The Best Coffee Machine for Caffeine Connoisseurs

Nespresso Inissia Review 4

One thing to note about me is that I LOVE a good cup of coffee (emphasis on good). The amount of money I’ve spent on Starbucks over the years is not something I’m proud of but I just couldn’t find a way to get the same taste at home. That was until I invested in a Nespresso Inissia by De’Longhi machine. I ordered a Nespresso machine from Amazon 2 years ago and haven’t looked back since.

Nespresso Inissia by De’Longhi

Nespresso offers a wide range of machines for everyone’s style and coffee preference. I went with the Nespresso Inissia by De’Longhi + Milk Frother combo. I love that the Inissia is really small, so it takes up less counter space.

I chose the Nespresso Inissia in all black to match my minimal aesthetic. It’s timeless and looks so sleek on the counter. This particular machine uses the “original” sized coffee capsules and can brew two different cup sizes; Espresso (1.35 oz.) and Lungo (5 oz.). You can find out which capsules to use for each drink (ristretto, espresso, or lungo) on each capsule product page on Nespresso’s website.

Nespresso Inissia Design

Aesthetically, the design of the Inissia is simple and sleek but the thought that was put into this model of this machine is also amazing. There’s a hidden removable water tank in the back that holds 23.8 Ounces water and a folding drip tray so you’re able to easily use cups and mugs of various sizes. There are only two buttons – an espresso icon and a lungo icon– but they’re able to be used for multiple functions like turning the machine on and off, programming your custom cup sizes, and of course, making your coffee. The machine also features a built-in capsule container where the machine automatically sends capsules after each use. All you have to do it lift up the bar in the front and it drops the used capsule down in the container to make room for a new one. The container can hold up to 11 capsules before you have to discard them.

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Nespresso Recycling Program

In an effort to be more sustainable, Nespresso has created a recycling program to help make it easier for their customers to recycle their coffee capsules. I’ve used their program before and it’s so simple but makes a huge difference in the environment. Basically, you go on their website to order free Nespresso recycling bags that are pre-labeled for UPS. You fill the bag up with used capsules and drop it off at any UPS drop-off location. Each bag can hold up to 200 capsules from the Original Line and 100 from the Vertuo Line. It’s so simple to add the bags to your order every few months.

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Espresso vs. Lungo

Nespresso describes their Espresso coffee as a deep and rich shot of coffee topped with a smooth, thick ‘crema’, and their Lungo coffee as a longer-style Espresso drink, rich in aromas” that can be enjoyed tall and black, or mixed with milk.

To me, it seems like the Lungo would be closer in taste to traditionally brewed coffee. I strictly make espresso-based drinks, so I don’t have much experience with Lungos.

Favorite Nespresso Capsules

Another great thing about the Nespresso machines is that you don’t have to waste money in the process of trying to figure out which capsules you like. Each Nespresso machine includes a Nespresso Original capsule welcome kit with a variety of flavors so you’re able to discover your favorites. Nespresso rates each capsule’s intensity on a scale from 1 to 10; 1 being super light and 10 being really bold. They often release fun limited-edition flavors around different holidays, so you can have fun with your seasonal recipes.

I personally love the Caramelito and Vanilio capsules the most; I use one of each in all of my drinks. The Caramelito capsules have a mild intensity of 6 but it tastes slightly bolder. The Vanilio tastes lighter and smoother also with an intensity rating of 6. According to Nespresso, both Caramelito and Vanilio are “a medium roasting, accentuates malted notes, whilst fruity notes evolve to create a complex and delicate caramelised bouquet.

I normally order my capsules online from Amazon or the Nespresso website but you can also find compatible brands like Starbucks and Peets at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother 

I went with the Nespresso/Aeroccino Frother combo because having foam in my lattes is one of the best parts of the coffee experience. The Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother is sleek in its design and so simple to use. There’s only one button, so it’s fool-proof and you can use it for both hot and iced drinks. There’s a removable whisk that quickly steams milk into a velvety foam. There are also markers inside of the vessel that indicate the maximum capacity for preparing milk froth (120 ml for cold milk and 240 ml for hot milk).

Favorite Nespresso Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Torani French Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 Caramelito Capsule
  • 1 Vanilio Capsule
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk heated in milk frother

Directions

  1. Pour milk of choice in milk frother and press the on button
  2. Add Torani syrup to your favorite mug and place underneath the Nespresso machine
  3. Make your espresso in the same mug by inserting the Caramelito capsule, followed by the Vanilio capsule
  4. Add the milk from the frother to the mug
  5. Top with cinnamon and/or a drizzle of honey (optional)

The Nespresso Inissia & Milk Frother have saved me a lot of time and money and I highly recommend for coffee lovers looking to step up their home brewing game.

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