Nespresso Ristretto Pods are very interesting, tasty and complex and, hand on my heart – every bit as good as and as tasty as those made from a professional espresso machine. As I say this, I want to make it clear to new readers that I am not at all a fan of capsule based machines of any kind.
honesty is honesty, and the Ristretto pods by Nespresso are absolutely one the money, so to speak!.
Keep reading as we dig down and talk about Nespresso and their rather interesting Ristretto coffee pods, starting with…
Nespresso Ristretto Pods Caffeine Content
The amount of caffeine in Nespresso Ristretto 25ml (0.85 oz) pods ranges from 60 milligrams to 80 milligrams of caffeine per shot served. The Kazaar, which has a particularly strong caffeine kick and a high content of the stronger Robusta bean, has 120 milligrams of caffeine per shot served.
To compare this to their regular espresso shots of 40ml (1.35 Oz) varies from 50 milligrams to 70 milligrams of caffeine per shot served. The larger lungo 110 ml (3.7 oz) has approximately 80 milligrams of caffeine per shot. The only exception the Envivo which has 110 milligrams of caffeine per shot served.
The decaffeinated coffee is not entirely decaffeinated as there is a minimal and unnoticeable 2 mg to 4 mg per shot.
Read: Nespresso Vertuoline Third Party Capsules
Nespresso Ristretto Decaffeinato
Nespresso has a very ample range of Decaffeinated ristretto coffees. Note, as I have emphasized earlier, decaffeinated does not mean caffeine free. It means significantly reduced caffeine by up to 95%.
Nespresso Inspirazione Descaffeinato
The Nespresso Inspirazione decaffeinato was an inspiration from Nespresso’s own expert coffee roasters when they drew upon the inspiration of local coffee bars and coffee shops and crafted a sophisticated recipe that is a blend of both robusta and arabica beans from Southern India, Brazil and East Africa.
It has hints of spicy, crisp fruity notes, yet is remarkably balanced and creamy.
The caffeine content ranges from 2 to 4 milligrams, which, while not completely caffeine free, it is minimal.
Read: Flavored Nespresso pods.
Nespresso Volluto Decaffeinato
The Nespresso Volluto decaffeinato has some delightful cereal notes with hints of fruit. It is a pure blend of Colombian and Brazilian Arabica beans. The aromatic profile has been exceptionally maintained during the process of reducing the caffeine content to nearly zero.
A very light and well-rounded taste and is rather enjoyable as a short and sharp ristretto shot.
Nespresso Arpeggio Decaffeinato
This is a blend of malty Costa Rican Arabica coffee beans and other Arabica beans from Latin America. It is an intense with low acidity and full-bodied coffee with indulgent fruity notes lingering past an aromatic and rich coffee.
Rounded, rich and full-bodied, this is a coffee that you will enjoy every bit as good as a any fully caffeinated coffee.
Nespresso Ristretto Intenso
The Ristretto Intenso is a split roast containing two different types of coffee beans, Arabica and Robusta. The blend is entirely 100% Latin American with the beans coming from South America and Central America. There is beautiful bitterness hidden behind woody and peppery notes, finished with a rich, creamy texture.
It is a very compelling ristretto with a natural sweetness that comes through. Truly, it is a hats off to the highly skilled master roasters.
How Strong Is Nespresso Ristretto?
Nespresso Ristretto, be they caffeinated or decaffeinated, have a good intensity rating ranging from 8 to 10 on the intensity scale with most of them have strong roasty tasting notes with hints of nuts, fruits and chocolate – depending on which pod you are trying out.
It is fair to say that a Nespresso ristretto is strong and full of flavor.
Nespresso Ristretto Vs Espresso
Both are made with the same amount of coffee and the same grind size, the same water temperature and water pressure. The main difference is the amount of water used and thus a different coffee to water ratio and slightly different brew time.
An espresso has a coffee to water ratio of 1:1.5, that is to say 1.5x as much water as coffee while a ristretto has a coffee to water ratio of 1:1. Which means a ristretto is approximately 2/3rd of the volume of an espresso, making it a more focused, more intense shot.
It, a ristretto, is much enjoyed due to the sweeter and stronger flavor.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nespresso Ristretto Pods
Does Nespresso Make Ristretto?
Yes, Nespresso has a few options for making a ristretto as they have a few pods available than can brew a tasty ristretto. Ristretto in Italian means restricted. It is a short espresso, usually 2/3rd of the size and a 1:1 coffee to water ratio. It is less bitter and more concentrated. I like to think of it as a focused espresso. Usually it is 25 ml (0.85 oz) in size and contains less caffeine in total but more caffeine on a per ounce (or ml) basis.
What Does Ristretto Mean At Nespresso?
As a multilingual lover of life, I can tell you that Ristretto means restricted in Italian. It is a shorter, more focused espresso that is made using the same weight of coffee grounds as an espresso only with a reduced amount of water. The typical brew time is 15 to 20 seconds compared to 25 to 30 second brew time for an espresso.
What Flavour Is Nespresso Ristretto?
A ristretto, a very classic Italian coffee, has a roasty character and cocoa notes. Usually smooth, rich and with aromas that linger. The Crema on top is usually rich and thick. The exact flavor notes depend wholly on the beans and roast.
Can Vertuo Make Ristretto?
Nespresso VertuoLine, Nespresso Original Line and VertuoPlus Deluxe have a range of capsules and pods that can brew a perfect 25 ml (0.85 ounce) ristretto shot. The shots produced, as someone who loves a particularly strong ristretto, I can confirm that they make very good quality ristretto.
Is Ristretto Stronger Than Espresso?
A shot of ristretto is notably stronger and more intense in flavor than a regular espresso shot. This is due to a greater coffee to water ratio of 1:1 for a ristretto Vs a 1:1.5 for a regular espresso shot. In terms of total caffeine content, a ristretto has slightly less caffeine in total than an espresso.
Final Thoughts, Frappé-Ing It All Up, Nespresso Ristretto Pods
Nespresso Ristretto pods are full of flavor and every bit as brilliant and full flavored as what you would expect from an artisan coffee shop. The beans are often a blend of South American and either Asian or African beans. Frequently, they are “split beans” beans. They have both Arabica and robusta beans for a more enjoyable flavor.
While I, personally, am not a fan of Nespresso or Keurig K-Cups, I have to admit, even in my most stubborn mind, that the Ristretto by Nespresso is without doubt their best drink and on par with what can be produced with a home espresso machine.