We all have our favorite way to enjoy our cup of coffee. Some like a traditional cup of drip coffee, others prefer a strong and aromatic shot of espresso. But if you’re one of the people who like a creamy and luxurious cup of creamy latte or foamy cappuccino and want to make it with a press of a button at the comfort of your home, this post is for you.
Nespresso machines are a popular choice for a single-serve espresso machine, no doubt about this. But there’s also so many options and models to choose from. Picking the right Nespresso machine always goes down to what you want to prepare with it. Of course, all Nespresso machines can prepare several recipes of coffee, but some models do a better job than others.
What Do You Need in a Nespresso Machine for Latte or Cappuccino:
Latte, Cappuccino, Macchiato and other specialty coffee drinks are all made of two main ingredients: espresso and milk.
All Nespresso machines can make Espresso, but for you to complete the recipe, you’ll need a milk frother.
You have several options here:
- You can use a handheld milk frother, where you’ll have to first heat the milk then whisk it manually.
- You can buy your Nespresso machine bundled with an Aeroccino, Nespresso’s electric milk frother which heats and froths the milk automatically.
- Or, you can buy a Nespresso machine with a built-in milk frother. This is the best and fastest way to make your latte and cappuccino with a single press of a button.
Best Nespresso Machines with Built-in Milk Frothers:
Nespresso Lattissima Pro:
Lattissima Pro is a Nespresso machine by DeLonghi. It uses Nespresso’s OriginalLine capsule system and DeLonghi’s patented automatic Cappuccino system.
This machine’s built-in milk frother allows you to adjust the foam level to your liking. When you pick a drink using the touchscreen, it will automatically heat up, foam and dispense the milk into your cup. The coffee spout will then dispense the espresso shot and add it to the milk.
The milk frother is also detachable. This is great because you can simply remove any left-over milk and store it in the fridge for later use. It’s also dishwasher safe.
Other features of Lattissima Pro:
- 44 oz water reservoir.
- Use capsule container: 15 capsules.
- Adjustable cup tray allows you to fit small or tall cups.
- Backlight indicator.
- Easy to use touchscreen and LCD display for customizing your drinks.
- Compatible with all Nespresso OriginalLine capsules and Nespresso-compatible capsules.
Nespresso Lattissima One:
The Lattissima One, also powered by Nespresso’s capsule system and DeLonghi’s Cappuccino system, is Lattissima Pro’s younger sibling.
Just like the Lattissima Pro, the Lattissima One does it all with a push of a button. It automatically heats and froths and pours it to your cup. But here’s how it’s different than the Lattissima Pro:
- It has a small milk frother that holds just enough for a single cup. The milk jug is clearly marked with two lines, one for cappuccino and the other for latte.
- There’s no touchscreen display, but simple buttons: espresso, lungo and milk froth.
- It has a 33.8 oz water reservoir capacity.
If you prefer a smaller and simpler Nespresso system, then the Lattissima One is the machine to go for. Just keep in mind that it’s not as adjustable as the Lattissima Pro, you can’t adjust the milk foam, but you can reprogram the coffee volume just like any other Nespresso machine.
Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville:
This beauty that was designed by Breville, takes your Nespresso experience to a whole new level. It does not have a built-in milk frother, but it has something much much better.
The Creatista Plus was designed to give you the closest thing to a professional espresso machine but without all the work. It doesn’t have a milk frother, but it has a milk steamer. Yes, just like the steamer your cafe has in their machine, and it works automatically. it creates professionally steamed textured milk that you can use to make latte art (that one you’ll have to do the work for!).
On the machine, there’s a colored display that allows you to customize already programmed recipes like: cappuccino, latte, flat white and more. You can also create your own recipe and save them under any name you want.
You also have the option to choose from 8 milk textures and 11 temperatures.
- Other features include:
- 60 oz water reservoir.
- Adjustable cup tray to hold small or tall cups.
- Full stainless steel housing.
- Includes a milk frothing jug.
- Compatible with all Nespresso OriginalLine and Nespresso-compatible capsules.
Best Nespresso Capsules for Latte and Cappuccino:
Now that you now which Nespresso machines work best for making Latte and Cappuccino, here are some recommendations for the best Nespresso capsules.
As you know, Nespresso capsules come in different intensities and varieties. And some of these complement milk better than others. So here are some variety packs to consider:
This variety pack includes 50 capsules of Nespresso’s most intense coffee blends. It includes: 10 Ristretto, 10 Arpeggio, 10 Roma, 10 Indriya from India, 10 Fortissio Lungo.
If you prefer a strong taste to your coffee that cannot be overpowered by the taste of milk, this is the variety pack to try.
If you like your coffee flavored, then definitely give these capsules a try. This variety pack includes 30 capsules total, 10 of each flavor: 10 Vanilio, 10 Ciocattino, 10 Caramelito. They are medium roast and have an intensity level of 6. It’s important to note that these capsules do not include artificial flavors, the pods contain pure coffee ground. The flavors are subtle and the milk help brings them more to life. So don’t expect a sugary drink when using these, but a rather pleasant and sweet aftertaste and lovely aroma.
This is another intense coffee capsule bundle, but from a brand other than Nespresso. Gourmesso is a fair trade brand that creates Nespresso compatible capsules. This bundle is available in a count of 60, 80 or 100 capsules. it includes: Etiopia Blend Forte – Intensity 10 ✪ Ristretto Blend Forte – Intensity 10 ✪ Messico Blend Forte – Intensity 9 ✪ Tarrazu Forte – Intensity 8.
Also by Gourmesso, a bundle of naturally flavored coffee capsules that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the added sugar. They all have medium 5 intensity, and includes these flavors: caramel, chocolate, coconut, hazelnut and vanilla. Each box contains 10 capsules.