Do I ingest any aluminum from Nespresso pods?

by Rhonda

Nespresso machine with capsules

Nespresso machine with capsules


I own several Nespresso machines and love them, but my kids are concerned about trace amounts of aluminum that could be found in my coffee from each time the machine punches holes in the pods in the coffee making process.

Has anyone ever done any heavy metal testing on Nespresso-made coffee?


Rhonda, hi

I can certainly understand the concern. I try to avoid exposure to aluminum myself, and for my family.

That said, I use my Nespresso machine a couple of times a week, and I’m not overly concerned.

Nespresso capsules are made with aluminum, but have a food-grade shellac coasting. This means the ground coffee inside the capsule has no contact with the aluminum.

And when you run the machine, the hot water comes through the steel “needle” at the top and directly into the capsule.

The only time I think the water comes into contact with the aluminum itself is when it exits the capsule.

But that’s a very short exposure to just the edges of the capsule. A very small surface area.

So yes, there is probably some exposure to the aluminum…briefly.

And while I’m no scientist, I have a feeling that there are a lot of other environmental poisons out there that will kill me long before my Nespresso capsules have a chance!

Ultimately, this is one of those things that comes down to personal choice.

I think the danger from these capsules is very small… but if you’re looking for ways to reduce the toxic load on your system, it’s not unreasonable to reduce that load in every way you can.

I hope this helps answer your question.

Best wishes,


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