8 Best Nespresso Vertuo Pods For Cappuccino Drinks

If you appreciate a creamy cappuccino for your morning brew, our guide on the best Nespresso Vertuo pods for cappuccino drinks will narrow the choices down.

Best nespresso vertuo pods for cappuccino
The delectable Nespresso Cappuccino – Image source: Nespresso

If you’re like me, you might have once been confused about the differences between lattes, cappuccinos, Keurig, and Nespresso pods. Aren’t they all the same? No! Fortunately, Nespresso has made it easier for you to get your favorite espresso-based drinks with the Vertuo system.

Vertuo pods have large spouts that produce a high volume of crema. This is important because cappuccinos are more than just coffee and milk; they also have a generous layer of crema that rounds out the flavor. Unlike lattes, cappuccinos have more foam and less steamed milk, making them rich and in need of a Vertuo pod that can produce a good crema.

So, here’s a rundown of the best Nespresso Vertuo pods for cappuccinos.

1. Il Caffè

The Il Caffè is unapologetically bold and rich. It has a balanced flavor profile with hints of cereal and woody and cocoa aromas. This pod is a bit more complicated yet still a good choice for those who want to experience an earthy and strong-tasting coffee.

The pod is made using Vietnamese and Indonesian-washed Robusta coffee, which is beautifully dark-roasted.

For cappuccinos, dark roasts are often preferred because they won’t be overpowered by the foam. The Il Caffè is perfect for making a rich and creamy cappuccino; you’ll want to savor every sip! 

For those seeking a low-acidity coffee with velvety and nutty notes, the Il Caffè is the perfect pod to mix into your cappuccino. Check out these alternatives to Nespresso capsules if you want something different. 

Vertuoline, The Intense Espresso Coffee Assortment - Il Caffe, Diavolitto & Altissio for a Total of 30 Espresso Capsules Pods
$37.99 ($1.27 / Count)

Variety: Il Caffe, Diavolitto, Altissio - 30 Coffee Capsule Pods Imported (not affiliated with Nespresso US)

  • The Assortment contains: Il Caffe - intensity 11 & Orafio - Intensity 4;
  • Gran Lungo size both, making 1.35 oz. coffee cup;
  • Capsules are only compatible with Nespresso Vertuoline machines;
  • European Version of the product, Made in Switzerland, Not Affiliated with Nespresso USA, Works with US machines.


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02/09/2024 12:39 pm GMT

2. Intenso

The Intenso Deep and Dense Vertuo coffee pod makes this list of best cappuccino pods thanks to its addition of a rare Nicaraguan Robusta. What’s the big deal about Robusta, you might ask? While Robusta is not as beloved as Arabica coffee, it has much more caffeine which is why it’s ideal for a morning cup of Joe.

In addition to its high caffeine content, the stronger flavor makes it perfect for espressos and cappuccinos. The Intenso pod is a nice blend of Arabica and Robusta with a hint of sweetness, roasted notes, and chocolate aromas. Perfect for those that want to add a bit of an extra layer of flavor to their cappuccinos without being too overwhelming.

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Intenso, Dark Roast Coffee
$37.50 ($1.25 / Count)

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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02/10/2024 09:24 pm GMT

3. Stormio Boost

The Stormio Boost is one of the strongest flavored and most caffeinated pods in the Nespresso Vertuo system. Unlike traditionally roasted beans, Stormio is made using a special process called the “steam treatment,” where the beans are gently reintroduced to more caffeine that penetrates the entire Arabica bean. This creates a more intense flavor and higher caffeine content without losing any of its smooth and delicate notes.

This pod is great for a cappuccino that is thick and creamy yet still able to give them a powerful bolt of energy with 200 mg of caffeine per cup. Stormio’s bright and rich flavor also packs a nice punch, as it can blend well with steamed milk and foam. With its earthy aroma and woody flavors, the Stormio Boost is an excellent choice for cappuccinos!

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Stormio, Dark Roast Coffee,
$37.50 ($1.25 / Count)

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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02/10/2024 09:24 pm GMT

4. Double Espresso Scuro

Scuro means “dark” in Italian, and this pod is perfect for those who want a stronger and more intense espresso-based drink. This dark roast has a bold flavor profile with hints of cocoa and vanilla, making it ideal for cappuccinos that need to stand up against the milk and foam. It’s also one of the few Vertuo pods that is a double shot, so it’s great for those who want to make extra-strong drinks. 

A cup of double espresso scuro
Ideal for cappuccinos that need to stand up against the milk and foam

The Double Espresso Scuro pod also tends to have the most crema out of all of the Vertuo capsules. This makes it perfect for cappuccinos, as more foam means better texture and creaminess when you take a sip. What’s surprising about the Scuro is that, although this is a stronger and somewhat bitter coffee, it’s actually mild when it comes to acidity.

Nespresso rates its acidity at a one out of five, while its bitterness is a three out of five. This makes this espresso perfect for beginners to the world of Nespresso Vertuo, who want a coffee that is flavorful and somewhat bitter, yet still smooth enough to enjoy in a cappuccino. In addition, low-acid coffees are often better for the stomach!

