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Crew Review: Nespresso Inissia

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Join Gail and Brendan as they discuss the new Nespresso Inissia capsule machine! The smallest of the Nespresso bunch, the Inissia also comes in at the lowest capsule price point we’ve seen of $99. Easy to use, you simply drop the capsule into the brewing chamber and press a single button. Occasionally clean out the drip tray and empty your capsule “dregs” box for a crazy clean machine!

If you’re not into the factory settings (1.4 ounces for an espresso shot and 3.7 ounces for a lungo), you can program the buttons to your preferred volume. Simply hold the button and, when the shot gets to the volume of your liking, release the button. Volia – you’ve just programmed your Nespresso!

Want to see the Nespresso Inissia in action? Just watch the video below!

Crew Review: Nespresso VertuoLine

Nespresso VertuoLineJust when you thought brewing your morning cup of Joe or espresso on a fully automatic espresso maker couldn’t get easy easier, Nespresso has created a new machine that further simplifies the process. Not only is the Nespresso VertuoLine capable of brewing espresso and coffee, but it also has been designed to do the thinking for you when it comes to making your preferred beverage.

How this possible? The machine is programmed to read the bar code that is printed around the rim of each capsule and determine the pressure (it still does nine bars of pressure on espresso), water volume, temperature and rotational speed it should use to brew each blend. If you’re wondering what rotational speed has to do with making coffee, Nespresso has developed a new technology that actually spins the coffee capsule while it is brewing. Water is then injected into the capsule while it spins, which likely allows the grounds to get better saturated. Some people may miss having the ability to program their machine themselves, but Nepresso believes you won’t ever need to as they have done a lot of testing to ensure their brewing parameters are just right.

One downside of the Nespresso VirtuoLine is that the old Nespresso capsules won’t work with it, since they aren’t designed for the VirtuoLine system. Thus, if you are upgrading from one of the previous Nespresso machines, make sure to use all of your old capsules before retiring your old machine. However, your new Nespresso VertuoLine does come with a sample box of capsules (or “Grand Crus” as Nespresso calls them), so you can sample the four espresso and eight coffee blends to determine which ones you like the best.

Overall, we really liked this upgrade to the Nespresso line. This compact machine brews a very hot and smooth cup, with a lot of crema. There is even a surprisingly large amount of crema on the coffee option; you may want to stir it in to the rest of the coffee in order to combine the flavors. Likewise, since the VertuoLine is so easy to use, it is a great option for people who want no muss and no fuss when creating their brew. The machine is also great for people who only want to brew one cup at a time or for households where everyone wants something different. To see how the new brewing process works, watch as Gail and Dori give the coffee and espresso a whirl on the VertuoLine.

Crew Review: Nespresso VertuoLine

Crew Review: DeLonghi Lattissima EN680

DeLonghi Lattissima EN680Do you love drinking cappuccinos and lattes in the morning but don’t enjoy all the work required to make them or cleaning up the mess afterward? Well, you’re in luck, since DeLonghi and Nespresso teamed up a while ago to create the DeLonghi Lattissima EN680, which allows you to brew cappuccinos, lungos and espresso at the push of a button.

This hybrid is part of the Lattisima series, and features a removable 16.9 oz. milk reservoir (so you can keep your milk cold in the fridge) and has programmable milk froth dispenser for those cappuccinos and lattes. This espresso machine is sure to please non-milk drinkers too, since the coffee volume and water output are also programmable. Like other Nespresso products, the EN680 is a capsule machine so you have to fill it with capsules ordered from Nespresso. However, the machine does come with a sample pack of pods so you can try out the different flavors to see which ones you like the best.

The EN680’s small footprint makes it great for cramped counters, but the machine is large enough to offer an adjustable cup tray so you can make your coffee in different sized cups. You can even take your coffee with you on the go, as you can fit a small travel mug in this space, like a MiiR travel tumbler, but probably not anything larger.

To find out more, watch as Teri takes us on a tour of the specs and features of the DeLonghi Lattissima EN680, and then shows us how to make a hot, foamy cappuccino.

