Are you looking for a cool, refreshing, and delicious alternative to your regular morning coffee?

If so, look no further than Nespresso cold brew! Not only is it incredibly tasty and easy on the taste buds, but with the right equipment (which I’ll discuss in just a moment)—you can even make this cold brew concoction at home.

But before diving into how to create your own delicious Nespresso cold brew at home—let’s explore what exactly “cold brewing” is and why it makes for such an amazing cup of joe.

What is cold brew coffee?

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping ground beans in cold or room temperature water for an extended time – usually around 12-24 hours.

The result is a richer and smoother flavor than you would get from hot brewed coffee due to the lower temperatures and longer extraction time.

Adding a lid to the mason jar cold brew to let it steep.

If you want to learn more about making cold brew at home, I suggest checking out this in-depth guide.

Can you make Nespresso cold brew?

Unfortunately, making cold brew with a Nespresso machine is not possible. Cold brew requires steeping ground coffee in water for a prolonged time (usually 12-24 hours), which is impossible with coffee pods.

A better option would be to make iced coffee with your Nespresso machine, which is delicious and easy (more on this later).

Nespresso Vertuo machine with iced coffee in the front.

You could make cold brew with Nespresso pods by opening them. But because the Nespresso pods only hold a small amount of ground coffee, it’ll get pricey really quickly.

To make one batch of cold brew (34 oz or 1 liter), you’ll need 100 grams of ground coffee.

Each Nespresso pod has about 13 grams of coffee, so you’ll need to open up eight pods ($1.25 per pod), which would cost $10 to make one batch of cold brew if you’re using Nespresso Vertuo pods:

Weighing out a Nespresso Vertuo pod on a  scale.

You’re better off buying coffee beans instead and grinding them at home (which will give you a better flavor). Or, you could use pre-ground coffee as a cheaper alternative.

If you want to use your Nespresso machine for cold coffee, make iced coffee instead!

Does Nespresso have a cold setting?

Nespresso does not have a dedicated cold setting. However, there are ways that you can enjoy cold coffee with your Nespresso machine.

One of the most simple and popular methods is to brew an espresso shot as normal and pour it over ice or in a glass filled with ice cubes.

You can also combine your espresso shot with some other ingredients like milk to make a delicious cold treat like an iced latte. If you have a frother, you can also top that with cold foam!

Homemade Nespresso iced latte, ready to drink.
Nespresso iced latte

Or choose your favorite coffee pod, brew the coffee, and let it cool before pouring it over ice.

For some delicious Nespresso pods for iced coffee, you can check out this article.

How can you make iced coffee with Nespresso?

Making delicious iced coffee with Nespresso is easy, fast, and convenient.

Depending on your preferences, you can make it in a few different ways- cold brew style, espresso over ice, iced shaken espresso, or as an iced latte.

  • Cold brew style: Make this method if you’re looking for smooth, low-acidity coffee without additional sweetener. You can check out this recipe for an in-depth guide.
  • Espresso over ice: For this method, you’ll need two shots of freshly brewed espresso from your Nespresso machine and pour it over ice once cooled!
  • Iced shaken espresso: This method creates a thick foam on the espresso. Begin by adding double shots of freshly brewed espresso from your Nespresso machine along with one tablespoon of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker (or jar with lid) filled with ice cubes – shake vigorously until frothy, then pour directly into glasses filled with more ice cubes before serving!
  • Iced latte: This is perfect if you’re looking for a more mellow iced coffee. Combine an espresso shot (or two) with your milk of choice and ice cubes in a glass.
Iced shaken espresso, ready to drink.
Iced shaken espresso

As you can see from the options above, you have plenty of options to make a delicious and refreshing Nespresso drink at home.


Nespresso machines are a great tool for making delicious iced coffees, but they cannot make cold brew coffee.

The possibilities for iced coffee creation with a Nespresso machine are truly limitless.

Don’t just limit yourself to one type of espresso either; experiment and find new recipes that satisfy your taste profiles and explore a variety of flavor combinations.

And if you feel like trying out other recipes with your Nespresso machine, have a look below:

More Nespresso recipes to try

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