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Double Espresso Scuro, Dark Roast Espresso Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 2.7 Ounce
$30.74 ($1.02 / Count)
  • DARK & BOLD: This Nespresso coffee is created from, a blend of Central American coffee with a dark smoky character enriched by notes of cocoa and vanilla for a strong espresso coffee beverage
  • INTENSITY 8: This Nespresso coffee blend is made with a highly roasted blend of Robusta and Arabica coffee for the most consistent roasting for a strong, intense, and balanced texture in this espresso all in easy to use Nespresso Capsules
  • DOUBLE ESPRESSO SCURO ESPRESSO BREWS 2.7 OZ: These Nespresso VertuoLine pods are part of the Double Espresso range that will provide you with a 2.7 oz serving of espresso which will help you double up on you single espresso coffee
  • 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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02/09/2024 05:09 pm GMT

5. Odacio

For anyone looking for something sweet, the Odacio is an excellent choice for making cappuccinos. This medium-light roast has low acidity and full-bodied cereal notes. However, unlike other cappuccinos on this list, it also has fruity notes that are made possible thanks to the balance of light and long roasting process.

Nespresso uses a mix of Nicaraguan and Ethiopian Arabica blends, creating one of the most aromatic and flavorful capsules on the market.

When making a cappuccino with this pod, you’ll get a very creamy and smooth cup of coffee without any bitterness. It also has a nice balance between sweetness and acidity that gives it an overall delicious flavor profile. Odacio is also versatile, but a cappuccino can give you a delightfully sweet and warm coffee!

Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Odacio, Dark Roast Coffee, Brews 7.77 Ounce, 10 Count (Pack of 3)
$33.74 ($1.12 / Count)
  • BOLD & LIVELY: This Nespresso coffee is an audacious blend of fine Arabicas from Nicaragua and Ethiopia for a full-bodied coffee with cereal notes accented by a slight East African fruitiness
  • INTENSITY 7: This Nespresso coffee blend is full bodied with structure and body from Nicaraguan coffee beans and a light roast of Ethiopian Arabica coffee to reveal more delicate notes resulting in a full flavor beverage
  • ODACIO 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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02/09/2024 05:09 pm GMT

6. Bianco Piccolo

The Bianco Piccolo is specifically designed for Nespresso with milk-based coffee drinks in mind. This blend is made of a range of Arabica beans from all over the world, including from as far as China, Colombia, Brazil, and Ethiopia. However, despite its strong blends, it’s actually quite smooth and has a beautiful sweet finish.

It’s a light roast with subtle sweetness, delicate aromas, and low acidity, perfect for those who want to make cappuccinos without overwhelming their palette. You can expect to find notes of biscuits, nuts, and caramel. For a well-balanced nutty, and aromatic cup of cappuccino, you can’t go wrong with the Bianco Piccolo!

[European Version] Nespresso VertuoLine Barista Creations
$52.00 ($2.60 / Count)
  • Nespresso VertuoLine Assortment for a total of 30 capsules pods
  • Serving Size: Bianco Forte (230 ml); Bianco Doppio (390 ml/590 ml); Bianco Piccolo (270 ml/390 ml)
  • European version of the products, made in Switzerland, packaging varies from Nespresso USA
  • Works with US coffee machines
  • 10 Coffee Capsules of Each Kind


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02/10/2024 12:00 am GMT

7. Mexico

The Mexico pod is one of a few single-origin pods in the Vertuo lineup. It combines a beautiful blend of Mexican Arabica coffee with a rare double-washed Robusta. Double-washed means the process of the coffee beans went through an additional step to remove any off-tastes, and the result is a smooth and strong cup of espresso.

It has a medium roast strength, with an intensity level of seven, which makes it a good, bold choice for those who want a spiced cup of cappuccino that strays from the norm. It’s also been compared to the Cuban pod, which is unfortunately no longer available from Nespresso. However, the Mexico pod is the next best thing, and it makes a delicious cappuccino!

Nespresso VertuoLine European Version Master Origin Coffee
$37.94 ($37.94 / Count)

(7.7 ounce)

Variety: Colombia and Mexico

(2 sleeves, total of 20 Capsules)

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02/11/2024 03:05 am GMT

8. Toccanto

This genius double-split capsule combines two single-origin coffees; each blended together to create a unique flavor profile. It has notes of candied fruit with a creamy texture. It also has low acidity levels for those who struggle with stomach issues after drinking coffee.

Toccanto Coffee Pods
The Nespresso Toccanto offers low acidity levels

The Toccanto pod is also one of the best Vertuo capsules for cappuccino lovers who want to enjoy the best of Brazilian and Nicaraguan Arabica beans. The Toccata also provides a strong winey taste. If you’re a fan of unique flavor profiles, this is one of the best Vertuo pods to make a cappuccino.

If you liked this post, you’ll also enjoy our round-up of the best Nespresso Vertuo capsules for latte drinks. And if you want to know more about coffee, check out our article on who invented the coffee maker; there’s always something to learn!

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  • Veronica Heurta

    Veronica Huerta is a Journalism major who graduated in 2021 with a BA in Journalism from California State University Long Beach and AA in Journalism from Long Beach City College. She is not only a writer, but also has a decade working in the medical field as an emergency medical technician and psychiatric technician. A Los Angeles native, she knows how fast fads come and go, and what it takes to create high-quality coffee. Her combined career in the medical field and as a writer allow her to write objective and highly-researched reviews on coffee and other products that can benefit people's physical and mental health.