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Seal Pod Reusable Nespresso Capsules Review

Nespresso Capsule Recycling – Going One Step Further

One of the most important talking points of our time is climate change and the methods we use to reduce our waste and carbon footprint. Coffee capsules / coffee pods are no exception and have increasingly come under scrutiny. With Nespresso, you get simplicity and also achieve a very consistent taste in your coffee – but it will be no surprise to many when we say that convenience often comes at a cost.

Nespresso once said they reached a “75% recycling capacity commitment” in a press release during September 2012. However, their commitment was to increase their capacity – this means they have the ability to recycle 75% of Nespresso coffee capsules. In reality, this is unlikely to happen – users have to return their Nespresso capsules at dedicated service centres, and this number requires the vast majority if not all Nespresso users to do this.

This means that a lot of Nespresso capsules get put in the trash, and end up in landfill. These capsules are made out of aluminium, which are far more energy intensive to make than steel, for example. Even though each capsule is small, the millions consumed each year inevitably add up. So what’s the solution – or, in today’s society, what’s the solution that we can adopt easily?

Enter Seal Pod.

Nespresso SealPod

Reusable Nespresso Capsules

Seal Pod is a reusable capsule system for Nespresso Originaline. Incidentally, they also make a product compatible with Dolce Gusto capsules – even non-Nespresso drinkers can take advantage of their products with other lines of capsule coffee.

Costing approximately the same as a pack of variety Nespresso capsules, Seal Pod gives you a set of stainless steel capsules to use instead, which can last for thousands of cups of coffee. In their own words, their capsules last even longer than the Nespresso machines themselves (although we don’t know how they tested this, and we certainly couldn’t drink enough to replicate the experiment anyway!). Seal Pod capsules:

  • Save you money in the long term as it’s cheaper to refill them than continuously buy new Nespresso coffee capsules, as well as
  • Save the environment because you are no longer throwing away the aluminium coffee capsules you were before.

How Seal Pod Works with Nespresso

First of all, a note on compatibility – Seal Pod works with most Nespresso OriginalLine machines. This includes (note this list also includes some discontinued models):

  • Essenza (including Essenza Krups & Essenza Mini)
  • U
  • Umilk
  • CitiZ (including CitiZ & Milk)
  • Inissia
  • Pixie
  • Maestria and Gran Maestria
  • Creatista Plus
  • Lattissima and Lattissima Plus
  • Concept
  • Le Cube
  • Prodigio

As we are refilling our own pods rather than using ready made ones, a little bit more work is required! So here’s what we do:

Fill the Seal Pod capsule with the supplied scoop, and then tamp the coffee down with the base of the spoon. Before using a Seal Pod sticker to seal the lid, use the handle on your scoop to wipe away any coffee grinds that might be on the capsule rim. That will ensure a good seal.

You can then use the Seal Pod the same way as you would a normal Nespresso capsule, while minimising your plastic waste!

When grinding your beans, we recommend you use a proper burr grinder (you can get cheaper grind-at-home ones as well, for example the DeLonghi KG79 grinder is a great inexpensive burr grinder if you’re just starting out!) to avoid unevenly heating your beans, which is what blade grinders tend to do. Also, there’s more coffee dust with blade grinders which makes sealing your Seal Pods more challenging.

Sealpod Nespresso Capsules
Sealpod Nespresso Capsules
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DeLonghi KG79 Grinder
DeLonghi KG79 Grinder
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You now have all the equipment you need to use your own choice of ground coffee in your Nespresso machines, while being kinder to the planet as well. Great!

One last note on compatibility: if you’re not sure whether your machine is compatible or it wasn’t listed above, take note of the following.

  • Brew a normal cup of coffee using a Nespresso disposable capsule. Take a look at the bottom of the spent capsule – if it has 3 pierced holes from the blade plate, then generally speaking your machine should be compatible with Seal Pod. If you only see one pierced hole, then your machine is not compatible!
  • Seal Pod is not compatible with VirtuoLine machines, only OriginalLine.
  • If you would like to be 100% sure, you can contact Seal Pod and ask them directly.

