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

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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.

Breville Creatista Plus vs. Breville Barista Express: A Full Comparison

When it comes to making your favorite coffee drinks, there are two routes to take. First, is the most convenient, the single-serve machine. The other one would be a classic espresso machine.

Each method of these has its pros and cons. People who go for single serve espresso makers want a quick cup, convenience, and simple one-button operation. On the other hand, the quality is less than perfect. You get a great cup, a nice (but not perfect) milk froth and an overall good experience. If you enjoy crafting your coffee drink from scratch, you’ll like using a classic espresso machine where you’ll have to grind the coffee, dose it, measure it, and manually froth the milk. These machines come with a learning curve, it takes time to get the hang of it, but once you get it, you’ll love every cup you make.

With the Creatista Plus and Barista Express, Breville offers the very best of each type of machine. The Creatista Plus, being a single-serve espresso machine, gives you results that are as fast as any other single serve, but the quality is higher than average thanks to its professional steam wand that textures milk rather than just frothing it.

The Barista Express, a semi-automatic espresso machine with built-in grinder, allows you to create your espresso and other coffee drinks from scratch. But if you find it difficult to get things right from the beginning, it has all the presets to help you achieve a great cup.

Let’s have a look at the features of each espresso machine.

Features of Breville Creatista Plus:

  • Single serve espresso machine compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules, including capsules from 3rd party brands.
  • Features a built-in professional steam wand that heats and textures your milk professionally and fully automatically.
  • Display allows you to customize your drink in terms of volume, temperature and milk texture level. It also guides you through the process of making each drink.
  • Fast 3-second heat up time.
  • Choose from 8 preset coffee drinks: ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, cafe latte, latte macchiato, flat white and milk.
  • Choose from 8 milk textures and 11 milk temperatures ranging from 133 to 169F (55 to 76C).
  • Milk frothing wand self cleans after each use.
  • Machine includes a sample box of capsules and a milk frothing jug.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz
  • Dimensions: WxHxD 16.1 x 6.7 x 12.2 in

Click here to learn more about the Breville Creatista Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Features of Breville Barista Express:

  • Semi-automatic espresso machine with built-in conical burr grinder.
  • Automatically grinds the right amount of coffee for your selected shot (single or double) directly into the portafilter.
  • Portafilter cradle allows for handsfree grinding.
  • Built-in tamper.
  • Digital Temperature Control ensures water is delivered at the optimal temperature for a great espresso extraction.
  • Simple dial control for adjusting your grind size.
  • Steam wand for heating and texturing your milk.
  • Control buttons for single shot, double shot and for manual override.
  • Gauge allows you to see what temperature stage your machine is at.
  • Includes: razor dose trimming tool, 54mm portafilter, single and dual wall filter baskets, stainless steel milk frothing jug, cleaning disc and tablets, coffee scoop, water filter holder and water filter.
  • Dimensions: 13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 inches

Click here to learn more about Breville Barista Express, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Difference Between Breville Creatista Plus vs Barista Express?

Right off the bat, these are two completely different machines in how they work:

Creatista Plus is a single-serve espresso machine that uses capsules only (you can’t use ground coffee). And the Barista Express is a traditional espresso machine where you can only use ground coffee, that the machine will conveniently dose and measure for you automatically.

Ease of Use and Convenience:

If convenience is what you’re aiming for, then a single-serve, the Creatista Plus in the case, is what you’ll want. The pre-measured pods, the pre-set drinks and the automatic milk frothing guarantee that you’ll get the perfect drink each and every time. And thanks to the customization options, you can play a little with the recipes to fine-tune it to your liking.

The Barista Express, while it does have some presets and it does automatic grinding and dosing, you still have to do the work. You’ll tamp, insert the portafilter, heat and texture your milk manually (which can go wrong the first few tries). Then there’s the clean up process after.

Taste and Quality:

Now here’s where you get to compromise a little. With the Creatista Plus, you’re using Nespresso capsules (either from Nespresso or from other brands, as long as they’re OriginalLine capsules). These capsules hold about 5 to 7 grams of coffee in them. While the espresso shots produced from these capsules are not bad, they’re not comparable to an espresso shot that is produced from the Barista Express which uses about 19 grams of coffee.

The Barista Express makes a more authentic shot of espresso than the Creatista Plus, or any other single serve espresso machine. You’ll also be using your choice of coffee beans, and at the freshness you choose them to be. That makes a lot of difference in your drinks quality for sure.

