Have you ever found yourself desperately searching for the Nespresso caffeine content of your favorite pods, only to be met with frustration and uncertainty?
You're not alone. Nespresso's elusive approach to disclosing the exact amount of caffeine has left many coffee lovers puzzled.
In this article, we did all the research for you so you don’t have to.
Keep reading on to answer the question, “How much caffeine is in these coffee pods?” We dissect both OriginalLine and VertuoLine pods.
Nespresso claims that “[since] coffee is a “live” product, caffeine content may vary, and so [they] are only able to provide a range of caffeine in order to be as accurate as possible.”
Since the type of coffee bean used, the roasting process, the grind size, and the actual extraction process all affect the final amount of caffeine in your drink, the company doesn’t list specific values.
Nespresso also sources its coffee blends from various regions, which adds another layer of complexity in determining the precise caffeine content for each individual capsule.
Nespresso is a brand of single-serve coffee machines and proprietary coffee capsules, known for its convenience and high-quality coffee. Simply put, you insert a capsule and press a few buttons to enjoy a cup of coffee just moments later.
Nespresso has two main model lineups: the OriginalLine and VertuoLine Nespresso machines. How are they different?
The OriginalLine is the original Nespresso system, and it focuses on making espresso-based drinks. The capsules used for this machine produce smaller, more concentrated shots of espresso (well, not real espresso since 9 bars of pressure aren’t used… but close enough for most people).
The VertuoLine is a newer system that offers more versatility in terms of drink types. The capsules are larger and can make different sizes of coffee, from espresso and lungo to filling regular coffee mugs and even carafes for multiple cups of coffee. The VertuoLine machines are fancy and use a barcode system on the capsules to automatically adjust brewing parameters for each specific blend.
Several factors influence the caffeine content of Nespresso coffee.
Nespresso states the amount of caffeine in their pods in a rather unhelpful way… by using wide ranges.
If you are looking for the specific amount of caffeine in the pod you have at home, you might be out of luck with an exact number of milligrams. However, some countries like Taiwan require specific caffeine values for each product. Thankfully, we were able to find a lot of the values on the Taiwanese Nespresso website.
Note: Not all US Nespresso coffee pods are available in Taiwan, so this table might be missing a few Nespresso capsules. However, it should cover most of the available pods for the Original and Vertuo lines.
Let’s get started with the caffeine content of OriginalLine Nespresso pods. We’ll cite a few stats before presenting the caffeine levels of all the Nespresso original capsules.
|Nespresso Capsule Name||Category||Taste Notes||Size (name)||Size (volume)||Caffeine Content (mg)|
|Ispirazione Kazaar||Inspirazione Italiana||Exceptionally Intense And Syrupy Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||113|
|Cape Town Lungo||World Explorations||Potent & Roasted||Lungo||110 mL||110|
|Ispirazione Napoli||Inspirazione Italiana||Exceptionally Dark And Creamy Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||109|
|India||Master Origins||Intense and spicy||Espresso||40 mL||105|
|Buenos Aires Lungo||World Explorations||Distinct Delight Sweet & Cereal||Lungo||110 mL||104|
|Corto||Barista Creations||For Extra Intense Recipes With Milk||Espresso||40 mL||103|
|Istanbul Espresso||World Explorations||Fruity notes with a touch of almond finish||Espresso||40 mL||85|
|Tokyo Lungo||World Explorations||Sips Of Elegance Floral & Complex||Lungo||110 mL||82|
|Shanghai Lungo||World Explorations||Fruity With Fine Acidity||Lungo||110 mL||82|
|Stockholm Lungo||World Explorations||Stockholm Lungo||Lungo||110 mL||80|
|Rio De Janeiro Espresso||World Explorations||Full body graced with exotic herbal aromas||Espresso||40 mL||77|
