Nespresso Colombia Review

Picking coffees with exotic flavors ensures that you enjoy every single cup, and that must be why Nespresso created the Nespresso Colombia.

The Colombia comes in a black box with a burgundy field detailing. There are also graphics of workers on the box. There are ten capsules in each box, and you can buy five boxes for $36.00 in popular online stores. 

Here’s our review of the Nespresso Colombia and everything you need to know about this coffee capsule.

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Nespresso Colombia Intensity Rating


Nespresso rate all their capsules with an ‘Intensity Rating’. This number goes from from 1 to 13 and is based on a combination of it’s flavour, bitterness, acidity and roast. Colombia scores a 6. 

Read more about Nespresso’s intensity ratings.

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At roughly $0.72 USD each, they are on the cheaper end for genuine OriginalLine Nespresso capsules. There are however much cheaper 3rd party options that fit the OriginalLine machines which is a better value option than using the genuine pods.

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The Green Pods Nespresso Ristretto Decaffeinito Caffiene Rating


Colombia contains roughly {MasterOrigins(Caffeine(mg))} of caffeine per serving. This is in the middle of the range for Nespresso capsules. 

Read our full caffeine comparison here.

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The Nespresso Colombia contains around 0.6-1 kcal per serving. 

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The Colombia pods each weight around 6.2 grams when new. 

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Coffee Content

Each Colombia capsule contains around 5 grams of freshly ground then hermetically sealed coffee. 

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The Colombia capsule is made of 8081 aluminium with a food safe lacquer coating. This capsule is reportedly made from at least 80% recycled metal. 

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Beverage Size

The Nespresso Colombia is designed for a Lungo shot. This means you can expect 40ml/1.35oz or 110ml/3.72oz of coffee from your capsules. 

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The Nespresso Colombia contains 100% Arabica coffee.late-harvest Arabica coffee beans from Colombia 

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Nespresso capsules can be recycled via the Nespresso recyling program. 

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Extraction Method

This capsule uses 14 bar of high pressure hot water to produce espresso coffee. This is the same process used by cafes. 

Our take on the Ristretto Decaffeinato?

You can easily open the box, which we love about this series of coffees. It is also easy to store. The coffee capsules are made of aluminum which ensures that your coffee retains its flavor and freshness. The aluminum capsules are also highly recyclable if you are looking for eco-friendly packaging. That is because aluminum is 100% recyclable. Each capsule produces 1.35oz of espresso and 3.70oz lungo.

Picking coffees with exotic flavors ensures that you enjoy every single cup, and that must be why Nespresso created the Nespresso Colombia. The Colombia comes in a black box with a burgundy field detailing. There are also graphics of workers on the box. There are ten capsules in each box, and you can buy five boxes for $36.00 in popular online stores.


Coffee Origins

Nespresso Colombia is made with late-harvest Arabica coffee beans from Colombia. The beans are organically grown, with careful attention to sustainability. Although people harvest their arabica coffee immediately when it ripens, when farmers wait for longer, you get a coffee with gently piercing acidity and winey fruity aroma. As you consider this coffee, remember that Colombia is a top global exporter of coffee and has been for the last 200 years. 


Key Specs

  • Roast: medium
  • Flavor: winey, red fruit %
  • Intensity: 6/13
  • Quantity: 5 grams
  • Brand:Nespresso
  • Beverages: espresso, lungo
  • Price: $0.72 per capsule



This coffee has a distinct winey aroma that you will love in the morning. It is essential to mention that although the aroma is unique, it is not overpowering, which is perfect in the kitchen in the morning.



Taking your first sip of Nespresso Colombia is a revelation. We found that the flavors were supremely balanced so that the sharp acidity was not overpowering. The coffee has a winey aroma that makes you want more with every sip that you take. Each 5gm capsule contains medium roast ground coffee with an above-average intensity and is very smooth.

In this coffee, Nespresso went for balance above all else. It is excellent even for people who do not like fruit flavors. The combination of blackcurrant and red berries flavors makes this coffee fruity, but its acidity balances out the fruit flavors. You will notice a red wine aftertaste that we found amazing. This balance of flavors makes this coffee exotic and sophisticated



Nespresso Colombia is of medium intensity, which means it is perfect for espresso drinkers and people trying it for the first time. It is smooth and rich, which means each capsule creates a very satisfying cup of espresso.



The Nespresso Colombia coffee is perfect for breakfast, breaks and is an excellent choice if you are spending the afternoon with a few friends. It works perfectly with savory and sweet breakfast dishes, and you can even have it with dark chocolate.


