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My-Cap Refillable Nespresso Capsules

My-Cap Refillable Nespresso Capsules

The My-Cap Refillable Nespresso Capsules are a reusable plastic capsule that allows you to use your own fresh ground espresso to make fresh shots of espresso in a Nespresso machine.

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Ease of Use, Performance:  1/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features  0/5
How much I enjoy 0/5

Recommendation:  0/5 Stars

The refillable My-Cap capsule is available for use with Nespresso machines including the newest Nespresso U but the capsules do not work very well.  The My-Cap capsules are a small plastic capsule that has the lid on a plastic hinge and a fine mess screen to keep the espresso grounds inside.

I purchased a set of five of the My-Cap capsules and after two months of use have given up trying to get a decent shot of espresso using the refillable capsules. The capsules come with a small rubber or silicone ring that seals the capsule inside the Nespresso machine and I have tried both with and without the seal when making my shots.

my-cap capsules

The capsules are easy to use by simply filling ground espresso and closing the lid shut but between how much and how much to tamp the espresso the shots just never come out well. I usually get just strong coffee without much crema at all but usually I just got terrible weak shots.

The Nespresso machine works just fine and I have been able to continue to get great shots of espresso using the Nespresso capsules but the refillable capsule of the My-Cap just does not work. I have watched several videos both from the company and from users and have not been able to get any that resemble decent shots of espresso.

I was trying to use both a Capresso Infinity and a Baratza Maestro Plus grinder as well as great locally roasted beans and could not get anything to work well enough using the My-Cap capsules. I also tried using a variety of filling and tamping methods including the various ones I found at the My-Cap website and ones suggested by other users and nothing worked well enough.

Damage on My-Cap Capsules

I would not bother trying to use the My-Cap refillable Nespresso capsules as I just could not get a decent shot of espresso even using a variety of different espresso grounds including beans that were fresh roasted the same day. I just could not get the My-Cap refillable capsules to work with the Nespresso U and would recommend not spending your money on them as they just don’t work.

Pros
Inexpensive alternative if they worked

Cons
Does not make a decent cup of espresso
Capsules may crush occasionally
Capsule hinge will eventually break

Crushed My-Cap Capsule

My-Cap Website

Aerocinno Plus Nespresso Frother

Aerocinno Plus Nespresso Frother

The Aerocinno Plus by Nespresso is a fantastic Nespresso frother for espresso based drinks with an easy to clean pitcher that has two simple to replace frother whisks.

Ease of Use/Performance: 4.5/5
Convenience/Storage 4/5
Appearance/Design 4.5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 4.5/5

Nespresso Frother Aerocinno Plus

The Aerocinno Plus Nespresso Frother is a great frother for heating and frothing milk or simply frothing without heat for espresso based and other drinks. The Aerocinno Plus makes a great companion to the Nespresso single serve espresso machines available from Nespresso.

Nespresso Frother Aerocinno Plus Whats in the Box

The Aerocinno Plus is a handy milk frother that works well and is easy to clean that has two discs for both frothing and for stirring milk. The Nespresso Frother uses a base with the electric cord attached and a connector for the removable pitcher that plugs into the base.

The pitcher has the bottom connections for plugging into the base and the inside of the pitcher has the level indicators for milk and the post for the discs. The discs sit on top of the post and are held in place by magnets on the motor top that also spin the discs.

The Aerocinno Plus uses a magnet system to suspend the frothing and heating discs above the top shaft of the motor inside the pitcher so the discs actually do not touch the pitcher at all. The discs spin without making contact and so no need for bearings or other components that would wear out internally for a longer lifespan of the frother.

Inside the Aerocinno Plus Nespresso Frother

The inside of the pitcher is nonstick to make cleanup easier with the motor parts inside the pitcher under the seamless interior of the pitcher. The pitcher does have the motor and heating element inside so dishwashing is out but a simple rinse and occasional wash in the sink with soapy water works well.

While you can get the bottom of the pitcher wet I would avoid keeping it underwater and simply wash then rinse the pitcher without leaving it soaking. I have been using a foam brush to wash out my Aerocinno Plus after use for making my lattes and cappuccinos.

The Aerocinno Plus Nespresso Frother is an easy to use frother and with the easy to remove froth and stirring discs its easy to make espresso based drinks. The pitcher simply sets on the base and is easy to remove for quick pouring and cleanup as well as filling at the fridge.

Cappuccino w/ Aeroccino Plus Nespresso Frother

You can use the simple front button to make heated milk with the stirring disc or you can press the button for a few seconds and wait for it to turn blue to just froth the milk without heating it. The red or blue indicator around the front button is easy to use to get the frothed and heated or simply frothed milk for your drinks.

