In our previous post, we’ve compared the best single serve espresso machines currently on the market. The two top machines are Nespresso, which uses Nespresso capsules and Gaggia or Francis Francis espresso machines that are made for illy’s IperEspresso capsules. If you’re torn between the capsules and need help deciding which machine to go for, in this post we’ll compare the Nespresso and IperEspresso capsules which will hopefully help you with your decision.

Nespresso Capsules:

Nespresso Capsules

  • Nestle’s Nespresso offers a wide range of coffee variations and flavors. See the photo above.
  • The capsules are sold on, but the order comes with a minimum number of capsules (50 Capsules/5 boxes). You can also buy the capsules locally if you have a Nespresso boutique in your area. The capsules are available from some sellers on without any minimum order, but they do cost more.
  • Nespresso’s price per capsule is about $0.75
  • There’s a number of accessories available to hold Nespresso capsules, such as these Nespresso capsule holders.

Overall, the Nespresso capsules are easy to find and buy. The variation in blends and flavors appeal to a lot of people, which is why it is the most popular single serve espresso machine.

Wondering which Nespresso Machine you should buy? See our comparison between the Nespresso U, Pixie and  CitiZ here. You can also find some excellent Nespresso bundles here.


illy’s IperEspresso:


  • illy’s IperEspresso is pure Italian coffee. It’s available in different coffee roasts and blends: Dark, Medium, Lungo, or Decaf. Also available in MONOARABICA: Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia.
  • Capsules are available on with a minimum order of 2 cans. Or you can buy it on for the same price, with no minimum order required.
  • IperEspresso’s price per capsule is $0.80 to $0.85.
  • There are currently no accessories for the IperEspresso capsules. But unlike Nespresso, the IperEspresso capsules come in tin cans that keep the capsules very well sealed and organized.

If you’re someone who is quite serious about their coffee and like the taste of pure espresso with no added flavors or any crazy blends that affect the taste, you’ll absolutely love illy’s coffee.

Our recommended IperEspresso machines are the Francis Francis X7.1  or the Gaggia Plus for Illly.


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