Our Experience Using Seal Pod with Nespresso Coffee Machines

One of the first things we noticed is that Seal Pods are slightly shorter than Nespresso coffee capsules. This is normal, because the design ensures the machine piercing blade (that punches holes in normal Nespresso capsules) never touches the Seal Pod. This also means that your machine will not be damaged by use with a Seal Pod, which is good to know.

Seal Pod Blade

Using the Seal Pod takes a little getting used to – tamping the coffee and making sure there are no grinds on the rim of our Seal Pod took a couple of tries, but it was very straightforward and easily mastered with practice. The bonus, of course, is that we could now choose any coffee we wanted when we used our home grinder together with the Seal Pod! Make sure to get an ultra-fine grind on your coffee since the brewing process is quite quick with Nespresso coffee machines.

Seal Pod Nespresso Compatible Capsules - Our Verdict

Seal Pod Nespresso Capsules

Even though Nespresso have an excellent range of in-house flavours, being able to choose single-origin coffees from elsewhere and new blends from our favourite coffee shop was great. When added to the fact that we were helping to reduce waste as well, it really made our experience with Seal Pod that much more enjoyable. Even though we like Nespresso’s normal flavours, we would highly recommend Seal Pod!

Sealpod Nespresso Capsules
Sealpod Nespresso Capsules
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DeLonghi KG79 Grinder
DeLonghi KG79 Grinder
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Best 2019 Nespresso Coffee Machine Deals

2019 Discounts and Deals on Nespresso Coffee Machines

Happy New Year one and all from Which Nespresso! As we move into 2019 and the memories of the holiday season begin to subside, we look ahead to a new year and new challenges. January brings a couple of predictable things: an increase in sign-ups at the gym (we all know it!), lots of new years resolutions…and great shopping deals as well! Today we take a look at some of the neat discounts that might be available if you’re looking to pick up a discounted start of 2019 Nespresso coffee machine.

Editor’s note: This post was written in the first week of January, 2019 – and while all prices below are accurate at the time, it’s probable that they will change, so please click through and check prices before you buy. We will write in the article below what the prices are at time of writing so you can compare knowledgeably. Also, please note that this list isn’t exhaustive, but we have picked the very best deals on offer to show you rather than list them all. Hopefully this saves you time, and gets you to a beautiful new coffee machine for your home or office more effectively! šŸ™‚

Best 2019 Nespresso Coffee Machine Deals

Nespresso Coffee Machines on Amazon Prime

Currently, some of the best deals when combined with shipping are available on Amazon. As many Nespresso coffee machines (especially the larger ones) are somewhat bulky and weigh at least a few kilos, shipping from traditional retailers can be expensive unless you live next to a store. Every machine we have looked at for a deal below is not only discounted at the moment, but also available on Amazon Prime for free delivery at no extra cost.

Without further ado, let’s get into the best 2019 Nespresso coffee machine deals, discounts and offers!

Nespresso Vertuo – Nespresso’s Newest Machine Range Heavy Discounted in January 2019

The new Nespresso Vertuoline capsules are being pushed hard by Nespresso at the moment. These are larger capsules that come in a variety of sizes, producing cups of coffee larger than the traditional / original (called Originaline by Nespresso) capsules. These were mainly made to respond to the American market where larger coffees are common, but anyone who prefers a coffee larger than a Lungo would be wise to take this opportunity to grab a great new coffee maker!

The Nespresso Vertuo is now on sale in the US with an Aeroccino milk frother as well, at the price of US$179.95, down from US$249.95. That’s nearly 40% off!

In the UK, the offer is even better – while not coming with an Aeroccino specifically, the Nespresso Vertuo machine itself is on sale for a ridiculous Ā£90.00, down from Ā£199.95 – over 50% off! You can also get the bundle deal if you like, by clicking “Bundle” on the page, which allows you to add an Aeroccino as well. However, the highest percentage savings in the UK seem to come from the machine itself without the Aeroccino add-on.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine
Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine Deal January 2019
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Nespresso CitiZ & Milk – Classic and Reliable OriginaLine Machine Deals

If you remember from our original Nespresso CitiZ coffee machine review (link: https://whichnespresso.com/ranges/nespresso-citiz-coffee-machine/), we have always liked the early 1900’s urban design that inspired the CitiZ range of machines. The CitiZ has always been a strong seller for Nespresso as a good looking, reliable option for the home or office – and has some decent discounts coming into 2019! Let’s take a look.

