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Here’s a fun infographic we found over at I Love Coffee which perfectly how to make the perfect coffee at home. We’ve covered many of these tips on our site, here’s the recap:

 

 

 

Got a question about Nespresso Machines, how they work and what coffee you can enjoy from it? In this post, we’ve compiled the most asked questions about Nespresso and its machines. It covers the machines, capsules and accessories. And if you still got a question that we haven’t answered, feel free to contact us here.

Questions About Nespresso Machines:

Nespresso Machines

What Is a Nespresso Machine and How Does It Work?
Nespresso machine is a single-serve espresso machine that makes one cup of espresso or lungo coffee at a time. Instead of having you prepare the coffee ground, measure and brew, the machine uses exclusive Nespresso capsules that are already pre-measured with the perfect amount of coffee. You’ll simply put in the capsule, press a button and enjoy your coffee!

Nespresso is a truly luxurious experience at home, giving you high cafe quality coffee drinks prepared automatically with a simple press of a button.

What Kind of Coffee Does Nespresso Make?

Nespresso_Macchiato

It prepares Espresso (1.35 oz), Lungo (3.7 oz), Ristretto (0.85 oz) as well as espresso based drinks like Cappuccino, Latte or Macchiato.

How Many Nespresso Machines Are Available? What Are My Choices?

There two main types of Nespresso machines:

Nespresso CitiZ

  • Nespresso OriginalLine – the original Nespresso Machines which include: Pixie, U, CitiZ, Inissia and Lattissima. These use the same technology and are compatible with the original Nespresso capsules.


Nespresso VertuoLine

What Is the Difference Between the Nespresso Pixie, U and CitiZ?

  • All Nespresso machines work the exact same way and provide the exact delicious cup of coffee. The difference between these machines comes in a few features or design. For example:
  • The Nespresso Pixie is small in size, has LED backlight which works as notifier as well. It’s the only Nespresso machine made in Switzerland.
  • The Nespresso U has automatic memorization for your preferred customization for different capsules. It also has a rotating water reservoir that makes it adjustable to your space.
  • The CitiZ has the largest water reservoir. It’s also available as a stand-alone machine or with a built-in milk frother.

Please refer to our post here for more details on the difference between these machines: http://coffeegearathome.com/a-comparison-between-nespresso-u-pixie-and-citiz-which-one-is-best-to-buy/

What Is The Difference Between Nespresso and Dulce Gusto?

Dolce Gusto Machine

You might have heard of another single-serve system called Dulce Gusto. This is another machine by Nestle, makers of Nespresso. However, there’s a HUGE difference between them, mainly in the quality of coffee and capsules:

  • Nespresso capsules are made of pure coffee. The machine only brews Espresso drinks (or coffee in VertuoLine’s case). You can create coffee drinks using fresh milk which can be heated and frothed by Nespresso’s frother or your own. Either way, what you get is a fresh cup of coffee made from fresh ingredients.
  • As for Dolce Gusto, you’ll find it has a variety of coffee and coffee flavored drinks. The Dolce Gusto capsules include the coffee, artificial flavors as well as powder milk, which all can be prepared by the Dolce Gusto system. It’s possible that it tastes good – I’m not judging the taste here, I’ve never actually tried it – but it’s a far cry from the quality you’d be getting from Nespresso.

Which Nespresso Machine Is Smallest In Size?

Nespresso-Pixie

If you’re worried about counter space, the Nespresso Inissia ( 4.7 x 12.6 x 9 inches ) and Pixie ( 4.4 x 12.8 x 9.3 in) are the smallest in size.

Which Nespresso Machine is The Most Affordable?

Nespresso Inissia

Right now, the Inissia is the most affordable Nespresso machines, but it also lacks a lot of the advanced features other Nespresso machines have. Yet, it’s a great choice for anyone on a budget.

Where Can I Buy a Nespresso Machine?

You can buy it directly from Nespresso or you can buy it from Amazon.

Buy From Amazon

Questions About Nespresso Capsules:

What Coffee Pods/Capsules Can I use in a Nespresso Machine?

Nespresso have their own exclusive line of espresso pods. You can’t use any pods from any coffee brand. However, there are a few alternatives available, which we’ll talk about below.

What Kind of Coffee Does Nespresso Have?

Nespresso Capsules

They have a great range of coffee blends, available in different intensities and flavors. You can choose from 22 different capsules to try.

Where Can I Buy Nespresso Capsules?

There are many Nespresso Boutiques available worldwide (check for locations on their website). You can also buy it from them directly online. Another option is to buy it from Amazon (although slightly more expensive). Why do people choose to buy from Amazon over Nespresso? For many reason:

  • Nespresso has a set of rules when it comes to purchasing capsules – you have to buy in multiples of 5. But you do get free 2 day shipping.
  • With Amazon – you have to freedom to buy whatever amount you like. There are also many variety packs as well as limited editions capsules available which might not be available at Nespresso.

Click here to see available Nespresso capsules at Amazon.

How Many Capsules Do I Get Per Sleeve/Package?
Each sleeve has 10 capsules.

Do All Nespresso Machines Use The Same Type of Capsules?

There are two types of Nespresso Machines:

Nespresso OriginalLine (Includes Pixie, CitiZ, U, Inissia, Lattissima…) these all use the same type of Espresso capsules you see pictured above.

Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee Capsules

Nespresso VertuoLine uses its own type of capsules (not compatible with OriginalLine) and they’re available in Coffee or Espresso.

Can I Use Dolce Gusto Pods in a Nespresso Machine?

