How To Save Money With Pod Coffee

Budget Friendly Pod Coffee

We all love our pod coffee machines, whether it’s Nespresso or Keurig. There’s no doubt though that pod coffee machines are quite costly and actually end up costing a lot more than drinking regular coffee made from coffee beans.

This hold more true for Nespresso than Keurig, as Nespresso pods tend to be a lot more costly.

So is there any way to make your coffee habit more budget friendly? Let’s find out!

Solutions for Nespresso

Nespresso actually makes two kinds of pod coffee makers: OriginalLine and VertuoLine.

OriginalLine owners are lucky, as there is lots of scope for saving money with these pods. VertuoLine owners, not so much!

Nespresso OriginalLine machines work with two kinds of pods: espresso pods and lungo pods. These pods are quite simple: they’re shaped like a U and have a simple foil seal.

This makes it easy for the pods to be copied by other manufacturers. As a result, there are plenty of compatible capsules for Nespresso machines (which you can see a list of here).

These capsules give you much more choice in selecting your coffees, as you’re not limited to only what’s made by Nespresso.

Theoretically, these capsules will void your warranty, but thousands, if not millions of people use them every day and manufacturers are still going strong with producing them, so they seem to be fine!

Budget Friendly Pod Coffee

VertuoLine capsules, on the other hand, have a barcode printed on each capsule that instructs the machine how to brew it. These pods are much more difficult to copy, and as a result, there are few, if any compatible VertuoLine pods.

One more solution would be to opt for a refillable OriginalLine capsule, where you can put in your own coffee grounds. This would be the cheapest option, but kind of destroys the point of the convenience of pod machines!

Solutions for Keurig

Keurig coffee makers are much more forgiving and the Keurig ecosystem is far more open to third party pods.

There was a point in time when Keurig released the Keurig 2.0 system which locked out many third parties, but the company faced such a severe backlash that they reverted all of their new models to the old Keurig system.

There are many companies that make Keurig compatible pods, and there are also lots of reusable Keurig pods as well.

Keurig themselves make a My K-Cup reusable pod which is specifically designed to use your own coffee grounds.

The difference between Keurig reusable pods and Nespresso reusable pods is that Keurig pods are designed by Keurig specifically for this purpose, whereas Nespresso refillable pods are piecemeal solutions.


If you can’t live without the convenience and fast brewing of pod coffee makers, we hope that these options help you save some money in the long run. All things said and done, even pod coffee makers are still cheaper than stopping at a coffee shop every day!


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