In a previous post, we talked in great details how Keurig and Nespresso are different and which should you choose. And as you already know, Nespresso is available in two models; OriginalLine, which brews espresso only, and VertuoLine, which brews espresso and coffee and is more comparable to Keurig than the OriginalLine.

In this post, we will dig into more details of how Keurig 2.0 compares to Nespresso VertuoLine or Evoluo.

What Is Keurig 2.0 Brewer

Keurig 2.0 is a single serve brewer that brews a variety of coffee and other hot drinks in sizes that can vary up to 18 oz for a mug or 30 oz for a carafe. Yes…. Keurig’s brewer now brews a full carafe! And that’s a feature available only on Keurig 2.0 machines.

Keurig 2.0 uses a laser technology that can read the label on the K-Cup pod you’re brewing and adjusts the settings for you to match the pod’s optimal settings. That doesn’t mean the machine will force you into drinking something they’ve already programmed, all pre-sets can be overridden to your taste, so no worries there.

In order to brew a perfect cup each time, no matter what size you brew, Keurig 2.0 has different pods available for each size: K-Cup makes a great cup for sizes up to 10 oz or 12 oz, for larger mugs or travel mugs up to 18 oz, you can use K-Mug pods. And for carafes, there’s the K-Carafe pods. Each of these pods have the right amount of coffee ground to produce a rich and flavorful cup of coffee for each size.

When it comes to controls and programability, Keurig 2.0 machines have a touchscreen LCD display, and depending on the model you choose, they vary is size and whether its colored or black/white. But either way, they are easy to use and allow you to program timer/clock, cup size, strength and on some models, you can even program the temperature.

Most Popular Keurig 2.0 Models:

What Is Nespresso VertuoLine / Evoluo:

Nespresso has always been known for being a single-serve espresso maker, perfect for making espresso and espresso based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. But later on, Nespresso introduced VertuoLine, their first line of machines that brews both espresso and coffee.

But even though Nespresso VertuoLine can brew a cup of coffee, it isn’t exactly the same as the traditional cup we all know from other machines as Nespresso uses an entirely new technology to brew beverages on the VertuoLine machines.

Centrifusion technology is what Vertuoline machines use to brew espresso and coffee. This technology works by rapidly spinning the Nespresso capsules, up to 7000 spins per minute, to thoroughly mix the coffee with water and produce a well balanced flavor of coffee.

Like Keurig, VertuoLine machines are equipped with laser technology to automatically adjust the machine with the right parameters for each capsules. There are no buttons to program on VertuoLine machines, only one button to push.

Nespresso Capsules are available in two sizes, small for espresso and larger ones for coffee. These capsules are produced by Nespresso and can work ONLY on Nespresso Vertuoline machines.

Nespresso Vertuo Models:

Vertuo NextVertuoPlus and Plus Deluxe

Keurig K-Cups vs. Nespresso Capsules

Keurig’s K-Pods are widely available online or in local stores and supermarkets. The best part about K-Cups is that they’re available from many different coffee brands like Starbucks, Tully’s, Folgers, Dunkin’s… and many more. You can also enjoy drinks other than coffee like tea, hot chocolate or hot ciders. So, by using a K-Cup brewer, you’re not limiting yourself to one brand of coffee. And thanks to their reusable coffee pods, you can actually even enjoy any ground coffee even if its not available in K-Cups.

On the other hand, and in comparison to K-Cups, Nespresso has limited number of capsules. As of now, there is no refillable pods for VertuoLine brewers, so you’re limited to what Nespresso makes.

Which Do You Choose?

If you want a single-serve coffee maker mainly for coffee, then the obvious choice here is Keurig. You get a great variety of coffee brands, the ability to use ground coffee with a reusable filter and you have the choice of other drinks as well, like tea and hot chocolate.

The downside of a Keurig 2.0 coffee maker is that it only accepts K-Cups that are labeled for it (so the machine can read it). So if you’re upgrading from an older Keurig and have a lot of leftover K-Cups, you won’t be able to use it. But if this is your first time buying a Keurig, you’ll be okay with the new K-Cups.

Video Reviews

Keurig 2.0 Review:

Nespresso VertuoLine Review:


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