Nespresso Genova Livanto Review

The Genova Livanto is perhaps one of the best Nespresso flavours to have flown under the radar. It’s a beautiful aromatic coffee with restraint from some of the strong roast and bitterness that most of the other Ispirazione Italiano coffee bring to the table.

Crafted from 100% Latin America Arabica coffee, Livanto has a base of Brazilian Arabica layered with high-altitude Arabicas from Central and South America.

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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. Livanto scores 6. 

Read more about Nespresso’s intensity ratings.


At roughly $0.70 USD each, they are on the low 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 that using the genuine pods.

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Livanto is one of the weakest Nespresso coffees with 64mg of caffeine per serving, based on the reccommended extraction method. This is largely due to it being entirely Arabica coffee.

Read our full caffeine comparison here.


The Nespresso Livanto contains around 0.6 Kilo-Calories. 


The pods weights 6.2 grams when new.

Coffee Content

Each Livanto capsule contains around 5 grams of ground coffee


The Nespresso Livanto capsule is made of 8081 aluminum with a food safe laquer coating. Recently all Nespresso capsules are made from at least 80% recycled metal.

Beverage Size

The Nespresso Livanto is designed for an espresso shot. This means you can expect 40ml/1.35oz of coffee from your capsules. 

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The Nespresso Livanto contains only Arabica coffee: A base of Brazilian Arabica with high-altitude Arabicas from Central and South America.


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 Livanto?

The Genova Livanto is perhaps one of the best Nespresso flavours to have flown under the radar.

It’s a beautiful aromatic coffee with restraint from some of the strong roast and bitterness that most of the other Ispirazione Italiano coffee bring to the table.

It is design to only be extracted as an espresso shot, unlike most of the other coffees in this range which can be made as a ristretto too.

It’s sweet, floral, with a big sweetness on the mouth. There’s a little acidity, while very little bitterness, making this a very approachable coffee.

Crafted from 100% Latin America Arabica coffee, Livanto has a base of Brazilian Arabica layered with high-altitude Arabicas from Central and South America.

Toasted nuts and cereal. Caramel sweetness. Highly aromatic. Balanced and rounded. An excellent coffee.

Pros of the Livanto:

If you enjoy more aromatic and flavourful coffees then this one is for you. We also love how it’s 100% Arabica beans. This means it’s a lot more like the coffee you’d expect from a cafe.

Cons of the Livanto:

It lacks a little bit of body, and could be perceived as somewhat weak (compared to the other big hitters in the Ispirazione Italiana range). Unfortunately for a pure Arabica it’s not possible to get enough coffee into such a small capsule. 




Livanto is medium roast coffee. 



This capsule is all about the roast and body, which means any flavour is somewhat trumped by bitterness.



There’s really not much to smell here. Burnt notes and a little smoke.



Weirdly enough, the { almost tastes creamy. It is thick, viscous, and full of coffee solids.



This is a very low acidity coffee 



Livanto has the lowest bitterness Isparazione range with a 3/5.

Beverage Options

Livanto is designed to be exreacted as a Espresso shot. It’s full body and intense flavor means this shot is absolutly packed with flavor. We recommend the Livanto is enjoyed in the following beverages:


Place a generous scoop of your favorite gelato in a latte glass. We like to keep things simple with real bean vanilla, but cocout works great too. Extract the espresso in a seperate shot glass, and once settled, douse over top of the icecream. Eat with a spoon. 

Machiato Ristretto

Extract a ristretto shot from your Kazaar capsule by stopping the extraction after only 20ml has been extracted. 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. 

Long Black 

In a tulip cup – extract an espresso shot from your Kazaar capsule (Don’t use the Lungo button as this will bring through bitterness). Top up with hot water. You can get hot water by running your machine without a capsule, or by boiling the kettle and letting it stand for a minute before adding it to the coffee. 

Iced Coffee 

In a tall 12oz glass, add ice cubes, milk and a teaspoon of sugar. Extract an espresso shot from your Kazaar capsule and pour over the top. Garnish with vanilla icecream, or syrup as desired. More ideas here 

Food Pairings

We’d reccommend something sweet to balance out the bitterness and bold flavours of Livanto. 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

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 Livanto in 3 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.

20 pack
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$0.70 Per Pod
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50 pack
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100 pack
100 Capsules
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If you have any questions about the Nespresso Livanto, 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!

Is the Genova Livanto and the Livanto the same thing?

Yes! These are the same capsule. The naming is shortened on some packaging for convenience. 

Where is the cheapest place to buy Livanto?

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.

What does the intensity rating go to?

Nespresso’s Intensity rating operates on a scale from 1 to 13. Why? We don’t know.

Read up on intensity ratings here.



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