How many grams are in a coffee capsule?

Do all coffee capsules look the same to you? They look, but they’re not. There are different sizes and shapes, sometimes even different materials among the capsule formats, and many people wonder exactly how many grams of coffee a capsule has. And the answer is not unique or the same in every case.

First of all, capsule coffee makers primarily make espresso coffee, and if we stick to the standards of authentic Italian espresso, this drink must be made with 7 grams of coffee. It would be the reference quantity if we made our coffee with a regular espresso coffee maker and had to pour it ground into the filter holder.

But, as we shall see, we do not always find this amount in the capsules. It’s usually less. Let’s review how much a coffee capsule weighs depending on its format, and we’ll start with the most popular ones.

How many grams are in a coffee capsule

How many grams does a Dolce Gusto capsule weigh?

If you want to know how much a Dolce Gusto coffee capsule weighs, look at the reference on the packages. It is usually the total weight of the box, and you only have to divide it by the number of single doses (usually 16). Each Dolce Gusto capsule contains between 5 and 6 grams of coffee, both official and compatible.

The exceptions are the intense espressos (and similar) that can reach up to 8 grams.

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How many grams does a Nespresso coffee capsule weigh?

All Nespresso capsules are made of coffee (there are no capsules of other beverages, as is the case with other formats), but the amount of coffee varies according to the speciality. For example, varieties such as the Lungo espresso (lighter) contain 5.5 grams of coffee, and the more concentrated espresso capsules can hold up to 7 grams of product inside.

Some varieties found in other Nespresso compatible capsule brands, such as L’Or, contain 5.2 grams of coffee in each single dose. So how many grams does a Nespresso capsule have? It depends on the brand and especially on the speciality.

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How many grams of coffee does a Tassimo capsule have?

Similar to Dolce Gusto, around 6 or 6.5 grams for the “normal” varieties and up to 8 grams per capsule that we find in specialities such as Lungo espresso.

How much does a single-dose ESE capsule weigh?

ESE pods (paper bags) usually contain 7 grams of ground coffee, precisely because they are used to make espresso. E.S.E. stands for Easy Serving Espresso. We can find varieties with 6.75 grams of coffee, but the average amount does not deviate much from those seven that we have mentioned.

The soft pods, or pads, are slightly larger and therefore carry more coffee between 7 and 9 grams. With them a somewhat less concentrated coffee is produced (with a higher amount of water), and consequently they are longer. Here are some examples:

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