Originally Posted by gomestar
I have never heard of buying a super automatic machine for cost savings. How much coffee would you have to drink for a mid-level super automatic machine (say the $1,300 DeLonghi, far cheaper than the $4,000 high-end machines) to pay itself off?? I mean we're looking at well over 2,100 individual Nespresso shots ($1300 - $250 for Nespresso machine / 0.49 cost per Nespresso pod). The number goes higher when you figure in the cost coffee beans. You'll break even at 6 shots a day, every day, for one year. If you drink it every other day, we're looking at well over a decade to break even.
And this is assuming the capsules contain mediocre coffee, which I (and others) have found is not the case.
I paid $1000 for the Bosch B30 about 2 years ago. The brew counter on it currently reads 3169.
Coffee cost with regular beans...
(3169 cups) * (1/45 lbs/cups) * (10 $/lbs) = $704
But with Netpresso pods my coffee cost would have been....
0.49 * 3169 = $1552
2 year total cost....
Bosch: $1000 + $704 = $1704
Netpresso: $250 + 1552 = $1802
So in my specific case, the more expensive machine has worked in my favor in less than 2 years. Plus I got to drink better quality coffee. But I probably drink far more than most people.
Even if I drank less, I would probably still buy the super automatic. The ability to have fun trying different coffee beans from local roasters is well worth the added cost. I philosophically cannot in good conscience buy into a captive system utilizing proprietary "pods".
Several of the coffee forums I've read say the Netpresso pod quality is just merely ok, but nothing to get excited about. You don't honestly expect a mass marketed brand like Nestle to provide awesome quality coffee?! That would be like expecting to find exciting designs and top quality clothing at Gap or Banana Republic.