone enjoys saving some money where they can – especially when there is no compromise on the taste of the product.

Nespresso Coffee Pods: A Few Options From Our Online Store

As we usually do, we will offer a few recommendations that we feel are certainly worth considering.

Coffee Collection Favourites – 100 Nespresso Compatible Capsules

At Coffee Capsules Direct, we couldn’t sit back and let everyone else have all the fun, so we decided to create our very own range of compatible pods. This particular bulk variety pack contains a whopping 100 capsules, with roasts from different parts of the world and a variety of intensities. Including Lungo, Dark Roast, African, Medium, and Central American. If you have not tried it already, our Coffee Collection Favourites are undoubtedly worth it, and the variety all but guarantees that there is something for everyone to enjoy – regardless of tastes or preferences.

L'OR Full Range Variety – 70 Aluminium Nespresso-Compatible Capsules

L’OR is well-known for creating some of the finest blends in the world, and this offering presents their full range in one bulk deal, with seven unique types of pods to offer you a comprehensive taste experience. These seven are: Ultimo, Ristretto, Forza, Profondo, Colombia, Limited Creations, and Ristretto Decaf, all offering different intensities and tastes. From complex, spicy roasted beans, to elegant flavour combinations with subtle hints of sweetness, this variety pack truly has it all. Why not check out the L’OR Full Range Variety and see for yourself why our customers constantly rave about these capsules.

About Coffee Capsules Direct: Nespresso Coffee Pods

It has never been easier to be a coffee-enthusiast, as nowadays, all you need to do is open up a web page, pick out a few of the tasty products on offer, and after a few days they will be delivered directly to your door.

We understand that most people lead extremely busy lives and it can be time-consuming to head out to the shops and search for everything you want – not to mention that you might not find what you are looking for. With us, all your coffee needs can be met in one simple, easy-to-use website.

To add to this convenience, compatible Nespresso coffee pods make life significantly easier, and speed up your coffee-making process substantially. All you need to do is place the desired capsule into your Nespresso machine, pick the size you want, and a consistently delectable brew lands in your mug every time. Nespresso coffee pods also mean very limited clean up, easy storage, and painless variety of choice. Open the doors to the world of high-quality, artisanal coffee, from the comfort of your own home.