Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but the start of the year is always insanely busy for me. All those emails to catch up on, phone calls to return, meetings to schedule! It’s just not possible to do it all without a strong cup of coffee.
I’m a bit of a coffee snob. I’ll admit that. It’s hard not to be one when you’ve grown up around artisanal coffee in the Mother City. I also have so much coffee paraphernalia it’s a bit ridiculous. Different machines, too many different types of coffee to count, presses, pods, you name it – I’ve got it.
My most recent discovery was Belmio coffee pods, which are Nespresso compatible – something that’s very exciting for a coffee lover like me.
Without harping on about South Africa, and the “good coffee days”, something that I have sorely missed, is non-Nespresso branded coffee pods that fit into my Nespresso machine. Back home, you can buy Nespresso compatible coffee pods in all the big grocery stores, and a lot of coffee shops have brought out their own line of pods filled with their house-roasted ground beans. Then I moved to the UK and it’s just tea, tea, tea. Sooo much tea.
At one stage, I was scooping out the used coffee from my Nespresso pods and refilling them with my favourite ground coffee and resealing them with foil stickers. Talk about a schlep. I bet you’re thinking, “just use a percolator or a French press!” But guys, I have. It’s just not the same, even if you use the same coffee. There’s something magical that happens when 9 bars of pressure is applied to your coffee. This is why coffee shop coffee is so yummy. Those machines run at 19 bars upwards. It’s science.
Belmio currently have 13 pod varieties in 2 collections, with more launching soon. They follow a similar intensity rating as Nespresso and it states whether the pod if for espresso or lungo use (or both) – so choosing a pod for your preferred taste is easy and intuitive.
The pods fit perfectly into my Nespresso machine. I’ve had no issues with them getting stuck or clogged. The packaging sleeves also fit into my pod holder without issues.
A few years back, when I got my first Nespresso machine, there was a lot of up roar (from Nespresso) about people using non-Nespresso branded pods in their machines, but in 2014 courts ruled that they were being anti-competitive. These days anyone can make Nespresso compatible pods and they are perfectly fine to use without worrying about your warranty being voided. That being said, if it is proven that the actual pod’s design was what caused your machine to fail, Nespresso is not liable for the damages. Which to me, is fair. But Nespresso also has to let competitors know if any design changes are made to the pods or machines, so that they can adapt accordingly. So I wouldn’t even stress about it, honestly.
Don’t think of Belmio pods as an alternative to Nespresso. They’re an addition to your collection. The flavours are all unique and very different – that’s if you’re someone who doesn’t think “coffee is coffee”.
I have tried 5 varieties:
Risoluto (Espresso 9/12)
Intenso (Espresso 8/12)
Largo (Lungo 7/12)
Origio (Espresso 7/12)
Allegro (Espresso 6/12)
What I’ve noticed about all five, is that the ashy / carbony flavours are very dominant. I love a dark roast, so this is right up my alley.
They’re also mostly chocolatey. I do enjoy a fresh citrusy coffee, especially in the morning, but during the day, when I’m snacking on something like a pain au chocolat, then I always go for a Belmio Intenso pod because it pairs so well.
Largo has been my favourite anytime pod though. It’s sweet, well rounded, full bodied and fruity. I have mine with extra milk.
A sleeve of 10 pods costs around £3 and is available to buy from Belmio’s online shop.
If you would like to get your hands on a sample pack of 50 pods containing Risoluto, Intenso, Largo, Origio and Allegro, then simply follow the instructions listed in the Gleam widget below.
Terms and Conditions
Open to UK Mainland residents only.
No purchase required.
The competition runs from Thursday, 11 January 2018 to Thursday, 8 February 2018.
One winner will be announced on Friday, 9 February 2018.
The winner will have seven days to supply a delivery address. If an address is not supplied, a new winner will be chosen.
The winner will receive one sample pack of 50 Belmio coffee pods containing 1 sleeve (10 pods) of each flavour: Risoluto, Intenso, Largo, Origio and Allegro.
The prize is not transferable for cash.
Prize is sponsored by Belmio and will be sent to the winner by Belmio. Please allow 30 days for delivery.
Product has been sent to me for review.