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Unanimous among coffee lovers, Nespresso offers a wide variety of machines for all tastes and budgets: from the most compact to the most professional.

Amidst so many options, we'll show you in this article what you should consider before buying the Nespresso machine that best suits you.




Summary

  • Nespresso is the leading brand in high-quality automatic coffee makers and professional coffee capsules.
  • With the Nespresso machine, it is possible to prepare various types of coffee and latte at home, even with the help of your mobile phone.
  • We will show you which features differentiate one model from another and how to choose the ideal Nespresso.

The best Nespresso: Our Picks

Whoever looks for a Nespresso machine wants a combination of practicality, taste and design, all in a single machine. Knowing this, the brand does not stop innovating, launching more and more contemporary options. That is why, below, we will present to you the best Nespresso models available in the market today.

Buying Guide

At first sight it may seem simple to buy a Nespresso if you consider only the design and the price. But to guarantee perfect usability and efficiency, it is necessary to take other variables into account.

That is why we have created this Buying Guide with all the information you will need to invest in the best Nespresso coffee machine.

Casal fazendo café em uma máquina de café.

With Nespresso, you can prepare quality coffee, with practicality and speed, at home. (Source: kzenon / 123RF)

What is the Nespresso machine?

The most famous in the world, Nespresso, not only makes coffee automatically, but is also capable of producing an immense variety of types of coffee for all tastes.

The success of Nespresso comes from a mix of bold design, an efficient system and top quality coffee, which comes in capsules.

All Nespresso coffee makers use a 19 bar pressure pump, which provides enough force and pressure to perforate the coffee capsule and release over 900 different aromas.

The shape of the Nespresso capsule is specifically designed to ensure that the pressurised water flows evenly through the ground coffee during extraction.

Therefore all Nespresso machine models use the same capsule format, each containing between 5 and 6 grams of coffee powder, ideal for one cup.

Furthermore, because the capsule is hermetically sealed, the coffee's aroma does not degrade over time, as it does with coffee in a package that has been opened.

Nespresso not only makes coffee automatically but is also able to produce a huge variety of coffees for all palates thanks to the capsules.

The temperature and pouring time are also set to guarantee the expression of each of the aromas. Depending on the pouring time, the capsule can produce a 40 ml shot of Espresso or a 110 ml cup of Lungo.

Nowadays, Nespresso offers several different models of coffee machines, with modern, minimalist, contemporary and even retro designs.

Imagem de loja nespresso com cafeteiras sobre mesa.

Nespresso is a very well-regarded coffee machine on the market. (Source: TEA / 123RF)

More than a machine to make coffee, Nespresso became an integral part of the decoration, even leaving the kitchen and composing the living rooms. Currently, it is possible to find Nespresso coffee makers from the simplest and most ultra-compact to the most technological and professional.

Furthermore, more than the Espresso coffee, depending on the model of machine, it is possible to prepare a variety of coffee and milk based drinks. We will talk in detail about the features of each Nespresso machine later in this article.

When did Nespresso come about?

It all started in 1970 when a group of technicians from the Nestlé brand developed a revolutionary machine, which used capsules of ground coffee in portions that protected the various aromas.

The group's mission was to create a system capable of making an Espresso of the same quality as that prepared by the best Italian baristas.

After 10 years of research, they created an electric machine in which an aluminium capsule containing five grams of powder made from a blend of selected coffees was deposited. What can be called the first Nespresso was born.

Café saindo da cafeteira.

The idea of Nespresso came up in 1970 and evolved a lot until it reached today's format. (Source: Skitterphoto / Pixabay)

The first patent for the machine was launched in 1976, but it was only in 1986 that the Nespresso company was founded in Switzerland.

The brand was a pioneer in providing excellent quality coffee that could be enjoyed in the comfort of the home or outside the home in places like restaurants and hotels.

What are the lines of Nespresso coffee machines?

Although all Nespresso coffee machine models use the same operating system and the same type of coffee capsule, there are major differences between the machines.

To give you an overview of the Nespresso machine options, we list below the complete line of the brand for you to use in your home.

