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Cuisinart EM-25 Defined – Review of Cusinart’s Cappuccino and Latte Espresso Machine

Cuisinart is not a newcomer to kitchen appliances. In fact, they make some of the best and most popular appliances around. They’re also not new to the world of coffee makers, they have a few espresso machines as well as K-Cup coffee makers in their line of products. However, the new Cuisinart EM-25 Defined comes as a great competitor in the world of single-serve coffee makers, especially that it’s actually a Nespresso-compatible espresso machine.

Features of Cuisinart EM-25 Defined

Cuisinart EM-25 Defined, Cappuccino & Latte Espresso Machine, 13.5"(L) x 8.0"(W) x 10.0"(H), Black
Cuisinart's Nespresso compatible espresso machine which allows you to make espresso, cappuccino or lattes.
  • 19-bar espresso machine with built-in milk frother
  • Button selection for espresso (single/double), Cappuccino and Latte, as well as steamed milk.
  • Fully programmable: you can reprogram coffee volume, brew temperature, milk volume and standby time.
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.
  • Capsule is auto ejected after use.
  • Use capsule bin holds up to 12 capsules.
  • Built-in milk frother automatically heats and froths milk for cappuccino and latte recipes.
  • Milk container is detachable and can be stored in the fridge after each use to keep milk fresh.
  • LCD display for easy programmability.

Capsule Compatibility

One of the best features about the Cuisinart EM-25 is that it’s Nespresso OriginalLine compatible. This opens up your options when it comes to using capsules. You can get your capsules from Nespresso or from Nespresso-compatible brands, including everyone’s favorite: Starbucks.

There’s also the option to use refillable pods, as those are available to Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines. However, it is important to choose a capsule that’s of good quality, as some are poorly made and can break your machine – leaving it out of warranty. Also, some won’t even fit. At this point, it’s safe to say that I am definitely not a fan reusable pods, so use them at your own risk.

Comparisons

Cuisinart EM-25 vs. EM-15 Defined

Cuisinart EM-15 Defined Espresso Machine, 13.5"(L) x 5.75"(W) x 9.5"(H), Black
  • Makes single and double espresso
  • Fully programmable - espresso volume brew temperature standby time
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules
  • Capsule auto-eject
  • Capsule waste bin - holds up to 12 capsules

The EM-15 model has the same features as the EM-25 except for one thing: the built-in milk frother.

If you simply enjoy espresso or Americanos (Espresso + hot water), this machine would be more than enough. Or if you already have some sort of milk frothing solution, like an electric milk frother, and do not need a machine with built-in frother, then the EM-15 would be a great choice.

Also, you can do the math and work out if it’s going to be cheaper for you to buy a separate electric milk frother, which are available from many different brands, or go for the built-in option.

Cuisinart vs. Nespresso – Which Is Best To Buy?

Since the Cuisinart EM-25 is a Nespresso OriginalLine compatible machine, it means it is a direct competitor to Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines. And you must be wondering, should you go for Nespresso or Cuisinart?

Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines include Essenza Mini, Pixie, Citiz which usually come as standalone machines or bundled with Nespresso’s Aeroccino electric milk frother.

If we want something more comparable to the Cuisinart EM-25, we need to look at machines with built-in milk frothers like the Lattissima line: Lattissima Pro, Lattissima Touch, or Lattissima One/Gran Lattissima.

Let’s start with programmability: all of these machines can basically make the same coffee drinks from espresso or milk based drinks. Also, all of these have the ability to reprogram coffee or milk volumes to customize your drinks to your liking. However, only Cuisinart’s EM-25 offers the option for brew temperature control. Also, only one Nespresso Lattissima model has an LCD display, which is the Lattissima Pro. This isn’t exactly a big deal breaker because reprogrammability is quite easy that you don’t need a display.

Design wise, Nespresso machines do have a more modern and upscale design. Although Cuisinart’s EM-25 isn’t have bad, either. It is somewhat compact and has some chrome accents to add a nice touch to the overall design.

Capsule compatibility is the same for both brands, you can basically use any capsule that’s labeled as Nespresso OriginalLine compatible. Those are available from Nespresso, Starbucks (also produced by Nespresso), or from famous coffee brands like Lavazza, illy, Peete’s and many more. I would highly suggest that you go for brands that make Aluminum capsules, from personal experience, aluminum capsules produce best quality espresso at better temperature.

