23 Best Nespresso Coffee Pods For Caffeine Lovers

Here we feature the best Nespresso coffee pods for caffeine lovers: from intense to decaffeinated and everything in between.

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I’m a big fan of Nespresso coffee. The machines are so easy to use and yet they prepare beautiful drinks with a smooth texture and creamy finish. 

With so many varieties to choose from, though, it can be difficult to know where to start or how to find flavours that suit your taste. This list is based on a combination of my own preferences and the bestselling coffee varieties from Nespresso.

Buying the Right Coffee Pods

First of all, there are two types of Nespresso coffee machine: Original and Vertuo. With the Original machine you’re getting the classic espresso experience. The Vertuo machine has more bells and whistles, and it provides a wider range of coffee sizes and styles. The different machines require different coffee pods.

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Intensity Rating

Nespresso rates their coffees on an intensity scale from 1-13, where 13 is the strongest and most intense. This rating refers to the taste of the coffee, rather than the caffeine content. Most darker roasts have a higher intensity rating. I have included the intensity rating for each coffee in the list.

Original Line

There are 25 coffees in the Original Line, with fun, special editions coming out every so often. The coffees come in sleeves of 10 capsules.

Best Ristretto/Espresso

A ristretto is 25 ml, and an espresso is 40 ml.

1. Intenso Arpeggio (intensity rating 9)

This coffee is one of the bestsellers on the Nespresso website. It is deliciously creamy and just the right level of intensity. It also makes a good Americano, which is 150 ml (25 ml of coffee, plus 125 ml of hot water). Any of the Ristretto/Espresso coffees can be used for Americanos.

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11/27/2022 03:25 pm GMT

2. Volluto (intensity rating 4)

The Volluto is a safe bet when you feel like having an espresso. It is sweet, light, and well balanced, with sweet biscuit and light fruit notes. It has a strong taste despite its moderate intensity, but it won’t keep you awake at night. The blend is subtle, with both bitter and fruity flavours. Volluto is a good choice to get acquainted with Nespresso.

Nespresso Capsules OriginalLine, Volluto, Mild Roast Espresso Coffee, 50 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 1.35 Ounce
$37.50 ($0.75 / Count)
  • SWEET & LIGHT: This Nespresso coffee combines Brazilian and Colombian Arabicas for a round body, with sweet biscuit and light fruit notes
  • INTENSITY 4: This Nespresso coffee blend has a light roasting that preserves the cereal note of the Brazilian Arabica and the fresh and fruity note of the Colombian coffee creating a fruity and sweet...
  • VOLLUTO ESPRESSO BREWS 1.35 OZ: These Nespresso OriginalLine pods are part of the Espresso range that will provide you with a 1.35 oz serving of a traditional espresso coffee beverage
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective...
  • ORIGINALLINE ONLY: Nespresso Original Line offers a full range of espresso coffee. From a milder fruity espresso to the short Ristretto. Create recipes with /without milk. (Nespresso OriginalLine...
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3. Intenso Ristretto (intensity rating 10)

This one is for when you want a powerful, intense coffee and nothing else will do! This is a full-bodied coffee, intense and syrupy. It is roasty, bitter, and bold with spicy pepper and woody aromas. It’s a quick drink that packs a powerful punch.

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Best Lungo (110ml)

4. Vivalto Lungo (intensity rating 4)

This one is my favourite choice for a lungo coffee. This coffee is complex and balanced and makes for an enjoyable, creamy drink. This is the blend that got me into Nespresso drinking!

50 Capsules Vivalto Lungo Coffee
$48.00 ($0.96 / Count)
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5. Linizio Lungo (intensity rating 4 )

With the same intensity rating as the Vivalto, this coffee is round and smooth. A very straightforward flavour, and another good option for an introduction to the Nespresso line of coffees.

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6. Fortissio Lungo (intensity rating 8)

For a more intense lungo, I’d recommend the Fortissio. This is a nice, rich, full-bodied coffee that also makes a good latte. I like the intensity level – not too strong, but with a good flavour.

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Other Varieties

7. Ciocattino (intensity rating 6)

If you are a chocolate lover, then this one’s for you. Ciocattino makes for a nice, rich espresso, with a hint of dark chocolate. Chocolate adds a little bitterness and gives more depth to the flavour.

