Guide on Nespresso Caffeine Content

Nespresso coffee has become a beloved companion for coffee enthusiasts around the world. Whether you appreciate a rich cup of espresso in the morning, a smooth lungo in the afternoon, or a delightful decaf option in the evening, Nespresso offers a diverse range of capsules to satisfy every craving. 

I understand the importance of knowing the caffeine content in Nespresso pods. It allows us to make informed choices and tailor our coffee experience to our unique preferences. 

In this article, we will dive deep into the world of Nespresso caffeine content, exploring both the OriginalLine and VertuoLine capsules. So, grab your favorite Nespresso machine and join me as we uncover the caffeine secrets behind those delightful little pods!

Here’s an infographic for a quick overview of the Caffeine content of various Nespresso capsules. Simply save these charts on your phone and go through them whenever you need quick guidance.

Nespresso vertuo line Caffeine content chart
Nespresso original line caffeine content chart

So, How much caffeine is in Nespresso Pods? 

Well, the caffeine content in Nespresso pods can vary depending on the type of beans and the size of the Capsules.

On average, Espresso sized Nespresso capsules have about 60 to 80 mg of caffeine. Some Intense Coffee capsules can have over 100 mg of caffeine and the decaffeinated pod has only 1 to 5 mg o caffeine.

With around 40 different capsule varieties in the OriginalLine and 35 varieties in the VertuoLine, Nespresso offers a wide selection to cater to various tastes and caffeine preferences. 

I’m not sure why Nespresso does not mention the amount of caffeine in any capsule on the Nespresso USA website. On the Nespresso Taiwan website, however, you will find comprehensive information about coffee capsules, including their origins, flavor profiles, and caffeine content.

Coffee Pod TypeGround Coffee Weight (g)Caffeine Content Range (mg)
Espresso5 – 760-150
Double Espresso9.5 – 10130-165
Gran Lungo9.5 – 10140
Mug12 – 13150-200
Decaf5 – 132-7

Nespresso Vertuo Caffeine Content

The caffeine content on Nespresso Vertuo Espresso pods typically lies in the range of 60 – 100 mg while for the coffee pods the amount lies in the range of 120 – 180 mg.

I managed to uncover the precise caffeine content for all the Nespresso Vertuo pods from the Nespresso Taiwan website.

Nespresso vertuo capsules

Below, I have compiled a list of the five primary sizes of VertuoLine capsules: Espresso – 40 mL, Double Espresso – 80 mL, Gran Lungo – 150 mL, Mug – 230 mL, and Alto – 355 mL.

NameServing Size (mL)Caffeine Content (mg)Intensity
Altissio Decaf4049
IL Cafe4015211
Bianco Piccolo4075Flavored
Double Espresso Dolce801335
Double Espresso Scuro8015011
Double Espresso Chiaro801358
Bianco Doppio80105Flavored
Ice Leggero801207
Fortado Decaffeinato15078
El Salvador2301405
Costa Rica2301407
Ice Forte23016111
Bianco Forte2301606
Melozio Decaffeinato230116
Half Caffeinato230835
Bianco Forte230160Flavored
Rich Chocolate230160Flavored
Golden Caramel230159Flavored
Sweet Vanilla230166Flavored
Roasted Hazelnut230170Flavored
Alto Ambrato3551704
Alto Onice3551907
Carafe Pour Over Styled Mild5352577
Carafe Pour Over Styled Intense53523011

The intensity represents the overall flavor profile and strength of a particular coffee capsule. The intensity rating typically ranges from 1 to 13. A higher intensity number generally indicates a bolder and stronger flavor profile while a lower rating indicates smooth and delicate flavor profiles. Read a detailed guide on Nespresso Intensity levels.

Nespresso Vertuo Caffeine Content Chart

Here’s the caffeine content chart for Vertuo line Pods

Nespresso vertuo line Caffeine content chart

Which Nespresso Vertuo pods have the most caffeine?

In the Espresso range, IL Cafe and Diavolitto have the most caffeine with more than 140 mg per serving.

Remember a standard Espresso shot has around 60 – 80 mg of caffeine. These Espresso capsules are just insane in terms of Caffeine and provide a very strong kick in just a small serving.

In Double Espresso Capsules, Scuro has the highest caffeine content around 150 mg per serving. Scuro is also one of my favorite Nespresso Vertuo Pods for Latte.

In the Lungo range, Fortado is the highest caffeinated pod with more than 190 mg of caffeine per 5 oz serving.

In the Standard Coffee mug range, Intenso has the highest Caffeine content of around 200 mg per 8 oz serving. This Capsule prepares a very strong coffee with an intense and spicy taste.

Nespresso Original Pods Caffeine Content

While the official Nespresso US website does not provide explicit caffeine information for their Original line capsules (like in the case of Vertuo line Pods), but you can find the caffeine information along with the taste profiles and the type and origin of beans on Nespresso Taiwan page. 

Nespresso original line capsules

The Nespresso OriginalLine pods are available in only 3 sizes: Ristretto – 25 mL, Espresso – 40 mL, and Lungo – 110 mL.

