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Calphalon Temp iQ vs. Breville: Review and Comparison

Calphalon is an American brand that specializes in premium kitchen appliances and kitchenware. The name Calphalon is synonymous with high quality hard anodized aluminum cookware, but they also have several appliances, just as premium, and an espresso machine is one of them.

Calphalon’s Temp iQ espresso machine with built-in grinder, which is model we’re reviewing here, is usually compared to Breville’s famous Barista Express espresso machine with built-in grinder, especially that both are priced similarly.

In this post, we’re looking at the features of Calphalon’s espresso machine and how it compares to Breville’s Barista Express.

Features of Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Built-in Grinder:

Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
  • 15-Bar Italian pump delivers the right amount of pressure for maximum flavor extraction and produces a beautiful layer of crema for your Espresso
  • Freshly grind your beans to your preference With the integrated conical burr mill Grinder with 30 adjustable grind settings
  • Pre-programmed settings for single and double shots, and dial interface for selecting steam, or hot water
  • Includes single- and double-shot single wall filter Baskets
  • Thermoblock heating technology and PID temperature control delivers even heat for consistently great-tasting Espresso, and gentle pre-infusion blooms The espresso grounds for optimally extracted Espresso

The Calphalon Temp iQ espresso machine is a pretty sleek machine that delivers solid results. It has the standard 15-bar pump, so you should expect a flavorful and nicely extracted espresso shot.

On the control panel, you’ll find three buttons. Two of them a pre-set for a single or double shot, the third button is for manual extraction. A dial knob allows you to switch between steaming or hot water, which is useful for instant hot water either for Americanos or instant drinks.

Thermoblock heating as well as PID temperature control (digital temperature control) deliver consistent temperature either for extraction or steaming. The machine will ensure it reaches optimal temperature for each task before it starts.

When it comes to the included portafilter, the Calphalon includes a 58mm portafilter basket, which holds more ground and allows for more even water distribution.

The Calphalon has a generous 94 oz water reservoir that is removable for easier refilling and cleaning.

What’s Included with Your Calphalon Espresso Machine:

  • Stainless steel milk jug.
  • Tamper
  • Cleaning disc
  • Cleaning pin
  • Cleaning brush
  • Single and Double shot basket filters

Calphalon vs. Breville Barista Express, What Is The Difference?

Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Built-in Grinder
Portafilter Size
58mm
54mm
Reservoir Capacity
97 oz
64 oz
Pressure Gauge
Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
Built-in Grinder
Portafilter Size
58mm
Reservoir Capacity
97 oz
Pressure Gauge
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Built-in Grinder
Portafilter Size
54mm
Reservoir Capacity
64 oz
Pressure Gauge

Breville Barista Express is a widely popular espresso machine. It is packed with everything one might need to get started as a home barista. It is user-friendly, has a built-in grinder and all the technical specs you need to produce a great cup of coffee. When it comes to features, Calphalon and Breville are neck-and-neck. So, are there any differences and how do you pick between them?

If you need to read a full review of the Breville Barista Express you can click here.

There are actually several differences between them that I can bring to your attention:

Although both machines have built-in conical burr grinders, how you adjust the grind settings is quite different. On the Barista Express, you have the Grind Amount and a dial for increment settings, but you have very little to no control over how precise your grind size is. On the Calphalon, you have control over the actual grind numbers giving you more control over your grind.

Portafilter sizes are different. The Barista Express has a 54mm portafilter, while the Calphalon has a 58mm portafilter. Does that make any difference to you? Although both filters can, technically, hold the same grams of ground coffee (up to 22g), having a larger portafilter (Calphalons) allows for better water distribution at pre-infusion and as the espresso being extracted. That’s why 58mm is the standard size used at coffee houses.

The steam wand design on the Calphalon is more of a commercial design than the one on the Barista Express.

Calphalon’s water reservoir is quite large at 97 oz (2.8L). Barista Express’s reservoir is 67 oz.

The Barista Express has a pressure gauge that shows you when your machine has reached optimal pressure. Calphalon doesn’t have a gauge, but uses light indicators instead.

Which Machine Is More User Friendly For a Beginner?

Both machines have been designed with beginner home users at mind. But both will require some trial and error until you get things right. Especially if it’s your first time using an espresso machine.

Things you’ll have to experiment with:

Milk frothing – getting that silky microfoam milk froth requires some practice.

Grind Size: if it’s your first time using an espresso machine, expect to make some terrible shots before you make the perfect one. Getting the right extraction depends on your precise grind setting, and the right grind setting will change depending on the type of coffee beans you use. This is why you’ll have to try different settings until you get the correct one.

