How to use DGpod capsules (for Dolce Gusto®)

Compatibility: Are DGpod capsules compatible with my machine?

DGpods are compatible with the following Nescafé Dolce Gusto* capsule machines: Lumio, Circolo, Drop, Eclipse, Fontana, Genio 1, Genio 2, Jovia, Melody 2, Melody 3, Mini-Me, Movenza, Oblo, Piccolo / Piccolini, Infinissima and Stelia coffee machines. 

I would like to grind my own fresh coffee beans, what kind of grinder should I use?

We recommend using a burr grinder for the best results, as blade grinders may create too much dust.

What coffee is recommended for use with DGpod capsules?

One of the beauties of reusable pods, is that you're no longer restricted to the blends available from big brands. To help you brew a great planet-friendly cuppa, we've put together our key tips for selecting the perfect coffee for your new reusable pods!

Blend: It's important to remember coffee beans are an agricultural product - naturally, they differ! The roasting process also has a big impact on the final product. As pure coffee beans have no added flavours, we suggest using a lovely strong, dark roast. We also encourage you to try a new blend every time you shop for a new bag of coffee as you build an understanding for which flavours and aromas suit your palate.

Grind size: We recommend using a fine grind. If you're not grinding at home, ask your favourite cafe to grind the beans for you. Alternatively, grab a bag of our delicious Bespoke Blend in espresso grind, crafted specifically for use with your reusable pods - you can also take this along to your local roaster as a great grind reference point!

Can I get detailed instructions for brewing with DGpods?

Machine prep (recommended for best results)
To assist with optimal performance, before brewing with reusable pods we recommend performing a thorough descale to ensure that the brewing pressure of your machine is normal.

Step 1. Prep
Place the strainer into the pod. To brew lungo, place convex side up. To brew espresso, concave side up. Next, place in the paper filter if brewing tea or very fine coffee grounds. The paper filter may also assist in brewing a more intense espresso.

Step 2. Fill
Fill with one level scoop of ground coffee, using the provided scoop provided with your pack. Tamp down to the measuring line using the base of the scoop. Repeat if the tamped coffee does not reach the measuring line. Please note: DGpod works best when used with 9g of ground coffee. Over-filling or under-filling may cause the cover to open during the brewing process.

Step 3. Seal & insert
Place the Lid on top of the coffee. Close the capsule using the cover. Place the DGpod into the capsule holder of the machine. Align the front of the cover (where the small hole is located) with the centre of the machine's capsule holder. If the machine lever doesn't close, double check that you have aligned the capsule correctly.

Step 6. Brew
Adjust the water level of the machine, and brew!

How to use reusable coffee pods


How do I remove and clean my capsule?

Switch off the machine and wait for 5 minutes before trying to remove the capsule holder - always wait for the light to stop blinking. This will allow the pressure the return to normal, allowing the lever to be opened easily avoiding damage to the Capsule Cover. If still difficult to remove, do not force it open. Ensuring the capsule is cool, remove the Cover and Lid and tap out the spent coffee grounds, ensuring you retrieve the metal strainer. Rinse capsule and components with water. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.

What is the capacity of a DGpod?

DGpod should be brewed using 8-9g of coffee.

Can I use DGpod capsules to brew Tea?

Yes, DGpods also let you enjoy your favourite tea leaves. When filling the capsule, simply tamp down more gently than you would when brewing coffee. This ensures there is enough space in the capsule for the tea leaves to expand during the brewing process. We recommend chopping the tea first, and adding no more than 5g of tea per capsule.

Can I get some tips on improving my cuppa now that I'm brewing with real coffee?

Sure thing! Your brew results will vary, dependant on which coffee you use, and how you use it. You can check out our top tips here.

How can I support you guys to make change?

How kind of you for asking! Honestly, the best way you can help is telling your friends / family about us, and share share SHARE on social media! The more people that brew with reusables, the bigger our impact.

And if you know someone who could do with a little encouragement switching from single-use to reusable, or simply want to give us a shout out at your workplace, we have some handy downloadable / printable posters too:
Single-Use Swaps
Reusable Coffee Pod Info