Nespresso Creatista Uno Review
Taking Lattes and Cappuccinos One Step Further: Nespresso Works Wonders with Latest Creatista Uno Machine
Nespresso have come out with a new milk-based coffee machine, the Nespresso Creatista Uno. This adds to Nespresso’s existing lineup of the Creatista Pro and Creatista Plus, which are very much on the more elegant end of the Nespresso coffee machine scale. The Uno, however, comes with a unique selling point that might appeal to quite a lot of coffee drinkers out there.
No doubt many of you will already know about Nespresso coffee machines and capsules, but you will also know that most of their machines are specifically designed for espresso or black coffee (with an Aeroccino add-on for those who want to add milk frothing to an existing machine). The Creatista range of coffee machines takes this one step further by having a proper barista steam wand as part of their machines, letting you have great lattes and cappuccinos as well as excellent black coffee and espressos. However, the Creatista Uno goes one further for those of us who are either rushed for time, or want things to be easier with our milk based drinks. The steam wand froths milk at the touch of a button, and it’s automatic! There is no adjusting knobs to guess how much or little you need to steam your milk, nor is there any worry over how much you should be submerging your wand into your mug. Simply put, the steam wand is hassle-free, and a simple selection of buttons lets you do whatever you want with it!
Nespresso Creatista Uno: The Automatic Steam Wand
The Creatista Uno comes with the usual assortment of coffee options for black coffee, and the build quality of the machine is frankly excellent. This is something we’ve all become accustomed to reviewing Nespresso machines over the years. It looks great on your kitchen counter, and being built by Sage (Europe) and Breville (North America), definitely has a distinct premium feel about it.
The top of the Creatista Uno is designed to be extremely simple to use. There are three buttons on the left for a small/medium/large espresso drink (black coffee), and on the right you have three more options that dictate how you’d like your milk prepared by the automatic steam wand.
Your steam wand button options are:
- Milk temperature: high, medium or low
- Froth amount: high, medium, low
- Start steaming: press the bottom button on the right hand side to begin steaming your milk automatically
This makes it extremely easy to make different types of milk drink. For example, having yourself a cappuccino, which requires more foam, is now achievable at the touch of a button instead of having to watch over your milk like a hawk while you craft the perfect cup. This is unique in the Nespresso range of machines, and arguably means the Creatista Uno leaps into first place when it comes to those who love milk-based coffee…at least those who want good coffee but with minimal effort!
Using and Maintaining Your Nespresso Creatista Uno Machine
In terms of coffee, the espresso and black coffee you get from the Creatista Uno is exactly as you’d expect from Nespresso. Because the pressure is both strong and standardised, our favourite capsules came out tasting exactly as they should. Perfect! What really sets the Creatista Uno apart, though, is the milk – so we definitely had to give that a go.
Well, we’re pleased to say that the texture of the milk we made for a latte was almost bang on perfect! When we finished frothing our milk we noticed a couple of larger bubbles on top of the jug, but a quick settle by thumping the jug gently on the kitchen counter sorted that out for us. In mere seconds, we were pouring delicious textured milk into our espresso! We were very pleased with the result. Changing our option to try a frothier cappuccino instead, that also worked exactly as expected – more importantly, at a touch of a button instead of us having to constantly watch the milk!
Nespresso Creatista Uno Coffee Machine Review – Our Verdict
It’s very easy to see the pros of having the Creatista Uno compared to other Nespresso machines, so let’s start with the obvious. This is the only Nespresso coffee machine where you can get milk-based, consistent, delicious coffee drinks at the touch of a button. The results from the steam wand (in our opinion) taste better than from the Aeroccino available as a companion to other models, so we definitely prefer the coffee here. If you would rather just enjoy good frothed milk instead of manually watching to perfect your own steam wand timing each time you make a coffee, the Creatista Uno is in a class of its own.
The Creatista Pro is a bit more expensive than some of the other Nespresso machines that also make milk based drinks. If you don’t mind less finely frothed milk, a regular Nespresso machine such as the Nespresso CitiZ or Nespresso Inissia coupled with an Aeroccino can achieve a similar effect, although it will take longer and is less convenient.
In our opinion, Nespresso have a new flagship machine when it comes to consistent quality of both coffee and milk, something that previously relied on the user being good with the steam wand being used manually. Not only does the automatic steam wand produce great results, it does them at the touch of a button – so making a coffee then going away to do something else and coming back, is now both possible and easy.
We would still happily recommend the Creatista Plus if your household really enjoys making your milk based coffees by hand. However, for everyone who prefers convenience or values the consistency that you can get every time, we’d overwhelmingly recommend the Creatista Uno, which is an excellent addition to the Nespresso coffee machine range.
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