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Nespresso Vertuoline Pods and Capsules: What’s the hype?

Nespresso machines have been well known for brewing really good coffee and having a very large variety of flavors available, but they’ve also been known to become quite expensive in the long run.

However, they brew REALLY good espresso, so for some people, the steeper price point may be justified. A friend of mine has a Nespresso machine and the beverages it brews looks like they came out of a magazine, and tastes like a cup of heaven.

The specialty of Nespresso machines, similar to Keurig machines, are the pods. The pods contain coffee grounds and flavorings and using pressure extraction, the machine brews a really nice shot or two of espresso.

That’s how it worked with the OriginalLine machines, at least.

In 2014, Nespresso released a new “technology” for brewing coffee and called it Vertuoline.

I’m not sure how they come up with the names, but I’m guessing the “vertuo” makes it sound techie, or Italian, depending on your perception!

Related: Compare VertuoLine and OriginalLine

What is Vertuoline and how does it work?

Vertuoline still uses pods, but Nespresso cites three new changes/innovations in the way it works:

1) Centrifusion technology

While most espresso machines use pressure to extract the flavor from coffee grounds, Vertuoline machines do it using a centrifuge, which means they spin the grounds very fast, up to 7000 times per minute.

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This is a neat idea, since the idea behind using pressure is applying force, and in a centrifuge, you’re also generating force.

When the machine spins the pod, the grounds/water mixture is thrown to the sides of the pod, and the continuous spinning motion keeps pushing the mixture to the side, sort of how gravity pulls you towards an object.

This is known as centrifugal force, if you’re a physics or science aficionado.

If you’ve ever gone to an amusement park and ridden in those giant centrifuge rides where you can stick to the walls, that’s how your coffee grounds probably feel!

Through this process, they manage to create a richer crema or foam on top of the espresso.

2) Automatic blend recognition

Each Nespresso Vertuoline pod has a barcode on the underside of the rim.

When you place the pod into the machine, the barcode sits on top of a reader. The reader then scans the barcode, which contain instructions for how to brew the coffee.

Instructions are probably limited to how much water to use, what temperature to use, how long to brew it, and how fast to spin. That’s pretty much it.

The beauty of coffee machines is that brewing coffee is a really simple task, but machines can be so wonderfully complex.

For some people, that’s a huge bonus, as they like gadgetry and bells and whistles.

For others, that’s a bit of a drawback, as they may be more traditionalists.

Is this really that much of an improvement?

Nespresso cites on their page:

Centrifusion technology to gently and fully extract all the aromas

Gently? Sure. Centrifugal force, at least the amount being used in this machine is probably less than the several bars of pressure used in normal espresso machines.

Fully? Maybe.

Many consumers note that Vertuoline coffees are sometimes underextracted.

I feel that the main benefit of Vertuoline is the extra crema. If you like a really creamy, frothy espresso, then sure, the Vertuoline pods are a good choice. But if you prefer more intense flavor, then you may want to try both and then see which one you like best.

The Vertuoline pods

Nespresso Vertuoline pods come in two sizes: espresso and coffee. Naturally, coffee is a slightly larger pod, since it’s a bigger serving than just a shot of espresso.

You put the pods into the machine with the dome facing downwards, so that the machine can read the barcode and brew accordingly.

Cost

Vertuoline pods are not cheap, that’s for sure!

But neither are Keurig pods, when you come to think of it.

Let’s have some fun.

Let’s do some math!

Assuming you have a cup of coffee every morning…

The cheapest latte at Starbucks is around $3, and the most expensive one runs up to $5.

If you average it out at $4, you’re spending 365 * 4 or $1460 per year on coffee

Nespresso OriginalLine pods average $0.75 to $0.85 per serving(a pack of 40 pods sells in the $30-40 range, normally).

Averaging out at $0.80, if you drank one Nespresso OriginalLine per day, you’d spend $292 per year on coffee.

The Nespresso VertuoLine pods are a little bit more expensive, averaging $0.90 to $1.25 per serving, so if you drank one Nespresso VertuoLine per day, you’d spend $402 per year on coffee.

Just for comparison sake, let’s throw in a Keurig as well.

Keurig pods average $0.35 to $0.65 per cup(not carafe or mug, this is the smallest size), so if you drank one Keurig cup every day for a year, you’d spend $219.

