Gourmesso Cioccolato Review (The Ideal Nespresso’s Proxy!)

Nespresso’s coffee pods are the best in the world. That is until now.

Gourmesso Coffee Pods have been created to do what Nespresso can’t – that is, provide the same great tasting coffee, at a fraction of the price, and in an environmentally responsible package.

With an industry-leading customer service team who are available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns about their product, these pods might just be what you have been looking for all this time and at almost half the price – why wouldn’t you?

What is Gourmesso Coffee?

Gourmesso Coffee is a single-serve coffee pod system that has started up as a competitor to some of the big brands like Keurig and Nespresso.  

Gourmesso design their pods to exactly fit the Nespresso OriginalLine system, which means most people already have a suitable machine at their home.

Gourmesso Cioccolato Origins

The Gourmesso Cioccolato Coffee is made with Arabica and Robusta coffee beans. A blend of these two coffees brings out the best flavor, creates a pleasant-tasting low in acidity coffee that is easy to drink.

There is also a small amount of naturally sourced chocolate flavoring added to give this coffee capsule a deliciously potent chocolaty taste.

When and Why was the Cioccolato flavor released?

Generally, Gourmesso Coffee Pods were first launched in the market in 2013, though the Cioccolateo Eco-Line wasn’t released until 2018.

This is a flavored coffee, designed to tackle head on similar coffee styles in the Nespresso barista creations range.

The Key Features of Gourmesso Coffee Pods


This flavor is all about the chocolate. The coffee itself is a mild blend, and medium roast. The intensity rating give is 5, but compared to similar Nespresso capsules this could easily be a 4.

What is striking however is the big chocolate flavor, and distinctive sweetness. There is no mistaking that this is a flavored coffee! Some (us inlcudied) may find the sweetness too much, though it does temper with time, and once you know what to expect.


Chocolate! The smell of chocolate is strong in this one. As soon as you open the box our kitchen was filled with a pleasant, but also somewhat overpowering chocolate scent.

Once brewed the chocolate aroma lingers for a minute, before disappearing once the drink starts to cool.


The coffee pods are made from high-quality biodegradable materials, including PLA, a renewable resource. This ensures that the pods can be fully composted after use or placed in your recycling bin for later use.


Gourmesso’s Arabica Forte Lungo has an intensity rating of 5, and a medium roast meaning this is quite a mild coffee. We find the actual coffee flavor quite weak, so would probably give it a 4, but the intensity is propped up by the big chocolate flavor.

Note: Gourmesso’s intensity ratings attempt to align with Nespresso’s intensity rating scale of 1-13. However, since the exact definition of this rating system is not public knowledge, Gourmesso’s comparisons are only approximate. Take this with a grain of salt, and err +/- 1 intensity point above or below the value quoted


One of the main appeals of Gourmesso Coffee Pods is the price. A typical pod costs around $0.50. This means you can drink fantastic guilt-free coffee at home for a fraction of the cost of a café coffee.

It’s also on average 30% cheaper than the official Nespresso capsules.

Even better, all orders over $35.00 through the Gourmesso website will receive free shipping.


The packaging also plays a vital role in making this blend extremely special.

You’ll be able to buy a set of 10 capsules in an elegant (and recyclable) cardboard box for around $5.30 USD.

Of course, prices change, so check here for the latest price on the Gourmesso website.

Did we mention they also offer free shipping on all orders above $35?


These capsules work in Nespresso Original machines ONLY (formerly: OriginalLine). They work in all Original machines, i.e. are a 1-for-1 swap with the genuine capsules.

Gourmesso Capsules do NOT fit in Nespresso Vertuo machines (formerly: VertuoLine), Dolce Gusto, Keurig, nor other systems.

Sustainability and Environment

Our favorite thing about these Gourmesso pods is they are in the Gourmesso Eco range.

These pods are compostable, unlike the regular Gourmesso pods which are plastic, and authentic Nespresso pods which are made of aluminum and only recyclable.

One caveat: These capsules are certified as commercially compostable only. The pods still need to be packaged off and sent to commercial composting facilities. If you think you can just dig a hole in your garden, there is no guarantee it will degrade properly.


The Pros and Cons of Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte Pods

The Pros

  • 100% pure Arabica coffee
  • Nice coffee with strong chocolate flavor.
  • Environmentally Friendly: The Gourmesso Coffee Pods are eco-friendly and made from biodegradable material. Besides, this is essential to reduce your carbon footprint all while enjoying some great-tasting coffee at home
  • Compatible with all Nespresso OriginalLine machines.
  • At least 30% cheaper on average than Nespresso Original capsules.
  • Capsules are compostable

The Cons

  • The taste could be stronger, and seems weaker than a genuine Nespresso with an intensity rating of 9.
  • More enjoyable as an espresso than a lungo.
  • Currently only 4 flavors in the Eco Line range.
  • Only commercial composting is possible.
  • Too Sweet: Their recipes are often very sugary, which may turn off those who crave a savory cup of coffee, especially in the morning
  • A limited selection of flavors is available for avid coffee drinkers

Final thoughts on Gourmesso Coffee

Generally, Gourmesso Coffee Pods are an excellent option for anyone who owns a machine that takes compatible pods.

We can’t help but recommend these when you can save almost 40% compared to genuine Nespresso pods, and knowing they are better for the environment!


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