Can You Use Nespresso Pods in a Keurig? How to Use All The Coffee Pods In Your Pantry

Do you have a Keurig at home but have some Nespresso pods lying around? Many coffee lovers wonder if they can use these cups in either machine, but you should know the answer before you give it a try. So can you use Nespresso pods in a Keurig?

You can’t use Nespresso pods in a Keurig as is. Nespresso makes the pods for their machines, which have a different shape than a Keurig. However, you can still open the pod and put the coffee in a reusable Keurig cup. This tip lets you make Nespresso coffee in your Keurig without much effort. 

You’ll want to keep reading this guide to learn more about using your Nespresso pods in your Keurig. I’ll also answer some frequently asked questions about Nespresso Pods. There’s much to know, so let’s get started!

can you use Nespresso pods in a Keurig: Nespresso Pods and Keurig Compatibility

So, can you use Nespresso pods in a Keurig? No, not directly. The Nespresso pods won’t fit into the Keurig since the mechanisms inside the coffee machine won’t align with it properly. Trust me – I have tried!

You shouldn’t try to force it either— if you somehow get the Keurig closed and running, it might leak scalding water. You also can’t put a K-cup into a Nespresso coffee machine – the same laws of geometry and physics apply. 

The cups that you use in these machines are also very different. Nespresso pods consist of aluminum and have a round bottom. Plus, they’re smaller than K-cups, which consist of plastic and have a flat bottom. These differences are too great for them to fit in each other’s machines.

Overall, you can’t get these pods to fit in other coffee appliances. These coffee companies make them only for use in their machines. However, you don’t need to toss out any Nespresso pods you have at home! There are still ways to brew the grounds in your Keurig.

How To Use a Nespresso Pod in a Keurig

Despite Nespresso pods not fitting your Keurig, you can still use them together with a workaround. It’s a simple method that only takes a few seconds when you already have a reusable K-cup

If you don’t have one, I recommend the MaxRona Reusable K Cups from The order includes six cups that fit in any Keurig and are dishwasher safe. You’re sure to enjoy using them to make your Nespresso coffee too.

Once you have your reusable K-cup, you’re ready to get started.

1. Open the Nespresso Pod

First, you’ll need to cut open the Nespresso Pod carefully. I usually use a sharp knife to create a slit, peeling the covering away. Nespresso pods are more straightforward than the Keurig ones because they don’t come with any filters you’d need to remove.

Once the pod’s lid is open, you can simply pour the coffee into an empty, reusable K-cup. Since K-cups are larger, you might need to open two to completely fill the cup with coffee grounds. 

It’s also possible to remove all your Nespresso pod grounds and store them in an airtight container. That way, you get all the cutting and pouring out of the way first, so you can easily scoop the grounds into your K-cup whenever you want.

Still, making your Nespresso coffee in a K-cup is already very fast, so you probably won’t need to do this.

2. Put the Cup in the Keurig

After emptying the contents of the Nespresso pod into the K-cup, you can put it into your Keurig like normal. Close the lid of the Keurig, fill it with water, and choose the settings on the machine. Then, it’ll produce coffee like usual.

Many coffee lovers enjoy the taste of Nespresso more than Keurig (and appreciate the caffeine boost that expresso offers), so you’ll want to try it. This process is already quick and straightforward, although you can make it a bit faster by storing the grounds in an airtight container for later.

Keurig Settings for Nespresso Coffee Grounds

Now that you know you can make your Nespresso in a Keurig, you’ll want to make sure you choose the best settings to get a delicious cup of coffee. Nespresso recommends you brew their coffee between 91 and 96 °F (about 33 to 36 °C), so you’ll want to get within that range with your Keurig. 

You can change the temperature on your Keurig by opening the “Settings” menu on the screen, then selecting “Temperature.” You’ll see different temperature options, so choose the one that falls between 91 and 96 °F ( 33 and 36 °C).

Different Keurig models have varying steps to reach the temperature adjustments and produce coffee at different temperatures. The Keurig Mini only produces coffee at one temperature, so you’ll need to make do if that’s the machine you use. 

In short, your Nespresso coffee will taste more like the company intended if you get the temperature settings as close to their recommendation as possible with your Keurig.


You might have questions if it’s your first time trying to use a Nespresso pod in a Keurig. Here’s what many people tend to ask before giving this method a try:

Can I Use Nespresso Pods Without a Nespresso Machine?

You don’t have to have a specific Nespresso coffee maker to use your Nespresso pods. All you need to do is cut or peel the top of the cup off, then dump the grounds into any other coffee maker you have. You can brew them as you would typically from there.

Many people use the Nespresso grounds in a coffee pot or French press with outstanding results. So, if you don’t have a coffee appliance at home, you won’t need to buy one. I will say though this is not great for the environment and while OK if you have some random coffee pods lying around you need to use – please find a coffee you like that does not come in single use tiny pods.

Can I Use Nespresso Pods in Any Other Machine?

You can’t use the Nespresso pod in other machines by putting it in there directly. You’ll need to remove the coffee grounds and put them in a different machine.

You can remove the grounds and brew them in many ways, so you’re sure to have an option at home without buying a Nespresso machine. If you don’t have an appliance, you can always put the grounds in boiling water and then strain them out before drinking.

What Brands are Compatible With Keurig? 

K-cup brands are compatible with your Keurig. Some brands that make K-cups include The Original Donut Shop, Starbucks, and Folgers. You’ll see plenty of options when you go to the store or look online, and any brand of coffee works in a Keurig, as long as the grounds are in a K-cup. 

You’ll want to try out plenty of options to find a K-cup coffee you like the most. Although, you can always take your favorite coffee grounds and use them in your reusable cup. One of these cups is very convenient because you can put any grounds into it— even the ones you get by cutting other coffee pods open.


I hope I have answered your question can you use Nespresso pods in a Keurig – sorry but you can’t put your Nespresso pods in a Keurig unless you want to end up with a hot steaming mess and potentially break your coffee machine. Although that doesn’t need to stop you from making your morning espresso in those machines or toss out the Nespresso pods in the back of the pantry. Instead, you can open the pods, pour the grounds into a reusable K-cup, and then make the coffee like normal.

This strategy takes a matter of seconds; let me know if you give it a try! I’m sure you’ll get great results.

Joe Carrow

Reno addict, keen gardener, and baker. I  started blogging in 2012 and have been hooked ever since!

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