A Nespresso machine is the ultimate convenient automatic espresso machine that uses Capsules to create the perfect cup of espresso every time. Not only is it compact in size, very quick and convenient, it only requires you to insert a capsule and push a button and you’ve got yourself an espresso cup within seconds.
Which Nespresso Machine Is Best To Buy?
Here’s the gist of it…
– If you want the best manufactured machine (but smallest water tank, on the down side), the Pixie is the only machine made in Switzerland. (some newer models may not be though, kindly check before buying).
– If you want the largest water reservoir, and an option to have an integrated Aeroccino milk frother, the CitiZ is your machine!
Read on for more details…
Features of Nespresso Pixie:
- 24 ounce water reservoir.
- 2 reprogrammable cup sizes for espresso or lungo.
- Drip tray folds up to hold different cup sizes.
- Capsules container holds up to 12 used capsules.
- Backlight indicators for empty water tank or full used capsule drawer.
- Power cord storage.
- The Nespresso Pixie is the only Nespresso machine made in Switzerland.
- Measurement: 12.83-Inch length by 4.33-Inch width by 9-1/4-Inch height
- Available in Electric Titan (pictured above), Aluminum or Titan.
Pixie C60 vs. D60, Is There a Difference?
You might notice that some Pixie machines are labeled C60 and other D60, is there a difference between them? No, not at all. These numbers only reference slight model differences and colors, and does not affect the quality or performance of the machine at all. Simply choose the one that looks best to you.
Pixie by DeLonghi or Pixie by Breville? What’s The Difference?
Another variation you might find is that some Pixie (or even other Nespresso models) are sold under the Breville brand and others under the DeLonghi brand. There are no actual difference between them. Nespresso partnered with these brands to help them with distribution of their machines, and these labels are only to let you know which brand made your machine. But you’re still getting the same Nespresso no matter what.
Features of Nespresso CitiZ:
- 33 3/4 ounce water reservoir. The largest on a Nespresso OriginalLine machine.
- 2 reprogrammable cup sizes: espresso and lungo.
- Folding drip tray.
- Used capsules container.
- Available in Red, black, silver, white.
- measurement: 8-Inches by 13-1/2 inches by 10 inches
What Is The Difference Between Pixie and Citiz?
Pixie has a 24 oz water reservoir, CitiZ has a 33 oz reservoir.
There’s difference in design of both machines that won’t affect the actual performance of it, but might make a difference to you or your kitchen decor. The difference is in the colors, side panels and the bar in which the machine opens/closes the lid.
The Pixie has metal side panels which gives it a more premium feel. It’s also the only machine with backlight indicators for empty water reservoir and full capsule drawer. It will turn from blue to red to let you know it’s time to check up on these two things.
On the other hand, the CitiZ has a nice design, but it lacks the premium materials of the Pixie as it’s mostly made of plastic. But it does have a larger water reservoir which is quite a useful thing.
Country of Origin:
CitiZ is made in China, Pixie is made in Switzerland.
Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother:
Aeroccino is Nespresso’s electric milk frother that heats and froths milk for making Cappuccino or Latte. It includes two whisks for creating different density of milk froth and it can make hot or cold froth. When buying a Nespresso machine, you have the option to buy it as a stand alone or bundled with this milk frother. If you’re planning on making milk based drinks, then we highly recommend that you include it with your purchase.
Common Questions About Nespresso Machines:
Can I Use Any Other type of Coffee Capsules with Nespresso Machines? (K-Cups, Starbucks Verismo… etc.)
No, you can’t. Nespresso machines are compatible with their own capsules/pods only.
Can I use the Same Capsules For More Than Once?
Each Nespresso capsules is pre-measured with the exact amount of coffee ground you need for a perfect cup of Espresso or Lungo. Technically, You can hit the brew button twice on the same pod before you’ve ejected it, but that won’t be a good idea. The coffee will not taste good as you’ve already spent the coffee ground inside the capsule on the first shot. So we really don’t recommend doing this.
Can I use My Own Coffee Ground with Nespresso Machines?
There are non-official refillable Nespresso capsules that you can use to brew your own coffee ground, however, they’re not recommended. These capsules, manufactured by companies other than Nespresso, can actually harm your machine. Also, chances are, you won’t get the measurements or coffee ground right or as good as Nespresso makes them, which can negatively affect your experience.
Can I Make Tea with Nespresso?
Surprisingly, you can! Not officially though. There’s a company that makes tea pods that are available for Nespresso machines, which you can learn more about here.
