When you hear the name Nespresso, you’ll always think of delicious coffee and convenience without compromising the high quality. Now imagine adding that to the power of a brand like Breville, which creates beautiful coffee machines that are both powerful and sleek yet affordable and easy to use for the home user.
And that’s exactly what Creatista is. A line of espresso machines by Breville, powered by Nespresso’s single-serve brewing technology, housed in a beautiful sleek design by Breville.
What Is Nespresso Creatista By Breville and What Does It Do?
Creatista takes your single serve brewer to the highest level, brining it closer to a traditional espresso machine’s experience, but without the mess or the learning curve required for you to get your drink right. Using an espresso machine like the Creatista, you’ll create any espresso drink just right from the first try.
Using other Nespresso OriginalLine machines, you’ll typically use an Aeroccino (or any electric milk frother) as part of preparing your latte or cappuccino. This is where the Creatista shines, instead of an electric frother, it uses a steam wand, which is usually only available on a traditional espresso maker. The steam wand allows you to professionally texture milk (as opposed to just foaming it up), which is more in line with what a cafe would serve you, and can be used to do professional latte art.
Sounds complicated? It really isn’t at all, just keep reading to find out how easily this works.
There are three models in the Creatista line:
- Nespresso Creatista
- Nespresso Creatista Plus
- and, Nespresso Creatista Uno.
Below, I’ll list the features of all these machines and how they compare to each other.
Nespresso Creatista Features and Specs:
- Pre-set coffee options: Ristretto, espresso, lungo, caffe latte, cappuccino and latte macchiato.
- Three programmable cup sizes: 0.84, 1.35 and 3.72 oz
- Select your drink from a colored digital display.
- Customize easy preset with your own choice of milk texture and temperature.
- Choose from 4 milk texture levels and 5 milk temperatures 55-76°C / 133-169°F.
- Steam wand with automatic auto-purge cleans itself after each use.
- ThermoJet heating element with fast 3 second heat up time.
- Water reservoir capacity: 50 oz
- Used capsule drawer capacity: 12
- Housing Material: Stainless steel with premium non-metal finish.
- Included accessories: Stainless steel milk just and a box of Nespresso capsules sample.
Nespresso Creatista Plus Features and Specs:
- Preset coffee drinks: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Caffe Latte, Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato.
- Three programmable sizes: 0.84, 1.35 and 3.72 oz
- Colored display for controlling machine and customizing drinks.
- Choose from 8 milk texture levels and 11 milk temperatures.
- Programmable water hardness.
- Steam wand with auto-purge.
- ThermoJet heating with 3 seconds heat up time.
- Water reservoir capacity: 50 oz
- Used capsule drawer capacity: 12
- Housing: full stainless steel housing and finish.
- Included accessories: stainless steel Milk Jug and sample Nespresso capsules.
Features and Specs of Nespresso Creatista Uno:
- Three programmable sizes: 0.84, 1.35 oz and 3.72 oz.
- Manual button control panel (no digital display).
- Steam wand with auto purge.
- Choose from three milk textures and three milk temperatures.
- Heat up time of 3 seconds.
- Water reservoir capacity: 50 oz.
- Used capsule drawer: 12 capsules.
- Housing: plastic with some metal finishes.
- Includes a box of Nespresso capsules samples and a stainless steel jug.
Watch How It Works:
Nespresso Creatista vs. Creatista Plus vs. Creatista UNO, How Are They Different?
So now we’ve seen the features of each of these Creatista models, how do you choose the right one for you?
Here’s the good news, whichever model you choose, you’ll still get the steam wand, which is the major selling point in the Creatista. How are they different, then?
The main points in where they differ is:
- the selection of milk texture and milk temperature.
- Programmed coffee recipes
- The finishing material of the product
- and capacity.
Let’s start with the nearly identical Creatista and Creatista Plus, how are they different?
- The Creatista PLUS has 8 milk texture settings, 11 milk temperature settings while the Creatista has 4 milk texture settings and 5 milk temperature settings.
- Material wise, the Creatista PLUS has a full stainless steel construction while the Creatista mixes stainless steel with other premium non-metal materials.
- Otherwise, both models have the same coffee recipes programmed and ready to enjoy. Also both have the same colored display for easy control and customization of your drink. They capacity on both machines is 50 oz for the water reservoir and 12 for the used capsule drawer.
