Introduction: Reuse Your Nespresso Capsules Simple and Easy and Cheap

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I´m sure others have figured this solution out but nobody posted
it here but i wanted to share it.

I got tired of the blends nespresso offers and gave it a go to try to refill them with other blends,
and well yes im a cheap bastard also since they do cost much x capsule.

I tend to use the capsules 2 or 3 times since they poke new holes in the back but most times i seem to manage put it in so it uses the same holes again without even trying to do that.

Step 1: Preparation

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Take the capsule and carve off the metallic film following the inner ring and then empty and rinse it.

Step 2: Filling

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Fill the capsule with about 1.5 - 2 teaspoons of your favourite espresso blend don´t
pack it to hard or the machine will struggle and the coffe will taste bad.

Step 3: Sealing

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Take a piece of foil and cut it so you have some spare
and then tuck it neatly under the edge and boom your done.

Step 4: Brewing

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Now all you need to do is brew your coffe and enjoy it,
you might have packed the coffe to loose or to tight just try
again and you will get it right.

It´s very easy and way cheaper then the "originals".


GN- (author)2017-02-12

It works

boxofcats (author)2017-02-12

Anyone try the stainless reusable Way Caps for Nespresso machines? I just found them online. Re-usable forever which seems wonderful. Not inexpensive (2 for 60 Euros or pounds) but worth it over the long haul. Stainless made in Italy which I like and now I can use my own organic coffee. Anyone ever use them? Fingers crossed for me, but I like the idea.

friedcoffee (author)2016-07-28

It's a great DIY and will allow us not to be bound by the high cost pods. I also saw a few cheaper alternatives that cost as low as $0.49. I read them here and these are really cheap and worth the taste. I preferred Hiline and they are amazing, no doubt.

TanujS4 (author)2016-05-06

Sorry!...I meant LIDL in my last post and not Aldi. However the coffee capsules from Aldi are pretty decent too, if you can get them!

TanujS4 (author)2016-05-06

Funnily, I have never had a lot of luck out of re-using nespresso capsules. I find the result a bit insipid and watery. I reuse the capsules from LIDL....yes LIDL!.....Its great coffee too and cheap, but like the OP says, I am a stingy re-use freak! The capsules from Aldi are sturdier and do not get punctured in the rear as they have a recessed rim with microfine holes. I always get a perfect shot of lungo albeit with a slightly reduced crema layer.

Kiteman (author)2010-02-25

I'm a coffee-lover, but I've never seen the point of these capsule machines.  What's wrong with a cafetier or a stove-top espresso maker?

That aside, this is a very useful project for those who like a gadget-filled kitchen.

Well done.

ChiscoR (author)Kiteman2015-12-28

Kiteman, you may never read this as you posted 6 years ago in any case I fully agree however now I've been gifted one and realize there is one benefit; they are quick and neat therefore good when you have a pile of people to entertain. Otherwise they double or even triple the price of your cup of coffee and restrict your options...

Kiteman (author)ChiscoR2015-12-29

They're good for two or three guests, but for more than that I prefer the cafetiere.

TanujS4 (author)Kiteman2016-05-06

Just remember a cafetiere will produce a completely different coffee.

kalebdark (author)Kiteman2015-09-14

The Nespresso Pixie has 19bar of pressure. Caffietiere and stove-top have zero. For fans of coffee, the pressure allows what is known as the crema to form. This is the bright sometimes creamy looking foam that forms on the top. Have a go with a coffee house that serves good coffee (espresso) with crema, you'll be a convert!

Kiteman (author)kalebdark2015-09-14

You're replying to a five-year old comment - in that time, my wife bought me a capsule machine for a birthday, and I'm a convert.

Euphy (author)Kiteman2010-03-04

Bear in mind that cafetiers and stove-top espresso makers are both kitchen gadgets too - and ones (in my experience) that almost never get used because I think they're a pain to wash and dry, or a pain to use and ground coffee doesn't keep fresh for long. The pod-based systems are literally service and maintenence-free and the pods keep fresh for months as opposed to days.  That's why I got one anyway, and because the machine was so compact.  I have a little kitchen, and no room (or money) for a good burr grinder and standard espresso machine. I am a convert, I admit!

Nespresso do have a recycling program for the pods, but only in switzerland I think!

artbylindalou (author)Euphy2015-02-03

They recycle the capsules in Toronto Canada also.

Capsules are also recycled in Ottawa, Canada. I think they are recycled wherever there is a Nespresso Boutique.

Kiteman (author)Kiteman2015-02-04

UPDATE: I was bought a pod machine for my birthday. I'm a convert.

warren.hancock.1 (author)Kiteman2014-09-20

I used to think the same thing myself until my wife won a Nespresso machine in a raffle. We decided to try it out and now my $2,000 espresso machine hardly gets used. Turn this baby on and within one minute you are drinking a cup of coffee. I'm hooked and as they say don't knock it till you try it. I can recommend these machines.

turkeylurkey (author)Kiteman2011-01-22

I am disabled and cannot lift anything as heavy as a caraf. Able-bodied people often miss the unlikely reason for a choice.

