February 16, 2024

Four cocktails businesses can prepare with wholesale coffee capsules

Wholesale coffee capsules have many benefits for hospitality businesses. They allow you to prepare coffee quickly and are versatile – they can be used as the base of other drinks – like an iced latte or cortado.

But as well as this, wholesale coffee capsules also work perfectly for cocktails. In fact, coffee cocktails have never been more popular – the espresso martini in particular has made a major comeback over the last few years. More bars, restaurants, and hotels are adding them to their menu – and coffee capsules are a great and easy way to do so. 

We’ve put together a list of four cocktails that you can make using wholesale coffee capsules. Read on to find out what they are.

Brewing a wholesale coffee capsule using a Nespresso original line brewer.

How do wholesale coffee capsules work?

Unlike coffee pods, wholesale coffee capsules are only compatible with Nespresso original line machines. They're easy and quick to brew because all you need is water and a machine.

To get started, you insert a capsule into the machine. It then pierces the solid base of the capsule. After this, it pumps high-pressure, heated water into the shell, which saturates the ground coffee. Once enough pressure builds up, the foil seal breaks and coffee pours out of the spout into your cup. 

After you’ve brewed your espresso capsule, you can use it as the base of several cocktails.

An espresso martini on a café countertop.

Four cocktails you can make with wholesale coffee capsules

Frozen espresso martini

An iced twist on the classic espresso martini, similar to frozen margaritas and other similar slushie-style cocktails. It’s easy to prepare this if you have all the ingredients you need for an espresso martini, plus ice and a blender.


  • 1 ½ oz (45 ml) vodka
  • 1 espresso capsule
  • ¾ oz (22.5 ml) coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz (15 ml) simple syrup 
  • 1 ½ cups (± 200 g) ice cubes
  • Coffee beans to garnish (optional)


  1. Brew the espresso capsule.
  2. Wait for the coffee to cool to room temperature.
  3. Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with ice water to keep it cool.
  4. Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, room-temperature coffee, simple syrup, and ice cubes to a blender.
  5. Blend on high speed until the mixture reaches a smooth and slushy consistency and add more ice if needed.
  6. Pour the frozen mixture into your chilled glass.
  7. Optionally garnish with coffee beans. 
  8. Serve to customers immediately. 

Calypso coffee

A sweet, creamy drink that’s great after dinner or instead of dessert. Use a darker roast like our Spice Island and you'll bring out the sweetness and make it decadent.


  • 1 oz (30 ml) dark or spiced rum
  • 1 oz (30 ml) coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz (30 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 espresso capsules
  • 1 tsp fine brown sugar
  • Dark chocolate
  • Ice 


  1. Brew the two espresso capsules into a heatproof glass. (If you’d prefer less coffee, you can also use the dial on your Nespresso original line machine to increase the volume of a single capsule.)
  2. While the coffee is still hot, stir in the coffee liqueur, rum, and sugar.
  3. Mix until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Put around a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker, and then pour in your cream.
  5. Shake for a few seconds.
  6. Slowly strain the cream over the coffee & liqueur mixture.
  7. If you want to add some garnish, you can simply grate some dark chocolate onto the drink.
  8. Serve!

Espresso vodka fizz

This is a lighter alternative to the espresso martini because it's served over ice. The espresso vodka fizz works perfectly with a light or medium roast, such as our Redline.


  • 1 ½ oz (45 ml) vodka
  • 1 espresso capsule
  • ½ oz (15 ml) coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz (15 ml) simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • Soda water
  • Ice 
  • Orange peel for garnish


  1. Brew the espresso capsule.
  2. Wait for the coffee to cool to room temperature.
  3. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  4. Add the room-temperature coffee, coffee liqueur, vodka, and simple syrup to a shaker.
  5. Shake until frothy.
  6. Pour the mixture into the glass, ideally through a fine mesh strainer.
  7. Fill with soda water.
  8. Twist the orange peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass.
  9. Stir and then serve to the customer. 

Espresso tonic twist

A mocktail rather than a cocktail, the espresso tonic was invented in Sweden in 2015 but has since become popular around the world. It’s a refreshing way to enjoy coffee on a hot day. Best prepared with a medium roast like La Cordillera.


  • 1 espresso capsule
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) tonic water
  • Ice 
  • Lemon peel or slice for garnish


  1. Brew the espresso capsule.
  2. Wait for the coffee to cool to room temperature.
  3. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  4. Pour the room-temperature coffee over the ice.
  5. After this, slowly pour the tonic water into the glass.
  6. Gently stir – mixing too vigorously will cause the drink to lose some of its fizz.
  7. Garnish the drink with lemon peel or a slice of lemon. 
  8. Serve immediately. 

Now that you’ve got some inspiration for your drinks menu, let’s look at how you can source wholesale coffee capsules for your business.

Metropolis wholesale coffee capsules packaged in a maroon box.

Metropolis espresso capsules

At Metropolis, we offer several wholesale coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso original line brewers. They’re made from plant-based materials and, as a result, are certified commercially compostable by the BPI and CMA. This means you can dispose of them at any commercial composting facility in the US. 

Alongside this, all Metropolis coffee products are certified SQF Level 2 for food safety across the supply chain.

We offer four different wholesale coffee capsules and each can be enjoyed on its own, as the base of other drinks, or in cocktails:

Interested in learning more? Check out our wholesale, co-packing, and private label espresso capsule solutions today.

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Metropolis Coffee is not affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by Nespresso. Nespresso is a registered trademark of Société des Produits Nestlé.

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