Inissia

The Inissia, considered an entry-level line, can still be found for sale, but has been lagging behind with the launch of new, more modern options.

Still, the Inissia is one of the darlings of coffee lovers. Compact, it prepares two types of coffees: Espresso and Lungo.

In addition, this model has a water reservoir with a capacity of up to 0.7 litres and a container that can hold up to 11 capsules before it needs to be emptied.

Café saindo da cafeteira.

There are several Nespresso models, from compact to the most complete. (Source: aleksandra85foto / Pixabay)

Essenza Mini

The Essenza Mini line has arrived to replace the previous one. This Nespresso line comes in two formats: one minimalist, with straight lines; and another triangular, with rounded edges.

Ultralight and ultra-compact, the Essenza Mini prepares Espresso and Lungo coffee, and has a water tank with a capacity of 0.6 litres.

With fast heating, in less than 30 seconds, the Nespresso Essenza Mini goes into low power consumption mode after three minutes of non-use and automatically switches off after nine minutes.

Pixie

Pixie is a variation of the Essenza Mini, also capable of preparing Espresso and Lungo coffees.

The difference between them, however, is that Pixie is slightly larger and offers removable side panels that can be exchanged for others of various colours and prints.

This model also offers the option of automatic disposal of the coffee capsule after use.

Prodigio

This Nespresso machine was the first coffee maker with Bluetooth connectivity and an app available for iPhone and Android.

Through the app, you can control your capsule stock, schedule your coffee preparation and receive alerts of when your machine needs maintenance.

The Prodigio is available in two colours: silver and titanium, has a water reservoir with a capacity of 0.7 litres, and has a quick pre-heat of 25 seconds.

Expert

The Nespresso Expert is the evolution of the Prodigio. This model produces four cup sizes of different coffees: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Americano, as well as hot water.

In addition, Expert has Bluetooth® Smart connectivity technology. That is, when connected to your machine, the Nespresso app tells you if the capsule compartment is full and if the water tank is empty.

More than that, this Nespresso allows you to schedule coffee production and/or start the machine remotely.

Latissima One

Nespresso Lattissima One is the coffee maker that allows you to make, besides Espresso and Lungo, also Cappuccino and Latte Machiatto.

This is possible because this is the only Nespresso line that, besides having a water reservoir (of 1 litre), also has a 120ml milk container.

With fast heating in up to 25 seconds, this Nespresso has a self-cleaning system and allows the milk container to be washed in the dishwasher.

Imagem de cafeteiras nespresso sobre mesa.

Latissima One is one of the most complete Nespresso machines. (Source: TEA / 123RF)

Latissima Touch

Besides the previous one, Nespresso also has the Lattissima Touch coffee machines that prepare Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, as well as hot milk and water.

With a water tank of 0.9 litres and milk tank of 350 ml, this Nespresso has a container for used capsules that holds up to nine capsules.

Latissima Pro

Closing the line of Nespresso machines is the Lattissima Pro. With touch screen panel, this model has a 1.3 litre water tank and a 500ml milk tank. In addition, Lattissima Pro features a button that delivers hot water only.

What types of coffee can Nespresso make?

As we have seen, depending on the model of Nespresso machine you can create a variety of types of coffee: from the strongest and most concentrated to the lightest and even milk preparations.

In order to understand the difference between them, below we explain to you the characteristics of each one

  • Ristretto (25 ml): Short coffee, with less volume and less water. Consequently, it has a purer and stronger taste.
  • Espresso (40 ml): Also a full-bodied coffee, but with more water than the previous one.
  • Lungo (110ml): It's a longer Espresso, with more water.
  • Americano (150ml): With an even larger amount of water (125ml), resulting in a much weaker coffee.
  • Cappuccino: Made with 1/3 Espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 milk foam.
  • Latte Macchiato: Espresso coffee with steamed milk, with a generous amount of milk foam on top and the coffee "smearing" on top.

What are the types of Nespresso coffee capsules?

Nespresso capsules are available in different flavours and also for different cup sizes. In addition, the capsules are made of aluminium and are therefore recyclable, reducing environmental damage.

With such a wide variety of flavours, Nespresso divides its coffees into six different families: Intenso, Espresso, Lungo, Decaffeinato, Variations and Master Origins.

