This is a review of the Don Francisco’s Clásico coffee capsule for the Original Line Nespresso machine. Each capsule contains 5.3 grams of arabica bean coffees, with beans from Central America and South America. The coffee intensity is rated at 9, and says they can be brewed either as ristretto size or espresso size cup.

The Clásico capsules are nicely packed in a rectangular box, and is much smaller in size than most Nespresso compatible boxes. On the side of the box is a best before date, and mine were dated for March 2022, which is about 2 months from my purchase on Amazon, which is pretty quick – and I had other Don Francisco’s coffee that the best before date was longer – so your mileage may vary. The capsules are plastic, but they look very well made, and I can see a dome on the foil lids, so possibly there is nitrogen inside (not certain). The Don Francisco’s Clásico capsules are also roasted and packaged in the Los Angeles area (Vernon, CA) by F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc.. The capsules used in this coffee are black color plastic, so you can identify which coffee this is.


The Clásico has a very nice crema and it is dense and remains after stirring. I’m getting spicy like aroma notes from this coffee.


The Clásico definitely is sweet and with light spicy like taste notes. The taste is intense and is very smooth to drink.

Honest to say, I find these Clásico capsules a lot better than any of the Peet’s or Illy Nespresso compatible capsules that I’ve tried, and you can buy them at a much lower cost.


The Clásico is definitely a must get, just to try it out. I consider this is one of the best 3rd party Nespresso capsules that I’ve tried, and it will not disappoint. For 3rd party capsules, my second most favorite one is Colonna, but they generally have only very light coffees. I guess the only additional thing I should mention, is that if you don’t like intense coffees, then you probably won’t like this one.