Kiteman (author)turkeylurkey2011-01-22

Since making that post, my wife has bought me a single-cup coffee machine that uses either loose ground coffee, or you can drop in one of a range of capsules.

Have a look.

pmpelfrey (author)Kiteman2014-08-02

Would you please share what machine this is, that can use the loose ground coffee or a range of capsules? I had seen an ad for one like that, but never could find it online. I do have one that will take either Keurig or ground coffee, but one that will handle a bigger variety would be even better. Thanks!

Kiteman (author)pmpelfrey2014-08-02

I'm afraid that the particular model I have does not seem to be available any more.

(That's a 3 year old post you're replying to.)

derte84 (author)Kiteman2010-02-25

 I'm from Italy and here coffee is quite a religion. I can say that nespresso make one of the best coffe you can have (at home) and is quite comparable to bar espresso (<- this is the point).

And everyone that try it think the same...

This instructable is soo good because I want to try with my favorite coffee blend made by ILLY (illy espresso)

ambart (author)derte842011-12-17

I just bought a Nespresso machine for my husband for Christmas, but have not tried it yet (it is a Christmas gift). I was wondering about the pods. Does ILLY make pods for Nespresso machines? Which pod is the best for Nespresso machines? I understand Nespresso has several different ones. I have only tried the medium and I was not enamoured of it. I am in Italy a lot and I have tried many bar coffees and even in Italy I must say, the coffee varies from bar to bar. There are times when the coffee is out of this world, but then there are times when it is average at best (for Italy, that is). Here in U.S. espresso is not made well anywhere and so you get a version of it. Starbucks, which people here rave over, is terrible coffee. Anyway, I hope to here from you about this because it is important to get the opinion of one whose religion is coffee (lol).
Grazie mille

hendrojo (author)derte842010-09-16

Actually, Illy is made by Nestlé too, but sold separately, under the company's Food Services Division. So more or less, they are the same powder. You can make different blends, however.

Esmagamus (author)derte842010-03-04

Coffee is a religion in Portugal too. I dare to say that the day this country runs out of coffee, everyone's dead.

I've heard a lot about the excellent coffee of Nespresso machines, but you do have to give Saeco some credit. I've never had coffee that good since my Rio Profi stopped working.

I did have to adjust the machine at least every month, but it was worth the time for me. Nespresso wins in that: it's quite a no-brainer.

baneat (author)Kiteman2010-03-17

My cafetiere takes 3 minutes to brew with, my Senseo thingy does it in one.

Better for a small qty of a coffee.

Plasmana (author)Kiteman2010-03-06

If you are in a hurry to get to work and don't have time to clean up a little mess, you will want one. lol :P

My parents uses one of those "capsule machines" because they don't have much time to do what they want, I have 3 little brothers and sisters, so it can get pretty hectic sometime.. :S

frollard (author)Kiteman2010-02-27

I love my keurig machine...single cup means it only boils a small amount of water at a time - as I only drink one at a time - always perfectly fresh.

I also have the reusable filter cup - so I don't have to refill the disposable ones.  I primarily use it for tea.

zalbo (author)Kiteman2010-02-25

i bought that machine beacuse i have had about 5 different types of espresso machines that all have been excellent at start and then start getting worse after a couple of years it almost always seemed to be the same problem the steam thingymabob that was the cause.

and the stovetop ones well i dont like to wait for my coffe and i have the attention span of a goldfish so i tend to forget it there and it boils over:)

this nespresso mache cost me less then 200$ and is half the size of a "normal" one and has been on my kitchen counter switched on for 2.5 years now and not a single malfunction only downside is the exspensive coffe.

earnst2w8 (author)zalbo2010-02-26

 we've also got a Nespresso machine :P  And we've also got the steam thingymabob :P failiure :D  But now we use milk, wich we shook ( i dont know how you call it ) ourselfs 

fried_coffee (author)2016-04-10

The capsules are contributing to harms to the nature so it's best if we can reuse them or their are other methods too. The original capsules can only be used 2-3 times more, not more than that. There are other options too like there are reusable metal capsules, here is well writ about it

HubertB1 (author)2015-11-07

You can also buy refillable capsules for Nespresso and Dolce Gusto.
Go to

Loki2 (author)2015-10-08

After some experimentation, if u use heavy duty foil, pack the pod with finely ground coffee, u can get a decent espresso with crema that could easily be part of any coffee you build such as an Americano, cappuccino. It works! I do however love the coffee from nespresso. They aren't kidding around with their blends. I am sure there is a cost savings to doing it yourself. Reminds me of ruling cigarettes ( hey, I was a child of the 70s and my parents had the machine - both quit btw)

KhanhN3 (author)2015-04-22

I was told that doing this method will damage the machine; since you cant get complete seal and thus the grinds will end building up in your machine to cause problems. Let me know if your machine is still functioning.

