How to Make Iced Coffee With a Nespresso Vertuo Machine

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Your Nespresso VertuoLine machine makes delicious hot coffee and espresso, but did you know it can also make iced coffee? In this article, I’m going to show you how to make iced coffee with Nespresso Vertuo machines, which Nespresso iced coffee pods are the best, and some of my favorite recipes for Nespresso Vertuo iced coffee.

Whether you’re a year-round iced coffee drinker or just looking for a summertime hookup, you’re going to love these Nespresso iced coffee recipes.

What Is Iced Coffee? 

Iced coffee and cold brew are the two most popular cold coffee drinks, and they are often confused with one another. Unlike cold brew, iced coffee is brewed hot and then rapidly cooled with ice before serving.

Iced coffee is fast and easy to make, and it tastes absolutely delicious if done right. The tricks are choosing the right Nespresso pods, making the coffee strong enough to withstand the dilution from the ice, and adding the right sweeteners and other ingredients.

(Sadly, you can’t make cold brew coffee in your Nespresso machine. If you’re interested in drinks like Nitro cold brew, you’ll instead have to make French press cold brew or AeroPress cold brew or just use a normal mason jar to make cold brew.)

How to Make Iced Coffee With Nespresso Vertuo Machine

When it comes to making iced coffee, you should know that it’s not so different from your regular hot coffee. You can use any Nespresso pods, but I suggest using Nespresso pods made for lattes. You can also pick high-intensity Nespresso pods if you want an extra-strong flavor.

Instead of a normal coffee mug, you’re going to want to use a tall glass. Just take a standard 16-ounce drinking glass and fill it with ice. That should be perfect for mug-sized Nespresso capsules. If you’re using a smaller capsule (like an espresso or ristretto), you may want to opt for a smaller glass with less ice.

Following these easy steps should help you make your iced coffee with your beloved Nespresso Vertuo machine. 

  1. Place your glass with ice underneath your machine before you insert your capsule into the machine. 
  2. Let your coffee brew the normal way over your glass with ice. 
  3. Your coffee will cool down as soon as it enters your glass. Enjoy!

Nespresso Iced Coffee Recipes to Try Out

1. Iced Macchiato

This is a simple recipe for you to make. You only need three ingredients to make this delicious iced coffee drink. 


  • Ice cubes
  • Capsule of Melozio
  • Half-and-half cream


  1. In your glass, pour one ounce of your half-and-half cream. 
  2. Add your six ice cubes to your glass. 
  3. Start brewing. The Melozio capsule will add 7.77 ounces of coffee to your glass. 
  4. Leave it to simmer for a few minutes, and enjoy your iced coffee. 

2. Salted Caramel Iced Latte

Nothing says indulgent coffee more than a salted caramel iced latte does. The sweet caramel twist will leave you wanting more out of the goodness of your drink. This is another easy recipe that you can make in the comfort of your kitchen. 


  • Milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Freddo Intenso capsule 
  • 2 tsp Monin salted caramel syrup


  1. Place your three to six ice cubes in your glass.
  2. Pour a generous amount of your Monin salted caramel syrup.
  3. Insert your Freddo Intenso capsule and brew your espresso into your glass. 
  4. If you want to create a marbling effect, you can gently top it off with cold milk. 
  5. Stir if desired, and enjoy your latte. 

3. Fizzy Iced Long Black 

Sometimes, you deserve to have a fizzy and fruity morning drink to kick-start your day. Imagine that being your morning coffee? With your Nespresso Vertuo machine, it’s easy to get creative and change the way that you imagine your coffees. 

You should enjoy following this simple recipe more than you think you will. 


  • Six ice cubes 
  • Ice-cold sparkling water 
  • Freddo Delicato capsule 
  • 2 tsp white peach Monin syrup 


  1. Place your ice cubes in your glass. 
  2. Add your white peach Monin syrup.
  3. Pour in your cold sparkling water. 
  4. Insert your Freddo Delicato capsule and brew your coffee over your glass. 
  5. Once done, enjoy your fizzy morning coffee. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between iced coffee and an iced latte? 

Iced lattes are made with espresso, while iced coffee is made with drip-style coffee. If you use the espresso or ristretto Nespresso capsules, you are really making an iced latte, while the larger capsule sizes make drinks that are more like iced lattes.

What are Nespresso iced coffee pods?

Nespresso has a range of iced coffee pods that you can enjoy using at home. These are special blends that are ideal for preparing your coffee over ice. You can find your favorite tasting Nespresso iced coffee pods from the Barista Creations for Iced Coffees range. 

Can you use any Nespresso pod for your iced coffee?

The truth is that all Nespresso pods are versatile enough to be used to make your perfect iced coffee. However, there are certain pods that are made for iced coffee. It’s better to opt for these. 

What makes your Nespresso iced coffee different? 

Using ice and milk helps to lessen the intensity of your coffee pods. You end up with a lighter and fresher drink to enjoy. But, you still have the option to make your drink stronger by adding a double dose of your coffee pods. 

What’s Next?

Nespresso iced coffee will quickly become your favorite summer drink. On those days when you really need a wake-me-up, you can even brew it with high-caffeine Nespresso pods.

Nespresso Vertuo machines aren’t the only way to make iced coffee at home. If the single-serve coffee maker life isn’t enough, you could always look at Ninja coffee makers, which can make both cold brew and iced coffee. I recently made a detailed comparison of Ninja vs Nespresso, in case you need some more help deciding on your next iced coffee maker.

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