For the longest time, the answer to the question ‘Can I make hot chocolate using my Nespresso machine’ has been a depressing ‘No, you can’t ‘. Gladly, that’s not the case anymore!

We were happy to find out that now there are a number of Nespresso compatible Hot Chocolate capsules available in the market. As of now, there are a limited number but we’re hopeful the number of options available will grow and we’ll be sure to keep our list updated!

Important note: These hot chocolate capsules are only compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine machine (Inissia, Pixie, CitiZ, Lattisima, U…) and will NOT work on VertuoLine machines.

Best Nespresso-Compatible Hot Chocolate Capsules:

Caffeluxe Hot Chocolate Nespresso-Compatible Capsules:

Caffeluxe is a South African brand that makes a wide range of Nespresso Compatible coffee capsules, and lucky for chocolate lovers, it makes Hot Chocolate capsules, too. These capsules are sold in a pack of 4, with a total of 40 capsules.

Click here to learn more about Caffeluxe Hot Chocolate Nespresso Capsules, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

Podista Hot Chocolate Nespresso Compatible Pods:

Podista makes a variety of Hot Chocolate Nespresso-Compatible capsules for every taste. These capsules come in classic hot chocolate, caramel infused hot chocolate and mint infused chocolate. Each box includes 10 capsules. Each flavor can be purchased separately or as a set of three in a variety pack.

Click here to learn more about Podista Hot Chocolate Nespresso Capsules, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

How To Make Hot Chocolate Using a Nespresso Machine?

It’s quite as simply as making coffee using a Nespresso machine. These hot chocolate pods can be enjoyed on their own or mixed with frothy milk. Though please note, if you’re going to drink it without milk, you should not brew a full mug like traditional hot chocolate as that would dilute the drink.

 

If you want your single serve machine to make both coffee and espresso drinks, then you’re in the right place. But, between Nespresso Evoluo and Starbucks’ Verismo, which single serve coffee maker should you choose?

Both machines come with their own features, pros and cons. And we’re here to help you find which of them is the right one for you.

Nespresso Evoluo:

Evoluo is one of Nespresso’s VertuoLine machines, which has the ability to brew both espresso and coffee. Evoluo uses capsules that are entirely new and redesigned from the OriginalLine Nespresso machines, because Evoluo works and brews differently, too.

Features of Nespresso Evoluo:

  • Patented Centrifusion technology: Evoluo brews by spinning the capsule at 7,000 spins per minute, blending the coffee ground with water to extract an aromatic and flavorful cup of coffee or espresso.
  • Brews two sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, or 8 oz cup of coffee.
  • Automatic blend recognition: with a special barcode at the rim of each capsule and laser reader inside the machine, Evoluo is able to automatically recognize the blend you want to brew and the brewing parameters are adjusted by the machine depending on the selected capsule.
  • Two lines of capsules available: large ones for coffee and small for espresso. Available in a variety of Nespresso blends.
  • Create delicious espresso based drinks like Cappuccino and Latte by using Aeroccino automatic milk frother (sold separately or as a bundle).
  • Available in two sizes: Evoluo with 40 oz water reservoir, or Evoluo Deluxe with 54 oz water reservoir.

Read our comparison between Evoluo vs Evoluo Deluxe here. You can also read about the difference between VertuoLine and Evoluo here.

Nespresso Evoluo Capsules:

Evoluo can only fit VertuoLine capsules made by Nespresso. There are no compatible capsules from other brands or refillable capsules (as of the time of writing of this post). So, when buying a Nespresso Evoluo, you are committing to their brand of coffee capsules. Lucky for us, Nespresso produces some of the highest quality coffee capsules.

Click here to learn more about Evoluo by Nespresso, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Starbucks Verismo V:

The Starbucks Verismo V is a unique single-serve espresso and coffee maker that gives you the best of both worlds. The dual-pressure pump machine can brew single shots of espresso using high pressure (which is required for espresso brewing), or it can brew a full cup of your favorite Starbucks coffee blend using low pressure.

Features of Starbucks Verismo V:

  • Dual-pressure technology for brewing espresso or coffee.
  • Works with Starbucks Verismo coffee pods.
  • Quick startup time of 15 seconds.
  • Coffee brew size: 10 oz.
  • Use the Verismo electric milk frother to create delicious espresso coffee drinks (sold separately).

Starbucks Verismo Pods:

Like Nespresso, Verismo only uses pods made by Starbucks for Verismo. The pods are available for coffee or espresso, in many famous Starbucks blends. Starbucks also make one tea blend and a milk pods. There are no refillable pods or compatible pods from other brands.

Click here to learn more about Starbucks Verismo V, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which Should You Buy?

