What Is Nespresso

Nespresso is a way of making single-serve coffee drinks quickly and efficiently. It involves using a Nespresso machine that uses pods to brew coffee. Because the pods are small, easy to use, and come in an assortment of flavors, these machines allow the consumer to brew a variety of exciting coffee drinks. It’s a great little system, but it’s not for everyone, so we decided to find out the pros and cons of the product, so all of our readers can determine if it’s right for them or not.

Who Makes Nespresso Machines?

Nespresso is a trademarked name owned by the Nestle Group, but the machines are manufactured by a wide range of different manufacturers. For example, there’s the De’Longhi Nespresso machine, the Innissia Espresso machine, and machines made by Philips. It’s more apt to say that Nespresso is a particular process and not just a type of machine. To see what we mean, let’s take a closer look at them.

How Do Nespresso Machines Work?

Nespresso machines are filled with water and then the person inserts a special coffee pod that’s manufactured to work with the Nespresso process. Some machines are capable of reading the barcode on the pod, which allows the machine to brew according to the pod’s instructions, and on other machines, the consumer has to set the machine themselves. Either way, the machine pierces the foil top of the capsule and then the brewing process begins.

The Different Types of Nespresso Capsules

At the time that we wrote this guide, Nespresso had 16 different varieties of coffee capsules for consumers to choose from. These 16-types of capsules can be broken down into Espressos, Pure Origin, Lungos, and Decaffeinato capsules. Let’s examine each one briefly to get a sense of what each of the capsules provides the coffee drinker.

Espresso Capsules

These are the designed to pull single shots of espresso, and as a result, are good for making short coffees. These capsules come in a variety of different flavors and strengths. There are seven different types of these capsules and they include the following espresso sub-types:

  • Ristretto
  • Arpeggio
  • Roma
  • Livanto
  • Capriccio
  • Volluto
  • Cosi

Pure Origin

These capsules can be traced to a single place of origin. There are three different Pure Origin types and these include the following capsules:

  • Indriya
  • Dulsano
  • Rosabaya


Longos are basically double-shot espressos, or as some people may call them, a longer or taller coffee. These capsules come in three different types including the following:

  • Linizio Lungo
  • Vivalto Lungo
  • Fortissio Lungo


These capsules are designed to be 99.99% decaffeinated and to be available in a variety of different styles. Below are the main types of decaffeinato coffee available.

  • Decaffeinato Intenso
  • Decaffeinato
  • Decaffeinato Lungo

The above four types of Nespresso pods incorporate all of the flavors and roasts that are provided by this brand. These four categories represent both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinks and roasts that range from medium all the way to dark roast. And because this system is easy to use, just about anyone can enjoy a tasty Nespresso coffee.