Editor’s Picks: Best Nespresso Machines

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker

On the hunt for a snazzy new Nespresso, but not sure which machine is best for you? We’ve reviewed three consumer favorites to help you: Nespresso CitiZ, Nespresso Essenza, and a DeLonghi machine that uses Nespresso capsules.

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker ($249). Somewhat reminiscent of a 1950s diner jukebox, the CitiZ is as much a great espresso machine as it is a cool accent piece on your kitchen counter. This sleek little machine comes in red, silver, and black, and whips up a perfect cup of espresso every time. It’s super user-friendly, too – just pop in a Nespresso capsule and hit the button. If you’re looking for a milk frother, upgrade to the CitiZ with Aeroccino Milk Frother for just a few bucks more.

Nespresso Essenza C91 Manual Espresso Maker ($90.83). Much like the CitiZ, the Essenza will give you a consistently good espresso, using pre-measured Nespresso capsules. Its simple design makes it foolproof to use, making it a great pick for those early mornings when you can’t be bothered to do more than toss in a capsule and press one button. Capsules come in lots of flavors and intensities, and half the fun is experimenting with different flavors in your new machine to find your favorite.

DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System ($383.70). If you love the Nespresso capsules, but want to make more than a simple shot of espresso, try the DeLonghi Lattissima. It makes tasty lattes and cappuccinos using your favorite capsule flavors at just the touch of a button. The combination of Nespresso’s capsule technology with DeLonghi’s milk frothing technology makes for a perfect match. Note: some users say the Lattissima doesn’t make a hot enough espresso without running a round of water through it first to heat it up.

Overall, we’ve found that these Nespresso machines are user-friendly and visually pleasing. The brand’s capsules come in many flavors so you’re likely to find at least one that hits the spot, and the handy intensity and flavor wheels (available in stores and online) can help you decide which ones to try. Just make sure you factor in the cost of the capsules while making your decision on which machine to purchase.

Of course, no matter which Nespresso machine you choose, you’re guaranteed its best perk: the serious convenience of a one-touch shot.

Introducing the Verismo System

Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

First, a little lingo lesson: verismo is Italian for “realism.” And that’s just what Starbucks is trying to recreate for you in your own home with the new Verismo at-home system. The Verismo System 580 and Verismo System V.585 will let you enjoy authentic, Starbucks-quality coffee drinks without having to head out to the local cafe.

The Verismo system uses specially designed Verismo Pods to make a Starbucks espresso, coffee, or latte with pre-measured, consistent quality. Like other pod systems, the Verismo is simple to use – just pop in a pod or two, press a button, and voila. And they come in five colors, so are sure to match any kitchen décor.

Meet the Machines

Verismo System 580 ($199) and the Verismo System V.585 ($399) both have a 19 bar pressure pump, manual water level regulator, and heat up in 15 seconds or less. Why the cost difference? The V.585 has more bells and whistles: a temperature variation control button (for those of you who like your lattes extra hot), LED display, and an internal water filtration system. Plus it’s also just plain bigger, holding 3.5 liters of water and 30 pods compared to the 580’s 1 liter and 10 pods.

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Enjoy (or godere as they say in Italy)!

Editor’s Picks: Today’s Best Espresso Machines

Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder

So you’ve researched and purchased a top of the line coffee maker. But now you want a latte…and you actually want it to be good. The world of high-end espresso machines can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. And, as with anything, a high price tag doesn’t always translate to high value. To help you in your quest for the perfect espresso drink, we’ve put together a list of some of the best espresso machines on the market.

Rancilio Silvia Version 3 ($630). This sturdy stainless steel beauty is one of the most popular sellers today. Made with all commercial or semi-commercial grade parts, the built-to-last machine is sure to keep you caffeinated for a very long time. New users will appreciate the simplicity of its functions, while experienced users will dig its 15 bar, heavy-duty pump, which extracts full flavor from the beans. A commercial grade, chrome-plated steam wand serves equally well for churning out quick foam or hot tea alike. One downside of the Silvia is that you’ll need to invest in a high end grinder to get the most out of your beans–which may mean shelling out an additional $250 or more.

Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder ($570). The cheaper of the Brevilles that we’ll review here, the Barista Express with an integrated burr grinder will take you from fresh ground beans to the perfect shot in about a minute. It’s a great machine for beginners to grow into, as it comes with two dual-wall, pressurized filters that regulate pressure and help optimize extraction without too much mental effort on your part. For more experienced espresso makers, it includes two single-wall, non-pressurized filters that give more room to experiment with different grind sizes, grind amounts, and tamping pressure.

Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler Semi Automatic Espresso Machine ($1,082). The priciest we’ll review here, this espresso machine really does have it all. Dual stainless steel boilers provide simultaneous milk texturing and espresso extraction, ensuring that your espresso arrives in its cup with the optimum flavor. Plus this guy is totally programmable, including an auto start time so your shot is ready when you get out of bed in the morning. The only hitch is you’ll need to buy a good grinder if you don’t already have one—adding another $250 plus to the price tag.

Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother ($298). This sleek machine turns out a fine espresso, while only taking up about a foot of precious counter space. You’ll have to use Nespresso capsules, which, depending on your slant can be a good thing or a bad thing. But they come in many flavors, and the pod formulas are calibrated the same way every time, making it a definite win for consistency lovers.

No matter which espresso machine you choose, we hope you enjoy your new status as a domestic rockstar barista. It’s a whole new world!