How much caffeine does Nespresso Bianco Leggero have?

Nespresso has some of the most versatile capsule flavors out there. No matter your preference, there’s a Nespresso pod to match the flavor profile you’re in the mood for. But with all of those drink options–and many with names that are unique to Nespresso–you might not actually be aware of what exactly you’re drinking. If it tastes good, who cares, right?

But have you ever found yourself wondering how much caffeine is in your favorite Nespresso capsule? It isn’t necessarily clear based on their packaging what the caffeine content is, so how’s someone to know just how strong their Nespresso Bianco Leggero is? Lucky for you, I’ve pored over all the resources out there to find the answer to this, and other burning Nespresso questions.

What is a Nespresso Bianco Leggero? 

Nespresso makes a damn good drink, so I’ve been known to purchase capsules from time to time without actually knowing too much about what it’s supposed to taste like. If you’re anything like me, you might find yourself enjoying a good Bianco Leggero and wondering what it is you’re actually drinking. It’s not like you’ll see a drink with that name on the menu of your local coffee shop, so what is this mysterious drink?

Nespresso introduced the Bianco Leggero in 2019 as part of its “Barista Creations” line of beverages. It was one of two capsules created for the Vertuo range, alongside the Bianco Forte, among a total of five created altogether. It combines the Italian words for “white” and “light,” which should give you a hint as to the caffeine content of this beverage, but more on that later…

Since the “Barista Creations” line was created specifically to make beverages meant to be combined with milk, the Bianco Leggero tastes of caramel and biscuits once it’s added. After six years of development, Nespresso landed on a roast of Arabica beans from Indonesia and Kenya to create the Bianco Leggero.

For a bit more of an idea as to what to expect from each drink, Nespresso grades its beverages’ flavor profiles off of three characteristics: bitterness, roast level, and body. Here’s how the Bianco Leggero scores:

  • Bitterness 1/5
  • Roast level: 1/5
  • Body: 2/5

How much caffeine is in a Nespresso Bianco Leggero?

Now, for the moment of truth. Nespresso doesn’t like to provide specific caffeine information for their pods, stating instead that coffee is a “live” product, so caffeine content can vary.

Interestingly enough, one astute Nespresso drinker was able to find the caffeine content listed out for each capsule on Nespresso’s Taiwan website. Not all Nespresso flavors are available in Taiwan, but luckily for us, the Bianco Leggero was included on this list!

According to this information, the Bianco Leggero clocks in at 140mg of caffeine per serving. Compared to your average cup of coffee, which lands around 95mg of caffeine, the Bianco Leggero delivers a good amount of caffeine in one serving. But compared to other Nespresso beverages on the list, it falls in the mid-range.

The capsules with the smallest amount of caffeine are decaf, which have no more than 12mg per serving. Topping off the list are the Intenso XL and Dolce XL, packing in 228-350mg of caffeine in one brew.

Which Nespresso beverages have similar caffeine content?

Bianco Forte

Bianco Leggero’s “Barista Creations” counterpart, Bianco Forte, boasts a comparable amount of caffeine with 160mg per serving. Its flavor profile is quite the opposite of the Bianco Leggero, however. Nespresso rates it 4/5 for bitterness and 5/5 for roast level, making it a much stronger-tasting cup of coffee with notes of cereal and chocolate… yum!

Costa Rica

The Costa Rica blend matches the Bianco Leggero’s caffeine level at 140mg per serving but goes through a much different process before being capsulized. Nespresso creates the Costa Rica pods by fermenting the roast in hot spring water, which produces a nutty and malty beverage.


Nespresso’s Dolce is a double espresso with 133mg of caffeine that falls under middle-of-the-road ratings for bitterness, roast level, and body. Its flavor profile is reminiscent of both the Bianco Forte and the Costa Rica, with nutty, malty, and cereal notes.

Il Caffé

Last but not least, the Il Caffé blend, with 152mg of caffeine, matches the jolt you would get from a Bianco Leggero, but with a much different drinking experience. The Il Caffé appears to be their pride and joy… what they consider, “the complete Italian coffee experience.”

Nespresso’s intensity scale rates it at an 11/11. Not sure why the rating scale isn’t out of 10, but I digress. So if you’re looking for that quintessential Italian espresso experience, give Il Caffé a try if you haven’t already!

Is the Bianco Leggero being discontinued?

What I found next was interesting and a bit perplexing. On the product page on Nespresso’s default website in the United States, it states that the Bianco Leggero will be replaced “soon” with a sweeter beverage called the Bianco Doppio.

However, the product page on the Canada Nespresso website makes no mention of this. Could this mean that the Bianco Leggero will still be available in Canada, but not in the United States? I suppose only time will tell!

A sweet, yet average espresso

Although it appears we may be bidding the Bianco Leggero adieu, we can enjoy it for the remainder of the time we have with it. With its mere 140mg of caffeine, maybe it’s just too average of a coffee beverage to make enough of a splash to keep around.

We will see how the Bianco Doppio stacks up. If their naming conventions have told us anything in the past, “doppio” means “double” in Italian, so perhaps we can expect this to be a double espresso.

So for all the Nespresso Bianco Leggero lovers out there, enjoy it and stock up on it while you can! The sweet, caramel-flavored Bianco Leggero is soon to be gone but never forgotten.