cheap coffee for you

What is cheaper? Drink coffee with coffee cups, coffee pads or with fresh coffee in a fully automatic bean machine?


When thinking about coffee capsules, think of Nespresso. In this concept, long-life ground coffee is placed in an aluminum capsule (coffee cup). That’s what you make your coffee with. The taste is good but it can be expensive.

automatic bean-to-cup machine

With the fully automatic bean to cup machine you can make delicious fresh coffee. When you make coffee, the beans are first ground and a cup of coffee is automatically made from the freshly ground coffee. This is often cheap to use.

ESE Pads

Coffee from ESE pods approximates the taste of fresh coffee. These pads resemble Senseo pads but are of much better quality because each pad is packaged airtight. The pads are not cheap, but they are tasty.

Our story

Already 10 years ago we ordered our coffee cups from Nespresso. It was October and we saw that we had already ordered €350 worth of coffee that year. We thought that was a lot. On “the back of a beer mat”. we calculated that it would be much cheaper for us to work with fresh coffee and to buy a more expensive coffee machine. We have been doing this to our complete satisfaction for 10 years now and have already saved more than 1000 euros!

coffee with fresh coffeebeans

Purchasing most automatic bean to cup machines is more expensive. Basic machines start from around 350 euros, but the price goes up to over 1000 euros. That seems expensive, but grinding fresh beans is many times cheaper than purchasing Nespresso coffee capsules or ESE pods. For those who drink more than one cup a day, it quickly becomes an economical choice. Of course you can also buy very expensive beans, but you should not compare apples and oranges. If you buy expensive coffee beans, you should compare them with the more expensive Nespresso coffee capsules or ESE pods.

Nespresso is a coffee concept based on the use of long-life ground coffee in aluminum coffee cups. It is a concept developed by Nestlé. Both the capsule and the method of making coffee are patented, which initially meant that coffee could only be made exclusively with Nespresso cups from Nestlé.

Nespresso cups

If you put a Nespresso capsule in the machine, you can make coffee at the touch of a button. The cup is perforated by the device and hot water is pressed through it under a pressure of up to 19 bar. You can then throw away the cup.

The cups or capsules are quite expensive, but since some of the patents expired in 2012, all kinds of other coffee brands also produce the capsules. These also fit in Nespresso machines, which makes drinking coffee a bit cheaper. Yet the question is to what extent this is a cheap alternative to version coffee from the fully automatic coffee machine.