Nespresso Ethiopia Review

If you are looking for coffee that brings excellent flavors into your home, then the Ethiopian Nespresso is a great choice. The Ethiopian Nespresso comes in a black box with orange detailing that gives it a touch of luxury, class, and sophistication. 

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

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Nespresso Ethiopia 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. Ethiopia scores a 4. 

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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Ethiopia contains roughly 64mg of caffeine per serving. This is on the low end for most Nespresso capsules. 

Read our full caffeine comparison here.

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

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The Ethiopia pods each weight around 6.2 grams when new. 

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Coffee Content

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

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The Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia contains 100% Arabica coffee.Arabica coffee thats grown and harvested using traditional methods and naturally sun dried (dry processed) 

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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. 

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The Ethiopian Nespresso capsules are orange in color, and there are 10 in each box. The box is easy to open, which is good. You can close it after use and store it in your cabinets easily. Each container of 10 capsules costs $4.10 and makes 1.35oz of espresso and 3.70 oz of lungo. The company uses aluminum packaging because it is highly recyclable, meaning it is good for the environment.

If you are looking for coffee that brings excellent flavors into your home, then the Ethiopian Nespresso is a great choice. The Ethiopian Nespresso comes in a black box with orange detailing that gives it a touch of luxury, class, and sophistication. The packaging also features some beautiful graphics of workers on the coffee farms.


Coffee Origins

The coffee used in the Ethiopian Nespresso is sourced in the East African country of Ethiopia. Farmers in Ethiopia use traditional growing methods and sundry the Arabica coffee beans. Farmers use hand-turning to ensure that the coffee dries evenly, which gives it its natural flavor. An interesting fact to remember as you consider this coffee is that Ethiopia is considered the birthplace of coffee.


Key Specs

  • Roast: light
  • Flavor: orange blossom, fruity
  • Intensity: 4/13
  • Quantity: 5 grams
  • Brand:Nespresso
  • Beverages: espresso, lungo
  • Price: $0.72 per capsule



Nespresso Ethiopia has an orange blossom aroma coupled with jammy notes. These combined beautifully with its flavors to make a perfect cup of coffee.



This coffee will probably stand out for you as it stood out for us. The capsule contains 5 grams of ground roast coffee and offers a light roast to which we attribute its soft body and light intensity. It has an aromatic profile that is both exotic and familiar. The coffee has a citrusy flavor and light wine notes.

Due to the traditional production methods, this coffee combines both light fruity notes with the more exotic notes of Ethiopian coffee. It is essential to mention the citrusy taste stays with you making it very memorable. That does not mean that it has an unpleasant aftertaste, though.



The coffee has a light intensity which makes it a perfect cup for most people. In this coffee, Nespresso was looking to create a coffee that would be a crowd-pleaser and cater to their female clientele. The coffee is soft-bodied, so it is a great choice for a first-time coffee drinker. It is smooth and is excellent for any time of the day.

If you love your espressos, you may find it too citrusy, though. That said, lovers of Nespresso Indonesia will enjoy the Ethiopian flavor too. You can pair it with savoury and spicy foods and fruity breakfast dishes.


Pros of the Ethiopia:

This coffee brings a winey, aromatic flavor, perfect for social gatherings and parties in your home.


Cons of the Ethiopia:

The coffee is too citrusy for the morning for us, but if you love citrus, you will love this coffee.

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A gentle light roast, allowing many of the natural coffee flavors to be preserved.

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Medium flavor 

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Thin body 

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Strong acidity 

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Very low bitterness due to the light roast. 

Beverage Options

Ethiopia is designed to be exreacted as both an espresso and lungo (30 – 60 seconds) shot. It’s full body and intense flavor means this shot is absolutly packed with flavor. We recommend the Ethiopia is enjoyed in the following beverages:

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A double ristretto with a splash of milk. Use 2 Ethiopia capsules to pull a double ristretto (~40ml) into a latte glass. Fill to 3/4 with foamed milk to create a short latte. 

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Flat White 

Extract an espresso shot from your Ethiopia 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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Dash of Milk 

Draw a lungo pour and simply top with a ‘dash of milk’ (around 20-30ml). 

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Extract an espresso shot from your Espresso 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. 

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 Ethiopia 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.

50 Pack
50 Capsules
$0.72 Per Pod
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Master Origins Variety Pack
50 Capsules
$0.90 Per Pod
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Lungo Variety Pack
50 Capsules
$1.40 Per Pod
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If you have any questions about the Nespresso Ethiopia, 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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What range is the Ethiopia coffee pod in? 

This capsule sits in the ‘Master Origins’ range, along with the Nicaragua, India, Indonesia, and Colombia pods

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IS the coffee in the Ethiopia capsule actually from ethiopia? 

Absolutely! All capsules in the Master Origins range feature exclusively coffee from the country being featured. 

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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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Nespresso’s 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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