In the US, the CitiZ & Milk machine by DeLonghi in a sleek black is heavily discounted from US$299 all the way down to US$142.99 – that’s better than half price! It’s likely that this deal (or at least, at this price point) won’t last for too long, so if you’ve been hovering over getting a Nespresso OriginaLine machine for a while now, now is a good time to act!

In the UK, the Cherry Red model of the CitiZ & Milk machine by Krups is discounted to Ā£150.00 from Ā£209.99. While not as impressive as the American offer, this is still really good, and we might not see a price like this for a CitiZ & Milk (remember this includes the milk frother etc. as well) for a while.

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine
Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine Deal January 2019
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Nespresso Creatista Plus – A Jewel in Nespresso’s Crown, On Offer!

Nespresso’s Creatista range is one of the leading ranges of all machines that they do. This beautiful and no-nonsense machine is one of the only ones that also comes with a steam wand, so that you can even froth your own milk and create your own latte art (a step up from an Aeroccino and a more authentic coffee experience!). This is arguably one of the jewels in Nespresso’s crown, and we really recommend it. It’s possible that this is our all-round favourite coffee machine at time of writing from Nespresso.

This time, the UK deal saves more money than the US deal! The Creatista Plus in beautiful silver by Sage, is discounted to Ā£329.00 from Ā£449.95, saving over Ā£130 if you buy one quickly. The US also has a machine that is now sitting at $499.95, this one made by the reliable Breville. We have seen these previously on sale for about $600, so this could still represent a reasonable saving if you’re looking for more of a top-of-the-range Nespresso coffee machine!

Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee Machine
Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee Machine Deal January 2019
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Nespresso Essenza Mini – Old Favourites on Discount in 2019

The Nespresso Essenza Mini is one of the older models that have a 2019 Nespresso coffee machine deal. Designed to be minimalistic and for the person that wants a no-nonsense espresso drink regularly, it is both a strong performing basic machine and one that is at a great price point too. If you’re looking for a simple coffee machine and you predominantly have black coffee, this may be a quick and easy option for you to consider. It already was, but at a discounted price these are even more of a good deal!

This would also be the best deal if you were looking for a Nespresso coffee machine deal that that was for a portable machine – for example, taking it to events with you.

In the US, the Essenza Mini by DeLonghi is now selling at US$101.69 down from US$149.99, so about 30% off which is rare on the less expensive machines! An offer is also available in the UK, where the Ruby Red version of the Essenza Mini is now selling at Ā£74.99 down from Ā£90.00.

Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine
Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine Deal January 2019
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Best Nespresso Coffee Machine Deals in 2019: The Last Word

January is the season for heavy discounts after Christmas, and these are available all over the place right now – with Nespresso coffee machines right in the middle of the action. However, we’ve shown you four of the best deals that are available on the market at the moment, to get you the absolute maximum value for money possible for your next coffee machine, whether you are using it at home or at work.

Luckily, we picked a few of the best deals and saw that they spanned all the way from the smallest, most minimalist machines (Essenza Mini) through to the newest models (Vertuo) and the top-of-the-range models as well (Creatista Plus). Nespresso seem to have really thought their discounting strategy through quite well, as there’s a deal for any budget and something for all levels of sophistication, however you enjoy your coffee!

We hope you’ve found this guide useful – and once again, have a happy and healthy 2019!

Nespresso Vertuo and VertuoPlus Coffee Machine Review

A few years ago, Nespresso began experimenting with a completely different capsule design for their innovative coffee machines, and came up with a new style of machine and capsule that produced a different style of coffee: the Nespresso Vertuo range. The new capsules were simply called ‘VertuoLine‘, taking their name from the new machines. The more traditional Nespresso capsule is now referred to as ‘OriginalLine‘ and these are still manufactured by Nespresso. Indeed, the OriginalLine Nespresso coffee capsules are still the most popular overall.

