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Nespresso Bianco Doppio vs Bianco Piccolo – When To Use Each Pod

Nespresso Machines & Guides Oct 02, 2023
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Suppose you’re a Nespresso user who likes milk based coffee drinks like a latte or a cappuccino. In that case, you’ve probably come across Bianco Doppio and Bianco Piccolo, two of Nespresso’s Barista Creations pods.

In this post, I will be answering a question that often comes up when choosing one of these Nespresso pods:

Bianco Doppio vs Bianco Piccolo, what’s the difference between them? And when to choose each pod?

All info in this post, including caffeine content and grams per pod is cited from Nespresso Taiwan.

Nespresso Bianco Doppio vs Bianco Piccolo

Nespresso Bianco Doppio vs Bianco Piccolo

Both Bianco Doppio and Bianco Piccolo are part of Nespresso ‘For Milk’ Pods. These are coffee pods that have been created with milk recipes in mind. They don’t contain any milk themselves, only pure ground coffee. But the blends in Nespresso Barista Creation pods were made to bring out the natural sweetness in milk and blend nicely with the coffee.

Bianco Doppio and Bianco Piccolo differ in the blend type and serving size, making each one more suitable for different coffee recipes.

Serving Size

PodServing Size
Bianco Doppio2.7 oz Double Espresso
Bianco Piccolo1.35 oz Espresso

Bianco Doppio is a double espresso pod, so it’s larger in size and it makes 2.7 oz of coffee. While Bianco Piccolo is an espresso pod that makes 1.35 shot of espresso.

So when it comes to serving size, Bianco Doppio is the larger pod. It contains more ground coffee and yields a higher coffee volume.

Taste and Intensity

Bianco Doppio is a light roasted coffee blend that blends nicely with milk. It is very balanced in taste, so the coffee will not overpower the natural sweetness of milk.

Bianco Doppio pod contains a blend of beans from Kenya, Colombia and Nicaragua. All lightly roasted to maintain the light roast profile of this pleasant pod.

Bianco Piccolo, on the other hand, is made of a dark roast blend of coffees from China, Colombia, Brazil and Ethiopia.

The ground coffee in a Bianco Piccolo pod blends a mix of medium-dark roast and light roast coffee to give you a strong yet smooth tasting shot of espresso.

If you’re a fan of strong, dark coffees, you’ll enjoy Bianco Piccolo. But if you prefer a light and smooth cup of coffee, Bianco Doppio is the way to go.

When To Use Each Pod

bianco doppio vs bianco piccolo

When choosing between Bianco Doppio and Bianco Piccolo, keep two things in mind:

  • The serving size,
  • The intensity or strength of the pod

Ideally, Bianco Doppio being a double espresso pod, is the best for larger coffee recipes like a tall Latte (hot or cold). Bianco Piccolo is ideal for a short coffee recipe like Cappuccino, Flat white, or Cortado.

But, taking your personal taste into account, you’ll also want to choose whether you like your coffee to taste strong or balanced.

If you’re making a tall latte, but want the coffee taste to come through stronger, I would advise that you use two Bianco Piccolo pods because it is a dark roast pod that will taste stronger when blended with milk.

Can Bianco Doppio be used for a short coffee recipe, then? I don’t see a problem with that, all it. But expect the taste profile to come out slightly different. The light coffee of Bianco Doppio will taste more prominent when less milk is added, but it will keep its smoothness, for sure.

What Is Nespresso Bianco Piccolo

What Is Nespresso Bianco Piccolo

Bianco Piccolo is a Nespresso Vertuo Espresso pod and it is part of Nespresso’s Barista Creations pods.

This pod, like all Nespresso pods, does not contain milk or any type of dairy in it. It is called For Milk only because Nespresso recommends that you consume it in your milk based coffee recipes.

Serving Size

This pod is a 1.35 oz espresso pod. It’s a great base for your next cup of Cappuccino, Cortado, Flat white or basically any short coffee recipe.

Strength and Intensity

If you’re a fan of dark roast coffee, you’ll love Bianco Piccolo. It contains a blend of dark roasted coffees coming from all over: China, Colombina, Brazil and Ethiopia.

Bianco Piccolo is an overall thicker and full bodied coffee. If you like an intense tasting coffee even when blended with milk, this is the pod for you.

Caffeine Content

Although it tastes quite strong, Bianco Piccolo has a moderate amount of caffeine in it. The 1.35 oz or 40 ml shot of espresso will provide you with 75 mg of caffeine.

What Is Nespresso Bianco Doppio

What Is Nespresso Bianco Doppio

Bianco Doppio is another pod in the Nespresso Barista Creation family. This pod is the exact opposite of Bianco Piccolo: it is double the volume, it is light roast and overall a milder choice.

If you’ve been part of the Nespresso world long enough, you probably remember Bianco Leggero which was discontinued a while back and replaced with Bianco Doppio.

Serving Size

Bianco Doppio is a double espresso pod. It makes 2.7 oz oz of coffee, which is why it’s preferred as the base of larger milk coffee recipes like a Latte.

Strength and Intensity

Even though Bianco Doppio is double the serving size of Bianco Piccolo, it’s not as strong tasting as Piccolo.

Bianco Doppio is a mild, light roast coffee blend. It is surprisingly pleasant and smooth. When blended with the right milk ratio, you’ll enjoy the natural sweetness of milk and light taste of this coffee.

Caffeine Content

Bianco Doppio has 105 mg of caffeine per serving.

Since this is a double espresso pod, Bianco Doppio pod contains more ground coffee and therefore, more caffeine. This is also due to the fact that light roast coffee contains more caffeine than dark roast coffee.

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