Now let’s get to the Creatista UNO, which is the entry level machine in this series and where you have to let go of few of the nice features in exchange of a more affordable price:
- The Creatista UNO doesn’t have programmed coffee recipes, instead you build your own recipe manually.
- It uses button controls instead of the colored display.
- Customization wise, you can select from 3 milk textures and 3 milk temperatures.
- The material of the Creatista UNO is non-metal.
- The capacity of the water reservoir and used capsule drawer is the same as other models: 50 oz and 12 capsules.
So the Creatista UNO is somewhat similar to the Creatista and Creatista Plus, but it lacks the premium feel and experience of them. With less premium finishing and less automation, you lose some of the luxury experience the Creatista Plus and Creatista offer, yet you can still achieve the same delicious coffee drinks.
Creatista Plus vs. Lattissima Pro, Are The Different?
The Lattissima Pro, which is made in collaboration with DeLonghi, has been the choice for automatic coffee preparation for a long time. With its bulit-in milk frother and touch screen display featuring pre-sets of many coffee drinks, it’s easy to think of it as competition to the Creatista model, but it’s not that close to it in features as you might think.
The first difference is the milk frother vs. the steam wand. On the Lattissima Pro, you have a milk frother that simply whisks and froths the milk then automatically adds it into the cup. On the other hand, the Creatista has a steam wand that’s more in line with what the professional espresso machines have. Steaming milk creates micro-foam texture which is what professional baristas do at coffee shops to create beautiful latte art.
The only customization option the Lattissima Pro offers is programing the coffee volume to adjust the milk to coffee ratio. Many customers have complained that the milk can be not hot enough to their taste. However, using the Creatista, you can choose from a variety of milk temperatures, that’s in addition to milk texture and coffee volume customizations. You can also save and name your customized recipe for later use.
When it comes to controlling your machine, the Lattissima Pro has a touch display. The Creatista has a lovely colored display that makes selecting and customizing your drinks a breeze.
Nespresso Capsules Compatible with Nespresso Creatista:
The Creatista uses Nespresso OriginalLine capsules, which means, you’ll be able to buy capsules from Nespresso or Nespresso-compatible capsules from other brands. Here are some suggestions:
The VertuoPlus is one of Nespresso’s VertuoLine machines that make both espresso and coffee drinks, using Nespresso Vertuo capsules. We’re here to talk about the features of VertuoPlus, and how it’s different from VertuoLine and Evoluo machines.
Features of VertuoPlus Espresso and Coffee Maker:
- Totally redesigned machine with slightly taller and sleeker design.
- The 40 oz water tank is moveable and can be positioned at the back or on either side of the machine to suit your counter top space best.
- Motorized head opens up slowly with a push of a button, and closes down puncturing the capsule automatically (no need to force the lid down to puncture the capsules).
- Brewing parameters are adjusted automatically by the machine. The machine reads the bar code on each capsule with automatic recognition.
- Brews two cup sizes: 8 oz coffee or 1.35 oz espresso. Each cup size uses its own type of Nespresso capsule.
- Cup holder with adjustable height.
- Includes a used capsule container with automatic used capsule ejection.
Nespresso VertuoPlus vs. VertuoPlus Deluxe, What’s The Difference?
The Deluxe version of the VertuoPlus has these extra features:
- a bigger 60 oz water reservoir. Also moveable.
- It has Chome accents in its design, like in cup holder tray and the brew head button.
Apart from that, it’s the same as the VertuoPlus.
Nespresso VertuoPlus vs. Evoluo vs. VertuoLine, What’s The Difference?
The biggest difference between each machine is the design:
- The VertuoPlus has the motorized brew head and the re positionable water reservoir, which none of the other VertuoLine machines have.
- The deluxe version of the Evoluo has a water tank capacity of 56 oz, where the deluxe VertuoPlus has 60 oz capacity, so it’s truly bigger.
- Both the Evoluo and VertuoPlus have a water tank capacity of 40 oz.
- All VertuoLine machines use Nespresso’s Centrifusion technology, where the capsule spins at 7,000 spins per minute to brew the coffee. Only on the VertuoPlus the Centrifusion operation is ultra-quiet, where as with the other machines, it can get a little noisy.
Who Should Buy Nespresso VertuoPlus?