Where Will I Buy Nespresso Pods From?
There’s available online at Nespresso or Amazon. They’re slightly more expensive on Amazon, but you’re not restricted to buying in quantities of 10 like at Nespresso’s website. They’re also available at Nespresso Boutiques available worldwide. Learn more about buying the capsules here.
Is There a Difference Between the Pixie C60 and D60? Or the U D50 and C50?
Not in the way the machines function. The names refer to slight aesthetic differences in the coffee spout or available color only. For example, the C60 is available in Titanium and Chrome, and the side panels look differently than the D60 which has a smooth side panel and is available in colors like red, green and blue.
Breville is at it again with an espresso machine that is stunning as it is easy to use. We’re no strangers to espresso machines by Breville. An all time favorite is the Breville Barista Express followed closely by the Breville Infuser. So let’s have a look at the Breville Bambino, how it works and how it compares to its elder siblings.
Features of Breville Bambino Plus:
- Commercial-like quality while being compact in size and easy to use for the home user.
- Full brushed stainless steel body.
- Automatic microfoam milk texturing. The steam wand automatically froths milk to the temperature and texture you want.
- Fast heat up time: the machine is ready to work in 3 seconds.
- 54mm porta filter with 19 gram dose for the best coffee house quality drink.
- Pre-infusion setting saturates coffee ground with low pressure water to ensure full saturation before extraction.
- Digital temperature control delivers water at the exact right temperature for optimal espresso extraction.
- Auto purging ensures your machine is clean for the next use.
- 64 oz water reservoir.
Who Is The Breville Bambino Plus Right For?
We all know that semi-automatic espresso machines come with a learning curve. You take your time to get your milk texturing skills right, getting the temperature right and handling your machine correctly, overall. And milk texturing is where everyone usually goes wrong. That micro foam texture is the dream of every beginner’s!
Some at-home baristas though do not have the patience for all that. They want the flexibility of a semi-automatic, but do not want to spend a lot of time getting things right. That’s where a machine like the Bambino Plus comes in…
The Bambino Plus gives you room to adjust your coffee shot volume, temperature and texture and it will remember things for you. Also, there are pre-sets all ready for you to use. As for the hard part of milk texturing: the automatic steam wand does it all for you! Select your temperature and your texture (how much foam you want) and it will be done for you. Your coffee drink comes out perfectly right the first time.
How does the machine know the right milk temperature, though? It’s all thanks to the included milk jug, which contacts a sensor placed right under its place where the steam wand goes. The sensor works to measure the temperature of the milk as it heats up and will stop when it reaches your desired temperature.
Breville Bambino Plus vs. Breville The Infuser, What’s The Difference?
The Breville Infuser is also a semi-automatic espresso machine with some programmable features. But it does not have the automatic features that the Bambino Plus has:
- The frothing wand on the Infuser is not automatic. There’s no selection for temperature or texture like the Bambino Plus. So you’ll have to do your own tests til you get the temperature and texture you prefer.
- The Infuser features a gauge that should make it easy for you to see where your machine at, temperature wise.
- The Infuser has a built-in tamper and a built-in hot water dispenser. Bambino Plus has a tamper included as an accessory, but doesn’t have the hot water dispenser.
- Although The Infuser is physically bigger than the Bambino Plus, it has a slightly smaller water reservoir with 61 oz capacity ( vs. 64 oz for the Bambino Plus).
So, there are some trade-offs between the two machines. If you’re someone who does not want things done automatically and willing to learn, then go for the Infuser. However, keep in mind that it isn’t as compact as the Bambino Plus, if space is an issue for you.
Breville Bambino Plus vs. DeLonghi Dedica Deluxe:
When it comes to size and footprint, the DeLonghi Dedica is quite comparable to the Breville Bambino Plus. In fact, it’s even smaller. The Dedica Deluxe is only 6″ wide, while the Bambino Plus is about 7.6″ or so.
So, how else are they comparable?
- Both have a single or double shot buttons that can be programmed.
- The steam wand on the Dedica is not as advanced as the Bambino’s. There’s no temperature or texture settings. However, you can adjust the frother so it either foams or heats milk (without creating foam). But it’s quite hard to get the right texture or micro foam (which is what you need for latte art) with this kind of frother.
- Heat up time on the Dedica Deluxe is 35 seconds vs. only 3 seconds for the Bambino Plus.
