Nespresso capsules are never cheap

I have a Nespresso machine, which is totally not a frugal way of making coffee by the way but for now that’s what I have.

The other day I went to the Nespresso store to buy some capsules, here in Norway it costs around NOK 35 – 40 (US$ 6-7) for a pack of 10 capsules.

I queued at the shop for a while and got to notice they had 3-packs of capsules in baskets everywhere in the shop.

When it finally got to be my turn I asked the lady at the cashier desk about them:

Me: How much do I save by buying the three pack?
Nespresso lady: You save 0.80 NOK (US$ 0.12)
Me: What?! you said 0.80?
Nespresso lady: Yes, 0.80.
Me: Hahahaha (sorry, I know it’s not the lady’s fault but I couldn’t help it)

It’s so ridiculous! They have those 3-packs lying all around the shop giving you the impression that you will save money by buying them and all you save is peanuts?! I was so annoyed at them I nearly felt like not buying anything and walk away. I felt fooled.

Do you always check how much you save by buying food in bulk or bigger packs? Ever felt fooled?


10 thoughts on “Nespresso capsules are never cheap

  1. Well, even though at home espressos aren’t cheap, they are much cheaper than going out for one. 6-7 dollars for 10 capsules is substantially cheaper than the $3.80 you’d spend at Starbucks for one drink!

  2. It’s a scam I tell you :)

    Even so, making your coffee at home is far more economical than buying it in a store. I wish I liked coffee. I like teas, which means I have to wait, steep, and try and get the right temperature of my water for the tea so it doesn’t get ruined.

    I’d buy the Breville machine for that, but at $200 and the fact it’s a monster, I am not loving it :P

    • You mean the Breville tea maker? I had to check it, looks huge!! I love tea too. I drink coffee only in the morning and then tea the rest of the day. I love buying tea at Palais des thés in Oslo. :-)

  3. And this is why I use refillable pods, bloody scammers! I get them off a website called I think i worked out it costs me less than half what the Nespresso ones did and they taste pretty good too, only problem in they are not as easy as just throwing in the nespresso ones, you need to fill these ones up with coffee yourself

    • Why on earth have a coffee machine if you fill the pods yourself, you might as well have a cafeteira!! The whole in-house coffee experince is to pop the capsule in the machine, press the button and voila, a lovely frothy (or expresso) cappuccino ready in an instant. I am so smug in the knowledge I havent paid £2.80 plus for a pretentious (Costa, Starbucks, Coffee Republic/Nero) coffee. Instead, I’ve kicked my legs up and stretched out on the whole sofa, in my peaceful and serene home, not some busy or noisey cafe sitting on seats where grubby hands, bags, coats have been before me. If you want to save money, dont buy a NEspresso or drink coffee (one of the most valuable commodities;costs more like for like than petrol (gas), drink water or tea, or (ukkk) instant.

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  5. I”ve been to Oslo onece in my life. Beautiful but very cold and expensive as you say. I love my Nespresso machine and just ordered a supply averaging 60 cents US$ per capsule. The perfect device on my sailboat parked in lovely Key West, FL. Happy cafe drinking :)

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