- Authentic Italian espresso has strong personality
- Blend of Arabica with a hint of Robusta for an intensively powerful experience, a rounded feel in the mouth and subtle flavor combination that enhances its character, particularly its lingering aftertaste
- Intensity rating is 5 out of 6; Intensity is a combination of roasting degree/grinding and composition of the blend. The higher on the scale, the stronger the coffee
- Unique fully biodegradable capsules are made from plant-based materials and protect the environment
- Made in France
Don’t waste your money
Officially the worst.
ECC Espressivo vs. Nespresso Roma vs. Nespresso Ristretto … I expected to write a detailed taste review after pulling each of these shots this morning, comparing the flavor profiles and nuances side-by-side. But after tasting the ECC Espressivo, I realized that any comparisons to the Nespresso pods would be completely worthless. The Espressivo is so horrible, it’s a huge disappointment that shouldn’t even exist. To call it “gas station coffee” would be an upgrade.
About a 1/3 of the way through the Espressivo pull, I noticed that the stream was quite watery and blonde. At first, the crema appeared similar to the Nespresso pods … but then, just 1 minute later, the Espressivo’s crema had all but disappeared (while the Roma/Ristretto crema was unchanged). Translation: It’s not really espresso.
I love the lower price. I love the biodegradable aspect. I love that a non-Nespresso pod option exists. I was so excited about this ECC pod, but I couldn’t be more disappointed. The taste was so terrible that I can’t even give it an extra star for price/eco-friendliness.
If you’re looking for your Nespresso machine to give you bitter and watery swill like it came from a Senseo machine, this Espressivo is the pod that you’ve been dreaming about. On the other hand, if you bought your Nespresso machine to produce good quality espresso, please stay FAR, FAR AWAY from this product.
not as good as Nespresso’s darker capsules
What’s common to all of these capsules is that the CitiZ machine is a little more difficult to close when using an ECC capsule versus a Nespresso capsule. Also, before the espresso starts coming out of the machine, the capsule makes a bit of a popping. Both of these issues are addressed on ECC’s website, where they try to assure customers that this is normal and should not cause any concern.
So, on to this particular variety, the Espressivo. I’m a little surprised by the other reviews posted so far. Unless the design of the CitiZ changed drastically, I’m not sure why one of the other reviewers was unable to use the ECC capsule. As to the flavor, while I agree with the other reviewer so far that it isn’t as good as Nespresso’s darker roasts, I’m not in agreement that it’s nothing more than bad drip coffee. I actually think the Espressivo ECC capsule tastes okay — definitely stronger than drip coffee — and in my CitiZ it produced as much crema as a Nespresso capsule. Unfortunately, however, the flavor seems kind of “one note” compared to my favorite Nespresso capsules. Given that the cost of the ECC capsules on Amazon isn’t that much less than Nespresso capsules available through the Nespresso club (about a 12% cost savings), one has to factor in the “green” factor of the ECC capsules to help them decide which capsule to choose. While I personally feel a lot better about being able to compost the ECC capsules, I also want the best possible flavor from my CitiZ — that’s why I bought it instead of a much less expensive espresso machine. I’m afraid that unless another variety of the ECC capsules is more to my liking, I’ll be sticking with the Nespresso capsules.
Too weak vs Nespresso Roma and Ristretto
Bitter, Weak and Thin
IF YOU LIKE STRONG ESPRESSO, DO NOT ORDER THESE!
Great Coffee AND Green Cap
Real espresso taste
I picked the ECC Espressivo for its strong intensity rating as I like a strong espresso. I popped the first capsule into the machine and pulled down the lever and heard the pop of the capsule and soon smelled a very pleasant aroma that immediately reminded me of the Italian coffee shops of Milan. THe Espressivo had a very strong taste and a smooth finish and gave me just the right lift I was looking for. I then had a latte the next day and the combination of milk & crema was perfect- I am sold. The convenience of getting the capsules delivered right to our door (free of charge) is brilliant along with the whole biodegradable capsule which my wife said she would put into our garden is a nice feeling. I have already ordered the other flavors.
i am purchasing another one now.
