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How Much Coffee Is Inside a Nespresso Pod

Nespresso Guides, Coffee Pods Sep 26, 2023

You might be wondering how much coffee each Nespresso capsule holds. The answer to this question will depend on which pod we are talking about.

    Nespresso pods can contain anywhere between 5 to 17 grams of coffee in each pod.

    Amount Of Coffee Inside a Vertuo Pod

    How Much Coffee Is in a Nespresso Vertuo Pod

    If you are using a Vertuo machine, then you have a variety of pod sizes to choose from. Here’s how much coffee is in each Vertuo pod by size

    Pod TypeGrams of CoffeeCoffee Volume
    Espresso5 grams to 7 grams1.35 oz
    Double Espresso 10 grams2.7 oz
    Gran Lungo10 grams5 oz
    Coffee12.5 grams7.7 oz
    XL Coffee (Alto) (nespresso 12 oz pods)17 grams12 oz
    Carafe17 grams18 oz

    As you’d expect, the smallest Vertuo pod, espresso, has the lowest coffee ground content at 5 to 7 grams per pod.

    Double espresso and gran lungo pods contain the same grams of coffee grounds, here’s why…

    How Much Coffee Is Inside a Nespresso Pod

    The Double Espresso and Gran Lungo pods contain a similar amount of coffee grounds, which is 10 grams.

    A Double Espresso pod produces 2.7 oz coffee, whereas a Gran Lungo pod produces 5 oz. Despite the difference in volume, both contain an equal amount of coffee grounds per pod.

    This deliberate choice comes from the intention to make the Gran Lungo a lighter and more extended version of a Double Espresso.

    With a double espresso, you’ll get a concentrated short cup of coffee, but for a Gran Lungo, you’ll get a milder and smoother cup using the same amount of coffee grounds but with added water volume.

    Alto Coffee and Carafe pods also contain the same grams of coffee grounds

    Surprisingly, Nespresso Carafe and XL Coffee Alto pods contain the same coffee ground content despite one making a larger serving size than the other.

    Nespresso compensates for this by using different stronger blends for the Carafe pods so the brew doesn’t taste light even though it is extracted using more water.

    Amount of Coffee Inside Nespresso Original Pods

    How Much Coffee Is In a Nespresso Original Pod

    If you use a Nespresso OriginalLine machine (Inissia, Citiz, Lattissima, Pixie, Creatista…) then we are looking at two sizes of pods only:

    Pod TypeGrams of CoffeeCoffee Volume
    Espresso 5 to 6 grams1.35 oz
    Lungo5 to 7 grams3.7 oz

    Nespresso Original machines are Espresso machines only, they’re not designed to brew a large cup of coffee like a Vertuo coffee machine.

    These machines make two serving sizes: Espresso and Lungo.

    Both of these coffee sizes use the same amount of coffee grounds and, therefore, the same size of coffee pod. Why is that? To understand, let me explain the difference between an espresso and a lungo.

    Espresso and Lungo pods contain a similar amount of coffee grounds despite the volume difference

    An espresso shot is a concentrated 1.37 oz of coffee that can be enjoyed on its own or as the base of many coffee drinks like a Latte or a Cappuccino.

    A Lungo is a milder version of an Espresso. It’s practically a shot of espresso but it brews longer allowing more water to go through the shot.

    This is why the espresso and lungo pods contain the same amount of coffee grounds. a Lungo is supposed to taste like a lighter version of an espresso. If you use more coffee grounds, that will defeat the purpose.

    So you use the same espresso pod but run more water through it to get a lungo shot.

    How To Read Nespresso Pod Weight on the Package

    Nespresso’s website or even packages are not the most informative when it comes to clarifying how many grams of coffee are in a Nespresso capsule.

    So how can you confirm the weight in grams per capsule, or how much coffee a pod contains?

    How Much Coffee Is Inside a Nespresso Pod

    You can simply do so by reading the Net Weight on the package.

    If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that the Net Weight of the Lavazza capsule package (bottom right) is 55 g. That is the net weight for 10 capsules. This means, divided by 10, you get 5.5 g for each capsule.

    nespresso vertuo pod weight

    Here’s another example of a Nespresso Vertuo double espresso pods package. The Net weight of the package is 95 grams for 10 pods. Which means, the weight is 9.6 grams per pod.

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