- Water tank capacity is 35 oz on the Dedica Deluxe and 64 oz on the Bambino Plus, so that’s quite a difference.
- Cleaning wise, the Bambino Plus has auto purge which is purge out water to automatically clean the steam wand after each use. With the Dedica, you’ll have to manually clean your wand after use so it doesn’t clog up.
How do you choose between the Breville Bambino Plus and Dedica Deluxe?
There are some clear trade offs between the two machines. If you want automatic milk texture and temperature, as well as automatic cleaning, then Bambino is your choice. The Bambino produces better and more professional quality milk foam. The Dedica, even on its high foam setting, does not produce enough foam.
However, it’s important to note that there’s a big price difference (in the time of writing this post, at least) between the two machines. So you certainly get what you pay for here.
Illy is undoubtedly one of Italy’s best coffee brands. And lucky for us, Illy manufactures their own single-serve espresso makers for us to enjoy their highly quality coffee at home.
In a previous post, we reviewed and compared Illy’s Y5 espresso machine and its two models, Duo and Milk. In this post, we’ll look at the differences between Illy Y3 vs. Y5.
Let’s start with the features of Illy Y3 Espresso Machine:
- Compact, ultra slim single-serve espresso machine from Illy, for use with IperEspresso capsules by Illy.
- 19-bar pump.
- Two programmable coffee programs, can be re-adjusted to any volume of espresso your want.
- Removable 1 Liter (33 oz) water reservoir.
- Automatic used capsule ejection.
- Used capsule drawer holds up to 8 used capsules.
- Adjustable cup tray.
- Available in different colors.
Features of Illy Y5 Duo Espresso and Coffee Machine:
- Single-serve Espresso and Coffee maker, uses Illy’s IperEspresso capsules.
- Can make espresso and traditional cup of coffee.
- 19-bar pump.
- Two coffee programs that can be readjusted.
- 30 oz (0.9 liters) water reservoir capacity.
- Slim and compact design.
- Automatic capsule ejection.
- Used capsule capsule drawer holds up to 10 capsules.
Illy Y3 vs. Illy Y5, What’s The Difference?
The main difference here is:
- Illy Y3 is an espresso machine and can only brew espresso at different volumes.
- Illy 5 Duo can brew both Espresso and Coffee.
So, if you love espresso but still enjoy a traditional cup of coffee, you’ll love that the Y5 Duo can do both. And you could be wondering, since both machine have reprogrammable settings, couldn’t you just reprogram a button to do a large cup of coffee? No, it’s not advised that you do that, and heres’ why:
- When making a cup of coffee with the Y5, you will be using iperCoffee capsules, which contains a coffee blend and different measurement than the iperEspresso capsules.
- To make a cup of coffee, the Y5 will most likely use less pressure power than when making espresso, since coffee can’t be prepared using high pressure like espresso. The Y3 does not have this feature.
Where To Buy Illy iperEspresso and iperCoffee Capsules?
If you want to learn more about iperEspresso capsules and how they work, you can read our full post about it here. iperEspresso and iperCoffee can be purchased directly from Illy’s website. You can also buy them from Amazon. (for coffee, make sure the capsule is labeled iperCoffee).
Common questions about Illy’s iperEspresso and iperCoffee Capsules:
Can Illy’s IperEspresso and IperCoffee Capsules Be Used with Nespresso or Keurig Machines?
No, Illy’s capsules can be used with their systems only. If you want illy coffee for Keurig, you can buy their K-Cups here.
Are There Refillable Pods for Illy? Can I Use My Own Coffee Ground?
No, there are no refillable pods. You can only use official IperEspresso and IperCoffee capsules from illy.
Can I Make Hot Chocolate With an Illy Espresso or Coffee Maker?
No, Illy makes coffee and espresso drinks only.
How To Use Illy Y5 Duo:
Review of Illy Y3:
Nespresso has added yet another innovation to its lineup of single-serve espresso makers. Just like Nespresso brought us VertuoLine and VertuoLine Evoluo, which are the first Nespresso espresso makers that brew BOTH espresso and coffee!
So, what else can Nespresso bring us? Well, this time it’s an espresso maker only, but it’s powered by a high-end technology that adds to convenience and luxury Nespresso has to offer.
What Is Nespresso Prodigio?