8. Master Origin – India (intensity rating 11)

I enjoy all of the Master Origin coffees, but my favourite is India, an intense and spicy variety. This is a clean, strong, slightly bitter drink. As for the aroma, you will find dry notes of cocoa, as well as spices like nutmeg, cloves, and black pepper.

Nespresso OriginalLine Master Origin Variety
$52.96 ($1.06 / Count)

European Version Nespresso OriginalLine Master Origin Variety: Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, 50 Capsules

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Best Decaf Nespresso

The decaf coffees taste just as good as their caffeinated cousins.

9. Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato (intensity rating 4)

When you fancy a decaf coffee, this is the one I’d most recommend. It is a nice, complex and balanced coffee. This is my go-to decaf.

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10. Ristretto Decaffeinato (intensity rating 10)

This variety is powerful and contrasting. It’s truly hard to believe it is decaf! This Ristretto has a lovely, strong flavour without being overpowering. Go on. Have two!

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Vertuo Line

Here are my top picks from the Vertuo Line.

11. Diavolitto (intensity rating 11)

This popular coffee is intense and surprisingly powerful. The aroma is reminiscent of oak wood and leather with a creamy texture that balances it out. The Diavolitto is a perfect espresso with a smooth and fine texture.

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11/28/2022 12:00 am GMT

12. Altissio (intensity rating 9)

The Altissio is a bold and rich espresso, a medium roast, with just a hint of cocoa. It has a lovely crema on top (that fine layer) and it is a perfect choice for making other drinks. And, if I’m being honest, I really love the purple capsules!

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11/27/2022 04:04 pm GMT

13. Melozio (intensity rating 6)

Melozio is one of the bestsellers from the Vertuo line, perhaps because of its mid-range intensity. The delicious flavour is a blend of caramel, cinnamon, pecan, and syrup. It is smooth, mellow and perfectly balanced. 

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.77 Ounce
$36.00 ($1.20 / Count)
  • SMOOTH & BALANCED: This Nespresso coffee incorporates quality Brazilian Bourbon and Central American Arabicas are lightly roasted to create a rounded coffee that is smooth and perfectly balanced
  • INTENSITY 6: This Nespresso coffee blend features a soft character and balance that is achieved through the roasting process to give this coffee a rich flavor and sensuous smooth texture all contained...
  • MELOZIO COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ: These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 OZ serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective...
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules...
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14. Intenso (intensity rating 9)

The Intenso is smooth, strong and, not surprisingly, intense. The strong bitterness of this coffee is where its appeal lies. If you like bold, strong-tasting coffee, the Intenso is the perfect choice for you. One of my favourites.

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Intenso, Dark Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.77 Ounce, 10 Count (Pack of 3)
$36.00 ($1.20 / Count)
  • DEEP & DENSE; This Nespresso coffee unexpectedly thick and dense featuring a lingering aftertaste with notes of brown sugar and strongly toasted flavors incorporated into this dark roasted coffee
  • INTENSITY 9; This Nespresso coffee blend has a dense character that comes from roast splitting with a mix of Guatemalan Robusta; and bold and bitter notes while Mexican and Latin American Arabicas are roasted to enhance their notes of brown sugar
  • INTENSO COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ: These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 OZ serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY; Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods; Enjoy hot or pour over ice; (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines)


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15. Hazelino (intensity rating 6)

When you fancy something a little different, this hazelnut flavored medium roast coffee is a pleasant option. I’m not typically a fan of flavoured coffees, but this one surprisingly tasty, with hints of biscuit and almond in addition to hazelnut. A lovely, smooth, velvety drink.

16. Stormio (intensity rating 8)

What a great name for a coffee! The Stormio is dark and intense, with a strong and distinct flavour. It has an earthy taste, and just a hint of bitterness. This one’s a good choice for those who like darker roasts but like some interesting flavor.

