Do Nespresso Pods Contain Sugar?

If you’re watching your diet, you may be wondering exactly what’s inside Nespresso pods. For instance, do Nespresso pods contain sugar? Read on to find out.

Do Nespresso Pods Contain Sugar
Nespresso pods are good for people watching their weight because they contain no sugar

Any person who has been on a diet before knows that the calories in coffee are negligible. If you’re not worried about the amount of caffeine you consume, you can potentially drink as much coffee as you want without gaining weight. That is, if you drink it without milk and sugar.

If you’re currently watching your weight, or want to curb your daily intake of sugar for health reasons, you may have wondered, “Do Nespresso pods contain sugar?” Fortunately, Nespresso pods contain no sugar. To find out a bit more about what’s inside Nespresso pods, I did some research. Here’s what I found.

What’s Inside Nespresso Pods?

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Nespresso pods contain no sugar, milk, or any preservatives

Nespresso pods contain 100% pure roast and ground coffee. They contain absolutely no sugar, milk, or any preservatives. Even flavored coffee pods, such as Cocoa Truffle, contain no sugar. Nespresso’s flavored coffees are created by adding extremely fine-flavored powder, which is derived from plant extracts to ground coffee.

Since Nespresso capsules contain no sugar or milk, there’s no need to worry about calories. A regular 40 ml espresso contains roughly 0.6 calories, while a 110 ml lungo provides around 1 calorie. Even the flavored pods contain only about 5 calories. However, if you add sugar and/or milk to your Nespresso beverages, the calorie value will obviously increase dramatically.

Types of Nespresso Machines

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Nespresso manufactures two types of machines that use different pods

Now that you know what’s inside Nespresso pods, it may be interesting to learn what types of pods Nespresso offers. Firstly, Nespresso manufactures two types of machines: The originalLine series and the VertuoLine series. These two types of machines use different pods.

OriginalLine Series

As the name implies, OriginalLine series machines were the first Nespresso machines to hit the market. These coffee makers provide an espresso-style beverage in three sizes: espresso, ristretto, and lungo. Many machines also come with a milk frother, which allows you to make milk coffee drinks, such as cappuccino.

Since the patent on the OriginalLine Series has expired, these machines can work with third-party pods. However, Nespresso provides a wide range of proprietary pods for these machines. Your options include:

  • Barista Creations: These pods make espresso. You can choose from tasty blends, such as Cocoa Truffle and Vanilla Éclair.
  • Ispirazione Italiana: These pods make ristretto and come in unique flavors that are inspired by Italian roasting traditions. You can choose from various flavors, such as Napoli and Venezia.
  • Espresso: These pods deliver authentic espresso. Options include Jamaica Blue Mountain, Capriccio, and Volluto Decaffeinato.
  • World Explorations: These pods provide lungo beverages in complex profiles. You can choose from exotic blends such as Cape Town Envivo Lungo and Shanghai Lungo.
  • Master-Crafted Single Origins: These pods also make espresso. Your options include India, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Columbia.

VertuoLine Series

In 2014, Nespresso introduced the VertuoLine series, which provides larger coffee drinks. With a VertuoLine machine, you can make a mug/cup of coffee, espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, and even a carafe of coffee.

VertuoLine capsules are dome-shaped and come with bar codes, which means that VertuoLine machines work exclusively with these pods. Here are some of your options in the VertuoLine capsule lineup:

  • Barista Creations: These pods provide cups of coffee. You can choose from tasty blends such as Chocolate Fudge, Hazelino Muffin, and Vanilla Custard Pie.
  • Craft Brews: These pods contain blends that have been inspired by brewing techniques. Opt for a carafe of Pour-Over Style or Pour-Over Style Mild.
  • Coffee: These pods provide full-bodied coffee beverages. Options include Intenso, Stormio, and Half Caffeinato.
  • Espresso: When you’re in the mood for authentic espresso, opt for one of these pods. Options include Voltessa, Altissio, and Diavolitto.

The Last Word on Do Nespresso Pods Contain Sugar?

Since Nespresso pods contain nothing but 100% quality coffee grounds, you don’t need to worry about ruining your diet. Even the flavored pods contain no sugar and provide a negligible amount of calories.

FAQs on Do Nespresso Pods Contain Sugar

How Much Caffeine Is in Nespresso Pods?

Nespresso pods contain varying amounts of caffeine. In general, however, the caffeine content ranges from 50 to 100 mg per cup. Vertuo beverages that are larger, such as the 18 ml carafes, have a higher caffeine content of about 170 to 200 ml.

Does Nespresso Make Tea Pods?

No, Nespresso doesn’t provide any tea pods. However, if you own an OriginalLine machine, you can use third-party compatible tea pods.


  • Niki B

    Born and bred in South Africa, Niki B now does her writing from the distant shores of South Korea. A self-proclaimed coffee addict by day, and a writer by night, she gladly shares her knowledge with fellow coffee lovers.