OriginalLine vs VertuoLine

If you’d like to do a bit of background reading, you can read our guide to the difference between OriginalLine and VertuoLine.

The New Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machines and Coffee Capsules

To summarise the background reading, VertuoLine machines spin the Nespresso coffee pods at speeds of about 7,000rpm, which result in a different flavour profile when coffee is extracted. This allows for a different variety of flavour and gave rise to the new range of Nespresso VertuoLine machines. If you enjoy smaller coffees (espresso, lungo etc.) then chances are the OriginalLine machines would work better for you. VertuoLine machines cater to larger mug sizes, so if that’s more your thing then we’d recommend looking here – but note that flavour wise, you might prefer the other, so it’s worth trying both!

The first Nespresso VertuoLine machines are being reviewed here: the Nespresso Vertuo and Nespresso VertuoPlus. Let’s get to it!

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine Review

One of the biggest advantages of the Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine is the really rich crema that you get in your coffee cup, even if you’re using a much larger size of coffee. This is the main difference that you’ll notice between the Nespresso OriginalLine and Nespresso VertuoLine series, and the Vertuo here takes full advantage of that!

There are 5 cup sizes for you to choose Nespresso VertuoLine pods from: Alto (414ml), Mug (230ml), Gran Lungo (150ml), Double Espresso (80ml) and Espresso (40ml), up from the previous 3 sizes of Espresso, Ristretto and Lungo. Note that the Nespresso Vertuo machine by default supports 4 of these sizes (it omits Double Espresso, so if you wanted one of these you’d use two Single Espresso sizes instead).

Despite Vertuo capsules coming in a variety of sizes, the unique bar codes displayed around the rim of each capsule tell the Nespresso Vertuo machine exactly what coffee pod you’ve placed inside. Automatic blend recognition does the rest and knows what to do to produce the perfect cup of coffee!

Nespresso Vertuo Capsule Sizes

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine Stats and Looks

The Nespresso Vertuo machine itself has a narrow profile and looks quite sleek, especially in a black finish. It weighs 5.45kg (just under 12 pounds) and is 37.1cm in depth by 35.8cm long by 27.4cm in width at the front.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine

There are four one-touch sizes of coffee that you can have: Alto, Mug, Gran Lungo and Espresso. Note that even though Double Espresso pods are available, this isn’t one of the one-touch options on the Nespresso Vertuo machine. All Nespresso VertuoLine capsules are hermetically sealed (another way for saying the capsules are airtight) to ensure you get the same quality of coffee in every cup you make.

The machine takes 25 seconds to heat up, which is a fairly standard length of time for a Nespresso machine so no complaints there. The water tank is a respectible 1.2L large – not huge, but definitely enough to get by on. The capsule container for when each capsule gets used can also store up to 13 large capsules, so you won’t need to be emptying this every day if you don’t want to. Finally, used capsules can also be recycled!

As far as taste is concerned, our first cup of coffee from the Nespresso Vertuo didn’t disappoint based on our expectations. We tried an Alto sized cup, which is way larger than we’d expect to achieve from the OriginalLine machines, just to see what it’s like. Sure enough, a strong amount of crema was on top – way more than we’d expect from an OriginalLine machine.

Nespresso OriginalLine vs VertuoLine – What’s the Difference in Taste?

The taste of the coffee is comparable but also subtly different: I guess when you have a larger cup it’s not really possible to fill it with an OriginalLine espresso capsule and not dilute it or make two. For that reason, we’d say the taste is still great and what you’d expect from Nespresso but it’s down to personal preference.

If you prefer a larger ‘coffee shop large’ style mug of coffee, we suspect you’ll enjoy the VertuoLine range more than the OriginalLine. You simply can’t get the same quality of crema at volume with the other machines, and in this department the Nespresso Vertuo did extremely well.