You can use the frothed milk for espresso based drinks and other drinks like smoothies and hot chocolate but steamers are a favorite that has become popular in coffee shops. Steamers are simply steamed milk with flavored syrup like Torani’s for a different hot drink without the caffeine fix for something just a bit different.

The Aerocinno Plus works extremely well and only takes about a minute to heat and froth or simply froth without heating so it works very quickly. I highly recommend the Aerocinno Plus frother for a fantastic frother available as a set with many recent Nespresso machines or by itself.

Aeroccino Plus @ Nespresso

Nespresso U Single Serve Espresso Machine

Nespresso U

Nespresso has been making espresso easily and simply for more than 15 years with their signature aluminum capsules that feature a wide variety of blends for espresso and larger espresso’s called lungo.

Ease of Use/Performance: 4/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 5/5

Nespresso U

Nespresso is a brand of Nestle that manufactures both the Nespresso machines and the line of capsules for those machines with three specific types and limited editions. Nespresso machines are single serve espresso machine that uses a drop in aluminum capsule that is filled with a specific amount of ground espresso coffee for quick and easy use.

The Nespresso U is a fully automatic machine that has an automated system internally that moves the capsule into place and then after the shot is pulled it dispenses the capsule into a holding tray for later disposal. The Nespresso U comes with a small footprint and a unique tank design that swivels to the right, left or rear of the machine to make it adjustable for a variety of spaces.

The Nespresso U has a quick heating thermoblock element for preheating and uses 19 bars of pressure for perfect espresso every time. The Nespresso U comes as a set with the Aerocinno+ frother or with the machine alone for about $172 for the machine and $250 for the set with the frother.

Nespresso U Whats in the Box

The Nespresso U takes less than minute to warm up and from cold to hot fresh espresso ready to enjoy less than two minutes for a small, medium or long shot. The Nespresso U makes a small shot at about .85 ounces or a medium shot at about 1.35 ounces and a long shot or Lungo at about 3.72 ounces.

The capsules come in three main categories with a smaller Pure Origin line, their main espresso range and a Lungo range with a limited edition introduced twice a year. The espresso range of capsules has from mild to strong intensity with a few decaf offerings but the main espresso capsules are a great variety.

The Nespresso U has the best variety of coffees available currently and does make an excellent cup of espresso whether you like a bold intense shot or mild and flavorful. The Nespresso U works simply by dropping the capsule in the top slot and closing the slider door, you can set the cup size using the top buttons.

The three top buttons are soft touch and indicators to show which one the machine is set to and can be pressed at any time during the preheating or first part of dispensing to change the cup size. The three sizes make a good range for small or ristretto, a normal espresso shot and a long shot or Lungo which is a current favorite of mine.

The sizes make the best variety for shots and espresso based drinks for use with a frothed or steamed milk while the Lungo or long shot makes a great coffee. The longer shot for Lungo adds a variety and taste that is unique and a welcome change to straight espresso shots and one I was unaware of until reviewing the Nespresso U.

Espresso Shot with Nespresso

Nespresso has a great variety of espresso in their capsule system but you do have to buy capsules from Nespresso directly or from their stores with a few exceptions. Nespresso capsules cost about 74 cents per capsule when ordered directly through the Nespresso Club while Amazon and other stores are a bit more expensive.

I did find a few brands of capsules from other companies, usually from Italy, that are even more expensive but I did not try any of them because of the cost. The Nespresso Club does have a minimum order of fifty capsules which I did order from and it cost $37 to ship to my house in Minnesota that arrived in two days.

Nespresso ships quickly using their distribution centers across North America so even not having capsules available in local stores except for select ones in certain states you still can get your espresso capsules quickly. Espresso from the Nespresso U is fantastic and a really easy way to get a great cup of espresso whether you like the bold intense of a dark roast or the mild flavors others offer.

The Nespresso U is now my favorite machine and a fantastic way to get espresso for my daily coffee fix that I have been enjoying a lot. The Nespresso U is automatic with just having to drop the capsules in the machine and close the door while the machine does all the work internally to pull your shot and drop the capsule into the tray.

Nespresso Lungo

The tray holds about twelve capsules and does have a three part system that has the lower drip tray, the used capsule holder and the external rounded drip tray. The machine does drip internally so they did need an internal drip tray for the water that does leak out around the capsule during or after the shot is extracted.

This has been the only downside I could find to the machine and using it but even then I have not been disappointed with it in the least. If you are unsure of which capsule flavors you enjoy the most you can buy the Welcome sampler pack from Nespresso which comes with 200 capsules and costs about $123.

Using the sample pack that came with the machine you can start to figure out which is a favorite but you can also buy a Discovery box with a variety in a nice wooden box. The Nespresso Club is the most efficient and inexpensive way to buy capsules and one that I will be using for my purchases.