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TitleStarbucks Verismo V Brewer SystemNespresso A+GCC1-US-BK-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, Black
FeatureUnique dual-pressure technology to make brewed coffee and espresso shots
Works with Verismo Pods available in a wide selection of tasting notes and roasts
Brews a 10 fl oz cup of coffee
Makes exceptional espresso with high pressure extraction
Ready to brew in 15 seconds
Includes Aeroccino Plus milk frother: rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth. Items sold separately valued at $348
New revolutionary Centrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso with one touch of a button
Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing. Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. For use with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only. Not compatible with Nespresso Original Line capsules
Removable used capsule container holds 17 used capsules. Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity. Removable 54 oz. water tank
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While both the Evoluo and Verismo can make espresso and coffee, they are very different in how they brew their drinks:

  • If you want something that is closer to a traditional drip cup of coffee, then you’ll like Verismo’s coffee for sure. Especially if you’ve already tasted Starbucks coffee and like it.
  • Because of Nespresso Evoluo’s Centrifusion technology, the coffee produced isn’t like your average cup of coffee. It has a thick layer of crema, which is not something a drip cup of coffee would have.

So, if you’d like something as close to a drip coffee as possible, then go for the Verismo. If you want to try something new and exciting, Nespresso Evoluo should be your choice.

Watch Video Reviews:

Review of Starbucks Verismo V:

Review of Nespresso Evoluo:

 

Features of the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II:

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  • Heat Exchange copper steam boiler provides high heat for a hot espresso and best steaming/frothing experience.
  • A newly designed, extra-long articulated steam wand.
  • Water reservoir with a sensor lets you know when the water level is low.
  • Touch buttons for a single shot or a double shot, both can be reprogrammed to your preferred volume.
  • Commercial size 58-mm non-pressurized portafilter.
  • Stainless steel housing.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 2.8 liters.
  • Heat exchange boiler allows you to brew and froth at the same time.

Click here to learn more about the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Features of the Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine:

Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler Semi Automatic Espresso Machine

  • Dual Stainless steel boilers and dual Italian pumps allow you to extract espresso and steam/froth milk at the same time.
  • Electronic PID temperature control offers optimized water temperature.
  • OPV (Over Pressure Valve) limits the extraction pressure for the perfect shot every time.
  • Backlit LCD display shows you temperature, shot timer or a clock
  • Two programmable buttons for single shot and double shot. Another button for manual brew.
  • Pressure gauge shows you exactly when your machine is ready.
  • 58mm portafilter size.
  • Built-in tamper and hot water dispenser.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 2.5 Liter
  • Stainless steel articulated steam wand.
  • Full stainless steel housing.
  • Available in colors: Stainless steel, Black or Cranberry red.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Dual Boiler Espresso machine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is The Difference Between the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II vs. Breville Dual Boiler?

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TitleNuova Simonelli Oscar II Espresso Machine - Pour Over - BlackBreville BES920BSXL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine, Black Sesame
FeatureProgram single and double shot buttons for time, meaning you can tap a button and brew for exactly as long as you want!
NSF-rated for light commercial use, the heat exchange steam boiler offers ample steam for milk frothing and piping hot shots on-demand.
Standing tall at 12'' W x 14.5'' H x 16'' D, the Oscar II's stainless case and modern looks make it a showpiece in any kitchen.
A boiler pressure calibrated at 1.2 bars means dry, quick steam perfect for latte or cappuccino quality bubbles.
Dual stainless steel boilers and dual Italian pumps for simultaneous espresso extraction and steaming
Over-Pressure Valve (OPV) limits extraction pressure
Electronic PID temperature control for precise water temperature
Backlit LCD displays brew temperature, shot clock or time
Includes water hardness test strip, descale alert and LCD assisted descale procedure
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If there’s one thing that these two espresso makers have in common is the fact that both use dual boilers, which means a boiler for espresso extraction and another for milk frothing. So, while single boiler espresso makers require that you wait a few minutes between extraction and steaming/frothing, a dual boiler machine allows you to do both at the same time.

Other than that, here are the differences:

Boilers:

  • The Oscar II has copper steam boiler which offers incredible heat for steaming and frothing.
  • The Breville Dual Boiler has two stainless steel boilers.

Buttons/Controls:

  • On the Oscar II, you’ll find two buttons for a single and double shot. These buttons can be reprogrammed to your desired volumes. However, there’s no option for a manual shot. Also, there’s no LCD display for any additional information.
  • The Breville Dual Boiler has three buttons, a single shot, double shots and a manual shot button. The single and double shot buttons can be reprogrammed. You’ll find an LCD display that displays the temperature, shot timer as well as a clock when not in use. There’s also a gauge on the front panel that shows you the level of the steam pressure and when the machine is ready to use.

The Steam Wand:

  • The most notable thing about the Oscar II its extra long steam wand. It is extremely powerful and gives great milk texture in less time.
  • The steam wand on the Breville Dual Boiler is the standard length.

Water Reservoir:

  • The Oscar II has a 2.8L water reservoir with a sensor that notifies you when the water level is low.
  • The Breville Dual Boiler has 2.5L water reservoir and a front facing window where you can see the level of the water.

Other Features:

  • The Breville has a built-in tamper as well as a dedicated hot water dispenser. Both of which the Oscar II doesn’t have.

Housing:

  • The Oscar II housing has stainless steel sides and front, while the top and back are plastic.
  • The Breville Dual Boiler has a full stainless steel body and plastic top.

