The My Coffee Star Refillable Capsule is a stainless steel finely machined capsule that is refillable and works for all Nespresso machines including the newer automatic Nespresso U.
Ease of Use/Performance: 3/5
How much I enjoy 2/5
My Coffee Star is a refillable Nespresso Capsule that is made from stainless steel and is useable in nine different models of Nespresso machines. The most current models of Nespresso including the automatic U can use the refillable capsule named Beta.
The Alpha capsule handles the older models of Nespresso machines with the difference being very minor but important in the machined capsule. The refillable capsules both have a screw on lid with a rubber seal to prevent water from leaking around the capsule when it is running through a cycle.
The My Coffee Star capsule works fairly well and is easy to use but you do get some of the mess when dealing with the ground espresso and cleaning it out. You need to use a fine to very fine grind and ever so lightly pack the grounds into the capsule.
The easiest way to do this is to grind the coffee beans and put them into some kind of container and use the side of the container to pack the grounds into the capsule. After packing the grounds you wipe the screw threads and then screw the lid on the capsule.
Drop the capsule in your Nespresso and start the cycle for a quick cup of espresso but the best you can expect is not as good as a Nespresso capsule. I have been using the My Coffee Star for a couple of months and have not been able to make a really good shot of espresso with the refillable capsule.
I think the main reason for this is the Nespresso is designed and manufactured for the Nespresso capsules which have a very specific grind and amount of espresso. Each capsule is also tamped and these three factors are hard to duplicate when using any refillable capsule.
The Nespresso capsules are great and I enjoyed several of the different varieties that Nespresso sells but to duplicate them is very hard. I have been able to get decent shots of espresso using the My Coffee Star but nothing that comes close to the Nespresso capsules.
I just could not get the grind and packing right and that is the problem with any of the refillable capsules with not being able to duplicate the Nespresso capsules closely enough. The Nespresso machines are made as a simple and easy to use espresso machine that is also clean but the refillable capsules ad some mess to the process.
The regular Nespresso capsules mean no mess with grounds and no cleanup other than a simple rinse of the trays and tossing out the used capsules. Any refillable capsule means you have to grind your espresso beans and clean the capsule before next use.
While it may be a bit cheaper to buy beans and grind them yourself the machine is made to use the capsules and that is how it works the best. A refillable capsule works well enough but not as good as the ones made by Nespresso which is what I recommend you use.
If you have a Nespresso machine and want to save a few dollars every so often the My Coffee Star does work but it does mean some mess and lesser quality esresso. The My Coffee Star refillable capsule is available from the Swiss website for about $35 US dollars but it is shipping from Switzerland.
Works fairly well
For use with most Nespresso Models
Solid stainless steel capsule
Does not make a great shot of espresso
A little messy