The table below presents a comprehensive list of Nespresso Original pod varieties, their respective caffeine content, intensity levels, and the serving size:

NameServing Size (mL)Caffeine Content (mg)Intensity
Freddo Delicato4072Iced Coffee
Coconut Flavored Over Ice4063Iced Coffee
Vanilla Eclair4062Vanilla Flavored
Cocoa Truffle4062Chocolate Flavored
Caramel Creme Brulee4062Caramel Flavored
Chiaro4049Latte Flavored
Scuro4073Caramel Flavored
Cioccolatino4062Latte Flavored
Corto40103Latte Flavored
Rio De Janeiro40779
Volluto Decaffeinato401.74
Cape Town Lungo11011010
Stockholm Lungo110808
Vienna Lungo110756
Tokyo Lungo110826
Shanghai Lungo110825
Buenis Aires Lungo1101044
Vaniglia11062Vanilla Flavored
Caramello11062Caramel Flavored
Ciaccolatino11062Chocolate Flavored
Nocciola11062Latte Flavored
Ristretto Decaffeinato25210
Arpeggio Decaffeinato2529

Nespresso Original line Caffeine content Chart

Here’s the chart for caffeine content for Nespresso Original Line Pods.

Nespresso original line caffeine content chart

Which Nespresso Original pods have the most caffeine?

In the Nespresso Original Line Capsules, Palermo Kazaar has the highest caffeine content. With a staggering 120 mg of caffeine in a single 40 mL serving, it surpasses the average pods by threefold.

Napoli ranks as the second-highest in terms of caffeine content, with an intensity level of 13 of 13.

In the Original line Lungo range, Cape Town and Buenos Aires Pods have the highest caffeine content with over 100 mg per 110 ml serving.

Does the type and origin of coffee affect the caffeine content?

Yes, the caffeine content of coffee mainly depends on the type and origin of coffee beans.

Several factors determine the caffeine levels in coffee beans, including the variety, the growing conditions, and the processing and roasting methods.

There are two main species of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta.

Arabica beans are generally favored for their superior quality and delicate flavor profile. While, Robusta beans possess a stronger, more bitter taste and contain approximately twice the amount of caffeine found in Arabica beans.

Most highly caffeinated pods are prepared with a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans. That’s why they have pronounced bitterness in the flavors.

Aside from the bean variety, the growing conditions of the coffee plants also play a role in caffeine content.

The caffeine content of beans can also be affected by factors such as altitude, soil composition, and climate in the region where they are cultivated. The caffeine content of beans grown at higher altitudes tends to be slightly lower in caffeine.

Furthermore, the processing method employed during the preparation of coffee bean production can also have an influence on the caffeine content.

For instance, natural or dry-processed beans can have slightly higher caffeine content compared to washed or wet-processed beans.

Is the Nespresso Intensity level the same as Caffeine?

The Nespresso Intensity levels are sometimes misunderstood with the caffeine content of coffee capsules.

However, in reality, the intensity rating primarily reflects the body, bitterness, and roast level of the coffee, not the caffeine concentration. 

Generally, higher intensity ratings indicate capsules that have a fuller body, a more prominent bitterness, and a greater presence of flavorful solids.

In many instances, though, coffee pods with higher intensity ratings also have higher caffeine content.

The correlation is due to the fact that higher-intensity pods are typically prepared with a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans, which provide a more rich and more robust taste in addition to having a higher caffeine content.

However, it’s important to note that this relationship is not universal. While darker roasts generally exhibit higher intensity, they do not necessarily contain more caffeine.

For instance, a high-intensity decaffeinated pod can have a bold body, pronounced bitterness, and an intense flavor profile but have little to no caffeine.

This allows coffee enthusiasts to enjoy a strong and flavorful cup of coffee without the stimulating effects of caffeine.

Nespresso caffeine content compared to other drinks

Here’s a quick comparison of caffeine content in Nespresso coffee capsules and other common drinks.

DrinkCaffeine Content (approx)
Nespresso Capsule60 – 80 mg
Black Coffee (8 oz)65 – 120 mg
Latte (8 oz)120 – 133 mg
Cold Brew Coffee (16 oz)197 – 213 mg
Instant Coffee (8 oz)60 – 80 mg
Black Tea (8 oz)40 – 70 mg
Green Tea (8 oz)25 – 45 mg
Cola (12 oz)30 – 40 mg

Note: The values provided are approximate ranges and can vary depending on the brewing method and the serving size of the drink.

Final Thoughts on Nespresso Caffeine Content

By understanding the caffeine content in Nespresso capsules, we can customize a coffee experience based on our individual preferences for caffeine.

Whether you opt for the OriginalLine or VertuoLine pods, you have a range of choices at your fingertips. 

From the invigorating jolt of Palermo Kazaar in the OriginalLine to the caffeine-rich allure of IL Cafe and Diavolitto in the VertuoLine, Nespresso offers caffeine-rich pods for strong coffee lovers.

So, grab your Nespresso machine, experiment with various capsules, and embark on a caffeine-filled journey that resonates with your unique tastes and coffee desires. Cheers to delightful moments and unforgettable sips!


Does Nespresso have more caffeine than regular Espresso?

Generally, Both the Nespresso and Regular Espresso shots contain similar amounts of caffeine which is around 60-80 milligrams of caffeine per 1.35 oz (40 mL) serving.
However, the exact amount of caffeine mainly depends on the type of coffee beans used in the brewing process.

What has more caffeine, Nespresso, or Keurig?

Keurig coffee pods have a slightly higher caffeine content range of 75mg to 150mg, while Nespresso capsules generally fall within the 50mg to 80mg range. 
It is due to differences in serving size. A Keurig K-Cup makes an 8 oz cup of coffee, which contains more caffeine per serving than a Nespresso shot, which is smaller, ranging from 1.35 to 3.7 ounces. 
However, the caffeine per ounce is much higher in Nespresso.

How many mg of caffeine is too much?

According to the FDA, the healthy limit of caffeine for adults is 400mg per day.
That means you can safely drink 4 to 6 Nespresso shots in a day.
However, it’s crucial to listen to your body’s signals and consider personal sensitivities or any health conditions you have.
Also Read: How Much Espresso is too much?

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