Which One Should You Buy?

It’s a tough call between these two, however, we do like the Breville Dual Boiler more than the Oscar II for these reasons:

  • If you need to manually extract espresso, then only Breville’s Dual Boiler can offer you this.
  • Also, if you need a bit of guidance, you’ll like that the Breville Dual Boiler has a pressure gauge, LCD display as well as light indicators. It also has a timer which can pre-heat your machine for you.
  • The Breville Dual Boiler has self-cleaning cycle which is quite helpful when it’s time to clean the machine.
  • You get a built-in tamper and a hot water dispenser as well as a razor dosing tool for precise dosing.

The one thing we find the Oscar II is better at than the Breville Dual Boiler is the steam wand. On the Oscar II, the steam is definitely more powerful and will give you the perfect texturized milk in no time.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Dual Boiler Espresso machine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Watch The Machines in Action:

Review of the Breville Dual Boiler:

Review of the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II:

 

You’ve decided you want a single-serve coffee maker, but you’re torn between two systems: Nespresso or Dolce Gusto? Which of these coffee makers should you buy?

In this post, we’ll highlight the features of each system to help you understand which of them is the right choice for you personally.

Nespresso Espresso Maker:

Nespresso Citiz C111 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

  • Nespresso has two lines of  machines: Nespresso OriginalLine and Nespresso VertuoLine.
  • Nespresso OriginalLine makes espresso drinks: Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato and pretty much any specialty coffee drink. Only Nespresso OriginalLine capsules and Nespresso compatible brands work with these machines. OriginalLine machines are: Inissia, Pixie, CitiZ, Lattissima and Prodigio.
  • Nespresso VertuoLine is designed to brew espresso as well as coffee. So you can make espresso and espresso-based drinks as well as coffee. Only VertuoLine capsules are compatible with these machines, and they are different to OriginalLine capsules. Machines in this line are VertuoLine, Evoluo and Evoluo Deluxe.

Using Nespresso Capsules To Make Your Coffee Drink:

De'Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine

  • Using a Nespresso machine is as easy as pushing a button. Simply insert  your capsule and push the button to brew your selected size.
  • Nespresso Capsules only contain pure coffee ground in them. No powdered milk, sugar or flavors.
  • If you want to create a milk-based drink like a Cappuccino, you can use a milk frother to heat and froth the milk. You can use your favorite kind of milk.
  • Depending on the Nespresso model you choose, some are bundled with a Nespresso Aeroccino and some have a built-in frother. Or you can always buy your own frother.
  • Nespresso’s capsules are made of aluminum and are recyclable.
  • Whether you choose an OrignalLine or VertuoLine machine, there’s a range of capsules to choose from (intensity and blends).
  • For OriginalLine machines, there are capsules from other brands. There are also some aftermarket refillable pods available so you can brew your own coffee ground.
  • Each Nespresso sleeve includes 10 capsules.


What Drinks To Make Using Nespresso:

Nespresso Cappuccino Set

  • You can make pretty much any type of coffee drink, including cappuccino, latte, macchiato, flavored lattes (you’ll have to buy the syrup separately). Nespresso does NOT make hot chocolate or tea drinks. So, it’s strictly coffee.
  • You can also make cold coffee drinks by creating cold froth, which is an option in Aeroccino and some other electric frothers. However, Nespresso only brews hot coffee.

Learn More About Nespresso Machines:

Watch How Nespresso Machines Work:

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Review of Nespresso Inissia:

Dolce Gusto Coffee System:

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  • Dolce Gusto has a range of coffee systems. For the most part, they all work the same way. The differences between them are in the size, capacity and design, but all make the same drinks.
  • These machines use Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules exclusively.
  • You can make a variety of coffee drinks using a Dolce Gusto machine, that includes coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, flavored coffee drinks. You can also make hot chocolate and tea drinks, as well as iced drinks.



Making Your Favorite Drinks Using Dolce Gusto Capsules:

Dolce Gusto Pods

  • If you’re making coffee or espresso (no-milk drink), then all you have to do is insert your capsule in its place, adjust water volume and hit the brew button.
  • For milk based drinks, Dolce Gusto capsule packs include two type of capsules: one is the coffee capsule and the second is the milk capsule. To brew your drink, you’ll have to brew your coffee capsule first, remove it, then brew the milk capsule.
  • None of Dolce Gusto’s machines include a milk frother. Of course, you have the choice to buy a frother from any brand, but for the most part, Dolce Gusto’s coffee drinks are made with the included powdered milk capsules.
  • Amount of capsules in each box range from 8 to 16 depending on the drink.

Learn More about Dolce Gusto:

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Which System Is Best To Buy?

First thing to note is, we won’t comment on the taste here, as taste is a very subjective thing.

What we can comment on is freshness of the coffee. Let’s take making a Cappuccino as an example:

  • When making a Cappuccino using Nespresso, you’ll use an espresso capsule with your choice of fresh milk that you froth right before you drink.
  • Making a Cappuccino using Dolce Gusto, you’ll be using an espresso capsule and a milk capsule. This powdered milk capsule effects the taste of the drink. The milk capsule can also include sugar and artificial or natural flavors in it, if that’s something that might be of interest to you, check the ingredients before buying.

