Starbucks Coffee Pods

For most users of Dolce Gusto or Nespresso coffee pod machines, seeing Starbucks compatible coffee capsules is a matter of course, but this was not always the case. But before we start with the history of Starbucks compatible capsules, we need to clarify that both Nespresso and Dolce Gusto are creations of the prestigious food brand Nestlé.

On May 6, 2018, Nestlé S.A. and Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) signed a $7.15 billion agreement whereby Nestlé can use the Starbucks brand on its capsule and coffee bean systems. Thus, thanks to Nestle, Starbucks can reach more users around the world without having to visit their coffee shops.

Today you can find everything from coffee beans to Starbucks branded coffee capsules in traditional supermarkets and online shops. Nestlé forms a trio of luxury brands that looks hard to compete against Nespresso, Dolce Gusto, and Starbucks with this partnership.

Dolce Gusto Starbucks – Price

There are 12 different varieties of Starbucks capsules to choose from, ranging from traditional espresso to the latest novelty “toffee nut latte”.

*Please note that you must be registered on the Dolce Gusto website in order to purchase coffee pods. In addition, a minimum order of £15.96 or 4 boxes is required. *Amazon’s bundle range from £16.00 to £ 24.00 for six boxes.

Coffee Pod VarietyOfficial StoreAmazon
(Bundle)
TOFFEE NUT LATTE LIMITED EDITION£3.99£7.37
CAFFÈ LATTE£3.99£4.00
AMERICANO HOUSE BLEND MEDIUM ROAST£3.99£3.00
AMERICANO VERANDA BLEND£3.99£2.67
CAPPUCCINO£3.99£3.00
LATTE MACCHIATO£3.99£3.50
MADAGASCAR VANILLA MACCHIATO£3.99£4.00
CARAMEL MACCHIATO£3.99£3.00
ESPRESSO BLONDE ROAST£3.99£2.67
COLOMBIA MEDIUM ROAST ESPRESSO £3.99£2.76
ESPRESSO DARK ROAST£3.99£4.00

They are all sold in boxes of 12 and are priced slightly higher per unit than the official Dolce Gusto capsules. Please note that drinks with milk require two pods, so although the box contains 12 capsules, only six coffees can be prepared.

The price of these boxes of capsules is around the same price as the original boxes of coffee pods. However, the Starbucks packs only contain 12 pods, whereas the original Dolce Gusto packs contain 16.

In this case, anyone who wants to buy Starbucks capsules for Dolce Gusto will not do so because of the price but because they really like the American brand’s offer and aroma.

Dolce Gusto Starbucks Americano House Blend
Dolce Gusto Starbucks Cappuccino
Dolce Gusto Starbucks Caramel Macchiato
Dolce Gusto Starbucks Espresso Origin Colombia
Dolce Gusto Starbucks Latte Macchiato
Dolce Gusto Starbucks Magadascar Vanilla Macchiato
Dolce Gusto Starbucks Toffee Nut' Latte
Dolce Gusto Starbucks Veranda Blend

Nespresso Starbucks – Price

We currently have fewer capsules compatible with Nespresso than we had with Dolce Gusto. However, the flavours vary from one type of coffee machine to another as Nespresso only brews espressos.

Within the Starbucks capsules catalogue for Nespresso, we can divide the capsules into blended coffees and single origin coffees. All types have the same Arabica coffee beans.

On the other hand, two types are marked as lungo, while another is decaffeinated. Please note that all these specialities are available in boxes of 10 capsules.

The prices of Starbucks capsules for Nespresso vary greatly, as Nespresso does not sell the coffee pods directly from its website. Their website redirects you to different local supermarkets, where you have to register to be able to shop online – quite a hassle.

With the table below, we will simplify your search by offering you the lowest prices in the different shops:

Coffee Pod Variety Official Store Amazon
(Bundle)
Holiday Blend£2.80£2.75
Blonde® Espresso Roast £2.50£3.50
Pike Place® Roast£2.50£2.80
House Blend£2.50£3.50
Single-Origin Colombia£2.50£2.80
Espresso Roast£2.50£3.50
Decaf Espresso Roast£2.50£2.50
Single Origin Sumatra£3.50£3.50
Caffè Verona™£2.50£2.80

Starbucks Tassimo capsules

You may have come here simply because you own a Tassimo coffee machine and love the coffee they serve at Starbucks. You may even have seen an image like the one below, where the Tassimo capsules are printed with the Starbucks double-tailed mermaid.

Starbucks Tassimo coffee pods
Starbucks Tassimo coffee pods

The truth is that from September 2007 until 2010, you could easily find Tassimo Starbucks pods in supermarkets. However, like so many love stories, this one ended suddenly because of Starbucks.

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (former Kraft), the owner of the Tassimo capsule system, had been selling coffee beans and ground coffee under the Starbucks brand since 1998. The contract between the two parties, which included coffee capsules in September 2007, was due to expire in March 2014.

In 2010 Starbucks accused Kraft of breaking the terms of the agreement and unilaterally terminated the contract. Three years later, Starbucks had to pay Kraft a fine of $2.76bn in damages plus a further $527m in legal costs.

As Starbucks is now owned by the Nestlé group (Dolce Gusto and Nespresso), we won’t ever see the famous Starbucks T-discs again.

What do Starbucks coffee capsules look like?

Starbucks capsules are aluminium, like all Nespresso capsules. So they have the same sustainability issues that are common to compatible capsules, regardless of the manufacturer.

To recycle Starbucks capsules, the company provides you with bags to store your used pods instead of throwing them in the trash and then delivering them to the store. It is exactly the same as the Nespresso recycling system (you can also put any other capsule that is compatible with the Nespresso system in the bags, even if it is not a Starbucks capsule).

If you opt for the Starbucks compatible Dolce Gusto pods, they are also exactly the same as the “official” brand. In this case, there is no centralized recycling programme, such as the one implemented by Nespresso.

starbucks nespresso

The success of Starbucks coffee capsules is based primarily on the high quality of the coffee. Starbucks brand coffee has a unique taste and aroma that, together with well-developed marketing campaigns, has won loyal consumers worldwide.

For the same reason, do not expect to find Starbucks capsules on sale at very low prices, as is the case with other manufacturers of compatible pods.

Where to buy Starbucks capsules?

Unlike most Nespresso or Dolce Gusto compatible capsules, Starbucks coffee capsules can be easily found in any supermarket in most cities around the world.

However, although it is very common to find them in physical shops, the price of the capsules in supermarkets is usually higher than if you buy them online. Above, you will find some comparative tables with online prices, both in official shops and on Amazon.