I finally found the best Nespresso Vertuo coffee Pods. Of course everyone has different preferences when it comes to coffee, but here are a few of my favorite Nespresso Vertuo pods.
There are many different types of Nespresso machines and Nespresso Pods. If you want to know more about the machine I have, the Nespresso Vertuo, check out my blog post here.
In that blog post, I talk about my favorite Nespresso pod, the Double Chiaro. To this day, the Double Chiaro is still my absolute favorite Nespresso pod. It’s creates a balanced, yet strong cup of coffee that is perfect either hot or cold.
Since then, I’ve purchased and tried other Nespresso Vertuo pods to see if I could find another favorite. Spoiler alert…I did! 🙂 Before I tell you about my new favorite Nespresso pod, let’s go over a few pods that didn’t quite make the cut.
Unflavored 7.77 oz Nespresso Pods
I love espresso shots, but I really wanted to try Nespresso’s larger coffee pods to see how they compared to a normal cup of brewed coffee. Would they taste any better than my cheaply made coffee from my Mr. Coffee maker?
I purchased a few coffee pods that aren’t necessarily promoted as being flavored: Odacio and Melozio. According to Nespresso’s website, Odacio is bold and lively with roasted, cereal aromatic notes while the Melozio is smooth and balanced with biscuity, cereal aromatic notes.
After trying both pods, I didn’t really notice a huge difference between the two. Even with creamer, these larger Nespresso Vertuo pods were bland and didn’t pack as much of a punch as the espresso pods.
If you do decide to purchase a larger pod, I would go with the unflavored pods because they’re more customizable.
Flavored 7.77 oz Nespresso Pods
I don’t recommend purchasing the larger flavored Nespresso pods unless you’re drinking black coffee. The flavors are so strong and overpowering, especially when combined with flavored coffee creamer.
I’ve tried multiple flavored pods, but most recently I tried the Vanilla Custard Pie and Caramel Cookie pods from Nespresso. I’m glad they came free with my order, because I don’t plan on ever purchasing them in the future.
I’m someone who likes adding my own creamer so I can control the sweetness in my coffee. Unfortunately the flavored creamer I normally purchase, combined with the flavored pods, created a coffee that was just too overpowering. Also, because the flavors are so strong, it doesn’t leave you much room for drink customization.
The Best Iced Nespresso Pod
For my most recent Nespresso purchase, I decided to try one of their iced coffee pods. I’ve seen these pods advertised on their website in the past, but was hesitant to try it.
Whenever I make iced coffee, I make my espresso shot first and let it cool down before pouring it over ice. This prevents all of my ice from melting.
I genuinely thought Nespresso’s iced coffee pod would create a bad cup of coffee. I was wrong! I don’t know if the barcode tells the machine to use less heat. Regardless, it surprisingly didn’t melt my ice.
I ended up using the Iced Leggero pod for my little experiment. This pod is now my second favorite Nespresso coffee pod! Click here to purchase the Iced Leggero pod.
The Best Nespresso Vertuo Pods
In my honest opinion, the best Nespresso Vertuo pods are the Double Chiaro and Iced Leggero. Both of these coffee pods produce a strong and smooth cup of coffee. They do not have a burnt, bitter, or sour after taste like some other brands.
If I were you, I would use the Double Chiaro for hot coffee and the Iced Leggero for iced coffee. Both pods are similar, but different enough to purchase them both. The Double Chiaro is a little stronger than the Iced Leggero, which is why I like having the Iced Leggero for a more subtle caffeine fix.
Also, because these pods aren’t overly flavored, they can be used to create more customized drinks.
Checkout my Nespresso Vertuo Iced Coffee Recipe
- Double Espresso Chiaro pod
- 1 cup of milk or milk alternative
- 1 cup of ice
- Turn on the Nespresso Vertuo by pressing the power button
- Insert your Nespresso pod
- Close and lock the lid
- Place a cup under the spout and press the power button
- Add milk/creamer to the Max Line of your Aeroccino. Press and hold the power button until it turns blue.
- Pour the frothed milk into your shot of espresso to cool it down
- Add your milk and espresso mixture to a large cup filled with ice
- Add a reusable straw and ENJOY!
**You can use any type of milk alternative in this recipe: oat milk, almond milk, cashew milk, lactose free milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc.**
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There are many ways to make a good cup of coffee. If you have the Nespresso Vertuo machine and want to narrow down your options when it comes to picking a pod, try the Double Chiaro and Iced Leggero.