Second thing to note is, ease of use:

  • When using a Nespresso, there’s less steps to making a drink. You brew a shot of espresso or coffee with a touch of a button. Capsules are automatically ejected into a used capsule drawer, so it’s mess-free too.
  • With Dolce Gusto, there are more steps to making a drink. If you’re making black coffee or espresso, it’s a straight forward process. But if you’re making a specialty coffee drink, it’s a multiple step process:
    • Insert the milk capsule, adjust the bars to dispense the required amount of water then brew. Manually remove the capsule.
    • Insert the coffee capsule, adjust the bars, then brew.
    • There’s no drawer to collect used capsules, although some Dolce Gusto models include a bin for used capsule, but you still have to take out the capsule out of the machine manually.

Conclusion:

We prefer Nespresso over Dolce Gusto for its ease of use, mess-free process and the freshness of its coffee. The capsules for Nespresso are slightly more expensive, but you certainly get what you pay for.

 

The Dolce Gusto single-serve coffee system is a popular choice among Nescafe fans. This system uses Dolce Gusto pods exclusively, and it’s available in variety of delicious coffee drinks like espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte, flavored latte and more.

Dolce Gusto has a range of coffee systems, too. But in this post, we’ll focus on two of the most popular choices: Docle Gusto Genio and Dolce Gusto Esperta. We’ll look at their features, their differences and help you choose the best one for you.

Features of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio:

  • Single Serve coffee maker that prepares drinks like Coffee, Cappuccino, Latte, Iced drinks and more.
  • Exclusively uses Nescafe Dolce Gusto pods.
  • 15-bar pressure pump system.
  • 7-bar LED interface allows you to customize the strength of your coffee drink.
  • Thermoblock heating system requires no preheating.
  • Adjustable drip tray allows you to use cups of different sizes.
  • Water tank capacity: 21 oz.
  • Does NOT have a used capsule bin.

Click here to learn more about the Dolce Gusto Genio, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Features of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Esperta:

 

  • Single-serve coffee brewer that makes hot and cold coffee drinks.
  • Uses Dolce Gusto pods exclusively.
  • XL Function allows you to brew a large cup of coffee, Cappuccino or any of your preferred drinks, hot or cold.
  • 60 oz water tank capacity.
  • 15 bar pressure pump.
  • Thermoblock heating, no waiting for startup time.
  • 7-LED level bars for customizing your drink’s strength.
  • Scroll wheel for choosing levels makes it easier to customize the drinks.
  • Includes a used capsule bin.
  • Adjustable drip tray.

Click here to learn more about the Dolce Gusto Esperta, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is The Difference Between Dolce Gusto Genio vs. Esperta?

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TitleDeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio CoffeemakerDe'Longhi NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Esperta Single Serve Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine - 60oz Capacity - Capsule Based
FeatureEasily prepares a variety of hot and cold drinks with the single serve system; produces gourmet coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, iced drinks and more
The consumer must prime the machine by flowing water through it prior to use.
Produces authentic espresso and the perfect cream with 15 bar pump pressure
Quickly customize beverage strength and preparation with the 7-level LED display controls
No preheating required with special thermoblock heating system
All De Longhi North America products are 120 volts and not suitable for Australia
Energy-saving automatic stand-by mode after 5-minute of inactivity
PRESSURE BASED SYSTEM - The Esperta is a professional-grade pressure based system that that will allow you to extract and squeeze the most flavor, aroma, and body from the coffee to deliver a high quality cup every time
EXCLUSIVELY FOR DOLCE GUSTO CAPSULES - The Esperta Single Serve Coffee Maker is exclusively for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto capsules. Easily prepare gourmet coffees, espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, iced drinks and more. Dolce Gusto patented smart capsules help to keep coffee fresh until the moment you brew, and works with the dolce gusto system to regulate the pressure and ensure every cup is made to your liking
EASY INTERFACE - Boasting a new easy-to-use wheel interface with a 7-level LED display, the Esperta allows you to control the size and intensity of your coffee, giving you a truly customized coffee experience. Just match the led bars to the bars on your dolce gusto coffee or milk capsule and brew by selecting the hot or cold button depending on your coffee selection
HOT AND COLD COFFEE DRINKS - Explore the wide variety of decadent flavors, and both hot and cold coffee drinks offered by NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto with this capsule-based coffee machine. With 18 flavor varieties, you can make an authentic espresso, or choose from Americano, Chococino, Cappuccino, Macchiato, Latte, and many more flavors
SHORTER BREWING TIME - This state of the art equipment has a special Thermoblock heating system that controls and balances the temperature, and requires no preheating. This allows for no warm up time, and the ability to brew a cup of coffee in a minute or less
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  • Capacity: The Genio has a small capacity of 21 oz while the Esperta has a large 60 oz water reservoir.
  • XL Function: The Esperta allows you to brew your favorite drink in a larger size. This is not available in the Genio.
  • Capsule Bin: The Esperta features a used capsule bin that the Genio doesn’t have.