For those who prefer their shorter drinks (espresso etc.) the VertuoLine also is fine here – smaller pods for espresso still work extremely well! However, the sheer range of flavours available in OriginalLine is greater than VertuoLine right now, so if variety is what you’re after we’d go with OriginalLine (read our guide on the OriginalLine capsules and their flavour profiles) Otherwise, it looks like the new VertuoLine is here to stay, and we mainly love the quality crema even in larger cups!

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine

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Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine

Nespresso have also released a Vertuo Plus coffee machine, although most marketing materials simply say they’ve released the Vertuo and don’t make a big deal out of having two slightly different models.

The Vertuo Plus differs from the Vertuo in two main ways: the machine head of the coffee machine has an automatic opening and closing mechanism, and you can also move the water tank to suit space in your home or office.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine

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Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine

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We view the automatic machine head opening / closing as a nice to have, but ultimately it’s a little bit gimmicky. We don’t really mind opening and closing it ourselves that much. However, being able to decide where to put the water for your coffee machine means we got to place it in various places (some near plug sockets so are tactically important) that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to fit the Nespresso Vertuo machine as well. So overall, if you think it would help place it somewhere, we’d happily go with the VertuoPlus! If you have a large, open space and you’re fine with the coffee machine simply sitting on your counter with nothing around it, then buying the Nespresso Vertuo is perfectly fine.

Nespresso Vertuo & VertuoPlus: Milk Based Coffee

Neither the Nespresso Vertuo or VertuoPlus come designed to make milk-based coffee such as lattes and cappuccinos. However, if you are enjoying the crema from the coffee here and also want to have this combined with your favourite milk based drink, you can do this by adding an Aeroccino milk frother. This can be done as a bundle when you receive your machine, or you can also buy an Aeroccino separately.

Note that the Aeroccino is the same product that works with the Nespresso OriginalLine machines as well, so if you have another machine that you’d like to move your Aeroccino from, you can absolutely do that!

Nespresso Vertuo Plus with AEROCCINO

Nespresso Vertuo Plus with AEROCCINO

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Nespresso Aeroccino

Nespresso Aeroccino

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Nespresso Vertuo & VertuoPlus Review Summary

We enjoyed tasting the coffee from the Nespresso Vertuo and VertuoPlus machines, and especially like that Nespresso are still trying to push the boundaries for what we can expect from an ‘instant’ (or near enough!) coffee at home. The new centrifugal technology in the VertuoLine pods has really opened doors for larger coffee cup sizes. There’s no doubt in our minds that anyone who enjoys a mug (or larger!) of coffee would prefer the VertuoLine serving style to OriginalLine, because the volume of coffee you get is simply larger! For that reason, the Nespresso Vertuo and VertuoPlus is the clear cut favourite for larger-sized coffee drink lovers.

It’s a nice touch to include the Nespresso VertuoPlus with a way to move the water tank as well, which may be important in some compact kitchens so you can decide exactly where to place the water for your coffee. Making this an optional second model also means that those who don’t need this feature, don’t need to pay a different price to get it as well – which we can appreciate!

The biggest potential downside to the Vertuo and VertuoPlus comes from those of us who enjoy a wider variety of coffee. Simply put, the VertuoLine does espresso just as well with a delicious crema to boot but has fewer capsules on the market right now to choose from, compared to OriginalLine machines. This means that if you value having lots of different types of coffee throughout the year then an OriginalLine machine such as the Nespresso Prodigio or Nespresso Creatista might be better suited for you.

We hope this has been a helpful review and guide to help you make a decision about the Nespresso Vertuo and VertuoPlus coffee machines! Please do share this page and link to us if you’ve found it helpful. Thanks!

StarbucksĀ® Expands Nespresso Range with House and Milder Blends

Expansion to 8 StarbucksĀ® Nespresso Pods / Capsules

A year or two ago, StarbucksĀ® experimented by partnering with Nespresso to produce four different Nespresso capsules: the Fairtrade Espresso Roast, Kenya Single Origin, Colombia Single Origin and Guatemala Antigua Single Origin.