If this is going to be your first Nespresso VertuoLine machine, then it’s absolutely worth it to go for the VertuoPlus. You’ll be getting the best design yet, while enjoying the same delicious coffee quality. But if you already have a Vertuoline or Evoluo, we don’t think it’s worth it to upgrade. All these machines brew the same VertuoLine Nespresso pods and only have the design features we listed above.
Why Are VertuoPlus Machines Listed Under Different Brand Names?
One thing you’ll notice about the VertuoPlus espresso and coffee maker is that some models are labeled with the DeLonghi brand and others are branded with Breville brand name. Is there a real difference between them?
No, there is no difference at all. Nespresso has partnered with these trusted brand names to help them in the distribution. They’re all still the same Nespresso machines. And this isn’t the first time: Nespresso has partnered with DeLonghi for their Lattissima espresso machines and with Breville for the Creatista espresso machine.
Starbucks Verismo V:
Verismo V is a single serve brewer by Starbucks that makes coffee, espresso and latte right at home. It uses pods made exclusively by Starbucks that are available in their famous blends. The Verismo is a system that was first introduced back in 2012, and the Verismo V is the new and totally redesigned machine that promises to brew a better cup than its previous model.
Features of Starbucks Verismo V:
- Single serve brewer with dual pressure that allows it to extract espresso at high pressure or coffee at lower power.
- Coffee cup size: 10 oz.
- Quick start up time of 15 seconds.
- With the use of the Verismo milk frother (sold separately), you can easily make your favorite coffee drinks like latte or cappuccino.
- Water reservoir capacity: 77.7 oz.
Starbucks Verismo V Pods:
Verismo can only brew pods made by Starbucks for Verismo. The pods are available in a wide range of Starbucks blends, either for coffee or espresso. Each box contains 12 pods. There are also milk pods available that you can brew directly into your cup. However, these pods won’t make you an authentic cup of Cappuccino or Latte. For that, it is recommended that you pair your brewer with an electric frother, either Verismo’s or any other brand that you’d prefer.
There are no refillable pods available for Verismo. Also, as of the time of writing this post, there are no other brands that make pods compatible for Verismo. So, then buying a Verismo brewer, you’re committing to drinking Starbucks pods only.
Who Should Buy the Verismo V?
If you’re a Starbucks fan, this is a must-have for you, without a doubt. You will be saving a lot of money by investing in this system and brewing your own coffee at home. When brewing a Starbucks at home, your cost should be around $1 per cup. That’s about half the price of what you would pay at the shop.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Brewer:
Keurig is probably the most popular single-serve brewer right now. Keurig’s brewer can make you a variety of drinks like coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. Keurig uses K-Cup pod only, however, K-Cup pods are made by so many different brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers, and so many well known coffee brands.
Features of Keurig 2.0 Brewer:
There are 3 models available for Keurig 2.0 brewers, usually the difference between them is in the size of the water reservoir, touchscreen display and cup sizes. But here are some general features you’ll find in all models:
- Single serve brewer for making coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more.
- Can brew a variety of cup sizes (4 to 10 oz cup) (12 oz to 18 oz travel mug) as well as a full carafe (up to 30 oz).
- Automatic K-Cup pod recognition automatically optimizes the settings for you (you can reprogram it).
- Easy to use touchscreen display for programming your machine.
- Strength control setting allows you to make a bolder cup of coffee.
- Auto on/off option.
Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pods:
Keurig 2.0 brewers use K-Cup pods different than the old K-Cups. The new K-Cups have a special labeling on the rim of the pod that allows the machine to read what pod you’ve inserted. Like we’ve already mentioned, these pods are available for many large coffee companies, so you’re more than likely to find your favorite coffee in the form of a K-Cup. And if you can’t find it, you have to option of using a refillable pod filter that not only allows you to use your favorite ground, but also save on K-Cup purchases.
Who Should Buy a Keurig 2.0 Brewer?
If you’re looking for a brewer with the most variety of drinks, then Keurig is your answer. Unlike other single serve brewers that force you to stick to their brand of coffee, Keurig brings so brand to the table. You’ll find pods from brands like Green Mountain, Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Caribou. You’ll also be able to brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate, flavored coffee, hot apple cider and more. The large sizes a Keurig can brew is also a very big advantage over other brewers.
