How To Make Coffee With Capsules [Barista’s Secret Tricks]

If you want to know how to make coffee with capsules, many think that it only depends on the roast and the state of its main material: the bean.

However, we must also look at other elements that can help us have a pleasant moment when drinking it, with its balanced acidity and sweetness.

If one of the pleasures of your life is coffee every morning, you know capsules are essential. Most of the regular coffee drinkers own a coffee or espresso machine.

Many of us want to prepare our coffee as quickly as possible. That’s why we use coffee capsules most of the time. But having the same taste every day is boring.

How to make perfect coffee with capsules in 7 steps

Let us guide you some practical tips that will undoubtedly change your taste.

1. Choosing the right capsules

The coffee that I use is a specialty coffee that comes directly from farms in Colombia, Peru and other parts of the coffee world. I know our coffee growers and I know the meticulous process required to have a specialty coffee on your table.

Another important aspect when choosing your coffee capsules is to pay attention to its intensity: check the profile of each variety, the organoleptic characteristics and other details of the farms where they come from.

2. Cleaning the machine

Like all kitchen utensils, it is important to keep the coffee maker clean both outside and inside. Remember to unload the capsule container and the drain container permanently.

It is advisable to run a little hot water to clean the internal circuits of coffee residues, at least every three months.

Here is the actual process of cleaning a coffee maker.

3. Water for preparation

The water used for the preparation should be as purified or filtered as possible. Fresh and clean water will ensure that the coffee flavor is better expressed. The calcium or sodium in the pipe should be prevented from deteriorating or ruining the taste of the coffee. 

4. Espresso, Ristretto or Lungo

making espresso with capsule coffee machine

I’m a fan of espresso, I love it, but we have it for all measures. I recommend the other intensities in espresso in order to extract the flavors typical of the origin of the beans: a harmonious balance between acidity, sweetness and bitterness.

5. Measures to make your coffee

Last recommendation on how to make a perfect coffee. Remember your capsules should have specific measures, whether it is espresso 35-40ml or lungo 90-110ml, respecting the measures will make you enjoy the roast given to the variety and all its flavors to the maximum.

6. Preheating the mug

Preheat the cup a little, this will avoid thermal shock when preparing the coffee. This is particularly important in this winter time and you don’t want your coffee to get cold immediately. Remember also that it is not advisable to reheat the coffee already prepared. 

7. Time to serve

When preparing it in your machine, it should be served immediately. A coffee that has been steeped for more than an hour tends to lose its flavor or become bitter. So when you drink it, you could have an unpleasant taste.

Pre-infusion in a capsule machine? Yes!

capsule machine preparation

The preparation in a capsule coffee machine is very practical and easy. However, there is a trick that you can adapt to achieve a pre-infusion that will make the coffee obtain greater nuances, flavor and be more complex.

The trick is to place the capsule, close, press the coffee button and as soon as you hear the sound that indicates that the capsule has burst, press the button again and waits about 5 seconds; then press the button again to get the full coffee.

This trick should be done when preparing espresso. Usually, the small cup button of your coffee maker, when doing so you will notice how you enhance the flavor of the coffee. Achieving a drink with more characteristics and cream. If you have any questions contact us and we will assist you!

One capsule per coffee

Remember that the capsules are not reusable. Therefore, you should not prepare more than one coffee per capsule. If you prepare a second coffee with the same capsule, the drink will lose almost all its aroma and its flavor will be watery and of very low quality.

Capsule storage

The storage of coffee in capsules should be in a place not exposed to the sun and can be in the same container that contains them. I recommend keeping them inside the packaging and using them as needed. Store at room temperature.

What are you waiting for?

With these data, we already have a general line of how to prepare a perfect coffee. Now it’s your part, serve it however you want. If you want an espresso, ristretto or lungo, follow our advice and you will have the most delicious cup for that special moment of the day.

Other recipes

If you want to give a different touch to your coffee with milk or milk cream, and your coffee maker does not give you that option, we recommend that you add the desired amount of milk or cream in the glass and prepare the coffee on this. The texture of the milk or cream will last longer and the temperature will not drop as quickly.

With these tips you will enjoy your coffee to the fullest at all times.


A. I. Moon

A.I. Moon, an experienced SEO Pythonista, spends his days coding and developing web applications to help business owners. A passionate coffee enthusiast, he believes that drinking coffee fuels his creativity and productivity. His day isn't complete without the rich aroma and invigorating warmth of a perfectly brewed cup. This love for coffee inspired him to found EspressoRivo, a platform dedicated to sharing his coffee knowledge and fostering a community of passionate aficionados.

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