Following the success of these blends, StarbucksĀ® have been inundated with requests to include a broader range of coffees. Specifically, Nespresso comparible lighter blends were recommended by a lot of customers, and while it’s taken quite a few months, StarbucksĀ® have responded!

There are now four new StarbucksĀ® Nespresso capsule flavours: the Veranda Blend, Blonde Espresso Roast, House Blend and Decaf Espresso Roast!

StarbucksĀ® Nespresso Veranda Blend

One of the new StarbucksĀ® Nespresso pod blends is called the Veranda Blend. It primarily sources coffee from Latin America, where lush coffee groves grow in the unique climate there.

The Veranda Nespresso blend has a very mellow and flavourful taste, which comes across as quite soft. It is very lightly roasted, contrasting with the older blends.

StarbucksĀ® Nespresso Veranda Blend

StarbucksĀ® Blonde Espresso Roast

The Blonde espresso roast is another light roast, but here StarbucksĀ® draws out brighter, sweeter flavours to go into this StarbucksĀ® Nespresso pod.

Rather than being a single origin, this is a lighter blend of different coffees to get the result that StarbucksĀ® was looking for. The resulting cup of coffee is rather balanced and can be enjoyed at any time of day.

starbucksĀ® blonde espresso roast

StarbucksĀ® House Blend Nespresso Lungo Pod / Capsule

Alongside the lighter blends, there has also been a more traditional roast added to the StarbucksĀ® Nespresso pod range. The StarbucksĀ® House blend is the very first one that they created back in 1971.

The beans here are also Latin American but are roasted to a much further extent than the lighter roasts above, to a dark chestnut colour. Very flavourful, balancing notes of cocoa and nuts.

StarbucksĀ® House Blend Nespresso Lungo Pod Capsule

StarbucksĀ® Decaf Fairtrade Espresso Roast

The final new addition to the StarbucksĀ® lineup is another classic. StarbucksĀ® first foray into this decaf blend began in 1975, and has basically not changed since.

This roast is very caramelly with some nice, deep, sweet notes.

StarbucksĀ® Decaf Fairtrade Espresso Roast

Where Can I Buy StarbucksĀ® Nespresso Pods / Capsules?

The newest additions to the StarbucksĀ® Nespresso range are not yet available on Amazon, but all of the four original flavours plus the Decaf Fairtrade Espresso Roast coffee pod are available in variety packs. You can check them out below!

StarbucksĀ® Nespresso Capsules Mixed Variety Pack

StarbucksĀ® Nespresso Capsules Mixed Variety Pack

Nespresso OriginalLine vs VertuoLine – What’s the Difference?

What is Nespresso OriginalLine and Nespresso VertuoLine?

Nespresso now produce different types of coffee pods – Nespresso Virtuoline are the newcomers on the scene compared to Nespresso OriginalLine, which is what we would call the ‘original’ Nespresso capsules. The original capsules were shaped like the coffee pods we have seen since they became commonplace. They have slightly angled straight sides with a shallow angle at the top.

Nespresso VertuoLine vs Nespresso Originaline Capsules

The new Nespresso VertuoLine capsules are dome shaped and as a result, look rather different! These capsules will not fit into Nespresso OriginalLine machines. Similarly, OriginalLine capsules won’t fit into the new VertuoLine machines.

Nespresso VertuoLine machines were originally developed for the American market, where people wanted to see capsules that would fill larger sizes of coffee cup beyond Nespresso’s Lungo size – for a quick explanation of Nespresso’s coffee sizes Espresso, Ristretto and Lungo, visit our coffee size guide here

When were Nespresso VertuoLine Machines Released?

The VertuoLine machines were first released in the United States in 2014, and were initially not available in Europe. The launch date in Europe was October 2016, with the Nespresso VertuoLine launching in France and expanding to the rest of Europe as well. Nowadays, the machines are available globally.

So what’s the difference between the two? Aside from having different ranges of machines, the main difference is how they are brewed.

