How Many Calories Are In A Nespresso Pod? (Explained!)

how many calories in nespresso pods

Nowadays, Nespresso has become a household name. With Nespresso coffee being so convenient, tasty, and inexpensive – it’s the perfect choice for making coffee in both the home and office.

But unlike other packaged coffee, it’s difficult to find the information on what exactly you’re getting inside those shiny metal capsules. And as many coffee-lovers choose to be conscious about their health, we wanted to know exactly how many calories we were getting with each cup of Nespresso coffee.

In general, you’ll get 0.6 calories in a Nespresso espresso shot, and 1 calorie in a Nespresso lungo pour. Having your coffee with Milk will increase the total calories of the beverage to 69 calories for 100ml of milk (or 3.4fl oz) which is about how much you’d need to make a flat white or cappuccino. Taking your coffee with milk and 2 sugars will add another 32 calories – bumping the total drinks calories to around 101 calories.

As you can see, the amount of calories varies greatly based on how you choose to drink your coffee. Below is a detailed examination of the various Nespresso pods and the amount of energy you get per serving.

The Green Pods Calories in nespresso with cream added

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Calorie difference in the two Nespresso systems – OriginalLine vs. VertuoLine:

Nespresso machines are either part of the OriginalLine or VertuoLine range of systems and use different capsules to brew coffee. OriginalLine pods are generally smaller and low-priced in comparison to VertuoLine ones.

OriginalLine capsules can give you three types of coffee brews: volumes of 25ml, 40ml, and 110ml, representing servings of ristretto, espresso, and lungo drinks, respectively.

On the other hand, VertuoLine capsules allow you to make up to five coffee types from 40ml up to 500ml.

When it comes to calories, you’ll get more calories from a larger coffee drink because it’s pulled out more energy from the coffee bean. This means VertuoLine capsules offer you more energy as compared to OriginalLine pods.

The highest calories in Nespresso OriginalLine are from lungo beverages that can give you up to 2 calories. Surprisingly, calories in Nespresso VertuoLine pods are much higher and can reach up to 7 calories.

How many calories in Nespresso do you get in a single serving?

Since Nespresso OriginalLine pods contain only between 4.5 and 7 grams of ground coffee, they provide you with negligible amounts of calories. In simpler terms, a single shot of approximately 40ml espresso gives you a total energy count of about 0.6 calories. A 110 ml Lungo contains around 1 calorie.

Nespresso OriginalLine SizeCalorieskilojoules
Ristretto Pour0.4 kcal`1.7 kj
Espresso Pour0.6 kcal2.5 kj
Lungo Pour1.0 kcal4.2 kj
The Green Pods nespresso pods in packet

The Nespresso VertuoLine capsules have more coffee and larger pours (all the way up to 500ml). A VertoLine Alto pour will yield around 7 calories.

Nespresso VertuoLine SizeCalorieskilojoules
Espresso0.6 kcal`2.5 kj
Double Espresso1.2 kcal5.0 kj
Gran Lungo2.5 kcal10.5 kj
Mug3.6 kcal15.1 kj
Alto (440ml)7 kcal29.3 kj

Although Nespresso coffee beverages may not significantly affect your daily calorie intake, additives such as milk, sugar, and cream increase calories drastically. Here is a breakdown of the calories you get in various Nespresso beverages.

How Many Calories Are In Your Favorite Coffee Beverages?

It’s clear from the figures above that the coffee itself contains practically zero calories. So what’s the catch? Well, the way you choose to drink your coffee will dictate the number of calories you’re getting.

For example, an espresso shot will contain less than 1 calorie, whereas drinking your coffee with full-fat milk and two sugars will bump up the total calories to over 85 calories!

1. Coffee that comes with milk only (E.g. Flat white, latte, white coffee)

Most individuals love to combine their milk and coffee before indulging in a cup of the beverage. Adding milk to the equation significantly increases the amount of calorie intake. If you purchase or brew an espresso cup with 200 ml of whole milk, you will add 130-140 calories to your diet.

Additionally, drinking coffee that comes with 200ml of skimmed milk gives you roughly 80-89 extra calories.

Amount of MilkFull Fat Milk CaloriesSkim Milk Calories
50ml 32 kcal19 kcal
100ml (small coffee)65 kcal37 kcal
200ml (large coffee)130 kcal74 kcal
The Green Pods Calories in nespresso with milk added

2. Coffee with whole milk, milk cream, and chocolate powder (E.g. cappuccino)

When you drink 200 ml of cappuccino, you will consume 150-165 calories. This extra energy is mostly due to the milk and cream, which contains energy-rich fats and carbs. The chocolate powder only slightly increases the calorie content of the beverage. If you opt for a small cup, you will consume up to 40 extra calories.

3. Coffee with sugar

Consuming coffee with sugar will always have more calories than drinking neat coffee. Adding two teaspoons of sugar to your favorite brew will add a total of 32 calories. The more you increase the teaspoons of sugar, the more calories you will drink.

Teaspoons of SugarAdded CaloriesAdded kilojoules
1 tsp16kcal67 kj
2 tsp32kcal134 kj
4 tsp64kcal268 kj
The Green Pods Calories in nespresso with sugar added

4. Coffee with steamed milk

A small cup of latte contains approximately 110-125 ml of steamed milk and creamer that can reach 40 ml. Consuming this cup will give you 80-90 calories of energy. The calories can be much lower if skimmed milk is used as an alternative to whole steamed milk.

If you drink a large whole milk latte, you will likely drink up to 230 calories, whereas a skimmed milk substitute will only provide 135 calories. The addition of several fat-rich dairy products to coffee can skyrocket calories in Nespresso VertuoLine drinks.

5. Coffee with chocolate and milk (Mocha)

Introducing chocolate and milk to your espresso shot will increase the calorie content of the beverage. If you wonder how many calories in Nespresso mochas do you take in a single serving, you might be astonished. This delicious chocolate drink will give a whopping 300 calories when you consume a full large cup.

6. Bulletproof coffee

Bulletproof coffee will kickstart your metabolism, and get your keto engine burning with a delicious combination of caffeine and good fats. It’s designed to be compatible with the keto diet, Atkins, and several other low-carb diets, as it contains absolutely no carbohydrates! Interested? Check out our complete guide to bulletproof coffee here.

But, how does it compare on the calorie front?

A cup of bulletproof coffee made with Nespresso has around 342 calories! That’s almost 4 times the amount of calories in a coffee with milk and sugar. This is due to bulletproof coffee being made with pure fat, which is incredibly calorie-dense at around 9kcal per gram.

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Drinking Nespresso by itself is very healthy as it contains practically zero calories. However, as you choose to add milk, sugar, and other additives to your drink, it can quickly become very high in unhealthy calories.  

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