Read our comparison between Keurig 2.0 brewers by clicking here.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Espresso and Coffee Maker:
For this post, we’re adding Nespresso’s VertuoLine to the comparison rather than OriginalLine Nespresso makers, to make the comparison fair.
Nespresso has always been known for its high quality espresso and espresso drinks. But with the introduction of their VertuoLine machines, Nespresso can now make espresso as well as coffee. VertuoLine brews Nespresso capsules only, that are even different than Nespresso’s OriginalLine capsules. VertuoLine capsules are available for espresso and coffee in a number of blends and strengths.
Features of Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo:
- Brews espresso and coffee drinks.
- Automatic capsule recognition for blend-specific brewing optimization.
- Uses patented Centrifusion technology for brewing instead of pump pressure. The machine spins the capsules rapidly while blending the coffee ground with water to produce the perfect crema.
- Brews two up sizes: espresso (1.35 oz) and coffee (8 oz).
- Used capsule drawer holds up to 12 capsules before needed to discard them.
- Can be bundled with Nespresso Aeroccino to create delicious espresso based drinks (cappuccino/latte).
- Available in different colors.
- Read our comparison between the Nespresso Evoluo vs. VertuoLine machines.
Nespresso VertuoLine Capsules:
As we’ve just mentioned, Nespresso VertuoLine uses capsules that are entirely different than Nespresso OrignalLine’s. They’ve been fully redesigned to be used with the new Centrifusion brewing technology. VertuoLine’s capsule include over 12 varieties with the occasional release of limited edition capsules.
Who Should Buy Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo?
If you’ve ever tried Nespresso’s coffee, then you know it is really as high quality as they say. Especially when it comes to espresso drinks. If you like your Cappuccino and Latte, you’ll love the cup a Nespresso machine can produce. The coffee on the other hand, while it is good, it is different than a traditional cup of coffee and a totally new experience. Due to Centrifusion technology, where the capsule spins at 7,000 rotations per minute while blending the coffee ground with water, the coffee comes out quite foamy and different in taste than a traditional cup of drip coffee.
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Before you drink or eat anything, it is certainly important to know the ingredients of what you’re about to consume. When it comes to coffee capsules and pods, we often wonder what’s really inside them. We’ve already answered the often asked question, “is K-Cup Instant Coffee?” in a previous post. Today, the question is about Nespresso: What’s inside the Nespresso capsule, does it contain any sugar or milk content?
What’s Inside a Nespresso Capsule?
When you insert a Nespresso capsule into a Nespresso machine, with one press, you get a nice shot of espresso in under a minute. This may confuse some people into thinking that the capsule contains instant coffee for example, which is why it comes out so quickly. That’s not the case, though.
A Nespresso capsule contains 100% ground coffee. It is NOT instant, and it does NOT contain any kind of additives, no sugar, no milk. Just pure coffee.
Looking at the shot of espresso pictured above, you see a think layer on top of that espresso. If you’re new to the world of Espresso, you might think this is foamy milk, but it isn’t. This layer is called Crema, it is produced due to the water forced through the coffee ground, which is basically how Espresso is made.
Making Milk Based Drinks – Cappuccino/Latte…
Now let’s say you want to make a creamy cup of Cappuccino or Latte using your Nespresso machine, how do you do it? The Nespresso coffee capsule only makes you the espresso, which is the base of the drink you want. In order to make a Cappuccino or a Latte (or any coffee drink), you’ll have to add the milk yourself, as well as any other additives or flavors you want.
Using a milk frother (an Aeroccino is recommended, although any frother will do), you’ll froth your milk to your desired consistency then add it to the espresso. Here’s a video explaining how to do it:
Nespresso also has some machines that automate this whole process, so the machine is able to brew the coffee, froth the milk and add it to the cup all automatically. The Nespresso Lattissima Pro is one of these awesome machines. Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Lattissima Pro.
Here’s Why We Prefer Nespresso To Other Capsule Coffee Systems:
If you like Espresso as well as other coffee drinks like Cappuccino, Latte or Macchiato, you’ll probably find lots of options to choose from, Dolce Gusto being one for example. But here’s why we think Nespresso is a better option:
- Nespresso’s capsule contains pure coffee and nothing else. This makes it a healthier option for you, you can control what you add to your coffee and make it how you like.
