If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a total coffee junkie. Since the age of three I used to steal sips from my grandma’s cup of coffee. After years and years of owning a Keurig I was left wanting more out of single use coffee machine. In fact, I ditched my Keurig and found myself visiting Starbucks at least three times a week. That’s enough to break anyone’s bank.
I’m not trying to drag Keurig, I actually have used multiple machines over the last 5 years. One of the things I love about Keurig is the wide variety of coffee pods available. Think about it; half the coffee section at the grocery store is packed full of k-cups. There are also varieties of tea, hot chocolate, and cider.
Despite the wide assortment of k-cups, Keurig also has its pitfalls. For example, I found that my cup of coffee would often taste like the one brewed before it. This meant my hot chocolate or tea have a hint of coffee, so I had to switch to an electric kettle for these drinks. Plus, if you have ever owned a Keurig you also know that the process of descaling the machine can be quite annoying.
This is all to say that I needed a new coffee experience. After hearing raving reviews from friends and family, I finally committed to buying a Nespresso machine. Aside from the commercials with George Clooney, I knew very little about Nespresso; however, the more research I conducted the more I began to notice that Nespresso sets itself apart from Keurig in a variety of ways. Out of the two different types of Nespresso machines, I chose the Nespresso Vertuo.
What is the Nespresso Vertuo System?
Nespresso offers two different types of machines: Original and Vertuo. The Original machine focuses purely on espresso while the Vertuoline offers a wider range of coffee styles and sizes. The Vertuo machine uses centrifusion technology; a combination of centrifugal action and water infusion to extract a smooth, creamy cup of coffee. On the bottom of the Vertuo capsules, you will find a unique barcode that adjusts the brewing parameters accordingly.
Is the Nespresso Worth the Hype?
100% YES. I can proudly say I have been converted. If you are a true coffee connoisseur, then you will love this machine. As the name suggests Nespresso focuses on creating a premium cup of espresso. The centrifusion brewing results in a creamy, indulgent cup of coffee or espresso depending on which capsule you use. My Nespresso machine also came with the Aeroccino milk frother to create hot or cold foam for all kinds of drinks.
Using the right pods and coffee syrup, you can create a delicious latte in a matter of minutes with the Nespresso Vertuo machine. I personally enjoy the Bianco Leggero Nespresso capsules which are crafted for milk. My morning coffee routine consists of adding French Vanilla Torani syrup to my cup, brewing the Nespresso capsule over top, adding hot milk from the Aeroccino frother, and giving my latte a good stir.
Since buying a Nespresso, my Starbucks consumption has decreased significantly. I am now confident in my ability to craft a delicious latte from the comfort of my own home at a fraction of the cost. It’s important to note that you will only find the Nespresso capsules in Nespresso stores or online, but the process is very simple. I enjoy the online experience because I can pick and choose which capsules I love most and Nespresso gives free samples with every order.
Overall, the Nespresso Vertuo machine has changed my morning routine for the better. My morning latte costs about $1.20 per day rather than $4.50 and I don’t have to make any extra stops in my commute. I used to visit Starbucks Reserve just to get an Affogato (basically espresso poured over ice cream) but I can make that and more using the Nespresso Vertuo. Let me know your thoughts on Nespresso in the comments below!