Nespresso continues to evolve and upgrade their line of espresso and coffee machines VertuoLine, tweaking the design and features to make it even better. The VertuoPlus is an example of this, it’s a newly redesigned machine to add to the VertuoLine collection from Nespresso. What is it and how is it different from the VertuoLine and Evoluo? That’s what we will talk about in this post.
Features of the VertuoPlus Espresso and Coffee Maker:
- Espresso and Coffee maker by Nespresso – designed to work with VertuoLine capsules only.
- Slim design with moveable water reservoir that can slide right, left or behind the machine.
- 40 oz water tank capacity.
- Automatic capsules recognition adjusts the machine to the optimal settings for that capsule.
- Three cup sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, 8 oz and 14 oz coffee.
- The top of the machine (the lid that lifts to insert the capsule) is motorized. It opens up and closes automatically.
- Used capsule container.
- Includes a sample pack with each available Vertuoline capsule for espresso and coffee.
- Available in Gray or Red.
Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe, Is It Different Than The VertuoPlus?
No, features wise, both are exactly the same. The VertuoPlus Deluxe has a larger 60 oz water reservoir and design wise, it has some chrome accents. Everything else is the same as the VertuoPlus.
Why Is The VertuoPlus Branded with DeLonghi and VertuoPlus Deluxe Branded with Breville?
We’ve been getting this question for a long time, ever since the release of machines like the DeLonghi Lattissima and more recently Breville Creatista Plus, which all are basically Nespresso machines but have other brand names.
The answer for this is rather simple. These good companies are not trying to confuse you, that’s for sure. Actually, they partner up to bring you the best of their technologies to make the best coffee makers possible. This the case of VertuoPlus, Nespresso has partnered with DeLonghi and Breville to help them distribute their machines. The VertuoPlus and VertuoPlus Deluxe are still Nespresso machines and are made exclusively to brew VertuoLine capsules.
Watch How The VertuoPlus Works:
How Is VertuoPlus Different Than VertuoLine and Evoluo Nespresso Machines?
The similarity between all Vertuoline machines is:
- They all use VertuoLine capsules (coffee or espresso) exclusively. Other OrignialLine capsules by Nespresso will NOT work with these machines.
- They use Nespresso’s Centrifusion technology. Unlike other machines that use a pump to force water through capsules to produce the coffee, Centrifusion spins the capsules rapidly while mixing it with water to extract the coffee. When you start the brewing process, you’ll notice is sounds kind of like a fan is spinning. Yet, it is still much quieter than other coffee and espresso machines.
The differences between these models are mainly in the design:
- The VertuoPlus has the biggest design difference with its moving water reservoir. You can set it up in a way that fits your counter top without any issues. Rotate it to the right side, left side or keep it in the back. As of this time of writing this post, only the VertuoPlus has this design feature.
- Another thing that only the VertuoPlus has (as of now) is the motorized head. You might think this isn’t an important thing, but it really makes a huge difference since you’ll be closing and opening this part of the machine multiple times on a daily basis. Without automating this part, there are chances of breaking it by slamming it down or flipping it up too hard. But when it closes down slowly, on its own, there’s less force on it and less chances of it breaking.
- Other differences has to do with the water reservoir capacity: With the VertuoPlus and Evoluo, both have 40 oz water reservoir. The Deluxe version of the VertuoPlus has 60 oz capacity but the Deluxe version of the Evoluo has a 56 oz capacity.
What About the first-gen VertuoLine?
We don’t recommend the first VerutoLine over the newer Evoluo or VertuoPlus for one reason. That original model has a design flaw that produced a coffee that is not hot enough. Since then, Nespresso released the Evoluo and VertuoPlus with a fix that makes hotter coffee than the VertuoLine. It is an outdated model for sure and it’s not worth it to buy.
How To Make a Cappuccino or Latte Using VertuoPlus?
