Nespresso Vertuoline Third Party Capsules - The Sweetest Nespresso Vertuo Pods

Nespresso Vertuoline Third Party Capsules – The Sweetest Nespresso Vertuo Pods

Last updated on October 25th, 2023 at 14:50

In this article we talk about Nespresso Vertuoline third party capsules. Currently, there are no third party manufacturers or makers of vertuoline capsules by other companies.

Their Vertuoline is protected by patent laws and cannot be copied or made by other manufacturers.

This means that only Nespresso can make capsules for a Vertuoline.

That got us thinking about a question we were asked by a regular reader – The Sweetest Nespresso Vertuo Pods. 

To be clear on that matter, sugar or artificial sweeteners are not added to the capsules, but sugar is in the coffee naturally. How sweet they taste will depend on the beans and the roast level.

Sweetest Nespresso Vertuo Pods Our Top 5 Picks!

To be clear, there are no Nespresso Vertuo pods that contain sugar. Sugar is something that you can add by choice. Coffee, however, has a certain sugar content which is released by the roasting process.

The following Nespresso Vertuo Pods are what I found to be the sweetest tasting without adding sugar or any artificial sweetener.

Nespresso Vertuoline Third Party Capsules
Nespresso Vertuoline Third Party Capsules

Read: Nespresso Original Capsules

#1 Special Reserve Blue Mountain – The Best Tasting Sweet Nespresso Vertuo Pod.

Intensity rating: 7.

Roast: Omni Roast, Medium-Dark and Dark Roast.

Type of coffee: 100% Arabica.

Caffeine Content: Medium 65 milligrams.

Aromatic Notes:  Woody, Spicy, Intense.

Sizes: Espresso 1.35 Oz (40ml).

This is a limited edition and has a deep intensity with spicy, woody notes yet curiously smooth. If you see Jamaican Blue reserve available, grab a sleeve as it will be worth your time and effort as this coffee is rather enjoyable and, well, limited availability.

Nespresso Blue Mountain
Nespresso Blue Mountain

Read: Nespresso ristretto pods.

#2 Hawaii Kona – The Runner Up.

Intensity rating: 7.

Roast: Medium-Dark.

Type of coffee: 100% Arabica.

Caffeine Content: Medium 65 milligrams.

Aromatic Notes:  Complex, fruity, earthy.

Sizes: Espresso 1.35 Oz (40ml).

Hawaii Kona coffee is one of the best known high quality coffees with a sweet, earthy and lingering fruity aftertaste. It is one of the better, higher quality volcanic coffees.

Hawaii Kona
Hawaii Kona Capsules

#3 Melozio Boost

Intensity rating: 6.

Roast: Medium-Dark.

Type of coffee: 100% Arabica.

Caffeine Content: Medium 75 milligrams.

Aromatic Notes:  Bourbon, cereal, sweet and toasted.

Sizes: 8 Ounces, 240 ml.

This is an excellent blend of coffees from Central America and South America. At first sip you are hit with a toasty, earthy and sweet taste. The aftertaste is very smooth and makes it a very pleasurable coffee to drink daily.

Melozio Boost
Melozio Boost

#4 Aflorazio – Best Light Roast.

Intensity rating: 4.

Roast: Light Roast.

Type of coffee: 100% Arabica.

Caffeine Content: Medium 70 milligrams.

Aromatic Notes:  Blueberry, musky and earthy.

Sizes: 5 Ounces, 150 ml.

This is a very aromatic coffee where the coffee roasters really show their talent. The Alforazio is a very refined and delicate blend of naturally processed and unwashed Ethiopian Arabica beans. It is earthy, musky and with fresh tones of blueberry and only an undertone of bitterness.


#5 Fortado

Intensity rating: 8

Roast: Medium-Roast.

Type of Coffee: Robusta and Arabica blend.

Caffeine Content: Medium 65 milligrams.

Aromatic Notes: Cocoa, oak wood with deep tones.

Sizes: 5 Ounces, 150 ml.