What if you decide to go for the Cuisinart EM-15, which compares to Nespresso’s Essenza, Pixie or CitiZ… which do you go for?

I would say, if you’re judging by functionality only, they’re all the same. They will produce a single or double espresso all the same. All have the ability to reprogram the volume, too.

If you’re looking for design and quality built, too. then I’d say it depends. A machine like the Essenza Mini, for example, has plastic housing like the EM-15. But the Essenza Mini is very slim, at 3.3” width only, while the EM-15 has 5.4” width. The CitiZ is about the same width as the EM-15 and both have the same chrome accents, so they’re the most comparable design-wise. The Pixie, however, has the most upscale design with its metal side panels, metal bar and backlit used capsule bin (that also works as an indicator for empty water tank.

Overall, I would also recommend that you compare the prices of each of these models at the time of purchase. Going for whichever machines has the best price at the time would be a good idea, since you would be getting the same espresso drinks from either machine.

Nespresso Guide on Machines, Capsules and Frothers – Popular Questions Answered

What Do You Have a Question About?

Questions about Nespresso Machines

What Nespresso machine makes lattes?

If you’re purchasing a Nespresso machine to make lattes, your best choice would be a model that either has a built-in milk frother or is bundled with an Aeroccino milk frother.

Going with a machine that has a built-in frother means the machine will automatically heat, froth and pour in the milk into your cup. So it is truly a single push button operation. Models with this type of frothers are Lattissima models like Lattissima Pro, Lattissima One or Lattissima Touch. They’re all OriginalLine machines, so you’ll be able to use Nespresso capsules or 3rd party capsules.

Pros of having built-in milk frother:

  • Fully automatic drink preparation. This includes lattes, cappuccino, macchiato or any other milk based drink.
  • Using OriginalLine machine gives you access to more capsule brands and you’re not restricted to Nespresso’s capsule.

Cons of a built-in milk frother:

  • Some users have said that the milk temperature is not always to their liking. It is lukewarm or not hot enough. But this would depend on the model.
  • Built-in milk frothers are detachable, so you can store any left-over milk in the fridge without the need to change containers. However, some users have reported that the containers on these machines are not sealed enough to keep the milk fresh, so it spoils fast.

Your second choice would be to go for a machine with bundled Aeroccino. These create nice creamy froth for either latte or cappuccino, but they’re separated from the machine itself, so you’ll have to add the milk and pour it into your cup – nothing major.

Pros of using an Aeroccino:

  • It makes hot or cold foam, if you’re fan of iced coffee drinks you’ll appreciate this.
  • Easier to clean than a built-in frother. A quick rinse will do the trick.

Cons of an Aeroccino:

  • Since it is not built into the machine, it requires an additional power outlet.
  • It has to be cleaned after each use. But again, since it is non-stick, it is very easy to clean. Just don’t let it sit with milk residue for a long time.

If you’re going with an Aeroccino as your choice for milk frother, now you have to choose between an OriginalLine or a Vertuo machine:

Again, here I am assuming that you will be mostly making Lattes.. and to make a Latte you will need frothed milk and espresso.

Using an OriginalLine machine, you’ll need to use two espresso capsules ($0.70 to $0.72 per capsule, so about $1.40* for a cup) for the perfect Latte ratio, or you can use one Lungo capsule which will give you a longer shot of espresso. If you use a Vertuo machine, you can use a single Double Espresso ($1 per pod). *pricing is per official Nespresso capsules, you can find cheaper OriginalLine capsules from other brands, but Vertuo is available from Nespresso only.

If you’re looking for variant of espresso pods for your latte, I would suggest going for an OriginalLine machine so you can enjoy capsules from Nespresso as well as other 3rd party brands.

Can Nespresso Make Iced Coffee?

Yes, of course. Technically speaking, any coffee maker will make you iced coffee.

Iced coffee is made by adding ice to your coffee brew. However, since ice melts into the coffee right away, you’ll want to use strong coffee so it doesn’t taste watered down when this happens.

Nespresso has two type of capsules formulated specially for this. Ice Forte and Ice Leggero (Vertuo pods) and Freddo Intenso and Freddo Delicato for Original Line. These capsules have been roasted in a way that is stronger so when ice melts into it, the strong taste holds itself and you can enjoy it until last drop.

But again, you can really use any type of capsule to make your iced coffee. You just want to use a strong coffee pod.

