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3.0 out of 5 stars Carte Noire Vs Nespresso, 18 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Carte Noire Espresso No 9 Intense 10 Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 8) (Grocery)
Okay, here's the deal! I was interested to finally be able to buy capsules not made by Nespresso now that the well-publicised court case ruled against Nespresso's monopoly and allowed competitors to market their own (cheaper) alternatives.

Ar 20p each, these capsules are a third cheaper. They fitted quite easily in my CitiZ machine, but I had more difficulty in my smaller, cheaper Magimix machine.

First of all, each Carte Noire capsule is separately wrapped in a fiddley plastic wrapper which is difficult to tear open and environmentally unfriendly in my opinion.

The coffee delivered by these capsules is fine I suppose; I purposefully bought the strong No 9 intensity version as I like coffee with a kick. There wasn't much of the resplendent crema you got with Nespresso, either!

The coffee itself was smooth and pleasant but tasted very like nice regular filter coffee - nothing like the intense espresso kick and pureness of the Nespresso capsules, which I have to admit taste significantly better in my opinion...

Darn it, back to those expensive Nespresso capsules I suppose...
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2014 18:50:22 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2015 09:18:24 BDT
M. Haverty says:
Couldn't agree less with Chris McPhee. I don't see the wrappers as much of a problem in use but Nespresso originals are without doubt less "fiddly"and less likely to stick in the machine. More importantly, the coffee is NOT "very good" and if you can't taste the difference between these and Nespresso (and SEE the difference...check the crema) you may as well revert to instant.

Having said that, I've tried every lookalike on the market and rate Carte Noir above most of the others, but only the stronger versions, not these No. 5s.

The worst thing about non-Nespresso pods is the amount of landfill they create. Those wrappers are non-recyclable, as are the plastic pods themselves, whereas Nespresso capsules don't have wrappers can be returned free of charge to Nespresso for recycling (if you use their delivery service when buying capsules).
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