If you happened to enjoy milk based coffee drinks like Cappuccino or Latte, we highly recommend that you get your VertuoPlus in a bundle that includes a milk frother. On its own, the VertuoPlus does not have a built-in milk frother so it only brews coffee or espresso, the base of those delicious coffee drinks. By getting a bundle, you get your VertuoPlus with an Aeroccino electric milk frother. This frother automatically heats up and froths milk with a touch of a button, and can create cold froth, too. If you don’t like Nespresso’s milk frother, you can always get one from another brand. See our recommendations here.
Should You Upgrade To The VertuoPlus?
- If this is going to be your first Nespresso Vertuoline machine, then yes, absolutely! VertuoPlus is definitely worth it and you’ll enjoy having it.
- If you’re currently an owner of a Nespresso Evoluo, then we don’t see a reason for an upgrade. The VertuoPlus and Evoluo offer the same performance and the difference between them is only aesthetic.
- If you’re a VertuoLine machine owner, and you’re not happy about the temperature of the coffee your machine is producing (but you’re satisfied with the taste and quality), you should consider an upgrade as the new models fix this issue while offering you the same great coffee.
We’ve talked about the release of the most versatile single-serve from Nespresso and Breville, the Creatista Plus. This exciting release from two powerhouses in espresso machines offers a lot for the home user, without the hard work and complications that other espresso machines come with.
The Breville Nespresso Creatista PLUS comes packed with a lot of great features:
- Personalized barista-style drinks with a touch of a button.
- Designed to work with Nespresso OriginalLine espresso capsules.
- Select from 8 programmed coffee drinks like espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Flat White and more.
- Adjustable milk temperature.
- Automatic milk frother creates professional coffee-house micro-foam froth that allows you to create latte art.
- Self-cleaning frothing wand.
- Color display screen allows you to easily program and control your Creatista PLUS machine.
What Is The Difference Between the Creatista and Creatista PLUS?
This beautiful Nespresso and Breville collaboration comes in two models: The Creatista and Creatista PLUS. But what’s the difference between these two?
The Creatista PLUS packs more features and customization options that the Creatisa. Also, there’s a small design difference. Let’s talk about this in details…
- The Creatista Plus has a full stainless steel body.
- The Creatista has stainless steel front panel with colored sides.
- Both models have a quick start up time of 3 seconds.
Milk Temperature Settings:
- The Creatista Plus has a great range of 11 milk temperature settings to select from.
- With the Creatista, you can choose from 5 milk temperature settings.
- Creatista Plus offers 8 milk textures.
- Creatista has a selection of 4 milk textures.
- Both models can prepare different coffee drinks automatically: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Cafe Latte, Flat White, Latte Macchiato.
Nespresso Creatista vs. Creatista Uno, What’s The Difference?
Creatista UNO is another addition to Breville’s and Nespresso’ line of Creatista machines. It is more comparable to the Creatista model than Creatista Plus, so how are they different?
Creatista Uno has the same automatic milk texturing feature that both the Creatista and Creatista Plus have. But there’s one big difference:
- The Uno model does NOT have the colored display to program your settings. Instead, you use buttons. Press the buttons multiple times to program your settings.
- Uno has 3 levels of milk texture and 3 levels of milk temperature.
- It also has 3 programmable buttons for ristretto, espresso and lungo. As for other drinks, although they’re not programmed and available with a push of a button, you can still build you own coffee drinks manually.
It’s a great option if you want to get the same quality of drinks, but for less price. The only thing you’re giving up here is the convenience of the colored display.
Creatista Compared to Lattissima Machines:
Lattissima is a line of Nespresso machines made by DeLonghi. They’ve been the first choice for anyone looking for a Nespresso machine with an integrated milk frother until the Creatista by Breville came along. Now that you have the choice, let’s compare the two kind of Nespresso machines…
Nespresso Creatista Plus vs. Lattissima Pro, What’s The Difference?
The Lattissima Pro is another Nespresso collaboration, but in this case with DeLonghi. The Lattissima Pro has some similarities to the Creatista Plus, but it isn’t nearly as powerful and versatile as the Creatisa.
- The Lattissima Pro has a detachable automatic milk frother. The machine will froth the milk using a whisk, pour it into the cup and brew the coffee, all automatically. The texture of the milk frothed in the Lattissima Pro doesn’t work for latte art.