|Ispirazione Venezia||Inspirazione Italiana||Harmoniously Balanced And Thick Body Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||77|
|Paris Espresso||World Explorations||Delicate citrus notes and mild cereal character||Espresso||40 mL||75|
|Ispirazione Ristretto||Inspirazione Italiana||Powerful And Contrasting Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||75|
|Vienna Lungo||World Explorations||On A Classic Note Round & Smooth||Lungo||110 mL||75|
|Scuro||Barista Creations||For Intense Yet Balanced Recipes With Milk||Espresso||40 mL||73|
|Freddo Delicato||Summer Limited||For Sweet & Mild Recipes With Ice||Espresso||40 mL||72|
|Indonesia||Master Origins||Rich & Woody||Espresso||40 mL||72|
|Nicaragua||Master Origins||Sweet & Harmonious||Espresso||40 mL||65|
|Ethiopia||Master Origins||Flowery and Bright||Espresso||40 mL||65|
|Colombia||Master Origins||Fruity & Vibrant||Espresso||40 mL||64|
|Ispirazione Livanto||Inspirazione Italiana||Round And Balanced Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||64|
|Capriccio||Espresso||Rich And Distinctive||Espresso||40 mL||64|
|Volluto||Espresso||Sweet and Light||Espresso||40 mL||64|
|Coconut Flavour Over Ice Original||Summer Limited||For Exotic Recipes Over Ice||Espresso||40 mL||63|
|Ispirazione Arpeggio||Inspirazione Italiana||Intense And Creamy Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||63|
|Ispirazione Roma||Inspirazione Italiana||Full And Balanced Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||63|
|Caramel Crème Brulee||Barista Creations||Caramel Flavored||Espresso||40 mL||62|
|Cocoa Truffle||Barista Creations||Cocoa Truffle Flavored||Espresso||40 mL||62|
|Vanilla Éclair||Barista Creations||Vanilla Flavored||Espresso||40 mL||62|
|Freddo Intenso||Summer Limited||For Intense Recipes With Ice||Espresso||40 mL||62|
|Nocciola||Barista Creations||Rich & Nutty||Lungo||110 mL||62|
|Cioccolatino||Barista Creations||Creamy & Chocolatey||Lungo||110 mL||62|
|Caramello||Barista Creations||Creamy & Caramel||Lungo||110 mL||62|
|Barista Creations||Custardy & Vanilla||Lungo||110 mL||62|
|Cosi||Espresso||Mild and delicately toasted||Espresso||40 mL||60|
|Filter Style Mild||Barista Creations||Floral & Malted Cereal||Gran Lungo||150 mL||60|
|Filter Style Intense||Barista Creations||Roasted & Smoky||Gran Lungo||150 mL||60|
|Chiaro||Barista Creations||For Sweet And Smooth Recipes With Milk||Espresso||40 mL||49|
|Ispirazione Ristretto Decaffeinato||Inspirazione Italiana||Powerful And Contrasting Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||2|
|Ispirazione Arpeggio Decaffeinato||Inspirazione Italiana||Intense And Creamy Coffee||Espresso||40 mL||2|
|Volluto Decaffeinato||Espresso||Sweet and Light||Espresso||40 mL||1.7|
If you're more of a visual person check this Nespresso caffeine chart (Original Nespresso capsules). Click the link below for a larger version of the OriginalLine Nespresso caffeine content chart.
The Espresso OriginalLine pods are the ones sized specifically for espresso at 40 mL. The caffeine content ranges from 49 to 113 mg, with an average of 73 mg (this does not include decaffeinated pods).
Here’s a complete list of the Espresso OriginalLine pods: Ispirazione Kazaar, Ispirazione Napoli, India, Corto, Istanbul Espresso, Rio De Janeiro Espresso, Ispirazione Venezia, Paris Espresso, Ispirazione Ristretto, Scuro, Freddo Delicato, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Colombia, Ispirazione Livanto, Capriccio, Volluto, Coconut Flavour Over Ice Original, Ispirazione Arpeggio, Ispirazione Roma, Caramel, Crème Brulee, Cocoa Truffle, Vanilla Éclair, Freddo Intenso, Cosi, Chiaro, Ispirazione Ristretto, Decaffeinato, Ispirazione Arpeggio, and Decaffeinato.
The Lungo OriginalLine pods are the ones sized specifically for lungos at 110 mL. The caffeine content ranges from 62 to 110 mg, with an average of 78 mg (this does not include decaf capsules).
Here’s a complete list of the Lungo OriginalLine pods: Cape Town Lungo, Buenos Aires Lungo, Tokyo Lungo, Shanghai Lungo, Stockholm Lungo, Vienna Lungo, Nocciola, Cioccolatino, Caramello, and Vaniglia.
