March 31, 2016

Loblaw Grocery Stores of Canada Release Nespresso Compatible Capsules

Loblaw stores

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
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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.


Posted by: joanne at June 1, 2016 3:38 PM

Available at all Loblaws and excellent product. People say they fall through the machines are working for Nestle.

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Posted by: Johnny Begood at May 31, 2016 5:06 PM

I just bought some of the capsules at my local Extra Foods and they don't work in my machine! They fall right through. So, I will be returning them. I don't find the price as incentive anyways - 7.99 plus gst and the Ristretto are 0.75 each online ($7.50 for ten). Add a small shipping charge and I'll probably just stay with ordering online. I live in small town Alberta and I always receive my order within two days.


Posted by: joanne at May 31, 2016 11:05 AM

In Vancouver we have a Nespresso Boutique at The Bay but no Loblaw's. Hopefully the PC potente will show up at Shoppers or T&T


Posted by: Mike at April 4, 2016 1:19 AM

I posted about this in the Nespresso forumn ~3 weeks ago.

So far I've tried

Perfetto
Potente
Lungo Aromatico

and Forte.

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.

Tom


Posted by: Thomas Davie at March 31, 2016 2:00 PM
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