Mischief Managed Up To No Good!
I have been up to no good – designing a stainless steel refillable Pods compatible with Nespresso.
Stainless Steel nespresso nespresso compatible Refillable Coffee Pods.This might sound strange but it is just a way of describing the end result of our efforts.
Here is our story….It all started with an idea!
You know how tea always tastes better if made in a metal tea pot, for some strange reason I thought coffee would taste better in a stainless steel pod rather than a plastic refillable.
So I went about finding someone to manufacture a stainless steel refillable coffee pod compatible with nespresso. As good as my idea was in theory the practical side didn’t really measure up.
I ended up with a stainless steel pods that would cost approx $150 au to make that did not produce a better crème than the plastic version of refillable see now more inforation at our website.
I call it mischief managed because after great trial and error I managed to come up with a result – “No Good” Our engineer Richard was terrific and helped with idea after idea and Joshua spent many hours turning out prototypes. It made us really appreciate the BPA free plastic version so much!
Here is what happened – Refillable Coffee Capsule Prototype A
We tried drilling larger holes in an under performing capsule:-
This capsule fitted in the machine but it felt like a squeeze.. we had to adjust the capsule to go in to our pixie,I think we shaved off some plastic in our nespresso machine trying to line up the corrugated sides with inside the machine and the angle was just slightly funny. Even though this design did work with smaller holes the coffee didn’t flow very well.
What we tried were larger holes! The idea was that it would provide a better flow through. We were disappointed that there was no improvement on flow or the crème.
We shortened the capsule and drilled lots of tiny holes in the base
and the lid. This once again did work however didn’t produce
much crème. The problem with this capsule was that it took ages
to produce, broke heaps of drills and cost about $150 to make because of
the time it took to drill the tiniest small holes.
It was just not commercially viable to produce for our customers
Next up we put a different lid as per the photo above…We found that using this style of coffee pod at the base with the new open lid and some foil wrapped over the whole lid at the top created a good creme.
Actually it was one of our wonderful customers who suggested this…Thanks Roy the foil trick
it did work! It just cost too much to drill the tiny holes in the base.
So after much ado and many cups of coffee in a hot little kitchen at the back of the industrial site,
we tried make the holes slightly larger on the base and the lid…with different sized drills.
Next up was the idea….
We thought trying a capsule with a very fine stainless steel filer at the base or at the top could reduce
the manufacturing expense. It was a good idea in theory…here is what it looked like.
Alas…the outcome was very disappointing. Although the flow rate was great there was
absolutely zero crème that came through. Even though we tried micro mesh sizes and larger
sizes we had to let go of this idea totally. Disheartened we kept going…trying larger holes
at the base and the lid there were so many trials we lost count.
Testing the stainless steel versions of coffee pod seemed to be very hard on my little pixie machine.
There was one design that worked but it just didn’t seem as good as the plastic emo4 version with twin stainless steel mesh filters one at the top and one at the base. The coffee is not as consistent because you pack the coffee each time a little differently. The pressure is not the same as a sealed aluminium nespresso pods, so you won’t get the same creme.
Still a winner for anyone with a nespresso machine, perfect for times you run out, or when you want to save some money!
All the testing Lead to Our Conclusion:
The new Emo4 Refillable Nespresso Compatible Capsule Pod now is a winner in our book!
Please leave us some comments and tell us what you think… We have decided it best to let the idea go…
UpDate 1:- Thanks to all the wonderful people who wrote
to me saying they want stainless steel aldi capsules or nespresso capsules much appreciated.
Update 2:- There are no refillable aldi capsules in the market place and the best refillable nespresso pods we think in the market place are EMO4T to purchase for the best price usually amazon in the US see click here
Update 3: Fantastic lots of manufacturers have taken our example on board and have thouroughly tested and proven a range of products that work. To access, buy, try these proven stainless steel refillable pods check out the best prices in Amazon by clicking here