The Gran Lungo OriginalLine pods are the ones sized specifically for gran lungos at 150 mL. Both the Filter Style Mild and Filter Style Intense pods have 60 mg of caffeine (this does not include decaffeinated pods).
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The OriginalLine Decaffeinated pods have around 2 mg of caffeine. All three of the pods (Ispirazione Ristretto Decaffeinato, Ispirazione Arpeggio Decaffeinato, and Volluto Decaffeinato) come in 40 mL. The Volluto Decaffeinato contains a bit less than the other two with only 1.7 mg of caffeine.
Now it’s time to go over the caffeine content of VertuoLine Nespresso capsules. We’ll start with a few caffeine stats, followed by a table summarizing the caffeine content of all the Nespresso Vertuo capsules.
|Nespresso Capsule Name||Category||Taste Notes||Size (name)||Size (volume)||Caffeine Content (mg)|
|Carafe Pour-Over Style Mild||Craft Brew||A distinctive coffee inspired by the pour-over method – bringing smooth taste, mellow flavors and subtle sweetness to your VERTUO Carafe Set.||Carafe||535 mL||257|
|Carafe Pour-Over Style Intense||Craft Brew||Roasted And Smoky||Carafe||535 mL||230|
|Fortado||Intense and full-bodied||Gran Lungo||150 mL||195|
|Intenso||Signature||Deep and dense||Mug||230 mL||195|
|Alto Onice||Signature||Hidden Treasure, Roasted & Woody||Alto||355 mL||190|
|Mexico||Master Origins||Master Origin Mexico Double Washed Robusta||Mug||230 mL||190|
|Alto Ambrato||Signature||Golden Gem, Honeyed & delicate||Alto||355 mL||170|
|Roasted Hazelnut||Barista Creations||Rich & Nutty||Mug||230 mL||170|
|Odacio||Signature||Bold and lively||Mug||230 mL||170|
|Stormio||Signature||Rich and strong||Mug||230 mL||170|
|Melozio||Signature||Smooth and balanced||Mug||230 mL||170|
|Sweet Vanilla||Barista Creations||Creamy & Sweet||Mug||230 mL||166|
|Colombia||Master Origins||Master Origin Colombia Washed Arabica. Fair Trade||Mug||230 mL||165|
|Ice Forte||Summer Limited||For Intense Recipes With Ice||Mug||230 mL||161|
|Tropical Coconut Flavour Over Ice Vertuo||Summer Limited||Refreshing Coconut & Hint Of Vanilla||Mug||230 mL||160|
|Bianco Forte||Barista Creations||For Intense Recipes With Milk||Mug||230 mL||160|
|Rich Chocolate||Barista Creations||Creamy & Chocolatey||Mug||230 mL||160|
|Golden Caramel||Barista Creations||Creamy & Biscuity||Mug||230 mL||159|
|Il Caffè||Espresso||Exceptionally Intense & Velvety||Espresso||40 mL||152|
|Double Espresso Scuro||Espresso||Dark and Bold||Double Espresso||80 mL||150|
|Arondio||Cereal and Mild||Gran Lungo||150 mL||150|
|Diavolitto||Espresso||Highly Intense and Powerful||Espresso||40 mL||144|
|Costa Rica||Master Origins||With crystal clarity||Gran Lungo||150 mL||140|
|El Salvador||Master Origins||Sweet & Jam||Mug||230 mL||140|
|Double Espresso Chiaro||Espresso||Dense and Wild||Double Espresso||80 mL||135|
|Double Espresso Dolce||Espresso||Cereal and Malted||Double Espresso||80 mL||135|
|Solelio||Signature||Fruity and light-bodied||Mug||230 mL||133|
|Juicy Watermelon Flavour Over Ice||Summer Limited||Refreshing Watermelon Flavour||Double Espresso||80 mL||120|
|Ice Leggero||Summer Limited||For mild recipes with ice||Double Espresso||80 mL||120|
|Inizio||Floral & Cereal||Gran Lungo||150 mL||120|
|Ethiopia||Master Origins||Cradled in the sun||Gran Lungo||150 mL||119|