Nespresso VertuoLine Machines

Nespresso VertuoLine Brewing Method: The Difference Compared to OriginalLine

The Nespresso VertuoLine capsules brewed coffee differently to the OriginalLine capsules, which focused on puncturing the capsule and extracting the coffee under 19 bars of pressure. VertuoLine capsules are instead spun inside the Nespresso coffee machine, at speeds of about 7,000rpm. As a result, the coffee is extracted by a centrifuge, compared to using direct pressure – and has a different flavour profile. There is also a larger layer of foam / crema that is produced this way, compared to Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.

Nespresso VertuoLine Centrifug System

Does Nespresso VertuoLine Taste Better than Nespresso OriginalLine?

We should advise that the taste of VertuoLine coffee has not been met with universal acclaim. Many people have found they prefer the OriginalLine capsules when making a coffee, especially consumers in Europe. If you enjoy having enough intensity in your coffee pod to comfortably fill a larger cup, though, we think VertuoLine may provide you with a more enjoyable experience. At the end of the day, everyone is different! One great way to tell is to walk into a Nespresso shop on your nearest city high street or similar, and ask to try coffee from both. That would let you make a decision based on your taste so that you buy the right one!

Vertuo Coffee Pod / Capsule Sizes

One of the big design decisions made when introducing the VertuoLine range was larger coffee cup sizes. Particularly in America, consumers were eager for a capsule solution to larger cups and mugs. As a result, Nespresso Vertuo capsules come in five (5!!) different sizes:

  • Espresso – the smallest Vertuo coffee pod, this is simply designed to be blended with 40ml of water.
  • Double Espresso – as suggested by the name, doubling the amount of water to 80ml
  • Gran Lungo – 150ml of water is used to make a coffee with this capsule
  • Mug – this is still small by western ‘mug’ standards, but 230ml of water is used to blend with this coffee pod, making it larger than any standard size offered by the OriginalLine range
  • Alto – at 414ml, this is by far the largest coffee that a single Nespresso Vertuo pod can make as standard
Nespresso Vertuo Capsule Sizes

VertuoLine Barcode Recognition Helps Pod Sizes but Blocks Third Party Pods

Nespresso have designed a unique barcode system using the outside rim of their VertuoLine coffee pods. There is a barcode included with each capsule that tells the machine how large the coffee is going to be (from Espresso to Alto), which means the correct amount of water gets added.

Nespresso VertuoLine Barcode Recognition

There is also a secondary reason for this – because Nespresso machines officially recognise different Vertuo coffee capsules, it may block the recognition of some third party Vertuo capsules. As a result, it makes buying non-Nespresso capsules a bit trickier. Even if you end up finding a capsule that works, there’s no guarantee it will work indefinitely! Updates to Nespresso machines could end up blocking these in the future For this reason, many OriginalLine third party capsule makers have steered clear of making third party VertuoLine capsules to date. They could well exist en-masse in the future, though!

Conclusions: Nespresso VertuoLine vs Nespresso OriginalLine

We will always recommend you taste the coffee from both types of Nespresso machine yourself before deciding what to buy, but there are a few obvious pros and cons to selecting each:

  • Nespresso VertuoLine coffee machines are designed to cater to larger cup sizes. If you’re looking for a much larger size of cup to put your coffee in on a daily basis, chances are a coffee pod designed for that size would naturally taste nicer than a more concentrated ‘shot’ of coffee that you’d have to dilute!
  • Nespresso OriginalLine machines are compatible with far more third-party coffee pod manufacturers because there is no barcode verification technology written into OriginalLine capsules. If you are a fan of a specific third party coffee capsule, then you would probably want to stay with these for now.
  • Nespresso VertuoLine Centrifusion technology allows Nespresso to play around with subtler flavours, extracting aromas via spinning the capsule rather than using pure pressure. This brewing method also produces a larger crema / foam, so if you’re a fan of this in your coffee then we think you’d enjoy the new VertuoLine machines!

We will shortly be publishing a full guide to Nespresso VertuoLine machines and a top line review of our favourites. and in the meantime you can compare our Nespresso OriginalLine series of machines with our Nespresso OriginalLine Comparison Guide here. You can even choose based on prize & capacity to filter down to the machine that’s most suited to you!


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