So from the raw numbers themselves, it’s pretty clear that it’s far more economical to use a home espresso machine.

Of course we’ve not factored in the cost of milk and electricity, but still, the point stands valid.

Even if you spent $1000 on a machine(and there are some machines that cost that much, and more), you’d still spend the same for one machine plus a years’ supply of pods as you would have by going to a Starbucks.

Reducing the cost even more

The economics of Nespresso Vertuoline are certainly favorable when compared to Starbucks.

But coffee pods do have a hidden cost which many people are concerned about: trash.

Every day, you would end up throwing out a used pod. Over the course of a year, that adds up to a lot of trash!

One way to reduce the environmental impact is by opting to use Vertuoline reusable pods.

Reusable pods are also going to end up being more cost-effective per cup, too, since you can buy coffee powder in bulk for far cheaper than individual or even sets of pods. Some people have been drinking the same brand of coffee for years, so they may wish to stick with that roast!

The only time pods would be more sensible are if there is a very specific pod flavor you like, or you like to mix it up and don’t want to have too many small bags of coffee lying around.

The downsides, however, are:

  • There’s some additional moving parts
  • You’ll have to spend some time getting everything ready vs the literal one-touch espresso with a pod
  • You’ll have to clean everything up

At this time, there is only one kind of reusable kit available for Vertuoline pods: the [easyazon_link identifier=”B01IILFCRS” locale=”US” tag=”coffeeinmyveins-20″]MyCap V-Pack[/easyazon_link]

To let you make your own Vertuoline pod, the V-Pack comes with four parts that go inside one another to form a makeshift pod.

At the bottom of the pod, you’d insert the filter, inside of which you’d put the grounds, then the foil seal, and finally the reusable cap.

Compared to the reusable pod for Keurig machines, which is simply a net filter basket, this is quite complex. But if you’re a Nespresso person, you’re a Nespresso person!

As you can imagine, you’ll require a supply of foils and filters to stay in business, so there certainly is a running cost here, but it’s still more effective than actual pods.

The kit linked to above has 20 seals and 20 filters, and then you’ll have to keep a supply of filters in stock. The filters are roughly $0.75 per foil when you buy in bulk, and the filters are $0.15.

You’ll be buying multiple packs, of course.

My-Cap Sampler - Complete Solution to Make Your Own Capsules for Nespresso VertuoLine Brewers (With Grey Plastic Cap)
  • INCLUDES: 50 foil seals, 1 reusable cap, 20 filters, 1 capsule holder, coffee scoop, cleaning brush, and instructions
  • 2 SOLUTIONS: Foils and cap with capsule holder. Try them!
  • IT WORKS: Fits all standard Nespresso VertuoLine machines, makes beautiful crema, create capsules with your favorite coffee
  • FAVORITE: Create capsules with your favorite coffee
  • DISCLAMER: Nespresso and their logos are brands registered by Société des Produits Nestlé SA. Brand names and references of machine models are made solely with the aim of indicating our products compatibility. Our products and company are not associated in any way with the above companies.

My-Cap's Cap to Reuse Capsules for Nespresso VertuoLine Brewers
  • INCLUDES: 1 reusable cap, 20 filters, and instructions
  • SOLUTION: Designed to be used immediately. This product is not designed to allow you to make capsule in advance and be stored.
  • IT WORKS: Makes beautiful crema, create capsules with your favorite coffee
  • SAFE & GREEN: 100-percent recyclable, food-safe materials, and BPA-free, reduced environmental impact
  • DISCLAIMER: Nespresso and their logos are brands registered by Société des Produits Nestlé SA. Brand names and references of machine models are made solely with the aim of indicating our products compatibility. Our products and company are not associated in any way with the above companies.

My-Cap Foils to Reuse Capsules for Nespresso VertuoLine Brewers
  • INCLUDES: 100 foil seals and instructions
  • SOLUTION: Foils allow you to make your own capsules / pods that are completely sealed
  • IT WORKS: Fits all standard Nespresso VertuoLine machines, makes beautiful crema, create capsules with your favorite coffee
  • SAFE & GREEN: 100-percent recyclable, food-safe materials, and BPA-free, reduced environmental impact
  • DISCLAIMER: Nespresso and their logos are brands registered by Société des Produits Nestlé SA. Brand names and references of machine models are made solely with the aim of indicating our products compatibility. Our products and company are not associated in any way with the above companies.