- The Creatista Plus has automatic frothing wand that uses steam to froth milk. Like a professional espresso machine, this frothing wand (with the help of the sensor at the bottom of the jug) will create the perfect froth with micro-foam, with your selected texture and temperature. Then, you’ll pour the milk into the brewed coffee, and you can even get creative and create latte art.
- In the Latttisima Pro allows you to customize the volume of your coffee in the 6 pre-programmed drink settings.
- Creatista Plus has milk temperature settings, milk froth texture settings and volume customization.
- Lattissima Pro has an LED touchscreen.
- The Creatista Plus has a colored display that can be controlled with a rotating selector.
Nespresso Creatista vs. Lattissima One:
What differentiates the Lattissima One than other Lattissima machines is its single-serve milk frother. Instead of a large capacity milk reservoir, the Lattissima One uses a small container that you fill up every time you use the machine. This eliminates any possible milk waste, and since it’s small in size, it contributes to the machine’s very compact design.
Now when it comes to how it compares to the Creatista, there are two main things:
- You can expect the same espresso result as both use the same Nespresso pods.
- But the milk froth result is totally different.
The milk frother on the Creatista is unlike any of the other Nespresso machines. It gives you precise milk temperature and texture very similar to a professional result.
Other than the frother, there is the customization options and control options (colored display, non-color display or no display). These will depend on which Creatista model you choose to buy.
Nespresso Creatista vs. Lattissima Touch:
The Lattissima Touch is not much different than other Lattissima machines. It has the integrated milk frother that DeLonghi is famous for. And it has some coffee size selection.
It has one-touch button for: espresso, ristretto, latte macchiato, cappuccino, lungo and steamed milk.
The milk frother has a dial for adjusting the froth level, you can choose from a dense or lighter foam.
But again, these Lattissima milk frothers are nothing compared to the Creatista steam wand. Steam wands are usually only available on more traditional espresso machines, so the Creatista having a steam wand is what makes it special.
Unboxing and Review of the Nespresso Creatista Plus:
How To Do Latte Art with Nespresso Creatista Plus:
How To Use Nespresso Creatista Uno:
If you’ve owned your Nespresso machine for a while, or even if you just bought it new, one of the best things about having an OriginalLine Nespresso machine (Inissia, CitiZ, Pixie, Lattissima or U), is the fact that there are now a lot of alternatives available to Nespresso’s official capsules. A wide range of brands offer a cool selection of capsules to try with your Nespresso machine, and they are sold at a cheaper price than Nespresso’s official capsules, saving you a lot of money over time.
Important note: None of these pods are compatible with Nespresso VertuoLine machines.
Best Alternative Nespresso-Compatible Coffee Capsules:
Bestpresso Nespresso-compatible Capsules:
While most Nespresso-compatible capsules are sold in a set of 10 capsules for each box, Bestpresso’s include 20 capsules per box, with 10 capsules packages together in sealed bags. This variety pack includes a selection of high and light intensity pods so you can discover your favorite blends.
Gourmesso Nespresso-compatible Capsules:
Gourmesso offers you Fairtrade certified coffee for your Nespresso machine. This variety pack includes 15 packs of specialty coffee, with a total of 150 capsules. The capsules vary in intensity from 10 to 5, with different blends including flavored coffee like Hazelnut, Vanilla, Almond and Coconut. Gourmesso is also available for purchase directly through their website, where you can earn points for each purchase you make and redeem them later for more capsules.
Jones Brothers Nespresso-compatible Capsules:
Jones Brothers offers a variety pack of 50 or 80 capsules. Their capsules vary in intensity from 12 to 5, with 10 capsules of each blend/intensity.
Rosso Caffe Sweet Flavors Pack of Nespresso-compatible Capsules:
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love this sweet pack from brand Rosso Caffe. With flavors like Caramel, Creme Brulee and Vanilla, these Nespresso-compatible capsules will taste especially delicious when combined with milk. More flavors are available, too, like Chocolate, Hazelnut and Coconut. And if you’re not a fan of flavored coffee, you can try the premium non-flavored coffee variety pack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which Should You Buy?
