Nespresso makes a mean coffee beverage, but they’re notorious for keeping tight-lipped when it comes to their caffeine content. The reason? Nespresso claims it’s because coffee is a “live” product, so the amount of caffeine from pod to pod can vary. But whether it’s out of pure curiosity or a genuine need to monitor caffeine intake, lots of people want to know the details of what they’re putting in their bodies. Give the people what they want!
So we’ll dive into Melozio’s caffeine content, but it depends on whether or not we’re talking about a Melozio Decaffeinato, a regular Melozio pod, or the Melozio Boost. As a decaffeinated coffee, the Melozio Decaffeinato lacks in caffeine what it makes up for in flavor. On the other hand, the latter two varieties will give you a pick-me-up when you need it, but if you’re a regular coffee drinker they shouldn’t have you feeling jittery. With low, medium, and high caffeine options, the Melozio line is kind of like the Goldilocks and the Three Bears of Nespresso capsules.
What is a Nespresso Melozio?
The beauty of Nespresso Melozio is its versatility. Those who typically take their coffee black love it for its flavorful, natural sweetness. Yet those who prefer their coffee with dairy or sweeteners find the Melozio roast can handle these additions without taking away from its nutty flavor.
All Melozio varieties have the same flavor profile, a medium-bodied, nutty, yet sweet blend with a hint of cereal notes. Nespresso rates it a 3/5 for body, 2/5 for bitterness, 3/5 for roastiness, and 1/5 for acidity. With ratings like that, it’s a pretty universally liked beverage by coffee drinkers of all preferences.
How much caffeine do Melozio beverages have?
Since Nespresso’s Melozio line has three varieties, let’s break each one down by its caffeine content.
As the name would suggest, the Melozio Deccaeinato is a decaffeinated coffee beverage. Although decaf drinks still tend to have a tiny bit of caffeine, it’s relatively negligible. While we don’t know the exact caffeine content, we do know that there is less than 12mg per serving.
As anyone who has ever had a regular Melozio could attest, it definitely has a noticeable amount of caffeine. It’s not going to have you chasing cars, but it should be enough to wake you up in the morning or get you through that afternoon slump. Your regular, run-of-the-mill Melozio has 170mg of caffeine per serving.
Next up, we’ve got my personal favorite of the three, the Melozio Boost. I don’t want to have to drink several coffees to give me the energy I need to get through the day, so the more caffeine content per serving, the better, at least for me.
The Melozio Boost doesn’t have a whole lot more caffeine than a regular Melozio, clocking in at 200mg, just 30mg more per serving. However, it’s enough of a difference to notice.
How can the same roast have different levels of caffeine?
I found myself wondering the same thing! How is it that the Melozio beverages are all meant to taste the same, but somehow have different levels of caffeine? Logically, you would think that more caffeine would mean a stronger flavor, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Interestingly enough, Nespresso has a way of extracting caffeine from one roast and infusing it into another. It’s actually this process that allows them to offer both a decaffeinated version and an extra caffeinated version of Melozio in the first place.
It all starts with regular coffee beans destined to become decaf. Before the beans are roasted, the caffeine is actually extracted, but instead of just discarding the caffeine, they reserve it.
Different coffee beans destined to become a Boost blend are steamed, which allows the caffeine to infuse into the beans on a molecular level. Isn’t science amazing?
Nespresso drinks with similar caffeine content to Melozio
If the flavor profile of Melozio isn’t your thing, but you’d like that level of caffeine in your coffee, a number of other Nespresso capsules offer the same or similar amounts of caffeine, with a variety of tasting notes to choose from.
Nespresso’s Colombia pods offer a much different flavor experience than Melozio. With 165mg of caffeine per serving, the caffeine content is almost identical to a regular Melozio pod.
Nespresso describes Colombia as “juicy” and “fruity” with notes of candied apples, berries, and wine. Two of my favorite beverages in one… it doesn’t get much better than that! You’re going to get a lot of acidity out of this blend, but it is balanced by a low amount of bitterness, roast level, and body.
As you might have guessed, this isn’t your average cup of coffee. Nespresso’s Chocolate Fudge blend is more of a treat than what you’re pouring into your mug on a daily basis, but it will match Melozio’s caffeine content, coming in at the same 170mg per serving.
It’s not difficult to imagine what the Chocolate Fudge roast tastes like. You get intense notes of dark chocolate, but overall it’s relatively smooth to drink. Nespresso rates it as a 1/5 for bitterness and acidity, and 2/5 for roast level and body.
For a bit more intensity, try Nespresso’s Stormio blend, which matches Melozio’s 170mg of caffeine, but with a much different effect on your taste buds. With notes of wood and spice, it’s unlike anything else on this list. It’s rated 8/11 for intensity and 4/5 for body, so it isn’t for the faint of heart.
Find the Melozio that’s just right
By offering a decaffeinated, regular, and extra caffeinated version, Nespresso has really hit it out of the park with the Melozio. It’s incredibly drinkable and offers tasting notes that appeal to many coffee drinkers. The best part is that no matter the time of day, you can enjoy a Melozio in the intensity of your choosing.