Refill Used Nespresso Capsules the Right Way




Introduction: Refill Used Nespresso Capsules the Right Way

ever wonder how to refill a Nespresso capsule without sacrificing quality? here is how.

it takes a little bit of practice. but is easy to do.

materials needed:
used Nespresso capsule
thin aluminium foil
espresso coffee
Nespresso machine
scissors *

* use and old pair of scissors because cutting aluminium foil makes them really blunt.

Step 1: Clean the Used Capsule

take the capsule, use a paring knife and clean out the coffee grounds.

wash/ rinse the capsule and let dry.

Step 2: Fill With Espresso Ground Coffee

pick your favorite roast coffee. it has to be made for espresso machines. I have used Illy, Kimbo, and LavAzza with success.

pack it into the capsule tightly.

Step 3: Clean Rim

this is a pesky, but necessary step because the Nespresso machines have tight tolerances.

if you do a sloppy job, it will leak.

Step 4: Place Foil Over Capsule

use a circle of foil 46mm diameter.

I have used heavy duty aluminium foil with poor outcomes. try using cheap light duty aluminium foil. better yet, chocolate wrapper aluminum foil works best.

the aluminum foil is an important detail because you want the pressure in the capsule to build up and rip the aluminum foil.

Step 5: Crimp Foil

place capsule onto center of foil. turn over slightly to verify this. crimp down securely as shown.

use you fingernail to crimp to the underside of the rim. there edge of the foil should NOT touch the cone portion of the capsule body.

if the foil is too large, you won't have the proper seal and hot water will leak around the capsule.

Step 6: Brew

load into your Nespresso gently

Step 7: Brew Either Small or Large Cup

note the dark espresso followed by a good amount of crema.

the refilled capsule makes a full shot.

Step 8: Post Brewing Analysis

note that the aluminum perforated nicely. this foil slipped a bit on the insertion.

the foil size is crucial.

the coffee is packed very tightly with very little give when pressed.

the back gets punctured by 3 pins in my machine. this capsule has been used several times already.

clean out the capsule and reuse.

Step 9: Cost Analysis

I use about 8 grams of coffee.

a can of espresso ground cost average of $10 for 250 grams.

that's 31 capsules of coffee per can. cost of 30 cents per capsule.

this is a savings of 30 cents per capsule compared yo the nespresso capsule.

experiment with different brands.


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    1 year ago

    I think of adding some powder milk and chocollate in order to make a capuccino like beverage.

    Jarom Cohen
    Jarom Cohen

    2 years ago

    Great tip, however beware of using your own aluminum foil when reusing your capsules. Nespresso capsules are made from aluminum with a food grade shellac coating. When hot water forces through it, the water and coffee comes into contact only with the shellac, not the aluminum. It is safer to use refillable compatible pods or new pods.


    5 years ago

    It works


    6 years ago

    OMG! Where did you find ulker chocolate


    You can buy compatible refillable bpa plastic capsules that work for over 30 uses just search for refillable nespresso compatible pods or capsules. There are a few different varieties that you can fill with your own coffee. A solution i feel is better health wise.


    Reply 6 years ago

    Yes I agree with you. Use refillable pods ! You can find capsules compatible for Nespresso on


    Nice tip. I have two questions though:

    It seems that there is something at the back of the capsule like a paper. Isn't this destroyed after first use?

    After each use the capsule will have 3 more holes and probably the water will have more points to pass through the capsule.

    How are the above facts going to influence the outcome.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank for the tip. Normal aluminum foil did not work as mentioned but I was able to buy candy wrappers at a crafts store. That worked perfectly. I love my Pixie but didn't like the wastefulness of the capsules. Recycling them makes perfect sense.