Should You Buy an Espresso Machine with Built-in Grinder or Buy the Grinder Separately?

Before you decide whether to go with the Calphalon or Breville’s Barista Express, here are some thoughts on espresso machines with built-in grinders:

  • It is important to keep in mind that the built-in grinder in your espresso machine is good for just that – grinding for Espresso.
  • So if you’re someone who also enjoys drip coffee, or any type of coffee other than espresso, you will not be able to use the built-in grinder in your espresso machine for other brewing methods. Grinders built-in to espresso machines have limited range of grind settings that are optimized for espresso grinds only, so all they offer is fine grind settings. If you want a grinder that can does it all (drip coffee and espresso), I highly recommend getting the espresso machine and grinder separately.
  • Built-in grinders are also somewhat harder to clean than separate grinders. You cannot take out the grinder on a built-in espresso machine and put it upside down or shake out older grinds.

Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine (Without Built-in Grinder):

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Calphalon BVCLECMP1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Steam Wand, Stainless
  • 15-Bar Italian pump delivers the right amount of pressure for maximum flavor extraction and produces a beautiful layer of crema for your Espresso
  • Dial interface for selecting steam, hot water, and pre-programmed single and double shots
  • 58mm café-sized porta filter holds more grounds and ensures even water dispersion and extraction for robust flavor
  • Thermoblock heating technology and PID temperature control delivers even heat for consistently great-tasting Espresso, and pre-infusion gently blooms The espresso grounds for optimally extracted Espresso
  • Removable 2.0L water reservoir with hinged lid for easy filling

If you like Calphalon’s espresso machine but decided for a machine without a built-in grinder, this would make your best pick. It has the same features as the model with the built-in grinder, but this one is slightly smaller, so expect a smaller reservoir. But everything else should be the same, including the accessories.

Breville BCG820BSS Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Stainless steel conical burrs designed to minimize grinding heat and protect the essential oils in the coffee bean
  • 60 precise grind settings from the finest Espresso to the coarsest French Press Grind. Voltage: 110 120 Volts. Power: 165 Watts
  • Precision Electronic Timer allows users to adjust grind time in 0.2 second increments and consistent dose every time
  • 18 ounce coffee bean capacity with locking system for easy removal, storage, and transfer of the bean hopper
  • Grind directly into portafilter, grinds container, gold tone filter basket or paper filter

You will still need a grinder though, and I highly recommend Brevill’s Smart Grinder which makes a great entry-level grind that has 60 grind settings from espresso fine to coarse grind for french press and everything in between.

Breville Barista Touch vs. Oracle Touch and Barista Express – Here’s our Full Comparison.

The Breville Oracle Touch has been a top pick for many at-home baristas for so many reasons. It is favored for its ease of use, making it a great choice for beginners, but also, it has room for you to grow your skills with its manual options. Now there’s an upgraded version of the Barista Express, and it’s called Barista Touch.

If you’ve seen the Breville Oracle Touch which we’ve written about in a previous post, then you know how the Touch system in Breville’s new espresso machines work. It allows you to automatically create barista-style coffee drinks, customize them to your taste and even save your creations under any name you want, all with the simple to use touch screen display.

But that’s not all, of course. So, let’s have a look at the specs of the Barista Touch and see what makes it special.

Features of Breville Barista Touch:

  • Color touch screen display with pre-set coffee drinks. Simply press the icon for your preferred drink to start making it.
  • Customize the temperature and texture of your coffee drink and milk. You can also save your customized drink under any name you want. You can save up to 8 customized drinks.
  • Presets include: Americano, Latte, Cappuccino and Flat White.
  • Automatic steam wand automatically textures milk to your liking. Simply select the temperature and texture of milk you want using the touchscreen display.
  • 3-second heat up time.
  • Pre-infusion function gradually increases water pressure to ensure even extraction of the coffee.
  • Automatic purge function cleans the steam wand after use.
  • Cradle holds the portafilter while grinding for hands-free operation.
  • Magnetic built-in tamper.
  • Built-in stainless steel burr grinder.
  • Bean hopper capacity: 1/2 lbs.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 67 oz
  • Stainless steel housing.

Click here to learn more about Breville Barista Touch, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Barista Express vs. Barista Touch, What’s The Difference?

Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Controls
Touch display
Buttons
Steam Wand
Automatic texturing & milk temperature options
Manual
Drink Presets
Save Customized Recipes
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Controls
Touch display
Steam Wand
Automatic texturing & milk temperature options
Drink Presets
Save Customized Recipes
More Info
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Controls
Buttons
Steam Wand
Manual
Drink Presets
Save Customized Recipes
More Info

Controls:

The first biggest difference between the two machines is the touch screen, which is the most innovative part of the Barista Touch. The Barista Express has buttons and dial control for choosing your espresso shots and grind controls.

Microfoaming and Steaming:

  • The Barista Touch has automatic milk foaming and texturing, and you get to choose the texture your like as well as the temperature.
  • With the Barista Express, microfoaming is manual and there’s no temperature selection. So, getting the exact texture and temperature you want will take some practice.

Customization:

  • With the Barista Touch, there are a number of drink selections to choose from, as well as your own customized drinks. You get to save up to 8 customized drinks, and customization options include the grind settings, milk texture, temperature and volume.
  • On the Barista Express, you can customize your drinks by choosing your grind settings and reprogramming the volume for each espresso shot. There’s no temperature settings or milk texture settings. And there’s no way to save a full customized drink recipe under a name. However, your reprogrammed espresso volumes will be saved.
  • Apart from those features, both Barista Express and Barista Touch have the same bean hopper capacity, water reservoir capacity, built-in grinder and pre-infusion/purge functions.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Barista Express, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Barista Touch vs. Oracle Touch, What’s The Difference?

Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Breville BES990BSS Oracle Touch Fully Automatic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Breville BES990BSS Oracle Touch Fully Automatic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Boilers
Single Boiler
Dual Boiler
Water Reservoir Capacity
67 oz
84 oz
Portafilter Size
54mm
58mm
Grinder
Auto grind/Tamp and Polish
Auto Grind only
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Boilers
Single Boiler
Water Reservoir Capacity
67 oz
Portafilter Size
54mm
Grinder
Auto grind/Tamp and Polish
More Info
Breville BES990BSS Oracle Touch Fully Automatic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES990BSS Oracle Touch Fully Automatic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Boilers
Dual Boiler
Water Reservoir Capacity
84 oz
Portafilter Size
58mm
Grinder
Auto Grind only
More Info

Now let’s compare the Barista Touch to its more expensive competitor, the Oracle Touch.

Boilers:

  • The Oracle Touch is a dual-boiler machine. This means you can extract espresso and heat and foam milk at the same time. You can also change the temperature of the boilers using the machine settings.
  • The Barista Touch is a single boiler, so you have to do each task one at a time. As for the boiler temperature, it is pre set and can’t be changed.

Capacity:

  • The Oracle Touch is a larger machine. It has a 84 oz water reservoir. The water reservoir can be filled from top of the machine using a filling slot on the top front part. But if you need to take out the tank for cleaning, it can be pulled from the back of the machine easily.
  • The Barista Touch has a 67 oz water reservoir capacity. The reservoir is removable so it can be easily cleaned or filled.

Portafilter Size:

  • 58mm on the Oracle Touch.
  • 54mm on the Barista Touch.

Grinder:

  • The Oracle Touch automatically grinders, tamps and polishes. So all you have to do is set your portafilter to the grinder’s cradle and lock it and it will do it all.
  • With the Barista Touch, you’ll have to place your portafilter in the grinder cradle and push to activate the grinding. You’ll also level off the grind and tamp it manually.

Auto Start Settings:

  • The Oracle Touch can be programmed to automatically start and turn off at any set time. It won’t brew your coffee at the set time, but it will start, heat up and be ready for you to use at any time you need it to.
  • This option is not available on the Barista Touch.

Dimensions:

  • Barista Touch: 12.5″ x 13.25″ x 16”
  • Oracle Touch: (L) 16¼” x (D) 15″ x (H) 18″

Click here to learn more about the Breville Oracle Touch, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which One To Buy?

  • Like any other buying decision, it all starts with your budget. Since the Oracle Touch is more advanced and packs more features, naturally, it is more expensive than the Barista Touch.
  • Features wise, The Oracle Touch does everything for you. Grinding, leveling out any extra grind and tamping. Milk texturing is also done for you. Espresso extraction and milk foaming can be done at the same time, since it’s a dual boiler machine. So there’s no wait time.
  • If you don’t mind doing some of the work, like holding the portafilter to collect the grind and tamping manually, or the wait between extraction and milk foaming, then you’ll be happy with less expensive Barista Touch.
  • On the other hand, it’s important to keep in mind that the Oracle Touch is larger, while the Barista Touch has an overall smaller footprint. At 18” high, you’ll want to make sure you can fit the Oracle Touch under your cabinets, or have the space for it, before you buy it.
  • If automation is not your thing and you’d rather do everything manually, or semi-manually, then the Barista Express is definitely worth considering.

