Nespresso India Capsules Review: The Definitive Guide.

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You may have looked at the India Master Origin Nespresso pods but are hesitating to make a purchase. If you are wondering what makes this different to other pods then check out my Nespresso India capsules review. I have thoroughly tested what makes this coffee distinctive and I discussed what makes it good. And some bad points too.

Coffee: Master Origin Indian With Robusta Monsoon.

Overall score: 2/5

Tasting notes: 

Woody and spicy.


  • Solid choice for power coffee drinkers.


  • Will be too intense for many people.
  • Sharp aftertaste.
  • Slightly flat taste when drunk with milk.


This coffee is for people that like their caffeine hits powerful, uncomplicated and overwhelming. If you like a rich and intense coffee then this could be for you. If not then let me explain why you might be better off choosing something else.

Nespresso India Capsules and box.

Drinking the Nespresso India without milk.

Without paying much to the wording on the side of the packet I could tell that this coffee was a dark roast. Its rich smell hits you when you put the cup to your nose. This coffee has an earthy aroma that is pretty hard to ignore.

I drunk this coffee as an espresso shot first and it took a while to download what I tasted. It is strong bodied, which meant that the taste of the coffee leaves quite a heavy taste in the mouth that lingers for some time. 

Whilst not myself as much of a fan of these types of roasts, the coffee tastes more bitter than I am usually accustomed to. This could be due to the fact that this is a blend of coffee from India that includes robusta beans. These are known for often having harsher flavours and a higher caffeine content. It could also be due to being over roasted although I was able to detect its advertised tasting notes.

Drinking the Nespresso India Master Origin as a lungo (longer drink) did smooth over some of its sharper edges although it still tasted fairly harsh.

As a black coffee the drink has a very earthy taste. It is definitely spiced with a kick of what I could only describe as a strong, smoked wood flavour. The harsh aftertaste does tend to overpower these tasting notes however.

Drinking the Nespresso India with milk.

Unsurprisingly this drink is smoother when paired with milk as the natural sweetness of the milk counteracts the harsh edges of the coffee flavour. It has a gently spiced aroma that is more subtle and does not hit you in the nostrils as much.

This drink has a low acidity and drinking it with milk makes it obvious how flat this coffee is without the richness of the black coffee flavour overpowering your tastebuds. A desirable acidity can really make coffee taste good. Kind of like how the acidity of a fruit can make it taste really sweet and appetising. I struggled to detect much of anything when adding milk other than a very subtle spiciness and the heavy body of the coffee. 

Having said all of this these points do not make it a bad choice if you like drinking your coffee this way. If you usually add milk and like a powerful coffee hit then it could be a good choice.

Who is this drink for?

This drink is for people that do not like a subtle taste with their coffee. If you like a rich and harsh taste with your morning fix then this is right up your alley.

If you are not put off by this and you like the sound of its smokey and spiced tasting notes then consider this a solid choice of Nespresso pod.

Who is this drink not for?

I would pick a coffee that uses a lighter roast if you are put off by my description of its bolder flavours. If you are looking for a more mellow tasting coffee, check out my review of the Starbucks Espresso Blonde roast.

I definitely would not choose this if I were new to drinking black coffee. If you have previously put off drinking coffee without milk and are trying to make the switch, the richness of the Nespresso India’s flavours would probably be too much for most people.

If you are a milk coffee drinker but prefer sweet tasting notes or a refreshing feel then you are better off picking an alternative.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Nespresso coffee good quality?

That depends on what you compare it to. A Nespresso will not give you the same control over your coffee or the quality that comes with using fresh whole coffee beans but it can still make a decent cup of coffee.

There are many Nespresso capsules on the market to suit everyone’s taste and the capsules themselves are sealed to lock the freshness of the coffee in for longer.

That being said, they do not taste as good as freshly roasted coffee beans. I use both a Nespresso machine and a French Press and have Nespresso coffees in the morning mainly for convenience.

If you have milk in your coffee you may not notice as much of a difference in taste anyway. Ultimately it comes down to subjective taste and there are many people that love Nespresso coffees. Check out my Nespresso guide if you still not are not sure.

Is Nespresso better than Starbucks?

If we are just comparing apples to apples then in my personal opinion I prefer Nespresso capsules to most Starbucks ones although they are made by the same company and taste can be subjective.

Generally speaking I find Nespresso capsules to be stronger and there is less choice with the Starbucks ones. Having said that there are some good Starbucks capsules you can buy. Have a look at my detailed overview if you want to know more about the best Starbucks Nespresso capsules you can buy.