How viable is this option?

Using the reusable system certainly generates less trash, but it’s more inconvenient than the regular pods. Also, you must make sure you have all supplies in stock, since you can’t make a Nespresso Vertuoline coffee using the reusable pods unless you have a filter, foil seal, and coffee grounds. If you’re missing any one, then you’re stuck.

I personally would like to use the reusable system for everyday coffee, and have a bunch of pods I keep as backups for special treats and emergency situations where I’ve run out of filters or seals 🙂

Vertuoline flavors for coffee and espresso

Vertuoline machines have 4 different espresso blends to choose from:

Bestseller No. 1
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Best Seller Variety Pack, Medium and Dark Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 oz
  • NESPRESSO VERTUOLINE VARIETY PACK ASSORTMENT: This Nespresso coffee assortment offers 30 Nespresso Pods in a variety of 3 best-selling coffee blends for the Nespresso VertuoLine System.10 Stormio, 10 Odacio, 10 Melozio
  • INTENSITY: This assortment will let you explore the rich tastes of the following Nespresso Capsules: Stormio (Intensity 8), Odacio (Intensity 7) & Melozio (Intensity 6). It's the perfect choice to discover a distinctive range of extraordinary coffees
  • COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ : These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 oz serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )
Bestseller No. 2
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 oz
  • NESPRESSO VERTUOLINE VARIETY PACK ASSORTMENT: This Nespresso coffee assortment offers 30 Nespresso Pods in a variety of 3 best-selling coffee blends for the Nespresso VertuoLine System.10 Hazelino, 10 Caramelizio, 10 Vanizio
  • INTENSITY: This assortment will let you explore the rich tastes and differing notes of the following Nespresso Capsules: Hazelino (Intensity 6), Caramelizio (Intensity 6) & Vanizio (Intensity 6)
  • COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ: These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 oz serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )
Bestseller No. 3
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8oz
  • SMOOTH & BALANCED: This Nespresso coffee incorporates quality Brazilian Bourbon and Central American Arabicas are lightly roasted to create a rounded coffee that is smooth and perfectly balanced
  • INTENSITY 6: This Nespresso coffee blend features a soft character and balance that is achieved through the roasting process to give this coffee a rich flavor and sensuous, smooth texture all contained in easy to use Nespresso Capsules
  • MELOZIO COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ : These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 OZ serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )
Bestseller No. 4
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Intenso, Dark Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8oz
  • DEEP & DENSE: This Nespresso coffee unexpectedly thick and dense featuring a lingering aftertaste with notes of brown sugar and strongly toasted flavors incorporated into this dark roasted coffee
  • INTENSITY 9: This Nespresso coffee blend has a dense character that comes from roast splitting with a mix of Guatemalan Robusta, and bold and bitter notes while Mexican and Latin American Arabicas are roasted to enhance their notes of brown sugar
  • INTENSO COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ: These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 OZ serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )

Which one you go for is a matter of personal choice!

I prefer creamy and rich, so my choice is the Altissio.

There are a lot more varieties for coffee:

I’m a sucker for caramel notes in my coffee, as unorthodox as that may be, so you’ll probably find me sipping Caramelizio or Vanizio, the next best thing for me.

Note: The links above will take you to a search results page on Amazon where you can compare the prices for the different quantities available for each coffee/espresso. The Solelio link, for example, will bring up a variety of options for Solelio pods: tasters, a month’s supply, and so on.