Can Nespresso Make Regular Coffee?

If by regular coffee, you mean coffee that is not Espresso, then yes, Nespresso Vertuo machines can do that. They can brew 5 cup sizes: espresso, double espresso, lungo, mug and travel mug. However, it is important to note that the larger cup coffee it makes is not drip coffee, as the process it uses is entirely different, it will not taste like your traditional drip coffee maker brew.

Vertuo machines use Centrifusion technology that rapidly spin the capsule while saturating it with hot water. Each type of capsule has its own parameters programmed into the machine to bring out the best flavor out of it. This happens automatically by reading a barcode on the rim of each capsule. On your part, you only have to press a single button. The machine reads the barcode and it will identify the type of capsule, size, and temperature required to make it.

Can Nespresso Make Hot Water?

Some coffee makers will have an on-demand hot water button that is useful for making beverages other than coffee, or even instant meals. When it comes to Nespresso, or any other single-serve coffee maker for that matter, if you press the brew button without putting in a capsule, you’ll get a cup of hot water. However, that water will most likely be mixed with some coffee residue since it’s not designed to dispense hot water on demand.

There are two Nespresso models that actually have hot water on demand button (as of the time of writing), with a separate hot water spout. First is the Essenza Plus, with its hot water option for making Americanos, which is espresso mixed with hot water, or for tea/instant meals. The second machine is the Creatista Pro by Breville, which has a professional steam wand that also works as a hot water dispenser, much like commercial espresso machines.

Questions About Nespresso Capsules

Are Nespresso Pods Recyclable?

Yes, Nespresso capsules (by Nespresso) are made of Aluminum that is fully recyclable. In fact, with every purchase, Nespresso will give you a bag where you can collect your pods so you can send them back or drop them at a boutique for recycling.

Are Nespresso Pods Compatible with Keurig?

No, Nespresso and Keurig are totally different. Nespresso pods are only compatible with Nespresso machines and Keurig pods work with their own Keurig systems, too.

Can Nespresso Pods Be Used Twice?

No, each capsule is designed for a single use only. It is measured to serve a single cup of espresso, lungo, coffee… whichever drink you choose. Technically, the machine will not reject brewing the same capsule twice, however, you will not be getting much out of the second brew cycle.

What Nespresso Capsule Is Best for Latte?

For milk based drinks, Nespresso recommends their Barista Creation line which notes come to life when mixed with milk. They’re available in different intensities perfect for every occasion. Their flavored pods are great too. They’re not sweet, do not contain and sugar and offer a hint to flavors and aromas that you can bring out by using syrups, or keep them as they are if you’re not a fan of sweet coffee.

Will Nespresso Recycle Other Pods or Starbucks Pods?

No, Nespresso will only recycle their own brand pods. Even though Starbucks capsules are made by Nespresso, they will not accept it for recycling.

Are Nespresso Pods Vegan/Gluten Free?

Yes, they are totally vegan and gluten free. Nespresso’s pods contain nothing but pure ground coffee.

Questions About Nespresso Aeroccino Frother

Nespresso has three milk frothers currently available: Aeroccino 3, Aeroccino 4 and Barista Recipe Maker

Does the Nespresso Frother Heat Milk?

Yes, all Nespresso frothers heat milk as well as froth it. They also make cold foam without heating the milk, which is great for iced coffee drinks.

Is the Nespresso Milk Frother Worth It?

If you’re going to be making a lot of milk based coffee drinks then yes, absolutely. You’ll have hot and frothy milk in a minute using a frother. If you’re yet to buy a Nespresso machine, then I would recommend you get the frother as a bundle with the machine, that would be the best value. On their own, the frothers are somewhat expensive and you’ll most likely find cheaper frothers from other brands.

Can You Put Heavy Cream/Half and Half in Nespresso Frother?

You can add heavy cream, half and half or any type of milk (dairy or non-dairy) in your Aeroccino. I do recommend that you rinse it right after use though, especially after frothing heavy cream.

Can I Put Hot Chocolate in Nespresso Frother?

This is something that Nespresso does not recommend. However, many users have added chocolate powder or syrup to their Aeroccino frothers without a problem. The only issue here is that sugar residue from the chocolate could slightly burn or stick to the teflon or ceramic coating and that’s the only reason Nespresso warns against this. So if you’re going to give it a try, just make sure to wash your frother right after use.