When it comes to milk froth, the Creatista Plus has a steam wand that no other single-serve espresso maker has (as of the timing of this post). Usually, single-serve machines will use your average whisk to create froth. The Creatista Plus, on the other hand, uses a steam wand that is comparable to any professional espresso machine’s wand. It actually textures milk and produces micro foam that you can use to create beautiful latte art, and it does it automatically so you don’t have to worry about creating the wrong milk texture.

The Barista Express has a steam wand too, and you can achieve the same results, but you’ll have to do it manually. This is where you’ll have to do some learning and practicing until you get your milk temperature and texture right.

Price:

The Creatista Plus is highly priced for a single-serve machine, but for the features you get, it’s totally worth it. The Barista Express, which gives you everything you need from grinder, to tamper and pretty much whatever you need to get started, is offered at a great price, too.

The two machines are in the same price range. But you have to keep in mind that with the Creatista Plus, you’ll have the on-going expense of buying your coffee capsules. How much would that be? It will totally depend on where you get your capsules. 3rd party capsules are less expensive than Nespresso’s.. so how much you’ll end up paying will vary for sure.

Which Do You Buy? Creatista Plus or Barista Express?

You really need to know what you’re looking for here:

Do you want a good cup of coffee with a push of a button, less hassle, total convenience? Then go for the Creatista Plus.

Do you want a better and more authentic cup and you’re willing to learn your way through it? Then the Barista Express is your machine.

Nespresso Essenza Plus vs. Essenza Mini, What’s New and How Are They Different?

A while back, Nespresso released the Essenza Mini, a truly compact espresso machine that you can fit anywhere. It’s my personal choice that I keep right beside my workstation for a quick cup whenever I need an energy boost. With 3.3 inches in width, countertop space is the last thing to worry about with the Essenza Mini.

However, there’s now a new and improved version of the Essenza Mini that goes by the name Essenza Plus. What’s new in this new version? What’s ‘Plus’ about it and how is it different than the Essenza Mini? This is what you’ll find out in this post.

Essenza Plus Features:

The Essenza Plus is still a compact espresso machine, although, it’s slightly wider than the Essenza Mini. In return, it offers many new things:

  • Additional serving size options
  • Hot Water on Demand
  • Connectivity
  • One-Touch capsule order.

Let’s talk about these new features, one by one:

Serving Size Options:

The Essenza Plus has 4 coffee sizes:

  • Espresso, Lungo, Americano and Americano XL.

What are Americano and Americano XL?

Americano is usually made by adding hot water to a shot of espresso. On the Essenza Plus, the Americano option is programmed to brew 0.85 oz of espresso followed by 4.2 oz of hot water. Americano XL recipe uses 1.35 oz of espresso followed by 5.4 oz of hot water.

Can I Make any other Coffee Drinks?

Of course, you can make any espresso based drink like Cappuccino, Latte or Macchiato if you choose to bundle your machine with an Aeroccino milk frother, or use any other frother you choose.

Hot Water on Demand:

This is a really useful feature, to have hot water at a press of a button. It’s great not only for Americano preparation, but it’s great for other things like tea or preparing instant meals.

The best part about this is that the hot water has its dedicated spout, which means you don’t have to worry about getting hot water with coffee residue in it.

Connectivity and One-Touch Ordering:

The Essenza Plus is Bluetooth and WiFi enabled. Usually, I’m not a fan of connected machines. I just don’t see the use for it. And in this case, it can either be useful to you or a total novelty, you decide!

The Nespresso app on your phone or tablet can do many things, including help you reprogram drink volumes, get recipes and set up some configurations. Another thing it can do is allow you to set up a preferred capsule order to keep on your account. Once you start running low on capsules, the only thing you’ll have to do is press the One-Touch Order button on your machine and your preferred order will be sent to Nespresso. This button is kind of smart, too. Once your order has been confirmed, the button will display a steady white LED light, and you’ll have 2 hours to cancel your order via the app, if you want to. If your button flashes an Orange LED light, then something went wrong and you’ll have to check via the app, too.

You will not be able to order through the One-Touch button again until your pending order has shipped. But I do wonder, what if you press the button by mistake? What if you don’t even realize you hit that button and just end up with a surprise order showing at your door? This is the type of ‘too much convenience’ that is not always helpful, but is cool to have as a novelty.