Pros of the Colombia:

  • We love the balance in the flavors, which makes this coffee perfect for any occasion.
  • It has an excellent Colombian aroma, and every cup has a sophisticated and exotic taste.


Cons of the Colombia:


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Medium roast 

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Intense flavor 

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Medium body 

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Strong acidity 

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Medium bitterness 

Beverage Options

Colombia is designed to be extracted as a espresso or lungo which is a 30 – 60 second shot. It’s full body and intense flavor means this shot is absolutly packed with flavor. We recommend the Colombia is enjoyed in the following beverages:

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Flat White 

Extract an espresso shot from your Colombia capsule. Froth a half cup of milk but stop early to minimise the amount of milk foam. Swirl to texture then pour slowly into the espresso. Bonus: learn to make some latte art for your Nespresso here

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Extract an espresso shot from your Colombia capsule. Froth a small amount of milk and pour very slowly against the rim of the cup. Finish by spooning a small amount of froth to the centre of the espresso to ‘mark’ the crema. 

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Lungo Americano 

With an Americano the water comes first. With no capsule in the machine, run the Lungo button twice to get 220ml of hot water in your cup (a 2:1 ratio). Then pop in the capsule and extract your Lungo on top of the hot water. 

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A simple Espresso 

Enjoy the full flavor of the coffee by drinking it neat. Simply extract your espresso shot and sip at your leisure. 

Food Pairings

We’d reccommend something sweet to balance out the bitterness and bold flavours of Ristretto Decaffeinato. This is a great morning tea coffee, so grab a bikkie or pastry and enjoy.

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Are they recyclable?

Yes! All Nespresso pods are recyclable through the Nespresso recycling program. 

What are the capsules made from?

Nespresso pods are made a specific aluminium alloy known as 8081. They are then coated with a thin film of plastic and an epoxy varnish to stop the metal from oxidising.

Recycling Nespresso pods

We’re actually quite impressed by the lengths Nespresso has gone to implement its recycling program on a global scale. In most countries, Nespresso offers dedicated recycling bags, which you can return full of your used pods to drop-off points at Nespresso stores, post shops, supermarkets, and even florists.

To date, Nespresso has become one of few brands to demonstrate its commitment to environmental concerns. While most major manufacturers continue to produce disposable plastic coffee capsules, the latest Nespresso capsules are made from 100% recyclable metal.

Accessing Nespresso’s recycling locations worldwide

Nespresso has put in place a recycling programme for its aluminium Nespresso and Vertuoline capsules in 44 countries.

Out of these 44 countries enrolled in the program, consumers can dispose of the capsules in their recycling bins in 6 of them. In 15 countries they can ship them off back to Nespresso through the postal system for free. For the 23 other countries, there are 122,287 collection points worldwide where you can drop off the used capsules.

Read our NZ recycling guide here.

Sustainability Score

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Nespresso OriginalLine capsules score a 2.5/5 for being able to be recycled. They loose points for still being a single use product, and not being able to be biodegradable or compostable. 






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our THREE favorite Options:

Nespresso sell the Colombia in many different size packs, as well as in variety boxes. We’ve found these capsules are slightly cheaper on Amazon, so have linked them here (right) for your convenience.

Note: prices fluctuate often so check the lates price before buying.

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30 Capsules
$1.10 Per Pod
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50 pack
50 Capsules
$0.70 Per Pod
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If you have any questions about the Nespresso Colombia, we’re here to help. We’re passionate about all things coffee and coffee pods. Here’s the answers to a few questions we’ve been asked, or had to figure out for ourselves!

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Most Nespresso machines have two buttons, marked with a big cup and small cup icon. The big cup buttom will give you a lungo pour. 

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Is the Colombia and the ESPERANZA DE COLOMBIA the same thing? 

No. This is super confusing, but Nespresso have two pods with the name Colombia. so make sure you grab the right one. 

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Where is the cheapest place to buy Colombia?

Nespresso pods are usually the same price no matter how many you buy. That being said, you can sometimes find them slightly cheaper on Amazon. 

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NespressoÕs Intensity rating operates on a scale from 1 to 13. Why? We donÕt know. 

Read up on intensity ratings here.



Here at The Green Pods, we specialise in reusable stainless steel capsules to replace the single use ones used in coffee machine like this one. 

Our Reusable Nespresso pods fit almost all Nespresso OriginalLine machines. We recommend a starter pack with includes a weighted tamper, scoop and brush. 

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