In addition, each of the coffees can be characterized by their aromatic profile, which presents the fruity, balanced and intense categories.

Check below the types of Nespresso coffee capsules according to Variety, Intensity and Aromatic Notes.

Varieties

  • Intense: The coffees in this line are best enjoyed in small 25ml or 40ml cups.
  • Espresso: These blends explore smooth and balanced coffee varieties, to be enjoyed in 40ml cups.
  • Lungo: These are four coffee capsules, specially designed to be enjoyed in 110ml cups.
  • Decaffeinato: Full of aromas, their characteristics are maintained through the natural decaffeination process.
  • Variations: Three variations of Livanto coffee, with natural aromas, to be tasted in 40ml cups.
  • Master Origins: Five coffees that can be enjoyed as Espresso or Lungo.

Each variety originates from a single country.

Intensity

Coffee intensity is also one of the variables that define the different types of Nespresso capsules. In this case, coffee intensity is the combination of: body, bitterness and roasting point.

Body refers to the texture, weight and density of the coffee. A full-bodied coffee looks thick and fills the mouth, whereas a light-bodied coffee is light and fluid.

Bitter deals with the most intense bitter taste, as it happens, for example, with a bitter chocolate. Besides, there are Nespresso capsules differentiated by the roasting level.

Cápsulas de café da Nespresso.

Nespresso capsules are varied to suit all palates. (Source: Yomn / Pixabay)

Aromatic notes

Finally, you can also choose the type of Nespresso coffee according to the aromatic notes present in each capsule. The aromas are grouped into three families

  • Fruity: With wine, floral and citrus notes.
  • Balanced: With aromas of biscuit, cereals, toast and honey.
  • Intense: Spicy, malty, woody, cocoa and intensely roasted.

It is worth remembering that the most recommended is that you use the official Nespresso capsules. However, nowadays there are other coffee brands that offer capsules compatible with the Nespresso coffee maker.

If you want to venture out, just make sure this information is explicit on the product packaging.

How should you take care of Nespresso?

As with any household appliance, you need to take some care of your Nespresso.

The idea is to preserve the coffee maker's efficiency and extend its useful life. That's why we've put together some expert tips for you to take better care of your Nespresso.

Máquina de café Nespresso preparando café.

Some care is necessary to get the most out of your Nespresso. (Source: DominikSchraudolf / Pixabay)

First of all, before making the first coffee, you must extract some water without putting the coffee capsule in. You can do this procedure by pressing any coffee brewing button.

By doing this, you scald the coffee cup and even rinse the extraction system to have a better experience with the drink. In addition, it is important that you eject the coffee pods after each use.

It is also essential to change the water in the reservoir regularly and refill it with fresh drinking water. Another recommendation is that you regularly empty and clean the capsule collection container and the drip tray.

For Nespresso machines that have an integrated milk container, the recommendation is that you always clean it after use.

What are the advantages of Nespresso?

The advantages of the Nespresso coffee maker are numerous. Starting with the brand's tradition of producing durable, quality and state-of-the-art technology.

In addition, Nespresso is known for its bold, light and modern design, even in the simplest automatic coffee machines.

Another advantage is the steel finish and the colour options that make Nespresso a perfect option to decorate. More than that, Nespresso has the great advantage of preparing a professional and high quality coffee. Not to mention the variety of flavors and types of coffee you can taste.

Xícara de café com caderno e caneta ao lado.

The great advantage of Nespresso is to offer quality coffee in a quick and practical way. (Source: Engin_Akyurt / Pixabay)

Another advantage is that with Nespresso you simplify the whole process of making coffee. That is, to make a fresh coffee, all you have to do is put the capsule in the machine, press a button and wait for the machine to do all the work.

But even with all these advantages, Nespresso also has some negative points. Starting with the price. Even the most compact coffee makers still have a high cost.

More than that, the cost of the capsules is also more expensive than if you were to use the traditional coffee you buy at the supermarket.

