When it comes to coffee, every person has his own preferences in terms of strength, brewing method and the type of coffee. There are countless types of coffee brewers and makers in the market, from entirely manual to fully automatic. The more you move towards automatic machines the lesser control you have on variables like coffee to water ratio, or coffee to milk ratio, brew time and temperature.
Recently pod type coffee machines, such as those being manufactured and marketed by Nespresso, have found considerable popularity worldwide. They are available in a large variety ranging from low to high price range. Whether you are an experienced coffee consumer who likes to prepare everything himself or someone who just loves trying different barista grade coffee beverages, these machines can satisfy more than just caffeine cravings. They offer you the quality and taste of a café style coffee beverage with just a single click.
Simply explained, Nespresso machines brew espresso type coffee beverages from pods/capsules. They are smart machines and are equipped with a system that reads the barcode number written on the capsule. Once it reads the barcode, the smart machine adjusts its pre-programmed settings and prepares the beverage you are seeking. Incredible, isn't it? Nespresso machines are famous for producing rich, creamy and tasty coffee with a low acidity level. Some are equipped with automatic frothers so that you can enjoy steamed milk or foamed milk with your coffee beverages.
The operation of a Nespresso machine is much simpler than conventional espresso machines and almost every other coffee machine. Little to no effort is required for tuning or controlling its settings. The machines are already programmed for preparing numerous types of coffee beverages and do not require a lot of maintenance either. They are equipped with features like auto rinsing, cleaning and energy saving.
Guide to Nespresso Machines
Like we said, Nespresso machines come in a large variety of options. The technology to read capsules is common in all of them. You must remember that all Nespresso machines are compatible only with Nespresso or Nespresso Vertuoline capsules. Other pods or ground coffee cannot be used. There are other features you should consider before you decide which one is best for you. For instance, if you are the kind who likes to keep a check on your expenses and you do not prefer milk-based coffee beverages then the pixie line of coffee machines by Nespresso is the right choice for you. If you want more options than just espresso or black coffee then you should take a look at the Mini Essenza which is their smallest model equipped with a milk frother, relatively fewer features but at a very affordable price.
Both the Pixie and the Essenza are compact and affordable. Then there are the U series which have further three types. The standard U type is the coffee machine without the milk frother. The only difference between the U milk and U Mat is that of finishing, the latter has a matte finish. The regular U comes without a milk Aeroccino.
The Creatista/Maestria series offers you more control on coffee variables like temperature and texture of the milk. This is for those who have the spirit of a barista in them; they are more towards the manual side. The Lattissima series is fully automatic and fully programmable with a touch panel and is ideal for those who are into latte art and love milk-based coffee beverages. The CitiZ series also has three models: standard one which includes the machine only, Citiz and milk which has an Aeroccino and Citiz & Co which is a combo of two different Nespresso machines with a commercial touch. In short there are countless options you can choose from depending on your love for taste, preference for convenience as well as how much you can afford. Read More
Best Nespresso Machines of 2021
Let us look in detail at the best coffee machines that Nespresso has to offer, so you would be in a better position to decide which one suits you best. Please note that these coffee machines have been selected among the entire line of Nespresso coffee machines based on customer reviews, features and their comparability to competitors as well as themselves.
1. Breville BNV250RED1BUC1 Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, Red
The Breville Vertuo is a single serve coffee machine that can prepare coffee beverages in five different sizes: 1.35-ounce, 8-ounce, 5-ounce, 2.7 ounce and 14 ounces. It prepares barista grade espresso, lungo, alto, double espresso, gran lungo and black coffee. All you have to do is load your Nespresso Vertuo capsule and click the right button. It is equipped with a unique Centrifusion tech developed by Nespresso itself which spins the Vertuo capsule at 7000 rpm to create the perfect blend of coffee.
2. Nespresso Lattissima Pro-original Espresso Machine with Milk Frother by De'Longhi
The Lattissima Pro-original offers you the pleasure of barista grade Italian coffee. You can prepare macchiato, cappuccino, espresso, double espresso, lungo and ristretto. The awesome thing is that you don’t have to weigh coffee or worry about coffee to water ratio because Nespresso capsules already come with the desired weight. It is also equipped with a frother that allows you to prepare steamed and foamed milk, in fact you can even heat a cup of milk for yourself. It is fully programmable and automatic. The Lattissima Pro has a pressure pump facilitating the extraction of the perfect flavour of coffee that has a pressure of 19 bars. All parts are easily removable for cleaning or storage purposes.
3. Nespresso ENV135B Coffee and Espresso Machine by De’ Longhi , Black
This is another one of Nespresso’s single serve coffee machines based on the smart technology of Nespresso that uses capsules thereby eliminating the need for measuring coffee weight and water volume. You do not even have to worry about the right brew time. Once the capsule is inserted, the smart system will read the barcode on the capsule and adjust its settings itself. It can prepare five different coffee beverages in five different sizes.
4. Nespresso Essenza Mini Original Espresso Machine by Breville, Pure White
Nespresso Essenza Mini is another single serve wonder created by Nespresso in a very compact size and sleek shape, weighing only 8.35 lbs. The Essenza Mini is armed with the same technology as other Nespresso coffee machines, a smart system that minimizes your work as well as your worries. You do not need to be an expert brewer to enjoy various types of coffee beverages if you have this coffee machine. The system itself will read the barcode on the coffee capsule and prepare it according to the pre-programmed settings.
5. Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee and Espresso Machine By Breville
Nespresso Creatista is a beautiful and elegant looking coffee machine constructed entirely from stainless steel. This is another one of Nespresso's coffee machines that lets you try your aesthetic sense for creating latte art. It is a combination of Nespresso's smart coffee machine and milk frothing expert Breville so that you can enjoy a large variety of coffee beverages with and without steamed or foamed milk.