Prodigio is a smart, Bluetooth-enabled espresso maker by Nespresso. It works just like any other OriginalLine Nespresso machine, it brews espresso using Nespresso capsules in the same way we know and love. But an added feature is the wireless Bluetooth connectivity, it connects to your smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android) and allows you to wirelessly brew a cup of ristretto, espresso or lungo without getting up. You can even schedule your brewing, manage your capsule stock, or check on your machine clean-up and maintenance all via a smart app.
Features of the Nespresso Prodigio:
- 19-bar single-serve espresso maker.
- The first Bluetooth connected espresso maker by Nespresso.
- Use the smart app to brew coffee immediately, schedule future automatic brews, capsule stock and more.
- Uses Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.
- Three programmable volume settings: Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo
- Fast heat up time, 25 seconds.
- Water reservoir capacity: 27 oz.
- Rotating water tank makes it more adaptable to your space
- Automatic used capsule ejection.
- Used Capsule drawer capacity: up to 14.
- Dimensions: 10.1″ x 4.7″ x 14.7″
- Made in Hungary.
The Nespresso Prodigio is available in two models, Prodigio which is the standalone espresso maker and the Prodigio Milk, which has a built in Aeroccino milk frother.
Each model is available in 2 colors: Silver or Titan (Grey).
Watch How It Works:
This last video is not in English, but it should give you a clear idea of how the app and smart connectivity works.
Nespresso Prodigio vs. Vertuoline, What’s The Difference?
Apart from the fact that Prodigio is Nespresso’s first Bluetooth connected espresso maker, it’s also an OriginalLine machine, which means it uses the smaller espresso capsules by Nespresso (as well as Nespresso compatible brands). Vertuoline uses its own designed capsules to brew espresso and coffee, while Prodigio only brews espresso and espresso based drinks.
Nespresso Prodigio vs. Pixie, What’s The Difference?
- Prodigio and Pixie both are OriginalLine, so they will use the same capsules.
- Prodigio is the only Bluetooth connected Nespresso machine.
- Pixie has a 24 oz water tank while Prodigio has a 27 oz water tank.
- The water tank of Prodigio is rotating, which means it’s more adaptable to your counter-space.
- Pixie’s body is equipped with LED backlight which is on always or works as an indicator for an empty water tank or full used capsule drawer (flashing).
- Pixie isn’t available with an integrated Aeroccino milk frother, but a frother can be purchased bundled with the machine.
Do I Have To Use the Smart App To Brew Coffee On the Nespresso Prodigio?
No, definitely not. It’s only an added feature for your convenience. The Prodigio can be used like any other Nespresso machine or through the app, the Bluetooth connectivity isn’t required.
Fans of illy’s coffee should be really excited about Francis Francis’ single-serve coffee maker named Y5 which uses illy’s IperEspresso single-serve capsules. While this isn’t the first machine that uses iperEspresso capsules exclusively, there’s Gaggia for illy and the X7.1 which is also by Francis Francis. However, the Y5 has a twist that makes it special.
What Makes The Francis Francis Y5 Duo Different That other iperEspresso Machines?
For the first time, the Y5 Duo by Francis Francis combines an espresso machine and coffee maker. It is able to brew a shot of espresso as well as a regular cup of coffee using the same machine!
Features of the Y5 Duo:
- A compact single serve coffee maker.
- Premium build that combines aluminum and tempered glass.
- Can brew espresso using illy’s iperEspresso capsules.
- Also brews traditional cup of coffee using illy’s iperCoffee capsules.
- Adjustable cup holder to accommodate different cup sizes.
- Touch-sensitive buttons.
- Adjustable coffee volume settings.
- Automatic capsule ejection.
- 30 oz water tank capacity.
What Is The Francis Francis Y5 Milk?
Francis Francis Y5 Milk is an upgraded version of the Y5 Duo. It has an integrated milk tank and frother to make milk based drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato and more.
Features of Francis Francis Y5 Milk:
- 6 pre-set beverage settings: espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte, steamed milk and hot water.
- Premium machine housing with aluminum exterior and tempered glass.
- Touch-sensitive buttons.
- Adjustable cup sizes.
- Adjustable coffee volume.
- Removable milk tank.
- 30 oz water tank capacity.
What Is The Difference Between Francis Francis Duo and Milk?
The biggest difference between the two machines is the integrated milk frother on the Y5 Milk. The Y5 Milk gives you a larger range of coffee drinks at a push of a button, while the Y5 Duo only makes espresso and coffee.
Francis Francis Y5 Duo:
Francis Francis Y5 Milk:
illy’s iperEspresso and iperCoffee Capsules: How Much It Costs and Where To Buy Them?