Video Reviews:

Breville Barista Touch Review:

Breville Oracle Touch Review:

Is the Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe Worth It? Here’s a Full Overview and Comparison

Saeco Philips are makers of the best superautomatic espresso machines. You can find a range of super autos from Saeoc with cool features and at a range of prices that make it affordable to many people.

In this post, we’ll be looking at the Saeco Philips  Intelia Deluxe, an easy to use, bean-to-cup espresso maker that will brew your favorite coffee drinks with simple push of a button.

The Intelia Deluxe is a superautomatic that will make you a fresh cup of coffee, as fresh as can be, thanks to its built-in grinder that grinds the beans as soon as you push a button for your favorite drinks. It is available in two models: HD8759/47 and HD8771/93 (also known as Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino), which we will be comparing later in the post.

Features of the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino HD8771/93:

  • Prepares all espresso based drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato, Americano and more with a push of a button.
  • Built-in ceramic grinders that last longer and never overheat.
  • Built-in milk frother pitcher automatically froths milk and adds it to your cup.
  • Milk frothing pitcher is detachable, which allows you to store left over milk in the fridge.
  • Quick Heat boiler allows you to prepare your drinks with no wait time.
  • Choose from 5 strength settings, 10 grind settings and temperature settings.
  • LCD display allows you to easily program your machine.
  • Dedicated buttons for each coffee drink for quick operation.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 50 oz.
  • Bean hopper capacity: 10 oz.
  • Made in Italy

Click here to learn more about Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Difference Between Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe HD8759/47 vs  HD8771/93

 

This is the Intelia Deluxe HD8759/47. It is identical to the Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino but with one slight difference:

The Intelia Deluxe lacks the milk frother carafe. Instead, it has a a hose that connect to the frother at one end, and you have to put in in a milk jug so it draws the milk, froth it and add it to your cup. After the milk in added, you’ll have to manually move your cup to the coffee spout for the next step. You can also use a frothing wand, which means you’ll have to froth the milk manually.

Click here to learn more about Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Video Reviews

Review of Intelia Deluxe:

Review of Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino:

Common Questions:

Can I Use Non-dairy Milk like Almond or Soy Milk?

Yes, you can use whichever kind of milk you like. However, the results of froth will vary and it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get the best results.

Can I Use Pre-Ground Coffee or Do I Have To Use the Grinder?

There’s an option to turn off the grinder so you can use any ground coffee you like.

Can I Adjust the Temperature Settings to Make My Coffee As Hot As I Like?

Yes, there are adjustable temperature settings. You can also adjust the grind and strength settings, so you can make your coffee exactly to your preference.

 

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Breville Duo-Temp Pro vs. The Infuser vs. Barista Express vs. Gaggia Classic: Full Comparisons

Breville espresso machines are known for their sleek and precise design. They’re packed with features, have superior quality and are available in a range that works for both beginner or intermediate and professional espresso machine users.

In previous posts, we’ve looked at machines like the Breville Infuser and Barista Express and have compare them to each other. In this post, we’ll look at the Beville Duo-Temp Pro, its features and how it compares to other Breville espresso machines.

Features of the Breville Duo-Temp Pro:

  • 15-bar Italian Pump.
  • 1600W thermocoil stainless steel heater that accurately controls water temperature.
  • Auto purge function automatically adjusts water temperature after steam use.
  • Pre-infusion function applies low water pressure to the coffee ground to expand it before extraction.
  • Electronic PID control for increased temperature stability.
  • 61 oz removable water reservoir.
  • Hot water can be dispensed through the frothing wand for making Americanos or for pre-heating cups.
  • Built-in storage for accessories.
  • Included accessories:
    • Tamper magnetically attached to the machine
    • Razor Precision Dose Trimming Tool
    • 54mm portafilter with 4 filter baskets.
    • 16 oz stainless steel frothing jug.
    • Cleaning tools.
    • Water filter holder and a replaceable filter.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Duo-Temp Pro, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Duo-Temp Pro (BES810BSS ) vs. Breville The Infuser (BES840XL) :

There’s a lot of similarities between the Breville Duo Temp and the Infuser, but they’re not quite the same. The Infuser has some extra design features that you won’t find in the Duo-Temp Pro:

  • On the Infuser, there are two programmable buttons for a single or double shot. You can reprogram the volume metric for these buttons for automatic extraction. On the Duo-Temp Pro, there’s just one selector button for Steam or Hot Water, and then with the dial knob you can either choose to extract, froth or dispense water.
  • Speaking of dispensing water, the Infuser has an independent spout for dispensing hot water. While the Duo-Temp Pro uses the frothing wand for dispensing water.
  • On the Infuser, you’ll see there’s a gauge on the middle of the front panel that allows you to monitor the pressure of the machine. The Duo-Temp Pro doesn’t have this gauge.
  • The Infuser is available in 3 colors.