- If we compare Nespresso to Dolce Gusto for example, when making a Cappuccino, Dolce Gusto packs the coffee in a capsule and milk in another capsule, you’ll get the convenience of a single-serve but the ingredients you’ll be using are not fresh. Where with Nespresso, you’ll be using Fresh milk and pure coffee.
- Same thing goes to K-Cups (specifically flavored, milk-based coffee drinks), a K-Cup packs everything in it including the milk, flavors and coffee, so what you’ll be drinking is an artificial, powdered drink. (This does not apply to black coffee K-Cups, which contain coffee ground only).
If you want the best tasting coffee, then you’ll have to make sure what you’re using is fresh. This goes to the coffee as well as the milk. Some people might choose to add artificial flavorings to their coffee, but at least you’ll be in control of what you add and how much of it you add.
With its VertuoLine release, Nespresso has finally made its coffee loving customers happy by making a machine that makes both Espresso and Coffee. The VertuoLine is a completely redesigned espresso and coffee maker, that even uses different capsules than other Nespresso machines (known as OriginalLine). Nespresso has also released the Evoluo machine, which is another espresso and coffee maker just like the Vertuoline.
Today, we’ll look at the difference between these two machines to help you decide which is the best choice for you.
Features of Nespresso Evoluo:
- Uses Centrifusion technology to spin the coffee/espresso capsule rapidly to brew. (does not rely on pump pressure like other espresso makers).
- Automatic coffee pod recognition, equipped with a laser bar code reader that reads the type of capsules you’ve inserted automatically.
- Automatically adjusts settings to fit the type of pod and blend you’re brewing.
- Brews two cup sizes: espresso and coffee. Both are reprogrammable to your taste.
- Used capsule drawer holds up to 17 capsules before needing to discard.
- Fast heat-up time of 15 seconds.
- Compatible with VertuoLine capsules only.
Available Models – Evoluo vs. Evoluo Deluxe:
Nespresso Evoluo is available in two models: Evoluo and Evoluo Deluxe.
What’s the difference between them?
- Evoluo Deluxe is larger in size when it comes to the water tank capacity (54 oz vs. 40 oz for the Evoluo) and used capsule drawer.
- Both are identical in looks and both are available in Red or Grey.
What Is The Difference Between Nespresso Evoluo and Nespresso VertuoLine?
- The easiest way to explain the difference between them is to call the Evoluo the next generation or the upgraded version of the Vertuoline.
- Both machines are basically the same. Both use the same brewing technology and both are able to brew espresso as well as coffee.
- However, Nespresso took all the complaints about the VertuoLine and fixed them with the Evoluo.
- The Evoluo is able to brew hotter coffee than the VertuoLine.
- The Evoluo’s redesign allows it to fit more cup sizes with its foldable and removable drip tray.
Evoluo vs. VertuoPlus, What’s The Difference?
VertuoPlus is another machine in the VertuoLine line of Nespresso machines. It works like Evoluo, using the same technology and brewing the same VertuoLine capsules. But the VertuoPlus has an updated design:
- It has a water tank that swivel. You can keep the tank behind the machine, to its right or left.
- It has a motorized head. Lights press on the head after you place your capsule and it will automatically lower and close.
- There’s a single button on the machine, no need to choose your type of capsule (espresso or coffee) as the machine will automatically detect the capsule you inserted and adjust accordingly.
Which One Should You Buy?
You’re definitely better off buying the Nespresso Evoluo. You get everything the VertuoLine has to offer, but with the first VertuoLine, there was a lot of complaints that the coffee wasn’t hot enough, and the Evoluo fixes that.
If you’d like to make milk based coffee drinks like Cappuccio or Latte, we highly recommend that you bundle up your machine with the Aeroccino milk frother.
Type Of Coffee Gear
- Espresso Machines
- Single-Serve Espresso Machines
- Coffee Grinders
- Coffee Pod Organizers
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- Coffee Makers
- Pour-Over Coffee Brewers
- Pour-Over Coffee Tools
- Single-Serve Coffee Makers
- French Press Pots
- Super-Automatic Espresso Machines
- Dual Boiler Espresso Machines
- Electric Milk Frothers
- Electric Water Kettles
- Stovetop Moka Pots
- Vacuum Siphon Coffee Makers
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