We’ve posted a detailed about illy’s iperEspresso capsules before when we compared them to Nespresso capsules. illy, which is one of the best Italian coffee brands out there, created iperEspresso to give you the same high quality of coffee you’d expect from any illy cafe, right in the comfort of your own home.
iperEspresso is available in a range of blends and intensity, from dark to medium or decaf. The capsules are packed in a can that seals in all its freshness, which results in an absolute fresh cup of coffee.
As for iper Coffee, which works with Y5 Duo, it is a newcomer to illy’s capsule selection. It works the same way as iperEspresso, but instead of espresso, it has a coffee blend for brewing a large cup of coffee.
Are iperEspresso and iperCoffee Capsules Refillable?
No, none of illy’s capsules are refillable. They’re made for a single use only.
How Much Do They Cost?
Each can of iperEspresso has 21 capsules, while iperCoffee has 18 capsules. The price depends on which blend you choose, but you should expect to pay from $0.79 to $1 per cup/capsule. It isn’t exactly cheap, but you have to keep in mind that you’ll be getting a quality cup of coffee that would cost you up to $3 or $5 at a local coffee shop. So you’ll actually be saving lots of money by making your coffee house style drinks at home.
Are Any Capsules Included with the Purchase of a Machine?
Unfortunately, no capsules are included with the purchase of your machine, which is the only CON to this. You’ll have to buy some capsules to get started with your machine.
Where To Buy iperEspresso and iperCoffee Capsules?
Nespresso Pixie continues to be a Best Seller on Amazon. Is it better than other Nespresso machines? What makes the most popular choice? That’s what we’ll try to answer in this post.
Why Nespresso Pixie Is The Best:
Pixie isn’t necessarily better than CitiZ, Inissia or U. They all produce a quality cup of coffee using the same Nespresso capsules, so there’s no doubt you’ll get a delicious cup no matter which Nespresso machine you use. But here are a few reasons that might make it the preferred choice of many:
Where It’s Made:
Unlike other machines, Nespresso Pixie remains to be made in Switzerland. This gives it an edge when it comes to construction quality and definitely a lot more prestige.
UPDATE Jan 2018: We noticed that some Pixie machines are now manufactured by other brands that Nespresso partners with. We’re not sure if these machines are also made in Switzerland or not, so kindly check before buying.
Design and Aesthetics:
Pixie was designed to be ultra-compact at 4.33-Inch width, making it a perfect choice for anyone with small space. The design draws inspiration from architecture and industrial design. It’s sleek but rugged enough for everyday use.
The Pixie features metal side panels that are available in a number of classic or vibrant colors. The panels are also interchangeable, so if you feel like updating the color of your machine, you can simply buy a set of panels in any color you want.
The front panel of the Pixie features LED lights that act as an indicator, it will notify you of an empty water reservoir or a full capsule drawer. These lights look especially great in your dark or dim lit kitchen.
Function and Operation:
One of the greatest features of the Nespresso Pixie is its fast start up time, it takes only 25 secs to heat up. This only means you’ll get your coffee faster.
Making a shot of espresso is as straight forward as other Nespresso machines. Pop in your Nespresso capsule and hit the brew button. You can choose from Espresso or Lungo and you can reprogram the coffee volume of both sizes.
Watch the Unboxing of a Nespresso Pixie:
Is the Nespresso Pixie Better Than Inissia?
Inissia, which is the entry-level machine from Nespresso, is the nearest one in design to the Pixie with a big price in difference between them. This usually makes new buyers confused, should they go with the Inissia or its higher-end Pixie?
Truth is, although they look very similar, they are quite different:
- The Nespresso Pixie has a much better build, made of mostly metal body that is more durable and easier to clean and maintain.
- The Inissia on the other hand is fully plastic. It is available in many bright colors, but the plastic can be less durable in the long run.
- The Inissia also lacks the LED light indicators for water level and the clear capsule drawer.
- The Pixie has an on/off button, which gives you more control over its power. The Inissia on the other hand, powers up soon as you plug it in, as it doesn’t have a on/off switch.
Watch How Nespresso Pixie Works:
Watch The Difference Between Inissia and Pixie:
Common Questions About the Nespresso Pixie:
What Is The Difference Between Nespresso Pixie and CitiZ?
We’ve done a full comparison between all Nespresso machines which you can read here.
Can I Make a Cappuccino or Latte with the Nespresso Pixie?
