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Why Regular Nespresso Pods Won’t Work in Vertuo Machines

No, you cannot use regular (or original) Nespresso pods in Vertuoline machines. You also can’t use Vertuo pods in Original machines. The capsule shapes are significantly different. Vertuo espresso and Vertuo coffee capsules are larger and more rounded and dome shaped; an Original espresso pod would not fit into a Vertuo machine. In addition, the Vertuoline utilize a unique barcode printed on the pods to ensure that each espresso and coffee flavor is brewed to perfection. Original line capsules do not have any barcodes. The Vertuoline won’t brew any pod without a barcode.

Nespresso original pod shape vs vertuo pod shape
Nespresso Vertuo and Original machines use different types of capsules that are not interchangeable.

So unfortunately, you cannot use Nespresso Original pods in Vertuo machines. So what pods does Nespresso Vertuo use? You’ll have to buy espresso capsules designed for the Vertuoline. Fortunately, there are many great espresso pods to choose from. Check out our Vertuo espresso buying guide below to find your new favorite.

Vertuo pod barcode
Vertuo pod barcode

Best Espresso Pods for Nespresso Vertuoline Machines

Single Espresso Capsules

Diavolitto

Diavolito pods

If you are seeking a latte with more caffeine, then Diavolitto should be your pick. It packs 150 mg of caffeine per pod, which is more than other Vertuo espresso pods. Diavolitto the most intense and powerful espresso pod available for the Nespresso Vertuoline. It has a smooth and creamy texture with oak wood and leather notes. This espresso is made from a blend of Central and South American beans. The intensity level is 11 out of 13. If you like Palermo Kazaar, Ristretto or India Original capsules, you’ll like Diavolitto.

Altissio

Altissio pods

Altissio is a good choice for you if you like a latte with a strong espresso taste. It is full-bodied and creamy. Altissio features a thick crema and a bold taste with cereal flavor notes. It is made from coffee beans from Costa Rica and South America. The intensity level is 9 out of 13. If you like Firenze, Roma or Ristretto Original pods, then you’ll like Altissio.

Diavolitto and Altissio Variety Pack

Diavolitto and Altissio pods variety pack for vertuoline machines

If both of those more intense espresso Vertuoline pods sound good to you, then you may enjoy a variety pack that has both flavors.

Voltesso

Voltesso pods

If you are looking for a light and sweet espresso for a latte, then Voltesso is a great choice. Voltesso is a light roast and mild espresso. It has a balanced and round profile with a sweet aroma and biscuit notes. That’s because of its blend of South American coffee beans. The milk used to prepare the latte will make this drink even smoother than it is when drinking it black. The intensity level is 4 out of 13. If you enjoy low intensity Original capsules like Volluto or Genova, then you’ll like Voltesso.

Decaffeinato Intenso

Decaffeinato Intenso pods for vertuoline machines

This decaf espresso Vertuo pod is a great pick for a latte later in the day or in the evening. It has a dense body for a thicker feel. It has a mix of cocoa and fruity notes because it is a blend of beans from Asia and South America. The milk used in a latte will bring out a sweet taste and creamy texture. The intensity level is 7 out of 13. One pod will have 12 mg of caffeine or less.

Starbucks Dark Roast Espresso Pods

starbucks dark roast espresso pods

Starbucks work directly with Nespresso to make compatible capsules for the Vertuoline that work perfectly every time. This dark roast espresso is bold and flavorful, with roasted caramelized sugar notes. It is a blend of coffee beans from Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. Starbucks dark roast espresso pairs perfectly with steamed milk. The intensity level is 11 out of 13. If you like Palermo Kazaar, Ristretto or India Original capsules, you’ll like this Starbucks Dark Roast espresso.

Starbucks Blonde Roast Espresso Pods

starbucks blonde roast espresso pods

Starbucks work directly with Nespresso to make compatible capsules for the Vertuoline that work perfectly every time. The blonde roast has a mellow and approachable flavor. You’ll experience a soft, balanced espresso taste with sweet, vibrant notes. It is made with a blend of coffee beans from Latin America. The intensity level is 6 out of 13. If you enjoy low intensity Original capsules like Volluto or Genova, then you’ll like this Starbucks Blonde Roast espresso.

Starbucks Dark Roast and Blonde Roast Variety Pack

starbucks dark and blonde roast espresso pods variety pack for vertuoline machines

If both Starbucks espresso roasts for the Nespresso Vertuoline sound good to you, then check out this variety pack so you can mix it up every now and then.

Double Espresso Pods

As the name implies, double espresso pods make twice as much espresso as single pods. That makes Nespresso Vertuo double espresso capsules perfect for when you want a larger drink.

Double Espresso Chiaro

Double Espresso Chiaro pods

Chiaro is dense, wild and indulgent. It is an intensely roasted blend of beans from South and Central America. As a result, it has a unique range of earthy and woody notes. When you prepare a latte with Chiaro, then the drink will have a creamy texture with blonde caramel notes. The intensity level is 6 out of 13. If you enjoy medium intensity Original pods like Genova or Colombia, then you’ll like Chiaro.

Double Espresso Scuro

Double Espresso Scuro pods for vertuoline machines

Scuro is a double espresso that is dark and bold. It has a dark and smoky profile because it is a highly roasted blend of coffee beans from South America. When brewed, you’ll notice notes of cocoa and vanilla. When you use Scuro to make a latte, the milk makes those cocoa notes get even stronger. The intensity level is 8 out of 13. If you like Firenze, Roma or Ristretto Original pods, then you’ll like Scuro.

Looking for more of the best Vertuoline pods for your new machine, including coffee and gran lungo capsules? Check out our guide to the most popular Vertuo pod flavors.

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