My First Thoughts
My relationships with different single-serve coffee machines have been more turbulent than what I went through in my high school romances way back then. I have had several models, but none could make a nice cup of coffee that rivaled what I get at my favorite coffee shop.
We are talking about coffee machine models by the way. There was even that time I used to believe the coffee flavor at the coffee shop is somehow magically enhanced by the ambience and the place’s décor, but that was just my personal myth. So eventually I decided to prove the myth wrong with the latest single-serve coffee machine from Nespresso; the VertuoLine that comes with an Aeroccino Plus milk frother.
From Nespresso VertuoLine reviews I had heard, the machine is made for espresso fans like me who love their best quality coffee delivered fast and without a fuss. I gave the new machine a test run and I have plenty of good and bad things to say about it.
VertuoLine is a new model released by the famous coffee machine maker, Nespresso. It is a single serve coffee machine made of revolutionary technology that ensures you enjoy the true flavor of freshly brewed coffee in the true espresso style.
The machine comes with a Nespresso Aeroccino Plus milk frother which gives you the ability to make cold or hot milk froth with a single touch of a button. It further uses Centrifusion extraction technology to give you high quality coffee with crème.
Nespresso VertuoLine is an impressive machine that heats up pretty fast in just fifteen seconds. It is quite simple to use and will not take up a whole acre of your kitchen area. You can count on the machine to give you authentic espresso and freshly brewed coffee with crème over and over again. With a single touch of a button you can make either an 8 oz. cup of coffee or a 13 oz. espresso. It uses two capsule sizes; a small one for espressos and a large capsule for coffee.
However, I found the machine a bit limiting in the available customization options. I mean some of us really love meddling things around to get that perfect flavor, but the machine doesn’t provide a very wide range of options.
Nespresso’s monopoly over the pods you can use with this machine felt a bit exploitative in my opinion. I found ordering pods too much of a hassle. Like all other humans who value the health of their palates, I don’t take scalding hot coffee, but a reasonably hot cup always does the trick. I can’t really complain about the temperature of coffee this machine provides, but would have loved it more if it was a bit hotter all the time.
Nespresso VertuoLine Review : Let’s Go Deeper
If you used or know about the OriginalLine Nespresso machine, the first thing you’ll notice is that the Grand Cru capsules in this new model look different. The difference is mainly because VertuoLine uses Centrifusion technology, which spins the capsules to extract the perfect flavor, while OriginalLine relies on 19 bar pressure to extract flavor. The Centrifusion technology is quite unique and works perfectly well.
VertuoLine gives you a choice of 12 different capsules. You get a sampler pack containing each of the 12 varieties when you purchase the machine. You can then sample each capsule to find out which type suits your taste. Eight of the 12 capsules are for brewing coffee, while four make espresso.
Of the eight coffee capsules, four provide different ranges of coffee strength from mild to bold. Two capsules are flavored roasts namely vanilla and hazelnut. You also get a decaffeinated capsule too. The espresso you get from the automated pod machine is on-point too.
Talking of VertuoLine Features
We gave a test run of some of the key features mentioned by the coffee machine’s manufacturer. Believe me, there are quite a good number of them, and so far we can report that Nespresso really did go to great lengths to ensure this machine takes your coffee making experience to a higher level.
They actually created a machine that allows you to make fresh coffee or genuine espresso with a single touch of a button. When I read about its Centrifusion extraction technology, the first thing that came to mind was turbines and motors, but later realized it meant that I simply need to insert the capsule, close the lever, and the machine will spin the capsule at a speed of 7,000 rpm to blend the coffee and water creating a rich crema.
Talking of capsules, the machine delivers great coffee and espressos thanks to its hermetically-sealed capsules. You get 8 coffee capsules and 4 espressos, each with a varying degree of strength and taste.
It even has an automated blend recognition feature. This is an intelligent extraction technology that can recognize each Grand Cru blend by reading the barcode along the rim of the capsule. The barcode informs the machine what brewing parameters to use such as how hot the water should be and other settings. The technology ensures you get the best results at a touch of a button.
I didn’t like the fact that its milk frother is sold separately, but if truth be told the Aeroccino Plus milk frother is a great addition to the single-serve coffee maker. It gives you a fast one-touch way of preparing cold or hot milk froth. This item is however sold separately.
A removable capsule container seems to have become a standard feature in all single-serve machines, but VertuoLine’s is worth mentioning here because it can hold up to 20 used capsules saving you time and the efforts of removing every single capsule after use. If the machine remains inactive for 9 minutes, it automatically goes off, which helps to save your domestic energy usage. That is one claim we can say the machine does live up to.
How does the VertuoLine work ?
In my experience, making a cup of full crème coffee or espresso with the Nespresso VertuLine is quite easy even for a single-serve coffee machine novice. Simply press the lever and the machine will spin the capsules at a very fast rate of 7000 revolutions per minute, extracting the best flavor you can get from the coffee and blending it perfectly with water to give you a rewarding cup of coffee or espresso complete with a nice crema.
Each capsule is labeled with a barcode that tells the machine what specific settings and water temperature to use. You personally don’t have to worry about the small details.
When you buy the machine complete with the Aeroccino Plus milk frother you further extend your beverage experience with freshly brewed frothy lattes and cappuccinos. The Aeroccino gives you smooth cold or hot milk froth for your coffee or other favorite recipes. It is a fully automatic system that works fast and without vibrations or noise. You can even use the frother to heat milk for cappuccino and lattes.
Final Thoughts & Review Verdict
We can attest that Nespresso really did go to great lengths to design this revolutionary machine that is well suited for consumers who love their coffee perfectly filtered and flavored. The new technology the manufacturer incorporated in this machine is quite useful too. For instance, capsule recognition technology using barcode reading saves you the time and efforts of having to manually tweak the settings every time you prepare a different flavor of coffee or espresso.
Unlike its counterpart models, the Nespresso VertuoLine is easier to use, especially since it has automatic features such as ejection of used capsules. It is an excellent single cup coffee machine, especially when used with the Aeroccino Plus milk frother for added crema luxury. Nespresso VertuoLine is an impressive machine that heats up pretty fast in just fifteen seconds. It is quite simple to use and will not take up a whole acre of your kitchen area.
Nespresso VertuoLine Review : Our verdict
Here is our final take about the Nespresso VertuoLine
The single-serve coffee machine is a relatively new product in the market and still to prove itself over time. However, judging from customer reviews and our experience, we can authoritatively say that it really delivers as promised. It is the best option in the market for anyone who loves to explore different flavors of coffee or if you are an espresso aficionado.
However, keep in mind that at this price range, it costs a little bit more than other single-serve machines. It is also a bit bulkier and not as elegantly designed as other Nespresso products. It seems the manufacturer this time concentrated more on performance than style. You can only use 4 espresso capsules and 8 coffee capsules on this machine, which is a bit limiting in my opinion. The milk frother is great, but it would have been even better if it came with the machine rather than bought separately. All in all the Nespresso VertuoLine is a recommended single-serve coffee maker that will serve you efficiently for years to come.