Nespresso Roma 

The Roma is another crowd favorite Nespresso flavor with a bold roast and intense flavor. Its makes an excellent alternative to the Arpeggio, which is Nespressos most popular capsule.

A lovely rounded woody taste, with toasty cereal notes. Balanced body and aroma. This is an exceptionally well balanced coffee  

Crafted from a Blend of Arabicas and Robusta from Brazil, combined with some Arabica from southest Mexico to round it off.

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Nespresso Roma 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. Roma scores 8. 

Read more about Nespresso’s intensity ratings.

Nespresso Italiano Prices


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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The Green Pods Nespresso Roma Caffiene Rating


Roma is on the lower end of most Nespresso capsules with 73mg of caffeine per serving, based on the reccommended extraction method.

Read our full caffeine comparison here.

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The Nespresso Roma contains around 0.6 Kilo-Calories. 

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The pods weights 6.2 grams when new.

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Coffee Content

Each capsule contains around 5 grams of coffee

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

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Beverage Size

The Nespresso Roma is designed for either a Ristretto / Espresso shot. This means you can expect 25ml/0.85oz – 40ml/1.35oz of coffee from your capsules. 

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The Nespresso Roma contains a blend of coffees: two Robustas from Brazil and Guatemala, and a separately roasted Arabica from South America.

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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 Roma?

If you like strong, dark, and intense coffee, then the Nesspresso OriginalLine Roma is must try! 

This coffee is modelled on the coffee shops you’d find scattered through the streets of Rome, and this results in a try cultural experience. 

It is a full-bodied Ristretto / Espresso based on how you choose to extract it. It’s rich in roasted notes and much more full and round tasting that many other Nespresso options.

It has strong woody and toasty cereal notes. And a balanced body and aroma.


Big body and flavour, without too much bitterness. The Caffeine is also quite low meaning you can enjoy many. This is a great alternative for the Arpeggio.


For some people these ‘intense’ Italian coffees can come through as a bit burnt or bitter. If you prefer a more aromatic coffee then you may need to look elsewhere.

Coffee Leaves


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Roma is dark roast coffee. 

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

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

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

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This is a very low acidity coffee 

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{ is probably the most bitter coffee in the OriginaLine range. We give it a 4/5 in bitterness.

Beverage Options

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

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Extract an espresso shot from your Kazaar 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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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. 

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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. 

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Iced Coffee 

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

Bonus: Give this one a go as a double shot by using two capsules!

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Food Pairings

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

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Pasteis de nata

The beans are Brazillian so what better match than a portuguese classic. The pasteis de nata is a small puff pastry shell filled with sweet custard. 


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 Roma 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.

10 pack
10 Capsules
$0.75 Per Pod
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40 pack
100 Capsules
$0.70 Per Pod
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50 pack
50 Capsules
$0.69 Per Pod
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If you have any questions about the Nespresso Roma, 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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What is a good substitution for the Nespresso Roma?

Try the Nespresso Firenze Arpeggio for a similar (but unique) taste!

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How do I extract ristretto with my machine?

Simply start an espresso extraction like normal, but press the button again to stop the process after 15-20 seconds, or after only 20ml has been extracted. 

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Where is the cheapest place to buy ROMa?

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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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.



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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