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Nespresso’s Larger Coffee Pods Won’t Work With Your Machine


The Nespresso coffee-capsule system has been derided as an expensive and environmentally unsound device that clutters up the kitchen counter. Nestle SA says you should get a second one.

The Swiss food giant is pushing a machine into Europe that uses the same principle as the original espresso maker touted by George Clooney, but with some notable differences: the pods are bigger to brew a larger cup, meaning they’re incompatible with existing Nespresso machines. But they’re also patent protected for many years, letting Nestle lock in a market that’s slipped from its control on the smaller pods competing with knock-off models.

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