Which One Is Best To Buy?

It might seem like the difference between the Genio and Esperta isn’t a lot. But here’s why these difference matter:

  • The Capsule Bin: The Esperta comes with a bin that you can keep beside your machine to dispose used capsules immediately after use. Does this really matter though? Why not just dispose the capsule to your garbage bin right away? Here’s the thing: making a specialty drink with the Dolce Gusto is a two-capsule process. This means that when you’re making a cup of Cappuccino, for example, you’ll use two capsules: a milk capsule and an espresso capsule, and before you brew the second capsule, you’ll have to dispose the first one. This process is a little messy if you don’t have a way to dispose a used capsule right away. The capsule comes out hot with some coffee or milk residue in it, so with a used capsule bin, you’ll be able to collect these used capsule right away and dispose them at once every few days when its filled up.
  • The XL Function: you like your coffee drink and you’d like more of it, so this function allows you to brew more without diluting your drink. So while most Dolce gusto machines go only up to 8 oz, the Esperta goes up to 12 oz.
  • Capacity: having a larger water reservoir means you’ll spend less time refilling and more time brewing, it’s that simple.

So, these are the reasons we prefer the Esperta to the Genio.

Click here to learn more about the Dolce Gusto Esperta, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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The Dolce Gusto Capsules:

Your purchase of any Dolce Gusto machine will include a pack of sample pods. But here are some of the pods you can buy:

Can I Make Regular Coffee with Dolce Gusto?

Yes, you can. Dolce Gusto has a number of pods available for black coffee drinks, as well as Cafe au Lait, which is coffee with milk.


Can I Use Nespresso Capsules with a Dolce Gusto Machine?

No, that’s not possible. Each machine uses its coffee capsules exclusively.

What Kind of Drinks Can I Make with Dolce Gusto?

  • You can make espresso, coffee, specialty coffee drinks (cappuccino, latte, mocha…). You can also make hot or iced drinks, but not all capsules can be used for making an iced drinks, so make sure to check the label first.
  • You can also make flavored coffee drinks, the capsule pack with include the coffee capsule, milk capsule and the flavor.
  • Tea drinks include iced tea, chai latte, honey black tea, Moroccan tea and more.

What’s The Down Side to Dolce Gusto Capsules?

If you’re serious about your milk-based coffee drinks, you might not like the milk capsules that comes with specialty drinks packs. These capsules are basically powdered milk, so the quality isn’t as good as frothing a fresh cup of milk. The alternative option here is to only brew your coffee pod using the Dolce Gusto and heat/froth your fresh milk separately. You can consider an electric milk frother that makes this process easier.

Dolce Gusto Accessories:

Capsule Storage:


The best way to neatly store your Dolce Gusto capsules is by using a capsule holder. The examples listed above are a great options and will look fantastic next to your machine.

Video Reviews:

Dolce Gusto Esperta Demo:

Dolce Gusto Genio Demo:

 

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The Nespresso Creatista Plus is an impressive piece of design that combines the luxury and convenience of Nespresso’s system with the brilliance of Breville’s design.

Nespresso has always been known to create espresso makers that make you your favorite coffee beverages with a touch of a button.  And Breville is well-know for its top of the line, Barista level espresso makers (like Barista Express and Breville Oracle Dual Boiler ) which give you full control over the creation of your drink. This is the one thing you couldn’t do with a Nespresso machine, as it’s a fully automatic espresso maker, you couldn’t control the temperature of the milk or the espresso, and since it used an electric milk frother, the milk foam wasn’t texturized, so you couldn’t do art latte like you would with texturized steamed milk.

All of this has changed with the Creatista Plus, it is the first truly Barista-style espresso maker by Nespresso that gives you full control over your drink.

Features of the Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville:

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  • Single-serve espresso maker that uses Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.
  • Fully automatic brewing and milk steaming.
  • Choose from 7 pre-set and re-programmable drinks: Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato, Ristretto and Flat White.
  • Choose from 8 different adjustable milk textures for drinks like Cappuccino, Latte or Flat White.
  • Choose from 11 adjustable milk temperatures.
  • Milk is steamed and has ‘micro-foam’, which allows you to create latte art.
  • Cool to touch steam wand with auto purge for cleaning.
  • Color display allows you to easily choose and customize your drink with step by step directions.
  • Quick 3-second start-up time
  • Full Stainless steel housing.

Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Creatista Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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How Is The Nespresso Creatista Plus Different From Other Nespresso Machines?

The Creatista Plus takes your at-home coffee experience to a new level. It is still as convenient as other Nespresso makers, yet, it allows you to do so much more:

  • Using the colored screen on top of the Creatista, you can choose your drink, milk texture, coffee volume, and choose temperature of the milk. You’re customizing everything in your coffee drink.
  • Place the included stainless steel milk jug under the frothing wand. The Creatista features a temperature sensor for the milk, which is how it knows it reached your desired milk temperature.
  • After the brewing and milk steaming is done, it’s your turn to put together the espresso and milk. Latte art will require some practice on your part, and it will certainly be a fun thing to do!

