How much caffeine in Nespresso capsule

How much caffeine in Nespresso capsules?

Nespresso doesn’t declare what is the caffeine content for each of their capsules. Not anymore, at least. In the past some informations could be gleaned from a few official Nespresso websites and that’s what we publish here.

Be aware that all these measurements are not exact as the temperature of water, time of brewing and water:coffee ratio can all influence the final caffeine content in your cup. Even wildly. So, assuming that each of these Nespresso capsules are brewed according to the suggested cup size, their relative caffeine content should be as such, from lower to higher:

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    • Nespresso Guide

      About 400mg of caffeine per day should be safe. “Should” here it’s important because it is not a hard limit but variable from person to person. Use the amount of caffeine in each capsule as above to calculate how many coffee you can have on a single day. Be aware that if you have a custom recipe or overextract a capsule (making a lungo for a pod that is recommended for an espresso) it will increase the amount of caffeine that ends up in your cup. By how much it’s debatable.

  • JM

    This list of caffeine quantities I find very useful because it allows us to relativize and get a sense of the caffeine quantity between the different capsules. I think that this information should be more disseminated by Nespresso.
    We managed to see this information on Nespresso / Taiwan and on this list. However when comparing them there are 3 capsules with values that are different, even though 2 of them are approximate: the Kazaar with 113mg, Roma with 63mg, but Venezia is very different, 77mg.

    • Nespresso Guide

      Hi! Unfortunately, we don’t know it yet. Nespresso rarely, if at all, publishes data about the caffeine content in their pods. Considering that Vanilla Eclair is a full Arabica blend of light/medium roast, we can guess the content of caffeine to be similar to the middle line of Nespresso. Somewhere between 65-75mg per cup seems realistic.

  • BT

    There is some information online regarding how much caffeine is in each Vertuo capsule – if it is listed this way is it fair to say that even if you extracted 2 espresso shots you would not be consuming more than the amount of caffeine listed as being in the capsule?

    • Nespresso Guide

      No. If you pull 2 shots with a single capsule, the caffeine amount will be higher than what’s listed as that number refers to the caffeine content per each capsule when brewed as advised by Nespresso (espresso/ristretto for most and lungo for some). How much higher? Hard to say. Caffeine is very water-soluble and it is one of the first elements that gets extracted when brewing coffee. Its extraction tapers off with time, so if you use 1 capsule to pull 2 espresso shot, the first shot will contain the amount listed above while the second will add a small percentage (it depends on the type of coffee mostly) that will add to the previous shot’s.

      If you use 2 capsules, you will get double the amount of caffeine. With a single one you’re mostly over-extracting the coffee and diluting it, adding very little flavor and an unknown amount of caffeine, plus lots of water. If what you’re looking for is more caffeine, more capsules has to be used to not compromise the taste of the coffee.

    • Nespresso Guide

      We don’t know for certain about the iced coffee pods for the Vertuoline but in general the Vertuo pods contain more caffeine than the Original line. Expect anywhere from 65mg and up to 165mg per capsule.

  • Jonny5

    if you look at the nespresso website for tawain, you can see the caffeine content of ispirazione venezia and ispirazione napoli are not 120mg. venezia is 77mg per 25ml, and napoli is 109 per 25ml…so not sure how these got posted as 120?

    • Nespresso Guide

      Because months ago when these capsules were released the caffeine content was 120mg for both (which, admittedly, seems weird for Ispirazione Venezia). Now I see they’ve changed. Probably an initial mistake on Nespresso’s part. Thanks for pointing out the change, we corrected the numbers in the article.

  • Kristin

    I am pregnant and just got my nespresso machine. I need to know how much caffeine is in the Vertuo capsules as I have a daily limit that’s important. Thank you!

    • Nespresso Guide

      Hi Kristin, thanks for your question. Unfortunately Nespresso doesn’t publish an official caffeine content amount for the Vertuo capsules, and there are multiple measures of them. It depends also on what size you have at hand.
      You can assume that the content will be anywhere from 65mg to 165mg per Vertuo capsule. It’s an assumption though, so please don’t base your health on these numbers. Were in you, I’d stick to known brand of coffee, where you are certain of the caffeine content, and use the Nespresso machine with the decaf capsules only, for now.

    • Nespresso Guide

      Nespresso hasn’t officially published this data for the Jamaican Blue Mountain so we don’t know for certain. Considering the single origin and how it is roasted by Nespresso, it shouldn’t me more than 80mg per cup, more probably 10-15mg less. That’s our guessing though, take it with a grain, or more, of salt.

  • Bill

    Very helpful guide – thank you for researching and posting. Visitors, please realize this is just a guide culled from various Nespresso postings over time. It will not, nor can it answer your questions with scientific accuracy. If you have a medical reason for knowing the amount of caffeine you can safely ingest, please consult a medical professional familiar with your physical state, and needs. Please read the introduction.

    • Nespresso Guide

      We’re glad you appreciate this guide and thank you for pointing out about the limited accuracy that inevitably it has. All these numbers are relative to what Nespresso sometimes published and to the specific way of brewing these capsules. A slight variation in the brewing process and these numbers aren’t accurate anymore. This is true for any type of brewing method, not just Nespresso, of course.

      As you say, please contact your medic to know precisely how much caffeine you can ingest per day before relying on these numbers. If anything, err on the side of conservativeness, not the opposite. Anybody absolutely necessitating to know the caffeine content in their coffee can ask a lab to measure it, for a price.

  • Janet Reed

    I have some plain, shiny silver original capsules that I need help identifying. There is no design, just plain with the Nespresso trademark on the seal. Thanks.

    • Nespresso Guide

      Hard to say without a picture but could they be either pods coming as a free gift with a new machine, or Yemen or Kona limited editions. Could you take a picture and post it in a comment?

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