This is a very well-thought-out blend of Indian Robusta beans and Latin American Arabica beans. Expect a full-bodied flavor with hints of sweetness of cocoa. It has subtle tones of oak wood and is slightly bitter.


Can You Make A Latte With A Nespresso Vertuo?

Yes, it is easy to make your own latte with a Nespresso Vertuo machine. You can use the double espresso that you enjoy the most to make a great tasting latte.

Which Vertuo Pod Is Best For A Latte?

The Diavoletto is the best Vertuo pod for making a latte. This Vertuo pod is as close to a coffee shop espresso shot as you will find and thus makes it a perfect base for the many milk-based espresso drinks like a latte, cortado, macchiato, mocha flat white, cappuccino and many more.

Do You Add Milk To Nespresso Vertuo?

It is entirely your choice. You can add either hot or cold milk to your Nespresso vertuo coffees. You can use your French press or a milk steamer to make frothy milk to add to your Nespresso coffee.

Does The Nespresso Vertuo Make Iced Coffee?


there are a few capsules that you can use to make a great tasting iced coffee. Rather than pouring over ice and enjoying it, put it into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for a minute or two and then pour over ice.

Your coffee will be colder and will not be watered down by melting ice.

Frequently Asked Questions About Nespresso Vertuoline Third Party Capsules

Can You Use Third-Party Pods In Nespresso Vertuo?

The VertuoLine is a proprietary design and is protected by laws regarding patents. This means that, unlike Nespresso Pods, third party manufacturers are not legally permitted to design similar style of pods, meaning it is (currently) not possible for third-party pods to be used in a Nespresso VertuoLine machine. This, of course, may change in the future if Nespresso permits or issues a license to do so.

Can Nespresso Vertuo Use Other Pods?

No, Vertuo pods are of a completely different size and shape from other coffee pods, like K-Cups and Nespresso Original pods. Unfortunately, the coffee pods are not interchangeable. It is very unfortunate that Nespresso Pods will not fit in a Nespresso Vertuo machine and vice verse.

Do Starbucks Pods Work In Nespresso Vertuo

Starbucks by Nespresso are developed with Nespresso to work perfectly in their Vertuo System. The pods are of the quality and standard that you would expect from Starbucks and are fully recyclable.

Can You Use Regular Nespresso Pods In VertuoLine?

No, you cannot use regular or original Nespresso Pods in Nespresso Vertuoline machines. The shapes and sizes of the pods are completely different. Nespresso Vertuoline machines are rounded and have a barcode on them that tells the coffee machine how to brew that exact pod.

Can You Use Other Pods In Nespresso VertuoLine?

No, you can only use vertuoline coffee capsules in your Nespresso Vertuoline single serve coffee maker. You can’t use the original Nespresso coffee pods in your Vertuoline machine.

Unfortunately due to there being no third-party options, the variety of your coffee options is limited.

Does Anyone Else Make Vertuo Capsules?

No, Vertuo coffee capsules are only made by Nespresso. They have some tie-in deals with well known brands like Starbucks to make a wide range of Starbucks capsules, these are made by Nespresso under license.

Why Can You Only Buy Vertuo Pods From Nespresso?

The reason why Vertuo capsules are only made by Nespresso is due to the special custom barcode along the edge of the machine, which must be recognized and read by the machine.

The bar code provides the information for fully customized brewing for each individual capsule.

Are Vertuo Pods More Expensive?

Yes, vertuo coffee capsules are a little more expensive when compared to their Original coffee pods and Keurig K Cups.

Frappé-ing It All Up – Nespresso Vertuoline Third Party Capsules.

Unfortunately, there are no Nespresso vertuoline third party capsules available just now – this seems to be, in my opinion, a weakness by Nespresso where you must buy the capsules from them. Keurig K Cups are much better in this aspect where they allow any company to make their own coffee pods.

Personally, I find it a little odd as the Nespresso Originaline has many great third party coffee pods.

Come on Nespresso – get with it!

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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