Of course you can. Espresso is the base of a Cappuccino or Latte, that’s what your Pixie will make for you. To do a Cappuccino, you’ll have to bundle it with a milk frother called Aeroccino (or any other frother you like). The frother will heat the milk and froth it for you to create your Cappuccino or Latte.
Watch this video on how to make a Cappuccino with a Pixie:
Where Can I Buy Nespresso Capsules?
The Capsules are available widely at local Nespresso boutiques or online. Read all about Nespresso capsules here.
We’ve once stated that the CitiZ is definitely one of the best Nespresso machines you can choose to buy for its beautiful design, large capacity and built-in frother. But since then, there’s been a new contender, and that is the Lattissima Pro.
In this post, we’ll be looking at the features of each of these of these Nespresso machines and which would be a better one to buy.
Features of Nespresso Lattisima Pro:
- Made by DeLonghi, powered by Nespresso’s Capsule system.
- Features DeLonghi’s patented frothing system.
- Detachable milk frother can be stored in the fridge to save leftover milk.
- Touch screen allows you to choose from 6 pre-set drinks, and customize them as you like.
- Function for hot milk and hot water dispenser for tea.
- Foam density can be adjusted.
- Premium Italian design.
- Water tank capacity: 44 oz.
- Milk frother capacity: 17 oz.
- Preheat time: 25 seconds.
Features of Nespresso CitiZ:
- Made by Nespresso
- Built-in Aeroccino milk frother.
- Choose from two cup sizes: Espresso or Lungo. Both are reprogrammable.
- Water tank capacity: 34 oz
- Preheat time: 25 seconds.
What Is The Difference Between The Lattissima Pro and CitiZ?
- The Lattissima Pro gives you a lot more features:
- an advanced touch screen
- Larger water tank and milk frother capacity.
- detachable milk frother.
- Adjustable milk frothing options, heat milk only.
- Coffee drinks are already preset into the machine, so you can create 6 drinks including Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato, Espresso with a touch of a button.
- The CitiZ can make every drink a Lattissima makes, however, some manual work is required. You’ll have to “build” the drink yourself. As with the Lattisima, the machine will automatically do it all for you: adjust volume, pour in the milk and brew the coffee with the perfect measurement for each drink.
- The hot milk and hot water dispenser on the Lattissima are great for making drinks other than coffee. You can use the hot milk to make hot chocolate for example, and having hot water ready at all times allows you to make tea or even quick meals (instant soup or oatmeal, for example) instantly.
- The Lattissima Pro is made by DeLonghi, so it combines the features of two leading brands: DeLonghi and Nespresso.
Which One Is Best To Buy?
- Hands down, the Lattissima Pro is a much better choice than the CitiZ. It’s having those extra features that make your Nespresso experience even more luxurious.
- However, the Lattissima Pro is more expensive than the CitiZ. So it might come down to your budget.
Nespresso CitiZ vs. Lattissima Touch, What’s The Difference?
Lattissima Touch is an older model of the Lattissima Pro. It works the same way, although it is smaller and less advanced.
But what’s the difference between Lattissima Touch and Nespresso CitiZ?
There are differences that are similar to the difference between the CitiZ and Lattissima Pro such as:
- Lattissima Touch has a built-in milk frother that automatically dispenses frothy milk to your cup.
- Frother is detachable, so left over milk can be stored in the fridge for later use.
- It has a preset buttons for each drink. It is programmed to prepare 6 different drinks at a push of a button. The only thing missing, it doesn’t have a hot water dispenser like the Pro model has.
On the other hand:
- Lattissima Touch has a slightly smaller water reservoir than the CitiZ. 30 oz vs. 34 oz on the CitiZ.
- Used capsule drawer on the Lattissima Touch can hold up to 13 capsules while on the CitiZ, it holds between 9 and 11.
But all of these little differences aren’t as important as the fact that the Lattissima Touch is different than CitiZ mostly because it can prepare coffee drinks with one touch, unlike CitiZ where you froth the milk and pour it separately, do your own measuring and so on.
Have a look at these posts for even more information about these two Nespresso machines:
- Comparison between Nespresso CitiZ models.
- Difference Between Lattissima Pro and Lattissima Plus.
- Difference Between Lattissima EN750MB and EN720M
Watch the Lattissima Pro and Nespresso CitiZ in Action:
Unboxing and Testing of the Lattissima Pro:
Test of the Nespresso CitiZ:
- Because both machines feature a bar code technology that automatically recognized the inserted capsule and adjusts the machine settings accordingly.