The Nespresso U makes a fantastic cup of espresso with great crema and a robust flavorful cup with the great variety of capsules. I have really enjoyed Lungo espresso recently with the flavor of espresso but more of a coffee experience for something that has been new to me.

Nespresso Set with Aerocinno Plus

The Nespresso U really is a great machine and well worth purchasing for an easy way to make espresso without having to know anything about espresso other than how to enjoy it. As an example of the Nespresso system and ease of use many Michelin star restaurants are now using them to serve great espresso to guests without having to pay a barista.

I highly recommend the Nespresso U for an easy way to brew espresso at home or the office without the fuss and mess of a conventional espresso machine.

Nespresso website

Nespresso U @ Amazon

Outpresso Recycling Device

Outpresso Recycling Device

The Outpresso is a unique recycling device for the Nespresso capsules that are made from aluminum but can also be used for the newer Bialetti capsules.

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Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 4/5

Total: 5/5

Nespresso has been a big hit with espresso drinkers and the system has a big following in the United States but in Europe it is a huge single serve espresso solution. Currently Europe has recycling centers for Nespresso capsules where you simply drop off your used capsules and they do all the dirty work of cutting them open and washing out the grounds.

Some stores like Sur La Table also offer recycling which is handy and they will even give you a free coffee for your trouble but what about those that don’t live near these types of stores. Whether you are trying to get a little cash back from your investment in fine espresso and coffee or just want to do the ecofriendly thing recycling your Nespresso capsules using the Outpresso can help.

Outpresso Recycling Device

The Outpresso works simply by placing a capsule in the groove of the bottom piece with the foil top of the capsule toward the opening in the bottom. Using your hand you push down hard onto the capsule with the dimpled top piece to push the grounds out of the capsule into the reservoir bottom.

Once the grounds are pushed out and the capsule has been flattened down some you remove the capsule and dump the grounds out into a container or garbage receptacle. The Nespresso capsules are pretty flat at this point but you can also flatten them down some more once they have been rinsed out.

You can also open up the Bialetti capsules that do not fit as neatly on the Outpresso but it does work well to remove the grounds and break open the capsule. The Bialetti capsules have a plastic or aluminum filter and a paper filter inside so you need to dig them out.

Rinsing out the grounds is pretty easy and once you have most of the grounds out you can take the capsules in for recycling at your nearest recycling or scrap metal center. Currently aluminum goes for about 60 cents per pound depending on where you are at so you can get a few dollars if you’re an avid coffee and or espresso drinker.

I have been using both the Nespresso and the Bialetti single serve espresso machines and while I like the Nespresso a bit better both are excellent machines. The capsules however can be a pain as they are almost pure aluminum once you get the coffee grounds out and recycling them may be a bit of a problem.

Recycling with Outpresso

Finding a place that would take them is the biggest choir as many aluminum recyclers only take cans because that is what most people recycle and they are easier to deal with. I recently made a quick trip to a local recycling center and the attendant told me he would not mind if a few got in with bags of aluminum cans but if someone came in with bags of the empty capsules he would turn them away.

Recycling centers that deal with aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other household materials may not be set up to recycle capsules form Nespresso machines but scrap metal centers may be. Scrap metal centers may be more open to recycling your empty capsules so finding one of them may be a better option but you should collect a few months’ worth so you have something worth taking in.

I had about 40 Bialetti and 70 Nespresso capsules and after punching out the grounds and pulling the small plastic and paper filters out of them I only had 6 ounces of aluminum. This is not really enough to take in and even with another months’ worth it would be pretty meager pickings for the money so recycling Nespresso capsules and Bialetti for that matter is not going to earn you a lot of money.

You can however do it for the environment and help keep wasteful garbage out of the landfill if that is more of a concern. Personally I will probably just collect them until I have enough to warrant a trip to the scrap metal center and turn them in all at once.

Recycling is a controversial topic and even if we take out any of the small cost we can get back it does make sense to recycle aluminum as it does take much less energy to process recycled aluminum. Aluminum is simply melted down to recycle it and the benefits of reusing aluminum is one of the materials for recycling that is not in doubt.

Outpresso w/ Bialetti Capsules

It does pay to recycle aluminum even if it does not pay the consumer who brings the aluminum in so recycling those Nespresso and even Bialetti capsules does make sense. The Outpresso makes it easy for individuals to recycle those capsules and it does not take much effort or time to recycle.

I cleaned out the hundred or so capsules in less than fifteen minutes even with rinsing them out and it only takes a side trip while you’re out to take them to a recycling or scrap metal center. The Outpresso works well and hopefully the company will make a model that works for the Bialetti capsules as well as they did show interest in this new capsule espresso machine.

I highly recommend the Outpresso to easily remove grounds from your Nespresso capsules for easy recycling whether you want a few dollars back every few months or just want to do the ecofriendly thing.

Outpresso Website