Old vs New comparison: Livanto vs Ispirazione Genova Livanto

Old Livanto vs new Ispirazione Genova Livanto

We continue our comparison of the old vs new capsules of the Ispirazione Italiana line with the Livanto and the Ispirazione Genova Livanto.

This is not a review of either capsules. You can find the full review of old Livanto here and of the new Ispirazione Genova Livanto here. This is instead a direct comparison of the two versions, highlighting only the differences.


Both capsules have a similar, cereals/milk, aroma. Livanto is decidedly sweeter though, and a tad stronger. It permeates the air more than the aroma of Ispirazione Genova.

Body and Crema

Medium body and a not too thick crema for both. Ispirazione Genova has a more velvety mouthfeel, especially at the beginning when the crema has not dissolved yet. The crema feels like a spume, it is higher. Livanto has slightly less body, being more light/medium than medium, but the difference here is minimal.


Bigger differences between the two capsules are in the acidity. Ispirazione Genova has a harsher, less sweet kind of acidity. Much like grapefruit. It can border the sourness, at times. The old Livanto had a more milk/yogurt type of acidity, sweeter but not stronger.

Ispirazione Genova’s acidity is much more noticeable, while Livanto is dryer. The acidity in the new capsule is decidedly more to the front, right from the first sip, while in Livanto it was more in the aftertaste, and barely noticeable at high temperatures.

Taste profile

Both Livanto and Ispirazione Genova have extremely similar taste profiles. Neither has much bitterness, same intensity and both have the cereals/milk/caramel notes that constitute the backbone of the taste profile.

The more prominent acidity in Ispirazione Genova hints at the use of more washed Arabica beans, or of higher altitude (as claimed by Nespresso). Livanto is less complex, Ispirazione Genova has a more “modern” taste profile, with a brilliant acidity that accompanies the whole tasting experience.


The old Livanto and the new Ispirazione Genova don’t differ much. Only markedly in the acidity, which is a constant in the new capsule where it was only a component, and much more in the aftertaste, in the old one. Using higher altitude Arabica beans in Ispirazione Genova generated this difference.

Otherwise, both capsules are sweet, low intensity, not bitter, with cereals and milk notes, perfect for a gentle and smooth cup of coffee.

Let us know what you think of this comparison. We’re very curious to understand what every Nespresso drinker can notice in these capsules, tell us in the comments if you felt a different flavor or something else in the aroma that we didn’t.

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  • Mairéad Hurley

    Mairéad Hurley

    Much prefer Livanto Genova. Bought capsules last week and asked for Livanto Genova, only to discover I had been given ispirazione Livanto when I drank one at home. I immediately noticed the difference and thought I had bought the wrong capsules but realised the name has changed, but so has the flavour. I don’t like this version at all. Do you still sell Genova Livanto as I really have no use now for the remaining ispirazione ones I bought. It would have been nice to have been told they were different at the time of purchase. I specifically asked for Genova so the difference should have been pointed out to me. Do you do this flavour in Vertuo, and if not, what is the nearest Vertuo flavour to Genova? I don’t find your sales people very educated. When I asked for the closet flavour to Genova in the Vertuo, twice in two different outlets, each time the assistant gave me something that was near the colour of the capsule and has the same strength. They tasted nothing like Genova!! Is this how they are trained? I wanted a FLAVOUR similar to Genova and so far, no one has been able to recommend one. Could you possibly recommend a Vertuo capsule similar and also tell me where I can continue to buy Genova? Thank you. Mairéad

    • Nespresso Guide

      Nespresso Guide

      There’s no direct equivalent to Genova for the Vertuo line. Both the old and the new Genova. Everything you will try will be at most similar but never exactly like Genova, I am afraid.

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