Totally Worth It!!!!
I didnt expected it to be as good as Nespresso capsules but they are!!! I totally recommend this product.
Will clog your machine and Amazon will not accept your return
What is worse is that you can’t return the pods to Amazon so essentially you will throw away 25 or more dollars, and that’s bad.
I Like it
Not a bad alternative
UPDATE: Prices have come down dramatically on these. Still not as good as Nespresso originals, but Nespresso’s customer service stinks so bad and their prices so high, I’m done buying from them. These are close and environmentally much friendlier.
Weak at best.
Ecopackaging 5 stars, Coffee 3 stars
The packaging is great as it gets away from Nestle’s use of we-don’t-care-about-the-planet metal (aluminum?). Five stars for that.
On the other hand, the coffee isn’t so great. I bought these without a review and without much information about what type I was buying — I guess I’m a maverick like that (ha). Although I got them on time, and had apparently purchased an espresso that was considered 4 out of 5 in strength, it really tasted like a 1.5 out of 5 in strength. So, I’m NOT impressed with the coffee — and I am NOT a coffee expert.
Bottom line is, I might try them again if I can find out which espresso is strongest. And, I might try them again because I hate the planet-hating, overpriced monopoly that Nestle has on Nespresso pods… but I gotta say that Nestle’s Nespresso pods are tastier.
So would some entrepreneur mind doing something about this dilemma? Kthnxbai
Good Product Worth The Money
always removed itself with ease. Quality of coffee is good not great. But at
this price it is a no brainer. I can make a double for far less than Nespresso
charges for a single expresso. Competition is good..I do not like operating
under a monopoly were the price is fixed and never varies with demand. Take
you get what you pay for
…..oh well it feeds the urge ….you get what you pay for.
Taste is personal
It is hard to predict who will like the ECC coffees and who will not: many things contribute to the experience, and not even just taste, aroma, and looks. I am from Italy, and lived in one of the Italian “coffee capitals” — Trieste, home of Illy, Hausbrandt, San Giusto, and others.
I suggest you try this without bias and with neutral expectations. If yr experience is positive, you are lucky and this coffee will save you money, and the Earth some environmental grief.
One suggestion to keep you honest in testing the new coffee: don’t just compare the Espressivo and yr choice of Nespresso side by side — DO A BLIND TEST. With two cups that are exactly alike, the same amount of sugar, if any, try both coffees in sequence. Ask an accomplice to keep track of which cup contains which coffee, and see what the test reveals.
Enjoy your coffee, and save the environment!
The flavor was excellent, and I had no issues with the Espressivo capsules fitting into my Nespresso machine.
Overall great taste, cheaper capsules for the Nespresso machine, and you get to save the environment! I give it five stars.
Biodegradable is why I switched
As others have noted, it’s also significantly harder to pull down the lever on these capsules than on Nespresso capsules.
Ethical Coffee Nespresso capsules
adequate alternative, discount price
Great tasting coffee and environmentally responsible
This goes for Cremoso, Indiad’oro, Espressivo – unfortunately, I bought all three types. Hardly a difference between them, but I listed them in awful to undrinkable order.
However, if that’s not enough of a reason to avoid, consider these;
-they’re difficult to insert in Nespresso machines
-they’re difficult to remove from Nespresso machines
-they frequently blister during brewing, thus “brewing” coffee from the side of the capsules
-they are stale right out of the package (though the expiration date reads otherwise)
-all ten per box are not quite vacuum-sealed in plastic, hence opening the plastic hastens further spoilage
-they are only a dime less than real Nespresso capsules!!!
I actually threw away unused capsules, they were that bad. They are not worth free. Quite weak for a company started by a former Nespresso executive. Perhaps they have a serious quality control issue in the U.S.?