Watch The Nespresso Creatista Plus in Action:

What Kind of Capsules Does Nespresso Creatista Plus Use?

Nespresso Capsules

The Creatista Plus is an OriginalLine Nesprsso machine, so it can use any of the OriginalLine Nespresso capsules and Nespresso-compatible capsules. You can check out our best picks for the best Nespresso capsules for Lattes here.

Can I Make Regular Coffee with the Nespresso Creatista?

No, the Nesprseso Creatista doesn’t make a regular cup of coffee. However, you can always make an Americano, which is a shot of Espresso with added hot water to dilute it, and it results in a coffee-like drink. If you want a Nespresso machine that makes coffee, then check out the Nespresso Vertuoline or Evoluo.

Creatista vs. Creatista PLUS vs. Lattissima Pro, What’s The Difference Between Them?

We have a detailed post answering this particular question. Click here to read the answer.

Should You Buy the Nespresso Creatista?

The Creatista is one of Nespresso’s high-end espresso machines, it comes with a price tag higher than the average Nespresso makers, which might make you wonder, is it really worth it?

With its premium materials and customization options, the Nespresso Creatista is up there with espresso makers like the Breville Barista Express. It gives you drinks that are as customizable as you’d get from a semi-automatic espresso maker, and the fact that you finally get the option to professionally steam (and just froth up) milk, as well as choose the texture and temperature, and it’s all done automatically for you (no room for error here, your milk will be perfect every time), all of these new features makes it absolutely worth the price.

However, if all of these options aren’t important to you, then you can still enjoy quality coffee drinks using an entry-level Nespresso maker like the Inissia or a mid-range like the CitiZ.

Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Creatista Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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When it comes to Nespresso machines and it’s wide range of models, the two models people are torn between are the Pixie and Inissia due to similarities in function but big price difference. So you know for sure you want one of these Nespresso machines, but how do you choose the right one?

Is There a Difference Between The Nespresso Pixie and Inissia?

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Let’s look at the features of the Pixie and Inissia:

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FeatureEasy insertion and ejection of capsules; For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
Compact brewing unit technology; Fast preheating time: 25 seconds; 19 Bar high pressure pump
2 Programmable buttons for Espresso and lungo preparation
Removable 24 ounce water tank; Folding cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses; Used capsule container holds 9-11 used capsules
Energy efficient; A Class energy rating; Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
Programmable buttons for espresso and lungo, folding drip tray for larger cups and recipes, brew ready in 25-30 seconds
Backlight indicators, water level detection, auto power-off, used capsule container, convenient power cord storage
12.83-Inch length by 4.33-Inch width by 9-1/4-Inch height
24-Ounce water tank
TitleNespresso Inissia Espresso Maker, BlackNespresso Pixie Espresso Maker, Electric Titan
Height9 inch9.25 inch
Weight5.3 pound9 pound
Width4.7 inch4.33 inch
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  • Both Nespresso makers are compact in size: Pixie is (W x D x H) 4.4 x 12.8 x 9.3 in  and Inissia is 4.7 x 12.6 x 9 inches.
  • Both have quick start up time of 25 seconds.
  • Both have 24 oz water tank capacity.
  • The pump pressure on both machines is 19 bars.
  • Both have reprogrammable Espresso and Lungo buttons.

So far, both the Pixie and Inissia are identical. So, what could possibly make you want pay more for the Pixie?

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  • The Nespresso Pixie is built with such premium design and quality that is reflected in its price.
  • It has a metal exterior, unlike the Inissia which is built of plastic. It has aluminum side plates and a sleek steel handle.
  • The Pixie is equipped with LED lighting in the used capsule drawer. This lighting isn’t only decorative, although it makes the machine look gorgeous sitting on your countertop especially in the dark, it also serves as indicator for low water level. The light flashes in red when the water tank is almost empty, otherwise, it lights up in blue/gray.
  • Pixie more energy efficient with A-40% Energy consumption class.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Pixie, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Is It Worth It To Pay More For the Nespresso Pixie?

This is ultimately up to you. It’s important to note that whether you choose Nesprsso Pixie or Inissia, you will be getting the same coffee quality, and that’s the best part. However, you should decide if it’s up to you to get a better design and more premium build quality, as that’s exactly what you’ll be paying for.

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The JURA Impressa A9 is, as you would imagine, a quite impressive super automatic espresso maker. The high-end coffee maker gives you the luxury of having your favorite coffee drinks whenever you want with a simple touch of a button. And we’re not talking about a drink in a capsule here, JURA brews fresh coffee from beans that grind on demand right before you brew them. But does this luxury come with a price? Most of the time, it does. JURA espresso and coffee makers aren’t cheap at all. However, the good news is, we’re here to tell you how you can get this high-end, amazing machine at a highly discounted price.

Why Buy The JURA Impressa A9?

