Yes, coffee beans are better than cups. Cups are pre-ground coffee beans packed in a compact capsule. The only advantage of this is that you can easily switch flavors.
1. Taste differences between cups and coffee beans
2. Price difference between cups and coffee beans
3. Aren't cups bad for the environment?
4. When do we recommend a cup machine?
5. When do we recommend a coffee machine with a bean grinder instead of Nespresso?
Taste differences between cups and fresh beans.
A big difference between cups and fresh beans is the taste difference. When the beans are ground, many flavors are immediately released that you don't want to lose. The longer it takes between grinding the beans and drinking, the more flavor is lost.In addition, fresh beans produce a beautiful crema layer that is lost if not drunk immediately. The crema layer in coffee cups is therefore made with additives in almost all cases. In addition to additives for a crema layer, the coffee must also retain its flavours. Basically, a cup retains its flavors through the airtight packaging, but we do not rule out the possibility that any additions will be made to the ground coffee in the cup.
Despite the current techniques, a cup of coffee from a capsule machine still tastes different than a freshly ground espresso.
Price difference between cups and fresh beans.
In addition to the fact that fresh beans are better, there is also a large price difference. Coffee cups can be up to 3x (or even more) as expensive as Arabica coffee beans. This way you save up to 0.18 euros per cup! Coffee machines with a bean grinder are more expensive to purchase, but this can quickly be earned back. So take a look at our Arabica coffee beans.In addition to the price difference per cup, the amount of beans used also varies. With a coffee capsule, an average of 5.7 grams of coffee is used, with a fully automatic machine this is around 8 to 10 grams. Due to this higher amount of coffee, it can extract better and the taste is ultimately better.
Most cups consist of two types of materials: metal and plastic. The tricky thing about this is that because of this combination, the cups cannot be placed in the plastic bin, but have to be disposed of with the residual waste. Even Nespresso is unclear about exactly where the cups should go after use.
Aren't cups bad for the environment?
For example, Nespresso itself offers a recycling service. It is true that this recycling service is also extra environmentally damaging.
Nowadays there are also companies such as De Koffiejongens that make cups from completely biodegradable materials. However, we have not yet talked about the production process of cups, which leave a large footprint in the environment.
When do we recommend a cup machine?
We recommend a cup machine when drinking a single cup of coffee per week or even per month. For example, if you are not such a coffee drinker, but your friends are, a cup machine could be the solution.
When do we recommend a coffee machine with a bean grinder instead of Nespresso?
Are you a coffee lover and do you regularly drink a cup of coffee? Then a coffee machine with bean grinder is really something for you! A coffee machine with a bean grinder can extract all the optimal flavors from a coffee bean through fresh grinding, which you can immediately taste in your cup of coffee.