What is the Best Milk for Nespresso Frother?

The type of milk you use affects the amount of froth you get, and that’s a general rule to frothing and not just Nespresso frothers.

Using whole milk gives you the thickest and creamiest type of foam. While using low fat or skimmed milk creates very airy froth. Using non-dairy milk is always a hit or miss, it does not always give the best result. Soy milk creates a lot of bubbles, but they burst and settle very quickly to leave you with little to no froth. Same goes for almond milk. Some brands have now introduced non-dairy milk that is specially formulated for frothing, so you could get better results out of them.

Which Nespresso Frother is Best

Nespresso Aeroccino3 Milk Frother, One Size, Black
Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother, One Size, Chrome
Nespresso Aeroccino3 Milk Frother, One Size, Black
Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother, One Size, Chrome
Nespresso Aeroccino3 Milk Frother, One Size, Black
Nespresso Aeroccino3 Milk Frother, One Size, Black
Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother, One Size, Chrome
Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother, One Size, Chrome

Aeroccino 3 – Nespresso’s basic frother. It has two whisks that you swap to create either dense or light froth. The interior is teflon non-stick coating, so you’ll want to be careful with it so it does not chip. Also, it’s not dishwasher safe and cannot be submerged in water.

Aeroccino 4 is an improvement from the 3 in many levels. To start, it has 4 buttons for customizing your froth: three hot milk options, light or dense foam or hot milk, fourth button is for cold foam. It does not require changing whisks – one whisk does it all. The frother’s jug is detachable from the base, it is dishwasher safe and can be submerged in water. The coating is ceramic and does not risk chipping easily like teflon.

Barista Recipe Maker is Nespresso’s high end frother and most expensive one. It is bluetooth connected and it can give you step by step recipes. You can also add different ingredients to this one without any issues. It is worth noting that the kind of froth this frother makes is different to what an Aeroccino makes. It is similar to micro foam than to a dense or airy foam usually made by electric frothers. So if you enjoy stiffer kind of froth, the Recipe maker isn’t for you.

In my opinion, I find the Aeroccino 4 to be the best frother by Nespresso. It is dishwasher safe, has ceramic coating and has options to create different foams using a single whisk.

Best Nespresso Capsules For Lattes, Cappuccino or Americano – Here’s Your Complete Guide

Whether you’re an owner of an OriginalLine or Vertuo Line machine by Nespresso – going through capsules can be quite an adventure!

Nespresso offers a wide variety of capsules to choose from. And if you have an OriginalLine machine, you also have the option of capsules from third-party brands to try. I understand that it’s great that we all have options, but it can also be overwhelming trying to pick the right capsule for the right beverage. But also, here’s the thing… there is no right or wrong here. There’s personal taste and preference. However, if you are looking for some guidance and help in trying out new things, I hope this guide will help you out.

I will split this guide into two sections, one for Vertuo pods and another for OriginalLine capsules. Also, I will include official Nespresso capsules only, just because they’re the only ones I’ve personally tried and I can comment on. Limited Edition capsules will not be included in the guide since they are only available for short periods of time and will be hard to find all year round.

Best Vertuo Capsules

As you know, Vertuo pods vary in size based on the drink you’ll be making…

Larger capsules, as in Gran Lungo (5 oz), Coffee (7.77 oz), Alto (14 oz), are usually enjoyed black or with some milk. If you want to make milk based drinks – where milk ratio is higher or equal in proportion to the coffee – such as lattes or cappuccino, you’re recommended to use capsule sizes espresso (1.35 oz) or double espresso (2.7oz).

Best Vertuo Pods for Lattes

For a latte, you’ll want to start with 7.5 oz of milk and then a double-espresso pod. Your best pick would be one of the Barista Creation pods, which are made specifically to be mixed with milk.

Bianco Leggero: this pod has a very balanced taste. It’s a light roast coffee so it’s quite smooth and has no bitterness to it. It is also blends nicely with flavored syrups.

Double Espresso Chiaro: If you want your latte to taste a bit stronger, this is your pod. Chiaro has an intensity of 6, so it’s a medium roast. It has a bolder taste and some bitterness to it, but it still balances out very well with the milk.

Best Vertuo Pods for Cappuccino

To make a Cappuccino, you’ll want about 4.5 oz of milk and an espresso shot. If you want a stronger tasting Cappuccino, you can use a double-espresso pod (without increasing the milk ratio).