|Cold Brew Style Intense||Summer Limited||Sweet Caramel & Roasted Cereal||Alto||355 mL||114|
|Orafio||Espresso||Caramel & Roasted||Espresso||40 mL||110|
|Altissio||Espresso||Full-Bodied And Creamy||Espresso||40 mL||108|
|Bianco Doppio||Barista Creations||A smooth and caramelly light-roast Arabica blend crafted specifically for your larger milky coffees.||Double Espresso||80 mL||105|
|Toccanto||Espresso||Berry & Winey||Espresso||40 mL||84|
|Half Caffeinato||Signature||Sweet and velvety||Mug||230 mL||83|
|Bianco Piccolo||Barista Creations||A rich roasted coffee crafted specifically for a perfect pairing with creamy milk in your shorter cups.||Espresso||40 mL||75|
|Voltesso||Espresso||Light and Sweet||Espresso||40 mL||64|
|Melozio Decaffeinato||Signature||Smooth and balanced||Mug||230 mL||11|
|Fortado Decaffeinato||Intense and full-bodied||Gran Lungo||150 mL||7|
|Altissio Decaffeinato||Espresso||Full-Bodied And Creamy||Espresso||40 mL||4|
If you're more of a visual person check this Nespresso caffeine chart (Vertuo Nespresso capsules). Click the link below for a larger version of the VertuoLine Nespresso caffeine content chart.
The Espresso VertuoLine pods are the ones sized specifically for espresso at 40 mL. The caffeine content ranges from 64 to 152 mg, with an average of 105 mg (this does not include decaffeinated pods).
Here’s a complete list of the Espresso VertuoLine pods: Il Caffè, Diavolitto, Orafio, Altissio, Toccanto, Bianco Piccolo, Voltesso, and Altissio Decaffeinato.
The double espresso pods contain - you guessed it - 80 mL of coffee, double the amount of the espresso pods. The caffeine content ranges from 105 to 150 mg, with an average of 128 mg.
Here’s a complete list of the Double Espresso VertuoLine pods: Double Espresso Scuro, Double Espresso Chiaro, Double Espresso Dolce, Juicy Watermelon Flavour Over Ice, Ice Leggero, and Bianco Doppio.
The Gran Lungo VertuoLine pods are the ones sized specifically for gran lungos at 150 mL. The caffeine content ranges from 119 to 195 mg, with an average of 145 mg (this does not include decaffeinated pods).
Here’s a complete list of the Gran Lungo VertuoLine pods: Fortado, Arondio, Costa Rica, Inizio, Ethiopia, and Fortado Decaffeinato.
The Mug VertuoLine pods are the larger pods that make 230 mL of coffee. The caffeine content ranges from 83 to 195 mg, with an average of 145 mg.
Here’s a complete list of the Mug VertuoLine pods: Intenso, Mexico, Roasted Hazelnut, Odacio, Stormio, Melozio, Sweet Vanilla, Colombia, Ice Forte, Tropical Coconut Flavour Over Ice Vertuo, Bianco Forte, Rich Chocolate, Golden Caramel, El Salvador, Solelio, Half Caffeinato, and Melozio Decaffeinato.
The Alto pods are 355 mL, while the Carafe pods are 535 mL. The three Alto pods are the Alto Onice, Alto Ambrato, and Cold Brew Style Intense. They range from 114 to 190 mg of caffeine, with an average of 158 mg.
The two Carafe pods are Carafe Pour-Over Style Mild and Carafe Pour-Over Style Intense, with 257 and 230 mg of caffeine, respectively. Expect an average of 244 mg of caffeine when drinking the Carafe VertuoLine pods.
The three decaffeinated pods for VertuoLine are Melozio Decaffeinato, Fortado Decaffeinato, and Altissio Decaffeinato. They range from 4 to 11 mg of caffeine, with an average of 7 mg.
