(fancy on left. my brand on right.)
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. This post is born from caffeine-addicted curiosity and the result of a gift from a friend.
Once upon a time I gave up coffee.
My coffee maker died (pour some grounds out for the fallen homie) and, with all that was *already* happening to disrupt my sleep/wake me early, I chose not to replace it.
I quickly got out of the habit of my morning cup and moved along with my day without giving the missing brown, life-giving liquid a second thought.
Until I did.
Long story longer, I grew paralyzed with regards to which machine to buy.
I knew I was Cheap Mr. Coffee Carla (inexpensive & had a timer so java was waiting when I woke) and yet I fell down the Amazon-hole of exploring my options.
months of boring friends to tears a brief decision-making process I ended up here.
I was thrilled by my new machine.
I couldn’t wait to use it.
I was horrified by the cost of coffee-capsules (alas my “boring my friends to tears” process forgot to include thinking ahead to capsules).
I knew there had to be options (ones which didn’t include refilling capsules. I know it’s earth friendly. I know given their tiny size more grounds would end up on floor than inside).
I found an option: Gourmesso.
Gourmesso on left. Nespresso on right.
I wanted coffee. I didn’t care about taste. I commenced ordering (in massive deeply discounted quantities). I was
I didn’t thing about the difference between my “drink” and real Nespresso until I did a kindness for a friend and, by way of a thank you, she bestowed upon me sleeves of Nespresso capsules.
(perhaps caffeine is my love language!)
- I panicked (would I prefer these? would I become penniless as I transformed into Fancy Caffeine Carla?!).
- I was excited (I had visions of hoarding my name-brand capsules until I was alone with my BFFs G&F).
- I felt like Lorelai (no explanation needed).
I did a taste-test.
To my surprise (even though the photos aren’t fab) the two looked visually the same as they cascaded out of my Nespresso hot-water house.
I’d assumed, due to the cost disparity, the Gourmesso would look watery and the Nespresso more robust.
Next, I sniffed each tiny cup of loveliness.
I’d not planned to make this part of the showdown, but when I drank the Nespresso brand I was struck by the aroma.
It smelled phenomenal. Its scent was rich and dark. I thought myself crazy for noticing.
And then I drank my usual.
There wasn’t any aroma. I *guess* it smelled like coffee, but it didn’t possess the bold, “I am caffeine feel me energize you!” aroma of Nespresso brand.
Who’s the winner?
After that, however, it’s a toss-up.
Perhaps Nespresso nudged my beloved knock-off out of #1 by a nose (pun intended), but overall they were the same.
Will I switch to Nespresso brand?
Never. I love coffee. I love saving money.
Do I miss my cheap Mr. Coffee?
I love my Gourmesso yet, when this maker dies, I’m definitely returning to my first, basic model love.
- Do you treasure your morning cup as I do? Do you also treasure cheap coffee over bold, robust java?
- Have you ever multi-purposed and boiled eggs in your coffee maker?