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Stormio, Dark Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.77 Ounce, 10 Count (Pack of 3)
$36.00 ($1.20 / Count)
  • RICH & STRONG: This Nespresso coffee has a myriad of aromas that come from highly roasted Nicaraguan and Guatemalan Arabica coffee that evoke spicy woody and cereal notes
  • INTENSITY 8: This Nespresso coffee blend is made from dark and long roasted beans which help to develop its intensity both in terms of body as well as singular notes for a spicy and woody aromatic profile and strong cup of coffee
  • STORMIO COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ: These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 OZ serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )


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11/28/2022 12:21 am GMT

17. Decaffeinato (intensity rating 7)

This decaf coffee blend has a lovely flavour and texture. You wouldn’t know it wasn’t a regular caffeinated drink. It is round, smooth, a little bit malty, and delicious. I add a little milk or cream to this one.

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine

This Nespresso coffee blends Colombian and Brazilian coffee with an Asian Robusta to create harmony, releasing cocoa and fruity notes in this decaffeinated coffee beverage


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18. Giornio (intensity rating 4)

The Giornio is a nice velvety breakfast coffee, medium roasted, with floral tones. The aroma is reminiscent of honeysuckle, or other sweet-smelling flowers. This capsule can only make a standard cup of coffee. 

19. Voltesso (intensity rating 4)

I like these lovely golden capsules. This popular coffee is lightly roasted and has biscuity notes and a distinctly sweet aroma. It is mild, but not weak. This coffee is a good everyday option and is nice blended with milk.

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20. Caramel Cookie (intensity rating 6)

When you fancy a little sweet treat, try this coffee, with the comforting taste of caramel. Barista Creations Caramel Cookie is a well-rounded coffee. The caramel flavour adds a buttery biscuit note. A perfect little coffee when you fancy something different.

Best Budget Choice: Lavazza Variety Pack

21. Lavazza Variety Pack

If you want to try a variety of different flavors to get an idea of your best fit but don’t want to spend a ton of money to do it, the Lavazza Variety Pack is a very solid choice. At 60 capsules for $25, it’s very affordable, and those 60 capsules divide up into 10 capsules each of six different blends, ranging from an intensity of 4 to 10. It also includes a decaf option. Lavazza has an excellent reputation in general, and the espresso selections have something to suit just about everyone.

Best Medium Intensity

22. Don Francisco’s Old Havana

I prefer a medium-intensity pod for my Nespresso adventures, and Don Francisco’s Old Havana never disappoints me. The espresso comes out nutty and sweet.

It has a mellow smoothness that works on its own or when blended into a latte or another drink. In addition, Don Francisco has partnered with Terracycle, and their pods are fully recyclable, adding an environmentally friendly slant to the product.  

Don Francisco's Old Havana Espresso Capsules
  • Espresso Capsules
  • Old Havana
  • Intensity 8
  • Recyclable Coffee Pods
  • 80 Count
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine Machines
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Best Strong Intensity

23. Illy Extra Bold Roast

Sometimes you want coffee that bites back. For those occasions, the Illy Extra Bold Roast fits the bill perfectly. While it is a bit pricey compared to the Lavazza, it’s a good value for the quality of espresso you get from the capsules. 

illy Espresso Forte Coffee Capsules
$24.56 ($0.61 / Count)
  • Espresso Forte Coffee
  • 40-Count Single Serve Capsules
  • Compatible with Nespresso Original Line System Coffee Machines
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Illy is a generations-old name in espresso, so the partnership with Nespresso is a natural conclusion. The coffee blends African, Asian, and South American beans in a deep dark roast that brings you right back to the classic Italian caffè, which works beautifully in classic espresso drinks.

The Final Word on Best Nespresso Coffees for Caffeine Lovers

Those are my top picks for Nespresso coffees. The good news is that they’re all of high quality and are all flavourful, with a lovely smooth, creamy texture. I no longer even add cream to my coffee most of the time.

If you’re still unsure where to start, you can always buy a variety pack and see which ones you prefer. And the colorful capsules look pretty, too! They appeal to the eye as well as the tastebuds! If you enjoyed this post, you might be interested in learning if you can make regular coffee with Nespresso.

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  • Mel Farrimond

    Mel Farrimond loves all kinds of writing: creative, academic, freelancing, and blogging. She has her own blog, The MONDAY Blog at www.themondayblog.com, covering music, oeuvres, news, dining, art and yoga.