Here are the features that make the JURA Impressa A9:

  • Fully programmable with the ability to program the strength and volume of the drink.
  • Easy to use color touch screen allows you to choose and customize your favorite drinks.
  • Use the touch screen to go through pictures of 12 programmed drinks, customize them and save your customization.
  • Drinks include: coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte and more.
  • Built-in Aroma+ Grinder that is twice as fast as the old JURA grinders and quieter.
  • One-touch milk frothing system.
  • 4.4 bean hopper with aroma preservation seal.
  • Bypass doser for using pre-ground coffee instead of beans.
  • 37 oz. removable water tank.
  • Clearyl Blue water filtration system eliminates chlorine taste and the need to decalcify.
  • Height-adjustable spout (2.2″ to 5.4) allows you to uses cups of different heights.
  • Automatic cleaning cycle.
  •   Swiss designed and Swiss engineered

Click here to learn more about the JURA Impressa A9 and buy it at a highly discounted price (REFURBISHED). Buy It NEW Here: from 1stincoffee.com or Amazon.com

 

JURA Impressa A9 vs. JURA ENA 9 ONE TOUCH, What’s The Difference?

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We’ve featured the ENA 9 One Touch in a previous post and talked about how you can get it refurbished for a discounted price. Here’s how these two espresso makers by JURA are different:

  • The Impressa A9 is somewhat on the smaller footprint size of a machine, much like the ENA9 One Touch.
  • However, the ENA 9 still uses the old LCD display with press buttons while the Impressa A9 has a cool touchscreen that makes controlling the machine and customizing drinks. much easier.
  • Both machines have the same water tank capacity.
  • Both also have the same one touch milk frothing system and hot water dispenser.
  • The ENA 9 has a larger bean hopper at 7 oz capacity while the Impressa A9 has a 4.4 oz hopper.

We believe the biggest difference here is how you control these machines. The Impressa A9 has a much easier control panel thanks to the color touchscreen on it, you simply swipe and select from photos of pre-programmed drinks and customize them to your liking. You can do the same on the ENA 9, however, you’ll be using a backlit LCD display, separate buttons and a dial knob, which isn’t as easy as the touch screen.

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Why Buy the JURA Impressa A9 Refurbished? And Where To Buy It?

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Like we said before, JURA’s espresso makers are high-end with big price tags. So why not enjoy the luxury of a JURA super automatic espresso maker and save 30% to 50% on its price?! The machines will be factory refurbished and backed by a 1 year warranty with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. It doesn’t get any better than this!

You can buy your refurbished JURA Impressa A9 and other JURA machines from 1stincoffee.com.

 

What Is a Cappuccino?

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A Cappuccino is a popular coffee drink that is made up of espresso, milk and foam. A traditional Cappuccino is made of 1/3 Espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.

To make a Cappuccino as authentic as an Italian one, the milk has to be steamed. But using an electric foamer makes good foam and makes a great alternative to make a Cappuccino at home.

Does a Cappuccino Have Caffeine In It?

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Yes, it does. Cappuccino has a shot of espresso in it, and a shot of 2 oz espresso has about 80 ml of caffeine in it.

What Is The Difference Between a Cappuccino and a Latte?

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When it comes to coffee drinks, the main difference is the amount of milk and how it compares to the amount of milk and foam in it.

  • In a Cappuccino, you have 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.
  • In a Latte, has a shot of espresso, milk and only a little bit of foam on top. The amount of milk here is more than the espresso and foam.

Wet vs. Dry vs. Bone-Dry Cappuccino, What’s The Difference?

As general rule, when it a coffee drink is referred to as ‘wet’ then it probably has a more of a creamier texture than a ‘dry’ drink, which will most likely have less milk.

  • In a traditional Cappuccino, you have equal parts of espresso, milk and foam.
  • A wet Cappuccino has less foam and more steamed milk.
  • A dry Cappuccino is the opposite, it has less steamed milk and more foam.
  • a bone-dry Cappuccino is espresso with foam only, no steamed milk.

Is a Bone Dry Cappuccino The Same as an Espresso Macchiato?

No it’s not. While a Dry Cappuccino has espresso and foam only, an Espresso Macchiato has espresso and a dollop of lightly foamed milk, similar of the foam of a latte.

 

Now we’ve explained all kinds of possible Cappuccino drinks, the question is, how can you make all these delicious coffee drinks at home?

How To Make a Cappuccino at Home:

Can I Make a Cappuccino Without a Machine?

This is the most common question we get. Is it possible to make a Cappuccino without a machine? Because the base of every Cappuccino is espresso, and it’s impossible to have espresso without a machine, then you need an espresso machine for making Cappuccino and other coffee drinks.

What’s The Best Way To Make a Cappuccino at Home?

We’ve already established the fact that to make an authentic cup of Cappuccino you’d need an espresso machine. Luckily, espresso machines are available for every budget, so you shouldn’t be worried about breaking the bank for a cup of Cappuccino at home.

When it comes to espresso machines, you have two choice:

  • An automatic single-serve espresso machine
  • A traditional style, manual or semi-automatic espresso machine.