SCG Crew Review: DeLonghi Lattissima EN680

Tasting: illy vs. Nespresso Capsule Espresso Machines

We have carried Nespresso capsule machines for awhile now and we know that while they’ll definitely get the caffeinated job done, it’s unlikely that the shots they produce will ever knock your socks off. illy came to the scene recently with their reworked Francis Francis! machines that utilize the Iperespresso capsule functionality, so we decided it was time for a little side-by-side taste-off.

Note that there are a ton of variables at play here, especially since both of these use proprietary capsule systems and blends, we couldn’t necessarily judge the machine’s tech separate from the coffee’s flavor. Bunny selected a dark roast, light roast and single origin from each manufacturer for us to taste; watch as the crew gives their feedback on flavor!

SCG Experiments: Frothing Soy Milk in Auto-Frothers

In addition to the temperature, foam quality and other general performance questions we get about stand-alone milk frothers, how they whip up non-dairy milks is definitely high on the list of many folks researching these little gems.

Since soy is one of the most popular non-dairy milks around, we selected it to perform a side-by-side functional comparison of the Capresso FrothTEC, Breville Milk Cafe and Nespresso Aero3. Watch our experiment video to learn how they measure up!

Crew Review: Nespresso U Capsule Espresso Machine

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: When it comes to convenience and cleanliness in the java makin’ world, the capsule system by Nespresso is where it’s at.

Often sporting several different features and functions — like steam wands or automatic frothers — the U is a streamlined version of their capsule espresso machine. It’s small, incredibly intuitive to use and, since it’s using the same brew technology and capsules of its pricier counterparts, produces a great cup of coffee with minimal work on your part. Plus, it incorporates magnets and you know how much we love that. The future!

Want to see it in action? Check out Gail’s walkthrough and demo of the Nespresso U.

Compare: Convenience of Superautos vs. Capsule vs. Pod Espresso Machines

If convenience is king in your household, your espresso machine selection will likely center on superautomatic, capsule or pod-friendly options such as those made by DeLonghi, Jura, Nespresso and Saeco.

But which of these three machine styles produces a better shot? Does it matter? Of course it does! Watch as Gail demonstrates making an Americano on a pod-friendly semi-automatic, a capsule machine and a superautomatic. We compare flavor and discuss the relative convenience and ease of use.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Cafe Banana Split

Looking for a super simple sweet treat? This lovely recipe features a shot of espresso, a little sugar, a little cool frothed milk and some fun! Watch Brandi whip it up using Nespresso’s Gran Maestria capsule espresso machine and included Aero4 automatic frother.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Shot of espresso
  • Milk – cold or hot frothed
  • Tea biscuit
  • Banana, diced
  • Monin Caramel Sauce

Directions

Place brown sugar in the bottom of a demitasse. Add espresso and then pour frothed milk on top, leaving a bit of room at the top. Float the tea biscuit and diced banana on top of the milk, then drizzle with caramel sauce.

Compare: Nespresso Capsule Espresso Machines

For ease of use, cleanliness and convenience, Nespresso‘s patented capsule espresso machines are a hard act to follow. Sure, they’re never going to give you the God shot, but if you’re considering one, that’s probably not that important to you. What they will do is give you consistently good espresso and offer you a variety of blends to choose from.

While they have several different styles of machines, one thing remains the same: The brewing functionality. Other than that, each model has different features you can choose from. Watch as Gail guides us through their currently available suite of machines and talks to us about how they compare.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Raspberry Kiss Latte

There’s sweet … then there’s very sweet … then there’s Brandi!

This lovely latte features the delicious flavors of Monin’s Raspberry and White Chocolate, which Brandi whips up with ease using the Nespresso Gran Maestria’s Aero 4 milk frother.

 

 

Ingredients

Directions

Combine syrup, sauce and milk together; froth well to fully incorporate. Pour over two shots of espresso and garnish with whipped cream + fresh raspberry!