But that’s pretty much where the similarity ends.
In this post, we’ll be looking at the difference between the VertuoLine and Tassimo in details.
Features of VertuoLine vs. Tassimo:
Features of Nespresso VertuoLine:
- The first Nespresso machine that makes espresso and coffee.
- Uses a brand new technology called Centrifusion which rapidly spins the capsule to brew coffee or espresso.
- An embedded laser reads the bar code on the coffee capsules and automatically adjusts the machine for you.
- Ability to reprogram the machine to your liking.
- Create gourmet coffee drinks (Cappuccino, Latte) by using Nespresso’s Aeroccino milk frother (available separately or as a bundle).
- Uses new capsules from Nespressso (different from Nespresso’s Original capsules). Available as espresso or coffee pods.
- Drawer holds up to 12 used capsules before needing to discard.
Features of Bosch Tassimo Beverage System:
- Automatically adjusts machine using bar code technology.
- Can prepare a variety of coffee drinks including, coffee, cappuccino, latte, macchiato and more.
- Noise reduction system for quiet operation.
- T-disc capsules are available from many different brands.
The Difference Between VertuoLine and Tassimo:
- The VertuoLine uses never-seen-before technology that rapidly spins the capsules to evenly infuse it with water and extract the perfect espresso or coffee every time.
- Although the machine automatically reads the bar code on the capsule to adjust itself for the best settings, you still have the ability to increase or decrease the volume of the coffee to get it to your taste.
- Like most coffee beverage makers, the Tassimo uses pump pressure to brew coffee.
- The Tassimo also features a bar code technology that automatically scans the capsules and adjusts to best settings.
VertuoLine’s capsules include coffee/espresso only. When preparing Cappuccino or Latte for example, you’ll be using your choice of fresh milk which you’ll heat and froth using the Aeroccino frother (or your own choice of frother) and you’ll be adding that to a shot of freshly brewed coffee.
Tassimo’s T-Discs include a variety of drinks including coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, tea and more. If you opt for a Cappuccino T-disc for example, the machine will brew a pre-packed espresso capsule as well as a milk capsule (instead of using fresh milk). That’s one option of course. There’s no frother bundled with the machine, but you can always buy your own from any brand (see our recommended frothers here).
- VertuoLine’s capsules are made exclusively by Nespresso and there are NO other compatible capsules. They can be purchased from Nespresso, either in their local boutiques which are available worldwide, or they can purchased online from Nespresso or Amazon.
- T-discs for Tassimo are available from different coffee brands. They’re sold widely online or in some local stores.
- VertuoLine’s used capsule drawer means the machine automatically ejects used coffee capsules and keeps it in that drawer until it fills up at around 12 to 13 capsules. That means no clean up required after each use.
- Tassimo does not have a used capsule drawer. You’ll have to discard each t-disc individually after each use.
Which Is Best To Buy? Nespresso VertuoLine or Tassimo?
Customers, as well as us, prefer the VertuoLine over Tassimo for many reasons:
- Design wise, the Vertuoline has a beautiful and modern design that is way ahead of Tassimos. As an appliance that sits on your counter top all the time, you’ll want something as beautiful as the VertuoLine.
- Nespresso’s coffee capsules are known for their highest quality. You’re guaranteed a fresh an aromatic cup of coffee every time.
- Nespresso doesn’t serve packed milk capsules and artificial flavors, which we’re totally against. When preparing milk-based drinks, you’ll want to use fresh milk, which is what the Aeroccino helps you with.
Watch The Machines In Action:
How To Use Nespresso Vertuoline:
Making Coffee Using Nespresso VertuoLine:
Making a Latte Using VertuoLine:
Bosch Tassimo Unboxing + Coffee and Cappuccino Preparation:
So you’re guilty of consuming too many Cappuccinos and Lattes? Who can blame you! These rather delicious drinks can be hard to make at home without any Barista expertise, but that’s not the case when you become a proud owner of a Nespresso machine which makes you your favorite coffee drinks with a push of a button.
Nespresso machine is a single-serve espresso maker, which means it makes espresso shots, one shot a time, using their exclusive Nespresso capsules. And since Espresso is the base of every delicious coffee drink out there, you can make all your favorite coffee-house drinks at home whenever you want.
As Nespresso machines are sold as stand-alone machines (only the espresso maker) or with a milk frother bundle, if your aim of having one is to make Cappuccinos and Lattes, then a milk frother is a must. In this case, you have two options:
- Buy a Nespresso machine bundled with Nespresso’s Aeroccino milk frother, or get a milk frother separately.
