Looking for the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your family this year? Or maybe looking for one yourself? Our eyes are on the Nespresso VertuoPlus.
Perhaps the easiest of espresso machines you’ll ever get your hands on, the Nespresso VertuoPlus works much like a Keurig, using Nespresso capsules of high-quality espresso. Simply fill the water tank, pop the capsule into the machine, press the button, and a delicious, perfectly foamed espresso – replete with perfect crema – will pour out into the glass. There are 3 sizes to choose from – Alto (14oz), Coffee (8oz) and Espresso (1.35 oz). The Nespresso also uses what they call Centrifusion Extraction Technology, which spins the capsule up to 7,000 times per minute while blending it with water to create a perfect fit.
Perhaps the coolest part of this machine is the “intelligent extraction system,” which recognizes the specific barcode on each espresso pod and automatically adjusts the brew settings, resulting in a perfect brew every time.
The coffee is no slouch, either; there are currently 24 different flavors of espresso capsules currently available, with names such as the classic Arpeggio to the exotic Bukeela ka Ethiopia and Rosabay De Columbia. Each machine also comes with a sample set to try out. The drinks this machine creates are delicious, with a splash of sophistication as well.
The Nespresso looks pretty modern and sleek; it’s slim and perfectly shaped for storing on the countertop. It’s also relatively affordable, compared to traditional espresso machines. If you love your espresso but don’t care too much about crafting it yourself, the VertuoPlus is a solid choice in a comfortable price range, and far better than your budget espresso machine.