If you are a regular user of Nespresso pods, then you’ll know two things by now:
- They make incredible coffee, and..
- They aren’t very good at offering detailed information about their products.
Each pod description lets you know how many ounces of coffee you can make, and gives you a generic “intensity” level (which actually doesn’t mean very much), But if you want to know how much coffee these things pack? That’s a whole different story.
Today we’ll go over every small detail and press release to properly answer just how much coffee each Nespresso line offers.
How much coffee is in a Nespresso pod?
Nespresso pods offer between 5 grams (0.17 oz) and 13 grams (0.45 oz) of coffee per capsule. The smaller quantities are largely found in the original range of capsules (Nespresso OriginalLine), while the larger serving sizes of the VertuoLine range mean they generally have more coffee. The ‘Alto’ and ‘Coffee’ size capsules hold the most coffee per pod at up to 13grams per capsule.
Below you’ll find a table with a general covering the main types of Nespresso pods, answering how much coffee they pack as well as comparing it to their recommended serving size. This way you’ll be able to go over all the angles on your own.
|Pod Type||Coffee (g)||Coffee (oz)||Serving Size (ml)||Serving Size (oz)|
|Vertuo Espresso||5 – 7g||0.24oz||40ml||1.35oz|
|Vertuo Double Expresso||9.5 – 10g||0.33oz||80ml||5.07oz|
|Vertuo Gran Lungo||9.5 – 10g||0.33oz||150ml||5.07oz|
|Vertuo Coffee/Mug||12.5 – 13g||0.46oz||230ml||7.77oz|
|Vertuo Alto||12.5 – 13g||0.46oz||414ml||14oz|
How much coffee is in a standard Nespresso (OriginalLine) capsule?
A regular Nespresso OriginalLine capsule will contain 5grams of ground coffee. A Lungo capsule will contain slightly more at 7 grams of ground coffee per pod. The Master Origins and Barista Creations series of capsules also contain the same 5grams per capsule.
How much coffee is in a Nespresso Lungo capsule?
Wondering what the difference is between a Lungo, and an Espresso – then read this article
The average Lungo pod holds 7 grams (0.24 oz) of coffee per unit. As such it doesn’t carry that much more coffee than the average espresso pod, but there is a good reason for this.
Lungo is at the end of the day an espresso alternative, in fact, the name comes from the Italian word for “long”, which refers to the fact that a Lungo is a long-preparation espresso. As such the difference in flavor between an Espresso pod and a Lungo pod comes down to the way the machine prepares them, and the actual amount of coffee isn’t as relevant.
How much coffee is in a Nespresso VertuoLine capsule?
The Vertuo line of capsules has the most variance in the amount of coffee per serving, due to the wide variety of flavors and sizes it offers.
The Vertuo Espresso capsules offer the smallest serving sizes and come with the least coffee (Only 6 grams or 0.21 oz). The Vertuo Gran Lungo is the next on the list with 9.5 grams (0.33 oz) and then the Mug and Alto line beats them all with 13 grams (0.45 oz)
Which Nespresso pod is the best value for money?
If we want to answer what is the best Nespresso pod for your budget, then we need to cover all the possible angles. That means the amount of coffee per pod, the cost of each pod, and the percentage of coffee per serving size. After all, nobody wants watered-down coffee.
On average a Nespresso pod costs between $0.70 to $1.25 USD. The original line of Nespresso is the most affordable overall, while the Vertuo line can get slightly more expensive.
Coffee per dollar spent?
This is an easy determination. How much coffee do we get per dollar spent?
The Vertuo ‘Coffee’ is the best value for money because you get 13 grams of coffee for $1.10 USD. This gives us a score of 11.8g/$.
Compare this with our worst contender, some of the premium range OriginalLine capsules which contain 5 grams of coffee and also cost $1.10 USD. This gives us a score of 4.5g/$.
That’s almost 2.5 times more expensive!
That being said, all Nespresso pods are EXPENSIVE. If you are looking to save a buck, and not compromise on the taste of your coffee, then check out our favorite off-brand Nespresso alternative capsules.
Coffee per serving size?
However, if we rate things based on grams per total service size we get a very different result?
Why would we do this?
Well, most baristas talk about coffee in terms of a ‘brew-ratio’. That is, the ratio of coffee to water in the final drink.
Big VertuoLine pods like the Coffee and Alto may have a lot of beans, but their servings are so large that only 6% and 3% of the beverage end up being coffee.
So which option wins this time?
The Espressos by far. Both the Vertuo Espresso, and the OriginalLine espresso – where 15% of the resulting beverage is coffee.
These start at $0.68 for the OriginalLine capsules and $0.85 for the Vertuo Espresso pods making the some of the most affordable in the entire Nespresso range.
With a great price and the best coffee percentage in the lineup, the Espresso pods can’t be beaten.
How do I check how much coffee is in the pod?
Nespresso is a little cryptic on their packaging, as there is no ‘ingredients list’ that tells you exactly how much coffee is in each capsule.
Instead, they provide a NET WEIGHT on the cardboard packing sleeve.
This is for 10 capsules however so you’ll need to divide this number by 10 to get the weight of coffee per capsule.
For example, the Nespresso Kazaar quotes a ‘net weight’ of 50grams on the package. This is equivalent to 5grams per pod. Divide again by 28 to get the weight in ounces!