Diavolitto: This is a highly intense pod with an intensity level of 11. On its own, it is quite strong and bitter. Adding milk to it, it will bring the bitterness just a bit, but you’ll still get an overall strong tasting cup of Cappuccino.

Voltesso: For a milder cup of Cappuccino, using this pod with intensity level of 4. This light roast pod will taste very smooth when mixed with milk.

Best Vertuo Pod for Iced Coffee

Whether you want your iced coffee black or with milk, there are two capsules made just for that. These special blends are made to taste great when mixed with ice, they keep their flavored and never taste watered down.

Ice Leggero: this double-espresso pod is a mild tasting coffee with some fruity notes. If you prefer your iced coffee to taste light, this one is for you. Simply brew it over ice and let the ice slightly melt into it. Or brew it over a glass of cold milk and ice.

Ice Forte: this one is a Mug 7.7 oz pod. It’s a dark roast coffee with intense aroma and taste. So try this one if you enjoy your iced coffee strong and black, or with a little bit of milk.

Best Nespresso OriginalLine Capsules

Best Capsules for Lattes and Latte Macchiato

When making a latte using an Original Line machine, you’ll need between 6 to 7.5 oz of milk, to taste. And you’ll want to use two espresso capsules or one Lungo capsule. If you want to make a Latte Macchiato, use less milk (5 oz or less) and a shot of espresso. The difference between these two Latte variations is that a Latte Macchiato has a stronger coffee taste and it’s slightly shorter in size.

Generally speaking, Barista Creations capsules are the best tasting capsules when combined with milk. There are the non-flavored ones and some flavored ones. The flavors in these capsules are not overpowering and certainly are not sweet, they simply add a hint of flavor to your coffee, which you can enhance using a syrup.

Another tip I found to be great is combining two different capsules in one drink. For example, use a stronger capsule with a mild/flavored capsule to create a delicious drink.

Corto: This is a dark roast, Barista Creations blend that has a spicy note to it. It keeps its strong taste even when mixed with the milk. So it’s a great choice for anyone who wants a stronger cup of coffee. You can use two of these or use one Corto and combine it with another mild blend for a more balanced drink.

Vanilla Eclair, Caramel Brulee, Cocoa Truffle: these flavored espresso shots are all mild in taste. The flavors come clear in the aroma of the coffee, but only comes through in taste when mixed with milk. Again, keep in mind that these are not sweet (as in, they’re not sugary tasting). If you prefer your latte to taste sweet, I would recommend adding a pump or two of syrup to your coffee.

Arpeggio: This capsule has an intensity level of 9, so it’s a dark and intense blend. Yet, I find it to make a lovely smooth cup of latte.

Fortissio Lungo: This is a 3.7 oz Lungo capsule, so you’ll only need one of these when making a latte. It has an intensity level of 8, it’s strong but not very bitter so you can expect a balanced taste when it’s mixed with milk.

Best Capsules for Cappuccino

To make a Cappuccino, you’ll want 3 to 4 oz of milk and a shot of espresso.

Scuro: Another Barista Creations pod that works best as a Cappuccino. Scuro is a balanced blend, with medium intensity and bitterness. It has just enough intensity that you can taste through the milk so it’s perfect for anyone who prefer slight taste of intensity that will not overpower the taste of milk.

Chiaro: This is the lightest pod in the Barista Creations family. It’s a very mild tasting coffee, you will not pick up on any bitterness from this one. Whether you like your coffee mild, or like your coffee on the sweeter side, this one is for you.

Volluto: An espresso pod with intensity level of 4. This lighter blend will mix very well with milk and it’s flavor will come through as a Cappuccino since it has less milk. Bitterness level is low.

Best Capsules for Iced Coffee

Like Vertuo, there are two capsules especially created for iced drinks:

Freddo Delicato: Which is a light espresso pod, balanced, less bitterness and fruity notes.

Freddo Intenso: Bold, dark roast espresso. Higher bitterness, toasted and woody notes.

These can be enjoyed directly over ice (always let the ice melt into the coffee for it to nicely cool then drink). Or you can add your choice of milk to it.

Nespresso Accessories You Might Need

Electric Milk Frother

If your Nespresso machine did not include a milk frother, you’ll want to add one to your coffee station to make those delicious and creamy coffee drinks.

