Nespresso Caffeine Content [Chart]: How Strong Are Coffee Pods?

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Have you ever wondered which Nespresso capsule has the most caffeine? I’ll give you a hint: It’s an OriginalLine pod. 

For that and other Nespresso caffeine content information, look no further. These lists contain everything you need to know about the weakest and strongest  Nespresso pods, how the intensity scale impacts caffeine, and more. 

What’s In a Nespresso Pod?

Each Nespresso capsule is filled with a few grams of fine-ground coffee beans. The exact amount and type of coffee beans will vary by variety and size, but that’s really all that’s in them. They are tiny aluminum pods filled with the same stuff you put in your drip coffee maker or espresso machine.

The Nespresso Intensity Scale

Coffee beans arranged to spell out strong

All Nespresso capsules have an intensity rating associated with them. There’s a common misconception that this number tells you about the caffeine content. However, the scale is really about the body, bitterness, and roast level of the coffee. Higher intensity ratings mean a heavier body, more bitter coffee, and more flavorful solids.

In many cases, higher-intensity coffee pods will also make stronger coffee (by stronger, I mean more caffeine). That’s because stronger flavors tend to mean more Robusta, a type of coffee bean that has more flavor than the standard Arabica beans.

That won’t work in all cases, though. Darker roasts tend to be more intense, but they don’t necessarily have more caffeine. The coffee-per-capsule can also vary, which will impact the flavor intensities and amounts of caffeine differently.

Since we can’t rely on the intensity to tell us the caffeine content, let’s just go straight to the ingredients list and nutrition info. That’s where we’ll find the real amount of caffeine in these pods.

Nespresso OriginalLine Caffeine Content

Nespresso doesn’t list the caffeine content for their capsules on their US website. For some reason, though, they do have that information on their Taiwan page, at least for the OriginalLine capsules.

A lineup of Nespresso pods, which still cost less than cafe coffee

These are the total caffeine contents, not per ounce. Just keep in mind the OriginalLine pod sizes:

  • Ristretto — 0.85 ounces
  • Espresso — 1.35 ounces
  • Lungo — 3.7 ounces

Palermo Kazaar is clearly the most caffeine-heavy OriginalLine Nespresso capsule. At 120 mg for a Ristretto, it’s about three times as caffeinated as the average pod!

Ounce-for-ounce, Napoli is the second-highest, although its total caffeine content is slightly less than Cape Town Envivo Lungo. You may have noticed that Palermo Kazaar and Napoli are also the two highest on the intensity scale.

I’ve left the decaffeinated coffee pods off this list because they have sparingly small (a few milligrams) amounts of caffeine. At moderate coffee consumption levels, that’s not really enough to impact any but the most caffeine-sensitive individuals. 

VarietySizeIntensity (1–13)Caffeine (mg)
Palermo KazaarRistretto121204691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Cape Town Envivo LungoLungo101104691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
NapoliRistretto131094691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
IndiaEspresso111054691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Buenos Aires LungoLungo41044691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
CortoEspresso111034691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Tokyo Vivalto LungoLungo6824691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Shanghai LungoLungo5824691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Stockholm Fortissio LungoLungo8804691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
VeneziaRistretto8774691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Ristretto ItalianoRistretto10754691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Vienna Linizio LungoLungo6754691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
ScuroEspresso7734691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Freddo DelicatoEspresso724691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
IndonesiaEspresso8724691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
NicaraguaEspresso5654691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
EthiopiaEspresso4654691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Genova LivantoEspresso6644691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
VollutoEspresso5644691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
CapriccioEspresso5644691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Firenze ArpeggioRistretto9634691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
RomaRistretto8634691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Caramel Creme BruleeEspresso6624691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Vanilla EclairEspresso6624691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Cocoa TruffleEspresso6624691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
CosiEspresso4604691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
ColombiaEspresso6594691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Freddo IntensoEspresso564691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
ChiaroRistretto6494691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon

Nespresso VertuoLine Caffeine Content

Nespresso has done a great job of hiding their VertuoLine capsule caffeine information. Their website gives wide ranges for each size, but they don’t have any specifics. 

