Loblaw Grocery Stores of Canada Release Nespresso Compatible Capsules
SH just noticed that Loblaw (a major Canadian grocery chain company) has introduced their own line-up of value-priced Nespresso compatible capsules via their President's Choice store brand. It would seem they're trying to emulate the base flavors from Nespresso's Grand Cru line with a few decafs, various intensity roasts and a lungo.
While we're used to seeing store brands for K-Cups, SH thinks this is the first time he's seen store brand Nespresso knock-offs.
From SH: President’s Choice bills itself as "premium-quality substitutions" to national brands and upon my first impressions of their Potente blend, it would seem this is a viable selection for those looking for a slightly cheaper alternative.
Taste was strong & robust with a nice kick overall while the crema produced seemed decent (although not as thick as a normal Nespresso capsule). The capsules themselves are made of a thick colored plastic and come boxed in two matte foil sleeve.
I did notice some grinds in the first cup, but it could be due to the fact I hadn't used my machine in a while and it maybe required cleaning (the 2nd cup did not have any grinds in it).
Overall, this is likely the "best of the knock-offs" I've seen so far in terms of taste, crema level & packaging.
Worth a try for Canadians or for Americans who want to make the most of the current exchange rate during their next cross-border visit (capsules available in-store only).
These capsules should be available in most Loblaw-owned stores across Canada listed here:
At Loblaw Companies Limited
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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 31, 2016 7:18 AM
I certainly do not work for Nestle, not even close. I did manage to use a couple this morning and I could make it work by holding the capsule in place from the bottom. Flavor seems great but again, no savings otherwise I would totally switch, even with the modified procedure.
I posted about this in the Nespresso forumn ~3 weeks ago.
So far I've tried
The perfetto is nice as a single shot or cappuccino/latte, but fails as a lngo due to over extraction.
The potente is my favourite of the lot. Nice as a ristretto or Lungo; haven't tried with milk yet
Had too many beer on board when I tried the forte, and I've only had the lungo aromatic once and it was underwhelming.
Priced at $7.99 Cdn/10. Nice to have and I pulled my Lattissima out of the closet and am glad I can use it again.
I'll keep buying them and screw mail order, which I've always hated for coffee.