Other Features:

  • Repositionable water tank allows you to keep it at either side or at the back.
  • Capacity: 33.8 oz
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.6 x 15.7 x 10.1
  • Used capsules container capacity: 11 capsules
  • 19-bar pressure pump.
  • Available in two designs and colors.

Essenza Plus vs. Essenza Mini, What’s The Difference?

DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Plus by De8217;Longhi, Red
Nespresso Essenza Mini Original Espresso Machine by Breville, Piano Black
DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Plus by De8217;Longhi, Red
Nespresso Essenza Mini Original Espresso Machine by Breville, Piano Black
Serving Sizes
Espresso, Lungo, Americano
Espresso, Lungo
Hot Water on Demand
One-Button Order (Smart Connectivity)
Repositionable Water Reservoir
DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Plus by De8217;Longhi, Red
DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Plus by De8217;Longhi, Red
Serving Sizes
Espresso, Lungo, Americano
Hot Water on Demand
One-Button Order (Smart Connectivity)
Repositionable Water Reservoir
Nespresso Essenza Mini Original Espresso Machine by Breville, Piano Black
Nespresso Essenza Mini Original Espresso Machine by Breville, Piano Black
Serving Sizes
Espresso, Lungo
Hot Water on Demand
One-Button Order (Smart Connectivity)
Repositionable Water Reservoir

The Essenza Mini is a basic espresso machine that can brew two drinks: Espresso and Lungo, and with the help of a milk frother, you can make any coffee recipe.

The biggest difference between the Essenza Mini and Essenza Plus, and it’s my personal favorite feature here, is the Hot Water button, which allows for automatic brewing of Americano or using hot water for anything else you like.

Design wise, the Essenza Plus is wider than the Essenza Mini at 4.6” to 5.5” wide (Depending on the model). But a great design feature that the Essenza Plus has is the fact that it has a repostionable water reservoir, making it more adaptable to your space.

Is It Worth It? Should You Upgrade Your Esssenza Mini?

If there’s one feature that makes this machine awesome, it’s the hot water on demand. The fact that it has its own dedicated spout makes it a true winner. With other Nespresso machines, you could always get hot water simply by not placing in a capsule and hitting any brew button. But what you would get is hot water mixed with some residue from previously brewed coffee. With the Essenza Plus, you’re getting hot water that goes through its own dedicate pipe so it doesn’t mix with the coffee at all.

Between the Essenza Mini and Essenza Plus, I absolutely recommend the latter.

Should you upgrade your current Essenza Mini (or other Nespresso machine)? It depends on whether or not you’ll need the hot water on demand. Americanos are a great way to enjoy a longer cup of coffee that is smoother and less bitter than a shot of espresso or lungo. You can still make Americanos using any Nespresso machine, of course. Just add hot water using a kettle. But if you’re in a situation, like myself, where you can’t keep a kettle and an all-in-one solution would be the best choice then the Essenza Plus is your machine.

As for the Connectivity and One-Touch ordering, while it’s innovative and all, I don’t think of it as a necessity at all. You can still use the app to order your capsules and get your recipes without the need to have it directly connected to your machine.

Capsule Compatibility:

The Essenza Mini Plus, like the Essenza Mini, is an OriginalLine machine. Which means it is compatible with all OriginalLine capsules from Nespresso or other brands. There are also some refillable capsules you can use, but always purchase these with caution as some are not built very well and can cause the needle inside your machine to break and void your warranty.

Nespresso Essenza DeLonghi vs. Breville, Is There a Difference?

This is a question I see in regards to every Nespresso machine, whether it’s the Essenza or other models. Some machines are labeled as Nespresso DeLonghi and other are sold under Breville’s name, which is another kitchen appliances brand. Why are Nespresso machines sold under these other brand names and which is better?

Truth is, there is NO actual difference between Nespresso machines sold under Breville’s or DeLonghi’s name other than very few design and color differences that do not affect the function of the machines at all. All machines remain Nespresso machines and use Nespresso capsules.

Why are they sold under Breville and DeLonghi names?

To keep up with demand around the globe, Nespresso has partnered with these two trusted brands (as well as KRUPS in the UK and parts of Europe, too) to help them with manufacturing and distribution. And that’s all there is too it. Whichever secondary brand name your Nespresso machine will have, they are all the same internally. So after picking your favorite Nespresso model, choose your favorite color and design, you don’t need to pay much attention whether it’s Breville or DeLonghi.