Nespresso Palermo Kazaar

The Palermo Kazaar has become an iconic nespresso flavour attracting an almost cult like following for it’s punchy taste and big caffeine hit. 

Crafted from a blend of two Robustas from Brazil and Guatemala, and a separately roasted Arabica from South America – Kazaar has the best of both worlds with flavour, and strength. 

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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. Kazaar scores 11. 

Read more about Nespresso’s intensity ratings.


At roughly $0.72 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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Kazaar is by far the highest caffeine Nespresso OriginalLine offering. Coming in at 142mg per espresso shot, they have more than twice that of other similar Nespresso capsules.

Read our full caffeine comparison here.


The Nespresso Kazaar contains around 0.6 Kilo-Calories. 


The pods weight 5.5grams when new.

Coffee Content

Each capsule contains around 4.5grams of coffee


The Nespresso Kazaar 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 Kazaar is designed for either a ristretto or espresso shot. This means you can expect 20-40ml of coffee from your capsules. 

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The Nespresso Kazaar contains a blend of coffees: two Robustas from Brazil and Guatemala, and a separately roasted Arabica from 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 kazaar?

The Nesspresso OriginalLine Palermo Kazaar is a punch-in-the-face flavor hit. 

It is a full-bodied espresso or ristretto 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.

There is an extreme bitterness and notes of pepper that are balanced by a dense and creamy texture. 


We LOVE this capsule. It has the highest caffeine content of any Nespresso capsules, and it’s sits in on of the cheaper product ranges, with a price of only 72c per capsules – That’s a great bang for your buck!


It does come though as a bit too bitter for our tastes. This of course is highly subjective, and some people love the bitterness but for me it borders on a little unpleasant. This can be minimised by opting to extract a ristretto to leave some of the tannins behind. 




Kazaar is dark 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 Kazaar almost tastes creamy. It is thick, viscous, and full of coffee solids.



This is a very low acidity coffee 



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

Beverage Options

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


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.

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 Kazaar. This is a great morning tea coffee, so grab a bikkie or pastry and enjoy.

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

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 Kazaar 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
40 Capsules
$0.72 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 Kazaar, 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 palermo kazaar and the kazaar the same thing?

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

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. 

Where is the cheapest place to buy kazaar?

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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