Everyone who knows me, knows there are only three beverages I drink: coffee to keep me going, water to keep me hydrated, and wine to counter all the coffee. I do love my coffee and drink it all day, with my last sip ending about the time I begin cooking dinner. Two pots are what I average on a daily basis and that’s just how it’s been for years. Until now.
I recently had my yearly physical and my doctor did not agree with my daily caffeine fix. I admit I’ve been having challenges when it comes to getting the amount of sleep my body needs and yes, it could have something to do with the amount of coffee I consume. I knew that, I just didn’t want to admit it. I agreed I could work on that and even agreed to try to not drink any after 1 or 2 p.m. Of course her idea of drinking less and mine didn’t quite match up. I was thinking of cutting back to one pot and she was thinking 2 cups…total!
My problem with going to just a couple of cups was I only know how to make an entire pot. I have my perfect measurements down and I don’t have to think or calculate before my brain is working in the morning. And once I have an entire pot made, I don’t want to waste it, so I drink the whole thing. Yes, I know I could figure out measurements for only a half a pot but honestly, that’s not going to happen.
I had a Nespresso coffee machine I had stopped using because the Nespresso pods were so expensive but I decided to pull it out and start making coffee by the cup instead of the pot. But the frugal part of me just couldn’t get past the price. I’m not on such a tight budget that I can’t afford the pods and if I was actually going to cut down to three or four cups it wouldn’t break the bank at approximately $1.10 per cup (for flavored versions.) But still, there are some things I splurge on and others I don’t. And coffee pods aren’t high on my list of splurge items.
When I originally bought my Nespresso machine the only pods you could use in it were the Nespresso pods. But it had been years since I used it so I decided to do a bit of research and see if there was anything new on the market that would be compatible to the machine. Glad I did the research because I found two companies that had come out with espresso/coffee pods that fit the Nespresso machine. After reading the reviews, which were overwhelmingly more favorable for one over the other, I tried the brand Gourmesso, which got great reviews on flavor, price, and customer service.
I prefer flavored coffees so I tried the vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. To be honest, the first cup I tried was so different from my regular flavored coffee that it threw me off a bit. It wasn’t bad at all, just different. It is more like drinking a cappuccino than my plain old can of coffee, that was really the only difference. The second cup was better and by the third cup, which is where I stopped, it was excellent. The next morning as I drank my first cup of the day, I was very happy that I had decided to give the Gourmesso pods a try!
A BIT ABOUT GOURMESSO –
Gourmesso was founded in Berlin to offer compatible coffee capsules for Nespresso machines at a much more reasonable price. Their headquarters are based in Miami and they deliver all over the country (you can’t find this at the stores but their website is very easy to navigate and order from.)
The beans are specially roasted, grounded and packaged in air and light-proof packaging and the pods are made in the most sustainable ways possible. The choices are endless, with different espresso, lungo, and flavored varieties to choose from. I especially like how the site includes intensity level information on each selection so you know what you’re getting. If you like bold, strong flavors, you would enjoy anything marked with a “12 or 10” intensity. If you prefer something more mild, you could choose something with a “5” intensity like I did. They also offer decaf if you prefer your morning java without the jitters.
When ordering there is no need to sign up for a membership or join a club. Delivery is free (within US) for orders of $50 or more. You can also save money when buying in bundles. Gourmesso also has a Reward Points Program where you can earn rewards points for every cent you spend at Gourmesso. They also offer tea capsules and specialty treats, which I haven’t tried yet but since they have some gluten-free goodies, I’ll be ordering those soon.
While I was totally satisfied with the flavors I’ve tried so far, I was even more impressed with the pricing. The flavored varieties cost about 47 cents a cup versus the $1.10 Nespresso per cup choices. That is a definite savings!
If you have a Nespresso coffee maker and are interested in compatible coffee capsules at a much lower price, check out their website. (The Gourmesso capsules do NOT fit the Nespresso VertuoLine machines.)
RECYCLING IS GOOD FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT –
I’m all about recycling and buying used items when possible, trying to keep our environment clean and safe for our children and grandchildren. Which is why I was so happy to see that unlike Nespresso capsules, Gourmesso capsules are made out of BPA-free plastic and can be recycled in your regular curb-side or local recycling program. Great flavors, excellent prices and recyclable!
Last year I wrote an article on ways you can use used coffee grounds. And while you obviously won’t have as many used grounds in a small capsule as you would with a drip machine, the amount in the capsules are enough to put in a potted plant, to use as a facial mask, or touch up your roots. Just tear the foil off and dump or spoon the grounds out.
I am going to cut down a bit, enough to where my hands don’t shake and I can actually fall asleep at night. But I also did a bit of research so that the next time the doctor has the “coffee talk” with me, I’ll be prepared with these 19 reasons coffee IS good for you!