No, you cannot as they’re not compatible.

What Is The Nespresso Welcome Pack?
When you get your Nespresso machine, it has a Welcome Pack, which is a pack that includes one capsule of each coffee they have for you to try and choose your favorite.

Nespresso Cappuccino

We’re not fans of this deal for two reasons:

  • The type of blends are pre-selected for you, so you might get something that you don’t like.
  • The Nespresso gifts that you’re getting might seem like good value, but they’re basically overpriced accessories.

You’re better off buying your own selected capsules and buying your own capsules organizer.

Can I Use My Own Coffee With a Nespresso Machine?

There’s not an official way to do so, but there are a few refillable Nespresso capsules out there. These are not officially available from Nespresso, and you have to be careful which you choose as some may be harmful to your machine. Instead of using your own coffee, I’d suggest you buy Nespresso compatible pods…

Are All Nespresso Capsules The Same Size?

If they’re in the same category then they’re the same size. All OriginalLine Nespresso capsules are the same size, same goes for VertuoLine capsules.

How Many Times Can I Use a Nespresso Capsule?

Each capsule can be used just once.

Which Nespresso Compatible Pods are The Best?

Gourmesso Flavored

These are pods that are quite similar to Nespresso’s, so they’re not harmful to your machine. By buying from a few different brands, you’ll expand the available variation to you. One of the best brands available is Gourmesso, a european brand that specializes in Nespresso pods. Their coffee has been highly rated by customers, and it is the cheapest Nespresso alternative pod available.

Click here to read the customer reviews at Amazon or visit their website here.

Can I Make My Own Nespresso Capsules?

Maybe there’s a DIY way to do it, but why would you want to do that? It takes the whole Nespresso experience out of it. The idea here is to have a high quality cup of coffee with a push of a button. Making your own capsules is a whole lot of hassle.

Other/ Nespresso Accessories:

What Accessories Can I Buy For My Nespresso Machine?

Aeroccino Milk Frother

  • The Aeroccino Milk Frother: this is a fantastic option for someone who likes milk based coffee drinks like Cappuccinos and Lattes. It creates frothy milk, hot or cold, with push of a button. You can get this bundled with a Nespresso machine or get it on your own. You can also get milk frothers from other brands.

DecoBros Crystal Glass Wood Nespresso Storage Drawer Holder for Capsules

 

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Espresso machines are an essential part of every coffee lover’s kitchen. You can make all your favorite coffee-house gourmet drinks at home, for a friction of the price. If you’re buying an espresso machine for the first time, then you’re probably confused by the many types of different machines available. In this post, we’ll briefly introduce the types of espresso machines available for the home consumer.

Manual Espresso Machines (also known as a lever espresso machine):

Manual Espresso Machine

 

This type of machine calls for some effort since they are not pump driven. You get the extraction by pulling the lever and applying strength. A lever espresso machine is a bit tricky to use, pulling the perfect espresso shot with it requires a lot of patience till you get it right. It is not recommended for beginners.

Semi-automatic Espresso Machines:

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

In this machine, the extraction is done by turning the water flow on, and then off once you have enough coffee on your hands. The machines are pump driven, with a rocker switch connected to the pump. So then, when you turn on the switch, you turn on the pump. Semi-automatic espresso machines also have a steam wand that allows you to heat and froth milk with ease. They’re fairly affordable and are available at a range starting at under $100 and up to $300+. See some examples here. This type of machine makes an excellent beginner’s espresso machine.

Automatic Espresso Machines:

De'Longhi EN720.M Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine with Capsule System

In an automatic espresso machine, the controls are set such that all you have to do is push a single button and the machine will automatically push through the right amount of water. They also are pump driven; only in this case, a microprocessor that controls the pump is installed in the machine. Various shot sizes are programmed into the espresso so all you have to do is press the right button. An automatic espresso machine also has a steam wand that you can use to warm your milk, and in some cases, it has an automatic milk frother. It also gives you extractions that are consistent and repeatable. This helps you get a consistent quality every time. This is the perfect espresso machine for someone who is looking for luxury and convenience. The most popular automatic espresso machine is Nespresso, which you can learn more about here.

Super Automatic Espresso Machines:

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso:Coffee Machine

Super automatic espresso machines are the ultimate espresso machine for home, and are the easiest to use. All you have to do is fill the espresso with coffee beans, press the right button and watch the machine do the rest of the work. When you turn on your machine and click the desired button, the machine grinds the right amount of coffee beans, packs it into an internal porter filter, does the extraction and dumps the used coffee grounds into its internal knock box.  All you have to do is empty the knock box (where used ground is collected) every now and then, ensure there is enough water in the reservoir and put the roasted coffee beans in the hopper. This type of machine is the most expensive, usually costing more than a $1000. However, there are some great exceptions, the Philips Saeco Vienna Plus is well less than $500, and there are many that super-automatics that are less than $1000.

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French Press, a simple coffee brewing method that produces a nice pot of fresh coffee. Yes, it’s quite simply, but there are still some guides that you should follow for the best results. Here are a few…

How To Brew French Press Coffee

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And some videos on the subject:

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By now, we know you love coffee enough that you want to start to make your favorite coffee drinks at home. But can you tell the difference between each coffee drink? It’s actually quite simple….

9_cups_of_coffee_diagram

As you can see in the diagram above, it all mostly has to do with the amount of milk that goes into the coffee.

Coffee Chart

Want a constant reminder of how coffee is made and what goes into what? You can actually buy a print of this coffee chart, which can make a great piece of art right above your coffee bar!

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