All other features like water tank capacity, accessories, power and pump are the same.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Infuser, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Duo-Temp Pro (BES810BSS ) vs. Breville Barista Express (BES870XL):

The Barista Express is rather a big jump from both the Duo-Temp Pro and the Infuser. While the do share the basic features, the Barista Express makes an all-in-one coffee bar without the need for additional gadgets:

  • It has a built-in stainless steel conical burr grinder with a sealed bean hopper.
  • It has a 67 oz water reservoir, so it’s larger than both the Duo Temp Pro and The Infuser.
  • It has a portafilter cradle that allows for hands-free automatic grinding.
  • On its control panel, you’ll find: grind amount selector, single/double shot buttons, program button, filter size selector, pressure gauge.
  • Like The Infuser, it has a dedicated hot water dispenser.
  • The Barista Express is available in 3 colors.

Like the other Breville Espresso machines, it comes included with all accessories: cleaning kit, portafilter with 4 baskets, water filtration, frothing jug.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Barista Express, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Duo-Temp Pro vs. Gaggia Classic:

The Gaggia Classic is a manual espresso machine that packs a lot of power. Like the Breville Duo-Temp Pro, there’s no progammability, you start and end your shot manually. Other features of the Gaggia Classic:

  • 72 oz water reservoir, so it’s notably larger than the 62 oz Duo-Temp Pro reservoir.
  • The controls on the Classic are switch buttons. On the Duo-Temp Pro the controls are LED backlit press buttons.
  • It has a chrome-plated brass portafilter and brew head, which gives you more temperature stability over your shot.
  • It has a 58mm portafilter, which is bigger than Breville’s 54mm portafilter.
  • The Classic has a 17 1/2 bar pump pressure. While the Duo-Temp Pro (and other Breville espresso makers) has the standard 15 bar pressure.
  • The Classic includes: single/double filter baskets, measuring scoop and coffee tamper. You’ll have to buy a frothing jug separately.

Click here to learn more about the Gaggia Classic, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which Of These Espresso Machines Should You Buy?

When it comes to choosing the right espresso machine for you, it is very important to know exactly what you’re looking for. More expensive doesn’t always translate to the best choice, a bigger or more advanced espresso maker could be great but it can also have features that you might not need, so in a case like this, you could save some money to put towards another thing for your at-home coffee bar.

  • If you don’t need programmability and automatic brewing, then either the Breville Duo Temp Pro or Gaggia Classic would be an excellent choice that will save you around $100 to $150 or even $300 ( in comparison to the more advanced Barista Express or Infuser) that you could put towards a decent conical burr grinder for example.
  • If you prefer an all in one solution instead of buying separate gadgets, the Breville Barista Express would make an excellent choice. You’ll have everything you need right out of the box. And although it looks complicated to use, it isn’t. It has automatic as well as manual, so you have room to learn and grown your barista skills.
  • Overall, the Breville machines give you great value for your money thanks to their great quality and the great bundle of accessories included with every machine.

Watch These Video Reviews:

Review of Breville Duo-Temp Pro:

Review of the Breville Infuser:

Review of Breville Barista Express:

How To Make a Cappuccino with Gaggia Classic:

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Review of Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville – Should You Buy It?

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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!

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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.

Creatista vs. Nespresso Vertuo, What’s The Difference?

Vertuo and Creatista belong to two different lines of Nespresso’s products:

  • VertuoPlus pictured above is one of Nespresso’s Vertuo machines. Vertuo can make espresso and coffee using especially designed capsules for Vertuo machines. Vertuo can make espresso and coffee in different sizes, you can also make cappuccinos, lattes and more using the Aeroccino milk frother which makes pretty much a standard froth of milk. You can learn more about VertuoPlus here.
  • Creatista is one of Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines. It’s an espresso machine that’s compatible with all Nespresso OriginalLine capsules. What sets it apart is the professional frother that it’s equipped with. It’s not a frother that merely whisks milk, Creatista’s frother is a steam wand similar to professional espresso machine’s. The micro foam it produces allows you to do and practice real latte art. This is in addition to its beautiful touch screen, customization and all the great features we mentioned above.

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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