KathleenM20 made it! (author)KhanhN32015-09-24

I was worried about the grinds clogging too but found if you pack the coffee firmly in the pod and the foil is sealed enough to stay on firmly as you place it inside then the machine actually seals the foil when you close it. I attached an image the pod on the left is the reused one and it looks much like the new pod. I didn't find any residual coffee in the machine and the coffee came out rich and frothy just like a new pod. I used a very fine grind, packed the pod firmly with coffee and used regular household heavy duty foil.

coffeesj (author)KhanhN32015-05-24

I doubt that this re-filled cartridge will damage machine. The water is pumped through it and it will carry grind particles out. I guess the worst thing could happen is that you will find coffee particles in your cup.

KathleenM20 (author)2015-09-24

KathleenM20 (author)KathleenM202015-09-24

A few weeks ago while dropping off a donation at a local thrift shop I saw a pristine looking Nespresso D290 for $13.00 that had all of the original documents, even the receipt from William Sonoma for $500! I bought a sample pack of pods and the machine works great. The milk foaming attachment is awesome, I use more often than the coffee maker. I thought about reusing the capsules but I was worried if the foil isn't tight enough it will make a huge mess. Following the tips here however I made a rich, frothy, Nespresso that tastes just like the capsules I bought. I used a really fine grind but I packed it as tight as the unused capsules were packed. The most time consuming part of doing this was figuring out the right utensils to evenly pack the coffee with and securing the foil and it still only took about ten minutes. All I have is a medium roast coffee and it still came out rich and frothy, I can't wait to try this with a dark roast.Thanks for the tip I wish I read it before I threw out half my used pods!

wferraciolli (author)2015-08-18

Working like charm.

Francoisd4 (author)2015-08-12

coffeesj (author)2015-05-24

works great! Thank you!

ddnn (author)2015-04-05

I have been using for over a year a refillable coffee pod which has actually been made to be reused. I buy the pack of 10 and it usually lasts me about 300 uses. 30 uses per pod. I buy them from

coffeeluvie (author)2015-03-30

shaun.drummond.50 (author)2015-01-26

I did the same with the Aldi machine I have, mainly for environmental reasons - they create a lot of waste! Work well most of the time, but getting mix right is hard. Sometimes have blown front pipe off machine! Easy to put back on though. The main issue is is that the point of these is speed, and doing it yourself of course removes the convenience

denise.kirk.714 (author)2015-01-20

I have just purchased a Dolce Gusto machine and find the pods are sooooo expensive and messy the used pods remain full of water after your drink is made, also on opening a few pods after use to empty the liquid out before throwing out, I have found a few that still have powder in them what a waste.Im not saying I don't like the machine or the drinks but do wish they would come up with a proper refillable pod, or as Tim Horton in Canada and USA make their product available in an instant drink that is really georgeous

laura.sanchez1 (author)2015-01-18

You might be cutting a very large foil. Get a perfectly round foil slightly bigger than the opening of the capsule. Don't let the foil touch the sides of the capsule. I believe the pressure generated in the capsule (from the hot water entering) pushes the whole capsule to the plastic "blades?" to break the foil. If you have a lot of foil around of the capsule, it won't be able to move and break. Therefore you have plain water coming out. Please let me know how it works. It took me a couple of days to figure this out.

PhaseN (author)2015-01-04

This does not work. Water comes through so you end up with watery coffee and no crema

Nespresso (author)2014-12-27

Hello. Was wondering if the same aluminum foil technique as shown here can be used with a good quality stainless steel reusable pod - like the mycoffeestar stainless steel pods. Mycoffeestar comes with a perforated stainless steel screw on cap but aparently the coffee extract does not compare with the non perforated cap of the original nespresso pods. Anyone with mycoffeestar pods to try?

KeithE (author)2014-12-18

Nice idea, got a Nespresso for ourselves after going to buy one as a xmas gift for the parents in law and remembered how good its coffee was when we had one to use at a B&B we visited. Refills a great idea - found a pack of 3 strong plastic ones with mesh filters work great - try Roobos Red tea with frothy milk and honey on top heaven!

Coffee2u Refillable Reusable Coffee Capsules Pods For Nespresso - 3 Coffee Pods £10

Cheers Keith

Lyn1312 (author)2013-02-19

Aluminium is not a good idea. Lots of studies now associate it with Alzheimer's. just saying.....

mathewritchie (author)Lyn13122014-02-08

This was garbage the aluminium found in tissue samples came from the chemicals used to stablize them for testing.

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