I wish I would have ordered a home espresso machine much earlier. Then again, I’m glad I waited for THIS one! Here’s Why…
I’ve always been a black coffee drinker. This led me to espresso drinks, especially when traveling. I don’t always have time to sit and sip a cup of coffee. I love a quick shot. In fact, I appreciate a double shot of espresso most.
In comes, my Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle with Aeroccino Milk Frother by Breville.
Double Shot Espresso
It offers DOUBLE SHOTS of espresso!
I had to learn the hard way though that it’s important to use the right size coffee! I loaded up on the original pods instead of the larger capsules and there’s a no return policy on them. Shoot.
So I gave those to someone that had an original Nespresso machine and ordered the right size.
The original uses the small pods, and my version uses the larger capsules.
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Nespresso machines are one of the best single serve machines available right now for those who want to enjoy a cup of mojo. Regardless of the manufacturer, all Nespresso machines work in a very similar fashion. The main differences come in the form of additional features and user-friendliness.
They are designed to conveniently make a shot of espresso or cup of coffee. With most Nespresso machines, you insert a coffee capsule into it, which carries a premeasured amount of coffee beans. Once the capsule is in place, you press a button, and the machine will start to make an espresso or a lungo. The machine will use the proper amount of water and within moments, your drink will be ready.
Nespresso’s Official Machines
Nespresso has become synonymous with espressos – but it is also a brand with its line of machines. The original Nespresso machines by Breville uses its proprietary espresso capsules, with the Pixie, Essenza Mini, and Nespresso Citiz being part of their lineup.
Sometimes called the original Nespresso machine, the Nespresso Pixie uses a powerful 19 bar high-pressure pump that allows for barista-style results. The machine heats up in about 25 seconds, automatically turning off in about nine minutes.
Its ease of use, energy efficiency, and availability of pods make it one of the more popular Nespresso machines. The magic behind the proper cup of espresso is in the amount of water. Thankfully the Nespresso Pixie has a red light that will become lit when the water reservoir needs to be refilled. You also do not need to worry about your Nespresso capsules. With the Nespresso Club, you can personalize your future orders of capsules.
The Essenza Mini is compact compared to other espresso machines, but it is still very powerful with 19 bars of pressure. It’s one of the smallest single-serve espresso makers from the brand — but it does not compromise on quality. The small form factor makes it very portable, allowing it to fit almost anywhere on your kitchen counter space.
It doesn’t heat up as fast, but it will reach ideal temperatures in about 30 seconds. You’ll need to use Nespresso approved capsules or join their online club for a customizable list of espresso capsules.
The Nespresso CitiZ is another compact Nespresso machine. It’s designed with two programmable buttons for espresso and lungo sizes. A large 34-ounce water tank creates several servings, with the auto shutoff feature turning off the machine after nine minutes of inactivity.
Nespresso Creatista Plus Espresso Machine with Milk Frother
The Nespresso Creatista is heralded as one of the first machines that have a built in a steaming wand. This separates it from other Nespresso machines, creating micro-foam which is necessary for latte art and dairy-based specialty drinks.
It’s almost like having your own barista in your kitchen. So if you are looking to make your cup of regular coffee or want a fully decked high-end espresso machine, the Nespresso Creatista is the option for you. Its manufacturer is Breville, so you’ll be investing in a quality brand with a history of excellent products.
The Nespresso Creatista also features eight coffee options, several froth levels, and almost a dozen temperature settings that can be selected on its LCD display. However, keep in mind that it’s one of the more costly machines.
De’Longhi Silver Lattissima
The De’Longhi Silver Lattissima is one of the few espresso machines that is a boldly marketed as a dedicated latte machine. Its frother creates an airy foam rather than a creamy micro-foam. Its tank holds enough water to make about two drinks in one go. Its also easier to clean than other Nespresso machines, since there is a one-button self-cleaning option, with parts of the machine being dishwasher safe.
Nespresso Inissia made by De’Longhi presents an exquisite one cup Coffee or Espresso each brew thanks to its instant extraction process which offers up to 19 bars of pressure. The Inissia is an excellent Coffee machine designed to fit into any interior.
Buying Nespresso Pods
The mentioned brands have their own pods that are sold via their websites. Nespresso, for example, is continuously releasing limited editions of different flavors and mixes alongside their original formulations. You can also purchase these products directly from Amazon.
What To Look For In A Machine
When shopping for an espresso machine, you want a machine that uses a 19 bar high-pressure extraction system that releases fresh aromas and a rich blend from your pods. Nespresso’s range of espresso machines come in a variety of styles, with most being able to create café au lait or traditional espresso.
If you prefer a straight espresso with a dense crema, then select the Nespresso Essenza or Creatista. If you want a latte machine that includes milk frothers, then choose the Nespresso CitiZ.
The amount of cups that a machine creates is also a factor that you should consider. Nespresso machines come in various sizes that are capable of holding more than one capsule to make several cups in one go. Choose a model that has a rapid heat up time and a larger water tank for repeated cups.
Finally, you’ll also need to consider how much storage space you have. The Essenza Mini, for example, is sleek and compact, being able to fit in almost any space. Larger models like the CitiZ requires a larger counter space.