- Buy a Nespresos machine with a built-in milk frother, which should be more convenient.
Buying a Nespresso Machine with Aeroccino Milk Frother:
Almost all Nespresso machines like Pixie, U or Inissia are all available with an Aeroccino milk frother. This is a cheaper option, when you buy the Aeroccino bundled with the machine you’ll be saving on its price. But what you should consider is that when operating them, you’ll need to separate plugs for each unit as they work separately. Here are some bundles to consider:
Buying a Nespresso Machine with Built-In Frother:
Although this set up is more expensive than the previous, it is a lot more convenient. First, you’ll have both the machine and the frother working at the same time, with only one plug to operate them both. Depending on the model you choose, the milk frother should pour in the frothy milk directly and automatically into your cup, making your drink a truly push-button experience. Here are some options to consider:
The DeLonghi Nespresso EN750MB Lattissima PRO: Top of the line Nespresso system combined with DeLonghi’s patented milk frothing system. The milk frother in this machine is not only built-in but also detachable, so you can store the left over fridge in the milk without anything going to waste. It also features a touch-pad control, 6 pre-set drink options and it’s fully programmable to your taste.
The DeLonghi Nespresso EN680MB Lattissima: Another great team up between Nespresso and DeLonghi with an integrated and detachable milk frother. Fully programmable drink options and quick push-button features. It lacks the display and touchscreen the previously mentioned model has, but it’s a more affordable option that offers the same great coffee quality.
Nespresso CitiZ with Milk Frother: This Nespresso machine has a built-in Aeroccino milk frother that operates with the machine. However, unlike the previous models, it does not pour the milk directly into the cup. You simply pick up the milk frother and pour in the milk into your cup. But everything else is done automatically. It’s a great option for anyone with a budget under $300.
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The Best Nespresso Capsules For Cappuccino and Latte:
Here are a few selected Nespresso variety packs made especially for Cappuccino and Latte lovers:
This Latte pack includes 5 varieties that offer a balanced and fine flavors when mixed with milk.
This pack includes a variety of three flavored espresso pods: Caramelito, Ciocattino and Vanilio. You’ll enjoy a cup of nicely flavored coffee using one of these pods.
Most, if not all, espresso machines come with an integrated steam wand that you can use to froth milk for a delicious cup of cappuccino or latte. But some people find this feature to a hassle and prefer a quicker way to froth milk. If you happened to be one of them, you’ll definitely prefer the use of an automatic milk frother instead of a steam wand. What’s the difference between them?
- With a steam wand, you’ll have to hold the milk pitcher and wait for your milk to steam and froth. You may or may not get it right, and it can take a bit of practice.
- With an integrated automatic milk frother, all you have to do is fill a milk tank and push a button and all the frothing will be done for you.
We’ve featured many espresso makers that feature automatic milk frothers, and they’re available at a wide range of features and budgets. Here’s a look at the best ones:
Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker:
This is a fantastic entry-level espresso and cappuccino maker for a budget under $200. The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista prepares everything with a push of a button; it features a classic portafilter that you can use with your choice of coffee ground or E.S.E coffee pods (Not to be confused with Coffee Capsules). The integrated milk tank pours the frothy milk right into your mug, and it’s detachable so you can easily store any left-over milk in the fridge. See a review of the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista here.
Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine with Built-in Aeroccino Milk Frother:
One of the most popular Nespresso machines, the CitiZ features a built-in milk frother that can prepare hot or cold froth in under a minute. The frother sits on the same base as the machine and uses the same power source, but it does not pour milk automatically into the cup,you’ll pour the milk in yourself. But frothing is done with a simple push of a button and is fully automatic.
The CitiZ uses Nespresso espresso capsules only. It prepares Espresso and Lungo, and you can reprogram all the automatic features in the machine to your preference. Click here to read our review of the CitiZ.
Saeco Syntia Espresso Machine with Built-in Grinder and Integrated Milk Frother:
This is a super-automatic espresso machine for someone with a large budget and looking for a high-end machine. The Saeco Syntia features a built-in conical burr grinder that grinds coffee on demand, giving you a cup of coffee with beans that has been ground right before brewing. It also features an integrated milk tank that automatically froths milk for cappuccinos and lattes and it pours right into the cup. The Syntia packs a lot of advanced features that you can read about by clicking here.