Nespresso’s own frother, Aeroccino, is great. If your machine didn’t include one, you can buy it separately. However, it isn’t your only option. There are many brands to pick from…

And if your budget doesn’t allow this type of milk frother, the kind that heats and froths automatically, you can always pick up a budget-friendly handheld milk frother. But remember that you’ll have to heat your milk before you froth it. You can read all about milk frothers and available options here.

Pod Organizer

If you’re anything like me – a pod hoarder, that is, you’ll definitely need something to organize them. Here are some organizer options:

Flavored Syrups

If you have a sweet tooth or like experimenting with coffee flavors, you’ll want some of these syrup bottles. Keep in mind that they usually do not include a pump, so you might have to purchase that separately. Is a pump necessary? No. But it’s a great way to measure the amount of syrup you’re adding. As these pumps add a measured amount of syrup with each press. Each pump is about 1 oz, but pumps could vary in the amount they put out, so always check before buying. Alternatively, you can use a measuring cup to add in the right amount.

Best Combo Espresso and Coffee Makers To Buy

If you sometimes enjoy a nice pot of drip coffee, but other times you want to relax to a luscious cup of latte or cappuccino, having a machine that does them both would be a great convenience to you.

As we all know, espresso and coffee are totally different brews. Espresso, this rich shot of coffee, requires high pressure to be made. An espresso maker usually have a 15-bar pressure pump to operate. On the other hand, drip coffee does not require this type of high pressure.

A combo espresso and coffee maker has two sides, one for drip coffee and another for espresso, giving you access to both kind of coffee brews.

How To Pick a Combo Espresso and Coffee Maker:

When doing your research, you’ll find that many machines are labeled as ‘combo’ coffee makers, but actually aren’t. Well, while they can technically create specialty coffee drinks, they don’t necessarily do it the authentic way. Not all combo coffee makers have the high pressure pump needed to make an authentic shot of espresso. Instead, they just make a concentrated coffee brew to resemble espresso.

While this can be okay with you, it is still important to realize what type of espresso a machine can brew before you buy it. So, below, I will list the best rated combo espresso and coffee makers according to whether or not they can brew an authentic shot of espresso.

Best Combo Coffee Makers for Espresso and Drip Coffee:

De'Longhi BCO430BM All-in-One Combination Maker & Espresso Machine + Advanced Milk Frother for Cappuccino, Latte & Macchiato + Glass Coffee Pot 10-Cup
  • One machine does it all: One side makes authentic 15-bar espresso, cappuccino and latte, while the other side brews exceptionally delicious coffee.
  • Flavor savor brew system: De’longhi’s patented coffee brewing system extracts maximum flavor and aroma for a robust coffee experience.
  • Front-loading system: Both water and coffee reservoirs are conveniently located with frontal access for drip coffee – no need to move the machine.
  • Your foam, your way: The advanced cappuccino system mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth for evenly textured drinks – just the way you like them.
  • Filtered water for a better brew: The advanced active carbon filter keeps water fresh and free of impurities for better-tasting brewed coffee.

This machine by DeLonghi has it all. On the drip coffee side, you get a nice 10-cup capacity pot with a minimum brew of 1-4 cups. It has programmability for auto brew using the digital clock.

The Espresso side using a 15-bar pressure pump, so you should expect a decent and authentic shot of espresso. The simple button controls on the front panel allow you to switch between espresso brewing or steam wand, which you can use to heat and froth your milk. As this is a single heater machine, you cannot perform both tasks at the same time, and you should expect a bit of wait (few minutes) between each task until the machine is ready again.

The reservoir has an active carbon filter that keeps water fresh and clean of any impurities so you can make your best tasting coffee and espresso shots. If you’re going to use already filtered water or bottled water, this filter isn’t necessary.

DeLonghi BCO430BM vs. BCO430, Is There a Difference?

You’ll notice this machine is available under two model names. The only difference here is color. BM here stands for Black and Metal.

Can DeLonghi BCO430 Brew Coffee Capsules and Pods?

If you’re referring to capsules and pods that single-serve machine use (such as Nespresso or Keurig’s K-Cups), then no. This machine uses ground coffee only. It can accommodate soft pods, which are also referred to ESE pods, for espresso brewing.

