Among the most common questions asked by capsule coffee machine users worldwide is about capsule adapters. Is there a capsule adapter for Nespresso coffee machines, and is there a capsule adapter for Dolce Gusto coffee machines? The answer is yes; they are small devices or accessories inserted into the original capsule holder of the coffee machine and allow you to use capsules from other systems.
You know that capsules from different systems are often made of different dimensions, sizes and materials. And therefore, they are not compatible with other brands of coffee machines; however, it is solved with a capsule adapter.
Two of the most widespread coffee machines worldwide are Dolce Gusto and Nespresso, so the most sought-after product is a capsule adapter between the two brands of coffee machines. We are talking about systems that allow you to use Dolce Gusto capsules in Nespresso coffee machines and Nespresso capsules in Dolce Gusto coffee machines. It is almost like converting a Dolce Gusto into a Nespresso or vice versa.
Unfortunately, such adapters are relatively modern, but users of these coffee machines have been making homemade attempts to solve this problem (more or less successfully) for many years now. Today, different models on the market use diverse systems to adapt the capsules from one coffee machine to another. We will try to discover all these models in this article.
Nespresso capsule adapter
As you can see in the pictures, this adapter for Nespresso capsules in Dolce Gusto coffee machines has the same shape as the original Dolce Gusto capsule holder. The difference is on the inside, where we find a small box to fit the Nespresso capsules (much smaller).
It works very simply: replace the original capsule holder of your Dolce Gusto coffee machine with this adapter. Insert a Nespresso format capsule in the same way as you would a coffee capsule from the original system and press down until the needle of the capsule holder pierces the capsule. Then close the lid and insert the capsule holder into your Dolce Gusto.
You also have the option of using Nespresso compatible capsules in Nespresso’s coffee machines or authorised Nestlé brand partners such as the NPG Fiorella NP-150 or the Xiaomi Scishare coffee machine. Be careful because many users buy other adapters for other capsules used in Dolce Gusto coffee machines (in this article, you have some examples).
Dolce Gusto capsule adapter
First of all, let’s clarify concepts: a Dolce Gusto capsule adapter is not the same as a reusable or refillable capsule. An adapter allows you to use coffee capsules from other systems in a Dolce Gusto coffee machine.
The most famous Dolce Gusto capsule adapter globally is the “Tres” capsule adapter. In Brazil, they are well known, and their market share does not stop growing. Their trade name is Multicap.
The Multicap capsule adapter is compatible with all Dolce Gusto coffee machines and is removable. It means that you can remove it or put it in your coffee machine when it suits you (you shouldn’t have it there permanently). In this video, you can learn more about how it works:
Another basic adapter for Dolce Gusto capsules is the K-Fee system. This German adapter works like the previous Multicap and allows you to use K-Fee capsules (smaller than the original Dolce Gusto capsules) in your coffee maker.
Senseo capsule adapter
If you have a Senseo coffee maker, don’t worry. There’s good news for you, too. One of the most interesting Senseo capsule adapters we know of is this one, which does not allow you to use capsules, but ground coffee directly in your Senseo coffee maker. See how easy it is to use:
What about multi capsule coffee makers?
Those looking for a capsule adapter have a Nespresso coffee machine or a Dolce Gusto and want to take advantage of their purchase to use the capsules of the other system.
But there is another alternative: buy a coffee machine compatible with all capsules. Does that sound utopian? No, it exists: for example, the Krea Multipla, or Krea ES-200, which originates from Portugal. It is becoming increasingly popular and allows not only the use of both Nespresso and Dolce Gusto capsules but also ESE pods or even normal ground coffee. Another example is the Ikohs Potts.
This solution is achieved using an ingenious adapter inserted into the capsule holder. And you can also buy adapters for other methodologies, such as Lavazza, Caffitaly and many others. Impressive!
And watch out because the success of these initiatives is leading to the appearance on the market of more and more multi-capsule coffee machines of this type. For more information, see the guide we have just linked to.