Coffee pods promise to deliver coffee quickly without much mess. They come in a wide variety of types and flavors. And most companies even offer reusable pods or recycling plans. Caffitaly ranks among coffee capsules because it is not so much a brand as a format: for example, well-known manufacturers like Nespresso, Dulce Gusto, and Illy all make capsules compatible with Caffitaly machines. But how much caffeine is in a Caffitaly coffee pod?
Caffitaly was among the pioneers of the coffee pod industry. Created in 2004 by a group of passionate young entrepreneurs, the first Caffitaly factories were built in the Bologna region of Italy. Caffitaly remains a largely Italian phenomenon, with mostly Italian companies creating compatible pods. Perhaps the most popular is Ecaffé, which offers a variety of types and flavors, each with different caffeine content. These differences emerge from Italian coffee culture: like people in other countries, Italians drink coffee throughout the day, and expect a different caffeine content and flavor “experience” depending on the time.
For example, the Ecaffé Intenso tastes like an Italian Macchiatto—an espresso shot with milk—and (as its name suggests) is highly caffeinated and is intended for morning consumption. Intenso has about 1.5 times the caffeine of an Ecaffé Cremoso—typically served Americano style with water, for a smoother, afternoon experience with less caffeine.
How can they be so different? The answer is in the design of the pod and the nature of the coffee.
How much caffeine in an average Caffitaly capsule?
Like other single-dose coffee capsules, Caffitaly pods contain an 8gram blend of ground coffee beans from different world regions. It is this blend that is largely responsible for the amount of caffeine, which can range from 60 to 100mg in a standard 30 ml shot of Espresso.
Caffitaly pods are first pre-infused, then brewed, and finally extracted according to the options you choose on your compatible machine. You can even buy reusable, refillable pods made from plastic and stainless steel that can be filled with your own blend of beans ground at home to carefully control the caffeine content yourself.
What makes Caffitaly different is the structure of the capsules, each of which contains two filters on either side of the ground coffee.
The top filter allows for even distribution of water over the surface of the grounds. The bottom one controls the consistency of brewing. This double filter system means Caffitaly pods only work with compatible systems that carry the logo
What’s in a Brew?
This also means a variety of brew options exist. But recall that, although the liquid amount can differ, your eye-popping double espresso still has the same amount of caffeine as a double Americano: about 136 mg.
For example, Ecaffé’s Prezioso and Cremoso have a similar amount of caffeine (see below), but the suggested volume of liquid for these two flavors will make for a very different taste.
|89mg of caffeine||86mg of caffeine|
|Suggested cup volume: 25 – 30ml||Suggested cup volume: 110 – 135ml|
Caffitaly Caffeine Content: A Breakdown
The following table breaks down the caffeine content and blend types included in the most popular Caffitaly brands and their pods.
|Corposo||129mg||Asian and Western African Robusta blended with South American Arabica|
|Intenso||111mg||South American Arabica blended with Indian Robusta|
|Prezioso||89mg||Central and South American pure Arabica beans|
|Cremoso||86mg||Central and South American pure Arabica beans|
|Delicato||< 8mg||Decaffeinated Arabica|
|Best Origins(Single Origin)||Caffeine||Blend type|
|Brazil||89mg||100% Mogiana Arabica|
|Cuba||86mg||100% Criollo Arabica|
|Kaapi Royale||111mg||100% Indian Robusta|
|Mexico||86mg||100% Mexican Arabica|
|Deciso||129mg||Asian and Western African Robusta blended with South American Arabica|
|Vivace||111mg||South American Arabica blended with Indian Robusta|
|Soave||89mg||Central and South American pure Arabica beans|
|Deca||< 8mg||Decaffeinated Arabica|
As you can see, the caffeine content is remarkably consistent across brands, thanks to the precision of the Caffitaly two filter system. The caffeine content depends less on the flavor intensity, and more on the source and blend of beans. For example, while one might expect Intenso or Vivace to be higher in caffeine content because of their intense flavors, in fact Corposo and Deciso have a higher caffeine content.