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Espressione Stainless Steel Machine Espresso and Coffee Maker, 1.5 L
  • Make your favorite Espresso, brew Coffee or make lattes, all in one combination unit.
  • Works with either ground Coffee or easy serving Espresso pods ease.
  • Powerful 19 bar ULKA pump from Italy operating at 1250 Watts
  • Pre-brewing function allows for a more flavorful Coffee, espressos and cappuccinos
  • Electronic temperature control with one Selector knob, 4 buttons and 2 blue LED lamps

First thing you’ll notice about the Espressione machine is how sleek it looks with its clean stainless steel exterior. This totally gives a high quality feel to the machine.

Like the DeLonghi, this machine has two sides to it. A 10-cup coffee pot side and an authentic espresso brewing side with a 19-bar pressure pump.

The coffee maker side is as simple as it gets. Fill in the coffee filter and hit the brew option. Sadly, the machine doesn’t have a digital timer for auto brew programmability.

The espresso side allows you to choose between single shot, double shot or manual brewing which allows you to brew your own volume of shot manually. There’s also a steam wand for heating and frothing milk.

The water reservoir has a front window that allows you to see right away which level the water is at.

While the Espressione is designed in Switzerland, it is made in China.

Best Runner-Up Combo Coffee Makers

The following machines are not runner-ups because they’re of less quality than the machines listed above, but here’s the deal: these machines don’t have pumps to make authentic espresso shots. If you decide to go for any of these machines, know that the best you’ll get is a very concentrated amount of drip coffee to mimic an espresso shot.

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Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker, with 50 Oz Glass Carafe, Black and Stainless Steel Finish
  • Specialty brew: Brew super-rich coffee concentrate that you can use to create delicious lattes, macchiato, cappuccinos, and other coffeehouse style drinks
  • Iced coffee: Brew fresh over ice for flavorful iced coffee that's never watered down
  • 6 brew sizes: Brew anything from a single cup or travel size to a half carafe or a full carafe in your coffee maker
  • Fold away frother: Turns hot or cold milk into silky smooth froth. Cord length (feet) - 2.5
  • SCA certified home brewer

This is a popular choice for a coffee maker and it’s celebrated for its versatility. Ninja’s coffee maker gives you many choices when it comes serving sizes and brew type.

For serving sizes, you get 6 of them: single cup, XL cup, travel mug, multi-serve (large travel mug), half pot and full pot, which is 50 oz.

Brew choices are classic, rich (bolder taste), over ice which brews stronger so it doesn’t taste watered down when mixed with ice, and there’s specialty. Specialty is the coffee concentrate that the Ninja makes to replace Espresso for specialty coffee drinks. It’s brewed in 4 oz size.

To make a cappuccino, latte or whichever coffee drink, you’ll need to froth milk. This Ninja machine does not have a steam wand, but it does have a built-in milk frother, the whisk kind. So you’ll have to heat your milk first, then using the frother to create a delicious froth for a latte. The Ninja Specialty coffee maker does not use any pods, coffee ground only.

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Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker, Comes with Dishwasher Safe Milk Frother, Coffee Shot Capability, Compatible With all K-Cup Pods, Charcoal
  • COFFEE, LATTES & CAPPUCCINOS: Use any K-Cup pod to brew coffee, or make delicious lattes and cappuccinos.
  • SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert any K-Cup pod and use the button controls to brew delicious coffee, or make hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos.
  • LARGE 60oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
  • SMART START: Your coffee maker heats, then brews in one simple process. No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Programmable auto off feature automatically turns your brewer off 2 hours after the last brew for energy savings.

If you prefer to use single-serve pods, this one is a great option. Keurig’s K-Cafe uses K-Cups, just like any other Keurig machine. As you might know, these pods are available from a wide variety of brands, so your choices are wide open here.

For coffee brewing, you get to select from four serving sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz. But what if you want to make a latte or a cappuccino?

You can use the Shot option, which will brew a 2 oz shot of coffee for the base of your coffee drink. Using the built-in milk frother, choose from Latte or Cappuccino option to adjust the froth density and level. The frother heats and froths the milk automatically. All you have to do is pour it into your coffee cup to complete your drink.

Keurig’s K-Cafe uses K-Cup pods only. If you want to use your own coffee ground, you can use a refillable pod.

Are There Espresso K-Cup Pods?

There are some Espresso roast K-Cups, which only means that they are very dark roast blends. For the ‘Shot’ serving size, you can use any type of K-Cup you want, and the machine will dispense 2 oz serving out of it.

Of course, you also have the option to use any serving size you like here. Get as creative as you like and create your own recipes!