Review: The Best Nespresso Capsules (2020)

Nespresso Capsules OriginalLine Best Seller Variety Pack

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These capsules are really all they are cracked up to be! This variety pack provides a solid offering to delight your taste buds with 50 capsules ranging from light to dark roast espresso coffee. All of the capsules are best-sellers for Nespresso, so you know you're getting the best of the best!

The Ristretto is the darkest roast, delivering a powerful yet smooth flavor, and roasts range down to the Capriccio light roast, which is still rich and distinctive. 

All roasts can be made into 1.35oz espresso brews, while the darker roasts can also make a ristretto shot, which is little over 0.5oz. 

The capsules all have a shelf life of at least 6 months– but even after that they are still good to drink, just might not be the freshest. We love that the capsules are fully recyclable, and you can even order a free recycling bag from Nespresso.

Key Features

  • 50 Nespresso pods– 10 Roma, 10 Capriccio, 10 Livanto, 10 Arpeggio, 10 Ristretto
  • Variety of intensities
  • Aluminum capsules are fully recyclable
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine machines


  • Brand: Nespresso
  • Quantity: 50 pods


  • Wide variety of bean blend and roasts
  • Same capsules you get from Nespresso directly
  • High quality beans results in rich, smooth espresso


  • Not compatible with VertuoLine machines

Starbucks by Nespresso, Favorites Variety Pack

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If you love your 'bucks then these are the capsules for you! Enjoy the same high-quality Starbucks coffee that you know and love from the comfort of your home. This pack contains 5 Starbucks favorites including: Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast, Pike Place Roast, House Blend, Single Origin Colombia and Caffe Verona, which range in intensity from level 6 (Blonde Roast) to 10 (Caffe Verona).

Even if you have your favorite, we love the ability to try different roasts, you might just find a new go-to! 

For added convenience, on the back of each box you will find a description of the brew; flavor, intensity, and recommended brew size. The individual capsules are made from aluminum and are 100% recyclable.

Key Features

  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine machines
  • Includes 5 Starbucks favorites, 10 of each flavor
  • Aluminum capsules are 100% recyclable
  • All capsules can be brewed ristretto, espressor, or lungo brew sizes


  • Brand: Starbucks by Nespresso
  • Quantity: 50 capsules


  • Works well for larger cup amounts
  • Starbucks taste at home
  • Handy tasting notes and drink size suggestions included


  • Due to brew method, flavor not 100% as what you would receive in-store

Lavazza Espresso Capsules Compatible with Nespresso Original Machines

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Lavazza is a favorite in Italy, and four generations of the Lavazza family have dedicated over 120 years to finding the best blends of coffee beans from all over the world to provide you with an authentic coffee experience.

The Lavazza Capsules are compatible with Nespresso Original machines and are foil sealed for freshness and easy piercing. The offer a variety of roasts and and intensities, as from the Leggero (4) to Deciso (10). They also offer a decaffeinated option.

We recommend starting out with the variety pack, which offers 6 packs of 10 single serve pods, including Armonico (2 boxes), Avvolgente, Leggero, Deciso, and Decaffeinato Ricco. This way you can try all their blends and find your favorite to bulk order in the future. And even if you aren't a decaf drinker, having a few pods for when guests come over is always handy.

Key Features

  • Blended and roasted in Italy
  • 6 packs of 10 single serve Nespresso pods
  • Blends range from medium roast to dark
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine machines


  • Brand: Lavazza
  • Quantity: Pack of 60


  • More capsules per order
  • Smokey and smooth flavor
  • Variety pack comes with decaf– perfect for guests who want coffee, but not much caffeine


  • Don't fit into the machine as well as Nespresso brand capsules
  • Capsules are plastic

Nespresso Capsules OriginalLine Flavored Variety Pack

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Hot or iced, the Nespresso pods offer a variety of delicious flavored coffees for you to enjoy any way you like! This assortment will let you explore the rich and differing notes of Vanilio, Ciocattino and Carmelito, all of which have an intensity rating of 6. These barista created flavors have taken inspiration from your favorite indulgent desserts and created a rich and exceptional coffee beverage.

As the names imply, choose between a creamy and sweet vanilla blend, a rich and chocolatey blend, and a soft and caramelly blend. The flavor is subtle, which some might not enjoy, but we found it a nice note of sweetness without being overpowering or tasting artificial. 

Like the more traditional blends, the aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and a recycle bag is available for you to send in used capsules.

Key Features

  • 100% Arabica South and Central America Beans
  • 30 Nespresso pods in a variety of flavored coffees
  • Made for use with the Nespresso Original Line
  • Aluminum capsules are fully recyclable


  • Brand: Nespresso
  • Quantity: 30 capsules


  • Natural flavors, no artificial taste
  • Assortment is a good way to try new flavors
  • Subtly delicious


  • Does not come with the recycle bag

Bestpresso Coffee for Nespresso Original Machine

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Six varieties of coffee are offered with this package from Bestpresso that includes 120 capsules total. For those that love an intense brew, the included Ristretto is rated an 11, while the Intenso is a 12, providing intense flavor with plenty of body. Other offerings include Verona (10), Lungo (9), Espresso (8), and Arabica (6). The included tasting notes and recommended brew size is a nice touch. 

All blends promise no preservatives, sugar or flavorings added– so you know you are getting a natural and pure beverage.

Bestpresso cares about the environment, and all of their capsules are easily recyclable. They also proudly proclaim their devotion to providing sustainable coffee and supporting small coffee producers so that they can make a decent living out of their work.

Key Features

  • Compatible with OriginalLine Nespresso Machines
  • No preservatives, no sugar or flavoring added
  • Certified kosher by the orthodox union
  • Recyclable capsules
  • Product of Span


  • Brand: Bestpresso
  • Quantity:120 capsules


  • Includes most intense blends of list
  • Sustainable coffee in support of small coffee producers
  • Includes the most capsules per order


  • Recycling bag not included

Before purchasing, be sure to consider the following:


Nespresso has a variety of machines which are separated into their VertuoLine and OriginalLine. The shape of the capsules are different for both lines, so be sure to double check the capsules you purchase are compatible with your machine. All of the products in our review work with OriginalLine machines. 


Consider the amount of coffee in each package. If you haven't tried many of the flavors or intensities offered by the brand, you may want to order in smaller quantities to make sure you like all of the offerings. If you are open to experiment, look for a package with a wide range of coffee styles to choose from.

Flavor and Intensity

Depending on your preference, you may want a certain type of coffee drink at different times of the day. Often times people may prefer something strong and bold in the morning, but opt for something lighter or even decaf in the middle of the day or at night. Consider also if you have having a party of guests over that may have different coffee preferences.


Nespresso capsules made of aluminum are recyclable but will require you to send the used capsules to the manufacturer and will require a special bag to do so. Find out how this process works with the manufacturer before you make your purchase. There are also gadgets you can purchase separately to recycle capsules at home, which also allow you to use the discarded grounds for composting. 

Depending on your city's recycling program, plastic capsules may or may not be recyclable (once an aluminum is removed), so be sure to check with your local guidelines before purchasing.