Nespresso India Review

Do you enjoy drinking concentrated coffee? If so, then Nespresso India is the coffee for you. Though it was released in 2020 and is still new in the market, it is popular among those who like strong coffee. The capsule offers an intensity of 11 and has a woody and spicy flavor and a salt after-taste. 

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

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Intensity

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. India scores a 11. 

Read more about Nespresso’s intensity ratings.

Value

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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Caffeine

India contains roughly 55mg of caffeine per serving. This is in the middle of the range for Nespresso capsules. 

Read our full caffeine comparison here.

Calories

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

Weight

The India pods each weight around 6.2 grams when new. 

Coffee Content

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

Material

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

Beverage Size

The Nespresso India 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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Origin

The Nespresso India contains Robusta and Arabica coffee.late-harvest Arabica coffee beans from Colombia 

sustainability

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?

The Nespresso India capsule has 5 grams of roasted and ground coffee to make 1.35 oz cup or 3.70 oz lungo. The capsule cost $ 0.68. It comes in a rectangular box that features Greenfield and workers, and one pack has ten capsules that means that you will have to buy the pack for $0.68.

Do you enjoy drinking concentrated coffee? If so, then Nespresso India is the coffee for you. Though it was released in 2020 and is still new in the market, it is popular among those who like strong coffee. The capsule offers an intensity of 11 and has a woody and spicy flavor and a salt after-taste. Here is a look at the Nespresso India Review.

 

Coffee Origin

The Nespresso India is hand-harvested and selected mainly from Karnataka. This is a single state that is found in the southern part of India. The Arabic and the robust coffee is washed and processed to give users a great coffee taste with light chocolate notes. The roasting done on the Nespresso India is known as spit roasting. This is where one part of the beans is roasted for a short time to give a light shade, and it also helps highlight the delicate flavors in the coffee. The other part is slow-roasted for a short time to bring the dark shade and add body and intensity. It is both these blends that give the coffee an excellent taste and makes it unique.

 

Key Specs

  • Intensity: 11/13
  • Aromatic Flavor: Cocoa and dry plant notes
  • Content: 5 grams of roast and ground coffee
  • Brand: Nespresso
  • Flavor: Unflavored
  • Price per Capsule: $ 0.68
  • Beverages: Espresso 1.35 oz
  • Flavors: Smooth honey texture with sweet with cereal notes

 

The Aroma

Since it has a vigorous intensity, you should be ready to smell the wood and spicy coffee smell before you taste it. However, if you like coffee, this should not be a problem. When it comes to taste the coffee, you should be ready for the bitter taste. The Nespresso India is bitter and leaves a tangy taste behind. It is best taken when it is hot if you do not want to have the bitter taste lingering in your mouth. But if you like the bitterness of the coffee, then you can take the product when it is cold.

 

The Taste

Though Nespresso India is bitter, it is not bad to the mouth; it is only more pungent in taste compared to other coffee products. When you add milk to Nespresso India, it will give you a creamy feeling that will blend well with the bitter taste that you get. The best part is that it has a low level of acidity. For those who take coffee to be alert, this is an excellent option for the product to be concentrated and is bound to leave you alert. 

 

Pros of the India:

The product is easy to make and will make you feel alert within a short time. It has a strong and district smell and taste. The product does not have acid; therefore, you can take as much as you want without worrying about having an upset stomach.

 

Cons of the India:

It can be too bitter for those who do not like the bitterness in the coffee.

CHARACTERISTICS

5

ROAST

India is a big bold coffee with an extra dark roast. 

Flavour

Big flavor 

2.5 

AROMA

XXX 

4

body

A thick and creamy coffee – One of the biggest Nespressos 

acidity

No acidity 

5

bitterness

Plenty of bitterness, but this is needed to expertly balance out the roast 

Beverage Options

India is designed to be exreacted as a 30 – 60 seconds shot. It’s full body and intense flavor means this shot is absolutly packed with flavor. We recommend the India is enjoyed in the following beverages:

Cuppaccino 

Froth a half cup of milk and swirl to texture. Pour into a warmed round cup and then extract an espresso from your India pod on top. Serve with a dusting of chocolate or cinnamon powder. 

Iced Coffee 

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

Long Black 

In a tulip cup – extract an espresso shot from your India 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 India 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 India. This is a great morning tea coffee, so grab a bikkie or pastry and enjoy.

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SUSTAINABILITY

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. 

 

Recyclable

Yes

Biodegradable

No

Commercially Compostable

No

Biodegradable

No

HOW TO BUY

 

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Nespresso sell the India 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.

decaf variety pack
$32.99
30 Capsules
$1.10 Per Pod
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50 pack
$35.05
50 Capsules
$0.70 Per Pod
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FAQ

If you have any questions about the Nespresso India, 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!

HOW DO I EXTRACT LUNGO WITH MY MACHINE?

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. 

WHERE IS THE CHEAPEST PLACE TO BUY India?

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.

 

OUR REUSABLE ALTERNATIVES

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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