It seems that all of a sudden Facebook is being flooded with advertisements for reusable coffee capsules, accompanied by comments (which may well be fake) saying how fantastic they are.
Thinking it was a great idea I bought a pack of two for my Caffitaly machine for a rather generous $80. It wasn’t until I received the tracking details that I saw that the order was coming out of China.
It arrived promptly, but with absolutely no information - just an unprinted carton and no paperwork inside. It’s totally unbranded. To cut a long story short, despite experimenting with quantities, grind size and packing density I can’t get a decent cup of coffee. Usually it’s far too watery, though on one occasion I managed to pack it so tightly that there was no water flow.
The upshot is that it’s been a complete waste of money so far. Has anyone else had any experience of these refillable capsules? Is there a secret to loading them? I even pulled an unused disposable capsule apart to see how it was packed. Nothing obvious with the coffee itself, though this capsule contained a kind of plastic diffuser at the input end which is designed to distribute the water flow over the whole cross-section of the capsule. That component isn’t present in the reusable capsules which leads me to believe that there probably isn’t an evenly-distributed water flow.