Below you can see the main advantages and disadvantages of Nespresso:

Advantages
  • Modern and lightweight design
  • Advanced technology
  • Variety of models and sizes
  • Prepares varied types of coffee
Disadvantages
  • High cost

Purchase criteria: What you should consider before choosing your Nespresso

If you've got this far, you already know how Nespresso coffee makers work and how they're the ideal option for those who love quality coffee made quickly. But how do you know which one is best for you, your routine and your needs?

To answer this question, we have listed below the main factors you should take into consideration before purchasing a Nespresso coffee machine. They are

  • Size
  • Tanks
  • Cups
  • Technology

Below, we will explain each of these factors in detail so that you make the best decision and invest in the ideal Nespresso.

Size

The first factor you should take into account before buying your Nespresso coffee maker is the size of the machine. This is because there's no point in investing in a coffee machine and then finding out you won't have enough space to accommodate it in your home, for instance.

In other words, it is essential that you analyze Nespresso's dimensions, considering the space you have available. After all, each model has different sizes, ranging from ultra-compact to large ones. You should analyse, as a priority, the width and depth of the Nespresso.

Imagem de mesa com cafeteira, cápsulas de café e xícaras.

Checking the measurements is essential especially when buying online. (Source: milesaorund / 123RF)

In general, the width of the different models varies between 8 cm and 22 cm. The depth varies between 25 cm and 33 cm.

But of course, the height of the machine can also affect the space you intend to put it in. Generally, this measure varies between 20 cm and 38 cm.

Below, we have created a table showing the dimensions of all Nespresso machines so that you can choose the one that best fits the space you have at home.

Inissia Essenza Mini Pixie Prodígio Expert Lattissima
Largura 12 cm 8.4 cm / 11 cm 11.1 cm 12 cm 22.3 cm 15. 4 cm / 17 cm
Altura 23 cm 20.4 cm 23.5 cm 37.4 cm 38.5 cm 25.6 cm / 32 cm
Profundidade 30 cm 33 cm 32.6 cm 25.5 cm 28.7 cm 32.4 cm / 26 cm

Reservoirs

Another important point you should observe before choosing the Nespresso of your dreams is in relation to the coffee maker's reservoirs. In this case, you should keep in mind your taste and your usage needs.

Some models only have a water reservoir, others also have a milk reservoir.

This is because you can find Nespresso machines that only have a water reservoir and other models that also have a milk reservoir. Furthermore, you should take into account the size of these reservoirs, which will influence the amount of beverage they will be able to produce.

Therefore, your choice should be based on how often you drink coffee and also on the number of people, either family or friends, who will use the coffee machine.

To give you an idea, the Nespresso water reservoirs have a storage capacity that varies between 600 ml and 1.1 litres, depending on the machine you choose.

Already if you opt for the coffee maker that, besides the water reservoir, also has a specific container for milk, you can choose between models that store 120 ml, 350 ml or 500 ml.

Cups

Next, we recommend that you look at the variety and size of cups that the chosen Nespresso is capable of producing. As we have seen, each model makes different types of coffee, with varying sizes too.

Depending on your taste, you can choose between a coffee maker that is capable of making two, four or six different types of coffee and cup sizes.

Xícara de café com leite.

Each Nespresso allows you to make different types of coffee in small, medium or large cup sizes. (Source: Free-Photos / Pixabay)

In general, the Nespresso that allows you to make only two varieties, includes the 40 ml Espresso and the 100 ml Lungo. The more complete models, on the other hand, allow you to also make Ristretto, Americano, Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato coffees.

In addition, you can opt for the models that also have the extra hot water function, ideal for you to enjoy teas.

Technology

Of course, the type of technology available in Nespresso is an essential factor that you should take into account. After all, what we most want with an automatic coffee machine is efficiency and practicality.

In general, you can choose models that have features such as: automatic shut-off, energy saving mode, programmable coffee volume and automatic capsule disposal.

Some Nespresso models are touch screen.

Other machines have touch screen technology, as well as warnings to let you know when the water tank is empty or the capsule container is full, for example.

The most modern models even allow you to use your smartphone to program the coffee preparation. Of course, the more technology your Nespresso has, the higher the price of the product will also be.

(Featured image source: Diana Carapuço / 123RF)

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