A single-serve espresso machine is the easiest option to use. It uses pre-measured coffee pods and makes your desired drink with a touch of a button, so there’s no work on your part.

A manual or semi-automatic espresso machine is what you’d see at a coffee shop, but on a smaller scale for the home user. It uses ground coffee and you have to manually brew your shot and froth your milk.

Here are our favorite machines to make a Cappuccino at home:

Nespresso Inissia:

Nespresso Inissia Red Bundle

The most affordable and compact Nespresso machine. The Inissia is a very popular choice right now. The machine uses Nespresso capsules to brew a single serve of an Espresso or Lungo automatically. The bundled Aeroccino milk frother heats and froths milk automatically, either for a Cappuccino (with more froth) or Latte (less froth and creamier texture). It can also make cold froth for iced drinks, all with a touch of a button.

Click here to learn everything about the Inissia Espresso Maker.

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DeLonghi Dedica:

DeLonghi Dedica Pump Espresso Machine

The DeLonghi Dedica is a very slim semi-automatic espresso maker. You can create your shot manually (manual start and stop of the shot) or automatically as the machine is pre-set to the perfect dose. The steam wand allows you to manually heat and froth your milk. The Dedica makes an excellent choice for a beginner user.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Dedica.

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Mr Coffee Cafe Barista:

Mr. Coffee Café Barista Premium Espresso:Cappuccino System, ECMP1000

This espresso maker by Mr. Coffee combines the best of both worlds. It has the classic protafilter and uses coffee ground, but it also has automatic brewing and milk frothing. It has a dedicated button for each coffee drink, a detachable milk reservoir and it includes all accessories for you to get started right away: portafilter with both single and double shot filters, coffee measuring scoop and a tamper.

Click here to learn more about the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista

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Nespresso machines are still popular as ever, and we see many of your questions floating around. Our job here is to answer these questions for you to help you decide if Nespresso is the right machine for you.

We’ve already covered many aspects of Nespresso machines here on our website. That includes comparisons, questions about coffee capsules, accessories and more. And in this post, we’ll answer a new set of questions.

What Coffee Drinks Can I Make with My Nespresso Machines?

Nespresso Cappuccino Set

Nespresso is a single-server espresso maker, so you can make espresso as well as ever coffee drink that has espresso as its base. That includes: Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato, Iced coffee drinks and more. Since these drinks have frothed milk as an ingredient, you’ll want a milk frother. You can get this bundled with your Nespresso machine, or you can get a Nespresso with a built-in frother, and lastly, you can get a frother from any brand you like. The choice is yours here!

What Is Lungo and What Is Ristretto on the Nespresso Machine?

All Nespresso machines have two sizes in them: Espresso and Lungo (and some have Ristretto). What is Lungo, you ask? It’s like Espresso, but it brews longer, so it is lighter than an espresso as it has more water. Ristretto on the other hand is the same volume as Espresso but it’s made with less water, so it’s stronger than Espresso.

How Do I Make a Cappuccino Using a Nespresso Machine?

It’s super simple. First, brew one shot of espresso using your favorite Nespresso capsule. Then, froth your milk using the frother with a simple push of a button, and after its done heating and frothing, add it to your shot. It’s important to know what makes a great Cappuccino and that is: 1/3 espresso (one capsule/shot), 1/3 milk and 1/3 foam. Here’s a video of how it’s done:

Note: if you want the layered coffee look you see in the video, then first add the frothy milk then brew the capsule on top of the froth.

Alternatively, if you have a Nespresso with a built-in frother, then you can simply press the Cappuccino button and the machine will do everything for you. See how the Nespresso Lattissima Pro works for example:

Does The Nespresso Machine Make Regular Coffee?

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For a long time, Nespresso was made for espresso only and espresso based drinks. Now, Nespresso has the Vertuoline machines which are able to make regular coffee. Click here to check out the Vertuoline and Vertuoline Evoluo machines.

Can You Buy Hot Chocolate Capsules For Nespresso Machines?

No, unfortunately, that’s not an option. However, here’s a quick tip: you can heat and froth milk using Nespresso frother then add your chocolate to make the hot chocolate.

Yes! now you can make hot chocolate using your Nespresso machine. Click here to see the best nespresso-compatible hot chocolate capsules.

Can I Use Dolce Gusto Pods in Nespresso Machine?

No, that’s not possible. Nespresso can only use its own pods and vice versa.

Can I Refill Nespresso Capsules?

Sealpod Nespresso Refillable Pods

If you’re talking about the official Nespresso Capsules, then no, these are for single use and cannot be refilled. However, you have the option to buy an unofficial refillable capsule that you can use your own coffee ground with.

Which Nespresso Machine Can Make Lattes?

DeLonghi EN680.M Nespresso Lattissima Single-Serve Espresso Maker

Basically all of them. To make a latte, you’ll need a milk frother, so make sure you get your Nespresso bundled with a frother or get a Nespresso with a built-in frother. Here are our recommendations for the best Nespresso for Cappuccino and Latte. You should also find our guide for the best Nespresso capsules for Lattes useful, too.

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