I was able to find the exact caffeine content for only a handful of Vertuo pods. Fortunately, the ones they publicize are the most heavily caffeinated capsule varieties, so I can at least point you to those. The list below specifies which varieties are exact numbers and which are estimated from ranges and other content provided by Nespresso.

These are the five main sizes of VertuoLine capsules. There’s a sixth size that is exclusive to the Vertuo Next, but I left it off this info since it’s not as common and not single-serving.

  • Espresso — 1.35 ounces
  • Double Espresso — 2.7 ounces
  • Gran Lungo — 5.0 ounces
  • Mug — 7.8 ounces
  • Alto — 14.0 ounces

If you want the heaviest dose of caffeine, your best options are the Fortado and Diavolitto. Neither is as strong as the strongest OriginalLine pods, but the Diavolitto has a higher caffeine dose than anything else in the Vertuo pods. It’s also stronger than any of the Espresso-sized Original pods.

VarietySizeIntensity (1–13)Caffeine (mg)
FortadoGran Lungo82004691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Dolce XLAlto4190 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Intenso XLAlto7190 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Chocolate FudgeMug6165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
SolelioMug2165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
GiornioMug4165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
ElvazioMug4165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
MelozioMug6165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
OdacioMug7165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
StormioMug8165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
IntensoMug9165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
ColombiaMug5165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
MexicoMug7165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Bianco ForteMug165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Vanilla Custard PieMug6165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Caramel CookieMug6165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Hazelino MuffinMug6165 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
ArondioGran Lungo6160 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Costa RicaGran Lungo7160 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
EthiopiaGran Lungo4160 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Double Espresso ChiaroDouble Espresso6150 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Double Espresso ScuroDouble Espresso8150 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Bianco LeggeroDouble Espresso150 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Ice LeggeroDouble Espresso150 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
DiavolittoEspresso111504691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
VoltessoEspresso485 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
AltissioEspresso985 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Peru OrganicEspresso685 (Est.)4691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon
Half CaffeinatoMug5704691261 amazon icon  See on Amazon

Delicious, Delicious Caffeine

There you have it, the Nespresso caffeine content for their OriginalLine and VertuoLine pods. With these lists in hand, you can seek out (or avoid) the strongest Nespresso coffee capsules and espresso pods. 

If you want even stronger coffee, you should consider getting a reusable Nespresso pod and filling it with one of the highest-caffeine coffees. That way you have control over your caffeine levels. 

Looking for more info about Nespresso? I recently did a deep dive on DeLonghi vs Breville Nespresso machines. If you are particularly interested in the VertuoLine, the differences between Vertuo and VertuoPlus or Vertuo Next vs VertuoPlus coffee makers could also help you decide on your next capsule machine purchase.

2 thoughts on “Nespresso Caffeine Content [Chart]: How Strong Are Coffee Pods?”

  1. Hi Zak, thanks so much for publishing this. I’ve been looking everywhere for such a chart. It’s funny to see that I have naturally gravitated toward the lower-caffeine coffees, since I’m quite sensitive. It’s annoying that Nespresso doesn’t publish this information themselves because when I’m trying new coffee varieties, it’s always a guessing game as to how I’m going to feel after drinking it. I would be extremely grateful if you maintained this list with new varieties and maybe added some information about the seasonal origins varieties, but I recognize that this may not be feasible. Some information about how to test this oneself (if feasible and possible) would also be really helpful. Maybe you’d be interested in setting up a Patreon and people like me who care about this could support you to conduct these kinds of tests?

    1. Thanks, Derek! I’ll be doing what I can to keep the list updated with new varieties, although seasonals are particularly tricky.
      Info for home testing is an interesting idea. I’ll take a look at a few of the home caffeine testing kits and see if there’s a good option on that front.
      I don’t think the Patreon account will happen anytime soon, but you never know.

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