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 Nespresso Evoluo:
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 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:
- 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:
- 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:
- Nespresso Evoluo vs. Vertuoline comparison.
- Nespresso OriginalLine Inissia vs. Pixie vs. CitiZ
- Difference Between Evoluo and Evoluo Deluxe.
- Where to Buy Nespresso Capsules.
Watch How Nespresso Machines Work:
Demo of the Nespresso Lattissima Pro:
Review of Nespresso Inissia:
Dolce Gusto Coffee System:
- 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:
- 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:
Watch How Dolce Gusto Works:
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.
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. With Nespresso, you also can control what ingredients go into your coffee, which makes a better choice for someone who is calorie or sugar conscious.
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:
- 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.
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?
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.
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?
What Is The Difference Between Nespresso Pixie and Inissia?
Let’s look at the features of the Pixie and Inissia:
- 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?
- 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.
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.
Learn more about Nespresso Pixie here:
- Nespresso machine comparisons.
- Why the Nespresso Pixie is a Best-Seller
- Full comparison between Nespresso Pixie vs. Inissia
Watch Nespresso Pixie In Action:
Can Nespresso Inissia Make Cappuccino, Latte and Other Specialty Coffee Drinks?
Yes, of course! Inissia can make any specialty drink you want. But to do that, you’ll have to get a milk frother with it. This can be an Aeroccino, which is usually available as a bundle with the machine, or any other milk frother of your choosing. This is important since the inissia itself does not have a built-in milk frother.
What Coffee Pods Does Inissia Use?
Inissia, like Pixie, is a Nespresso OriginalLine machine. This means that it uses OriginalLine capsules by Nespresso. You can also use Nespresso capsules from third party brands as well as refillable capsules.
Does Nespresso Inissia Make Coffee?
If by coffee you mean drip coffee, then the answer is now. Inissia as well as Pixie are espresso machines, so they’re designed to extract coffee with high pressure to produce espresso. The closest thing you can make to a cup of coffee is Americano, which is a shot or two of Espresso diluted with hot water. If you want to make coffee using Nespresso, then consider the VertuoLine model which makes espresso and coffee.
Nespresso Inissia vs. Essenza, Which To Pick?
Essenza Mini is an even more compact espresso machine by Nespresso. Although it makes the same drinks as Inissia, the design differences might make you consider one over the other. You can read our full comparison here.
Nespresso Inissia Breville vs DeLonghi, Is There a Difference?
When picking an Inissia, or even some other models from Nespresso, you’ll notice that some are labeled with brand name DeLonghi, while others are under Breville’s name. Is there any actual difference between them? No, there isn’t. Nespresso has partnered with these companies for manufacturing. The only difference you might come across is different colors, but the machines are exactly the same.
Watch: Side by Side review of Inissia and Essenza Mini:
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 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?
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?
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?
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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Ever since its release, the Nespresso Inissia has become one of the most popular Nespresso models. It’s understandable as the Inissia is Nespresso’s entry-level machine with an affordable price and a great design.
If you’re reading this post, then chances are you’ve already settled on buying a Nespresso Inissia and was wondering about its model variation, which is what we’ll explain in this post.
Is There a Difference Between the Inissia C40 vs D40?
You probably noticed that some Nespresso Inissia machines have the model name C40 and others have D40. To be specific, here are the exact model numbers and colors (cited from Amazon):
- Black: D40-US-BK-NE
- Pacific Blue: D40-US-PB-NE
- Red: C40-US-RE-NE
- Silver: D40-US-SI-NE
- Titan: C40-US-TI-NE
- White: C40-US-WH-NE
So, why do some have C40 and others have D40 in the model number?
There is no real difference between the C40 and D40 models other than the colors and some aesthetic features. As you see in the photo above, the D40 models feature a differently shaped spout and drip tray/capsule drawer than the C40. The colors: Red, Titan and White are C40 models, while the Silver, Blue and Black are D40.
Other than that, all Inissia models work exactly the same way and produce the same delicious coffee.