Illy pods for Nespresso machines!

It seems too good to be true, but it is true: illy will be selling pods compatible in Nespresso machines. Now Nespresso fans can have that great Italian coffee in a perfect Nespresso press.

For now, we only know that the pods are scheduled to be available in the U.S. in the beginning of 2019. The capsules will be aluminum, like Nespresso’s, so it’s possible that we can recycle them the same way we recycle Nespresso’s pods. In addition to Nespresso machines, the pods also will work in Delonghi and Breville espresso machines.

Peet's Nespresso-compatible coffee pods.

Until the illy brand becomes available, try these Peet’s Nespresso-compatible pods.

The pods will be made by JAB, a big coffee conglomerate that sells 10% of the world’s coffee. Nestlé sells more than twice the coffee JAB sells, at 23%. JAB owns Peet’s coffee, Keurig Greem Mountain, Krispy Kreme, and a slew of other companies.

Ever since Nespresso lost its patent protection for the pods, many companies have offered compatibles. We don’t see too many here in the U.S., but they are readily available in groceries in Europe. Amazon sells this Bestpresso brand pod that’s Nespresso compatible. I haven’t tried it myself, but it gets 4.5 stars with over 2,000 reviews.

It will be great to see illy pods available in my local grocery! This post will be updated once the pods become available.

If you find that your machine is making your lungos too weak, it may not be the coffee, but may be the machine’s settings: You may want to calibrate your Nespresso machine’s settings to restore them to the original, factory espresso and lungo sizes.

 

 

Colorful stainless steel lungo cups

These 8-ounce stainless steel tumblers come in seven different colors at Amazon. This burgundy color here is the best, in my opinion!

The double-walled steel cups keep your coffee hot. The exterior remains heat resistant. And, of course, these re unbreakable coffee cups. That makes them great for travel, outdoors, tailgating, etc. Dishwasher safe.

These fit under your Essenza and Essenza Mini spout.

 

Set of 2 at Amazon

May the Lungo Be With You

Gift idea for May the 4th coffee lovers.

May the Fourth Gift for Coffee Lovers

Need a gift idea for May the 4th?

Star Wars fans who also love coffee will love this May the Fourth Be With You travel coffee mug made by KeepCup.

There’s just no way around this — this travel coffee cup is a classic. BB-8 is the droid of the decade, and now you can take him with you… filled with your favorite Nespresso lungo, of course.

KeepCup comes in many different color combinations.

KeepCup comes in many different color combinations.

This travel cup, made by KeepCup, comes in LOTs of different colors. Most are about $18.00, but this special droid runs a bit more expensive. But it’ll be worth the extra bots when you start getting comments from commuters on the subway!

The droid version is made with tempered, recycled glass, and will keep your coffee hot for a respectable amount of time. The polypropylene lid is a KeepCup perfection — there’s a swivel portion that will seal your cup, or allow a small gap for drinking. There’s a polypropylene band around the center for gripping without burning your hand.

Available from Amazon.

Nespresso View Cappuccino Cups


Elegant. Classic. Beautiful.

These 6-ounce cups are just right for lungos, and of course, look great with a fresh cappuccino swirling around the glass. Mmm.

These come from Nespresso, so you know the quality is there. Tempered glass cups, stainless steel saucers. Both are dishwasher safe, but not microwave safe. Also, we’ve been told that the stainless scratches easily, so if you wash by hand, don’t use an abrasive scrubber.

Available from Amazon.

 

 

Nespresso to-go!

 In the U.S., we take our coffees to go. It’s not that the Scandinavians and Europeans are wrong to only drink coffee in a mug, sitting in a relaxed setting. That’s a good way to enjoy a Nespresso, for sure. But, sometimes we just need that lungo to go!

For those times, here’s the perfect disposable paper cup, neatly embellished with the Nespresso logo.

Order in 250 ml for an 8 ounce lungo.   Available at Amazon.

Order 100 ml for a shorter espresso.  Available at Amazon.

 

Bodum Pavina 9-Ounce Double-Wall Thermo Lungo Cups

Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Lungo CupsThese cups are a favorite of Nespresso fans! The design is becoming and showcases the gorgeous coffee, which is especially pleasing to watch as it fills these cups!

They are a good size for your lungo-sized coffee if you tend to add a little more water to your lungos. I know this first-hand… sometimes I’ll re-calibrate my Nespresso machine for a bigger lungo, especially for some friends who don’t like their coffee so strong. Nespresso calibrates a lungo at about 4 ounces, but this one is a little bigger, if you need a bigger size.

  • Set of 2
  • 3-1/8 inch diameter by  3-1/2 inches high, 3-1/5 inches at widest point
  • Holds 9 ounces each
  • Lightweight, thermal, borosilicate glass; 2-layer construction resists heat and prevents condensation
  • 2 wall layers make liquid inside seem to float; mix and match with Canteen, Pavina, and Assam lines
  • Safe in the microwave and dishwasher — but hand washing is recommended
  • Set of 2 Available at Amazon
Bodum Lungo Cup on Nespresso Essenza

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Bodum Glass Cup on Essenza -- Instagram Version

Instagram Version

Height of 9 oz. Bodum Double-Wall Glass Cup

Height of 9 oz. Bodum  Double-Wall Glass Cup

Revol coffee cup looks plastic but it’s not!

Revol Crinkle Cup

Looks plastic, but it’s not.

You’ll love this eye-catching, French-design coffee cups! They look like a crumpled plastic cup, but they’re actually dishwasher-safe Porcelain. Several colors available, so stack these up for conversation pieces before serving, and keep the conversation going serving your favorite Nespresso lungo in one of these. The size is just right: Each cup holds 6.25 ounces — so this is best for the lungo lovers who like the stronger version, closer to the factory setting. And, at 3.25″ tall, they’ll fit under your Essenza spout, no problem!

  • Stackable cups are great for serving cappuccino, tapas, desserts and soufflés
  • 6.25 ounce capacity
  • 3.25″ tall
  • Revol porcelain is fired at high temperatures, creating a smooth, non-porous finish that’s easy to clean and resistant to stains, chips and scratches
  • Made in France

Available at Amazon