Best-selling Vertuoline pods

Bestseller No. 1
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Best Seller Variety Pack, Medium and Dark Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 oz
  • NESPRESSO VERTUOLINE VARIETY PACK ASSORTMENT: This Nespresso coffee assortment offers 30 Nespresso Pods in a variety of 3 best-selling coffee blends for the Nespresso VertuoLine System.10 Stormio, 10 Odacio, 10 Melozio
  • INTENSITY: This assortment will let you explore the rich tastes of the following Nespresso Capsules: Stormio (Intensity 8), Odacio (Intensity 7) & Melozio (Intensity 6). It's the perfect choice to discover a distinctive range of extraordinary coffees
  • COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ : These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 oz serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )
Bestseller No. 2
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Flavored Variety Pack, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 oz
  • NESPRESSO VERTUOLINE VARIETY PACK ASSORTMENT: This Nespresso coffee assortment offers 30 Nespresso Pods in a variety of 3 best-selling coffee blends for the Nespresso VertuoLine System.10 Hazelino, 10 Caramelizio, 10 Vanizio
  • INTENSITY: This assortment will let you explore the rich tastes and differing notes of the following Nespresso Capsules: Hazelino (Intensity 6), Caramelizio (Intensity 6) & Vanizio (Intensity 6)
  • COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ: These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 oz serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )
Bestseller No. 3
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine , Intense Variety Pack, Dark Roast Coffee, 40 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8 oz
  • NESPRESSO VERTUOLINE VARIETY PACK ASSORTMENT: This Nespresso coffee assortment offers 40 Nespresso Pods in a variety of 4 best-selling coffee blends for the Nespresso VertuoLine System.10 Odacio, 10 Stormio, 10 Diavollitto, 10 Altissio
  • INTENSITY: This intense assortment will let you explore the rich tastes and differing notes of the following Nespresso Capsules: Odacio (Intensity 7), Stormio (Intensity 8) & Diavollitto (Intensity 11), Altissio (Intensity 9)
  • COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ COFFEE & ESPRESSO BREWS 1.35 OZ COFFEE : These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 OZ serving of coffee (and 1.35oz of traditional espresso which is perfect for a longer drinking experience)
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )
Bestseller No. 4
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Melozio, Medium Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8oz
  • SMOOTH & BALANCED: This Nespresso coffee incorporates quality Brazilian Bourbon and Central American Arabicas are lightly roasted to create a rounded coffee that is smooth and perfectly balanced
  • INTENSITY 6: This Nespresso coffee blend features a soft character and balance that is achieved through the roasting process to give this coffee a rich flavor and sensuous, smooth texture all contained in easy to use Nespresso Capsules
  • MELOZIO COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ : These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 OZ serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )
Bestseller No. 5
Nespresso Capsules VertuoLine, Odacio, Dark Roast Coffee, 30 Count Coffee Pods, Brews 7.8oz
  • BOLD & LIVELY: This Nespresso coffee is an audacious blend of fine Arabicas from Nicaragua and Ethiopia for a full-bodied coffee with cereal notes accented by a slight East African fruitiness
  • INTENSITY 7: This Nespresso coffee blend is full bodied with structure and body from Nicaraguan coffee beans and a light roast of Ethiopian Arabica coffee to reveal more delicate notes resulting in a full flavor beverage
  • ODACIO COFFEE BREWS 7.8 OZ : These Nespresso VertuoLine pods provide you with a 7.8 OZ serving of coffee which is perfect for a longer drinking experience
  • WE RECYCLE: Nespresso aluminum capsules are fully recyclable and guarantee coffee freshness - we provide different options for recycling your used aluminum coffee pods to fulfill our collective commitment to protecting the environment
  • VERTUOLINE ONLY: Nespresso Vertuo delivers you a full range of cup sizes and coffee styles from espresso to Alto XL with easy to use Nespresso pods. Enjoy hot or pour over ice. (VertuoLine Capsules are not compatible with OriginalLine machines )

Bottom line

Are Vertuoline pods really that big of a deal?

I think so – personally, the way Nespresso brews coffee certainly produces a really exquisite cup(especially if you’re using a demitasse cup where you can see the shot, crema, and foam in all of their layers and glory).

The different flavors you can sample are really good ways to experience a wide variety of coffees, and the ability to use reusable pods(makeshift as they may be) certainly lets you customize to whatever degree you wish.

At the end of the day, Nespresso machines are capable of making really exquisite drinks with the push of a button.

They’re costlier than regular drip coffee makers(those are boring) but far more economical than heading down to a coffee shop every day.

The one question you have to ask yourself at the very end is if you prefer the frothier centrifugal VertuoLine brews or the stronger OriginalLine brews.

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About Shabbir

Shabbir is the Chief Caffeine Officer at Coffee In My Veins. When he's not weighing out coffee beans for his next brew, you can find him writing about his passion: coffee.

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