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Reusing Nespresso U Espresso Machine Capsules When Other Methods Fail

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 Nespresso U Espresso Machine Capsules W

Nespresso U Espresso Machine Capsules W

After multiple times of trying the foil method with no success, I decided to try to save money on the pods in a different way. My way does not void the warranty, and it works perfectly on the Nespresso U machine.

All you do is use each pod twice! After using the Nespresso pod to make your cappuccino or espresso, simply put the pod back into the machine and have it make you another cup. The second cup tasted fine; the only difference is it was a bit weaker than the first cup, but it still tasted great. In addition, with this method, you can cut the price on your Nespresso coffee pods in half—only $0.30 a cup.

a variety of K-Cups

a variety of K-Cups

For those of you that are curious, I included a short video on both the "foil method" and the "reusable cup method" for saving money on Nespresso pods; I also included a link to a site that sells an alternate pod that is supposed to work for the Nespresso machine.

I have not tried these pods from Hiline Coffee, and I want to make sure that everyone knows that if you do decide to use these pods, then you void the Nespresso warranty. I have likewise not used any of the reusable plastic cups, but I have heard that they sometimes melt after a few uses (a video on the different available cups is included below).

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Frothed Milk Drink

Most Nespresso machines come with a milk frother. If your machine did not come with one, you can purchase one from Nespresso or from many other stores. In addition to being good over coffee, there are also a few drinks that can be made with frothed milk that does not include coffee. Check my recipe out below.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

1 min

6 min

Serves One Person


  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 mug


  1. Fill the milk frother that came with your Nespresso machine to the fill line with milk.
  2. Then drop 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract into your frother with the milk.
  3. Set the frother on a hot froth.
  4. While the milk and vanilla is frothing add 1 tbs of honey into the mug you plan to pour your frothed milk and vanilla into.
  5. When the frothing is done pour the frothed milk with vanilla into your mug and stir well.
  6. Enjoy

Please feel free to leave any tips, suggestions, or methods for reusing the pods in the comments section below.

Questions & Answers

Question: My milk frother that came with my Nespresso machine only froths half the milk the other half is thin like milk. What am I doing wrong?

Answer: My guess is that you are using too much milk or you need to run it through the froth cycle two or three times. My advice is also to send an email to Nespresso and ask them in case it is a product defect.

Question: How do I add frothy milk to the cappuccinos when reusing Nespresso U capsules?

Answer: You could use a milk froth wand on milk in a small bowl or cup and then pour it on top of the coffee.

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