Alright, now let’s compare how all of these Nespresso capsules stack up against the caffeine levels of other common drinks that most people enjoy on a daily basis.
|Nespresso Pod or Drink||Caffeine Range||Average Caffeine Content|
|All OriginalLine Pods||1.7 - 113 mg||74 mg|
|All VertuoLine Pods||4 - 257 mg||147 mg|
|OriginalLine Espresso Pods (40 mL)||49 - 113 mg||73 mg|
|OriginalLine Lungo Pods (110 mL)||62 - 110 mg||78 mg|
|OriginalLine Gran Lungo Pods (150 mL)||60 mg||60 mg|
|OriginalLine Decaf Pods||1.7 - 2 mg||2 mg|
|VertuoLine Espresso Pods (40 mL)||64 - 162 mg||105 mg|
|VertuoLine Double Espresso Pods (80 mL)||105 - 150 mg||128 mg|
|VertuoLine Gran Lungo Pods (150 mL)||119 - 195 mg||145 mg|
|VertuoLine Mug Pods (230 mL)||83 - 195 mg||165 mg|
|VertuoLine Alto Pods (355 mL)||114 - 190 mg||158 mg|
|VertuoLine Carafe Pods (535 mL)||230 - 257 mg||244 mg|
|VertuoLine Decaf Pods||4 - 11 mg||7 mg|
|Regular Drip Coffee (230 mL)||70 -140 mg (1)||95 mg|
|Tea (230 mL)||30 - 50 mg||40 mg|
|Energy Drink (230 mL)||50 - 150 mg||85 mg|
|Soft Drink (355 mL)||30 - 40 mg||35 mg|
|Hot Chocolate||0 - 25 mg||13 mg|
|FDA Daily Limit||400 mg|
Determining how much caffeine is too much can vary from person to person, as individuals have different sensitivities and tolerances. The FDA recommends that most healthy adults can safely consume up to 400 mg of caffeine per day. This amount is equivalent to approximately four or five cups of coffee.
That sounds like a lot, right?
It's important to note that some individuals may be more sensitive to caffeine and experience adverse effects even with lower doses. High levels of caffeine intake can lead to symptoms such as restlessness, jitteriness, increased heart rate, insomnia, and digestive issues.
It’s also worth noting that the time of day you consume caffeine can interrupt other crucial functions, like proper sleep. One study has found that even consuming caffeine 6 hours before bedtime reduced total sleep time by 1 hour (2).
I make sure to never drink coffee past 2 PM because I’ve noticed how drinking any later affects the quality of my sleep.
At this point, you may have one remaining question about these coffee pods from Nespresso… What does “pod intensity” mean? This refers to the flavor intensity of each pod. While higher-intensity pods tend to have more caffeine, this isn’t always the case.
The reason for this is actually due to the fact that many of the more intense Nespresso capsules contain Robusta coffee beans, which have a more bitter and intense flavor than their Arabica counterparts. Robusta beans tend to have about twice the amount of caffeine as Arabica ones.
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The OriginalLine Nespresso Pod with the most caffeine is the Ispirazione Kazaar, which has 113 mg. The VertuoLine Nespresso Pod with the most caffeine is the Carafe Pour-Over Style Mild with 257 mg.
The average OriginalLine Nespresso Pod contains 74 mg of caffeine, while the average VertuoLine Nespresso Pod (which varies from 40 ml to 535 mL) contains 147 mg of caffeine. Of course, there are half-caffeinated and decaf capsules available.
The average cup of drip coffee is 230 mL large with 70-140 mg of caffeine. The average amount of caffeine in a drip coffee is 95 mg, but this depends on how much ground coffee you use, as well as many other factors. Nespresso coffee capsules in the “Mug” size (230 mL) have an average of 145 mg of caffeine, more than a normal drip coffee.
Nespresso pods have more caffeine. Many Keurig coffee pods contain between 65-150 mg of caffeine, while VertuoLine Nespresso coffee pods contain between 65 to 257 mg of caffeine.
The number of Nespresso coffee capsules you can have per day depends on your caffeine tolerance, but it's generally recommended to stay within the FDA's daily limit of 400 mg. On average, you could safely drink up to 4-5 OriginalLine pods or 2 VertuoLine pods per day.
Alright, now you should be up to speed on the varying caffeine levels between different Nespresso capsules in Nespresso’s vast collection. From decaf pods to normal pods, all the info you need is in the tables above.
With this information, we hope you can make a more educated decision about how much coffee you can safely enjoy each day. Remember, try to keep it under 400 mg of caffeine.
This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Do not consume any type of coffee, tea or herbal infusion if you are allergic to it. The information in this article is not intended to treat serious medical conditions. Please seek professional medical advice before using home remedies.