Elegant, sturdy, makes espresso and brewed coffee, better than Starbucks Verismo and Keurig: Nespresso Vertuoline 2in1 capsule machine.
The Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo is a fun 2in1 capsule coffee machine from Nespresso. The machine can do espresso and regular coffee and has some really useful features!
The machine is made of stainless steel and plastic and it’s quite elegant. It is nice and compact and it will look good in any kitchen. Compared to other machines with the same price tag, this machine feels pretty sturdy and does not feel “cheap”.
On one side, there’s 54-ounce water reservoir which can be removed, so it’s easy to clean and refill. On another side, there’s a used capsule container. The container is also removable and can hold up to 17 used capsules. When a machine is done brewing and you unlock the lid, a used coffee pod will slide to the bin.
The heart of the machine is its handle and a single button we use to brew coffee. The VertuoLine has an automatic capsule recognition system so you don’t have to change the settings for regular coffee or espresso. Just insert the capsule, close the handle and press brew button.
The VertuoLine Evoluo is available in 5 different colors: black, graphite, titan, silver and red. The machine retails for $199.00 ($249.00 machine + frother bundle) but you can sometimes find it on sale. For example, now you can get a VertuoLine + Aeroccino frother for $200.00 on Amazon.
USABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
Its one button operation is absolutely amazing. As mentioned, the machine has an automatic capsule recognition so you don’t have to change the settings for regular coffee or espresso. Just insert the VertuoLine capsule, close the handle and press brew button. The machine will adapt the brewing process depending on what capsule you’ve chosen and ensure the perfect extraction.
By default, brewed coffee capsule makes 7.7 oz, while espresso makes 1.35 oz. But you can easily adjust the volume manually just by pressing the brew button – stop the water flow early or add extra water to your cup. So easy.
You can also program the water volume, and set the desired water volume for your coffee and for espresso, from 0.3 ounces up to 17 ounces! Once you program the machine, each time you make your coffee the water will stop at desired cup size.
The system needs just 15 – 20 seconds to warm up and start brewing. Although, it’s a bit slow when brewing: needs 1:30 min to finish a 7.7 oz cup.
In my opinion, the coffee tastes better than coffee brewed in Keurig or Verismo and thanks to its centrifusion technology the coffee will always have an amazing crema on top.
COMPATIBLE COFFEE CAPSULES
Evoluo works exclusively with VertuoLine capsules. VertuoLine offers a choice of 10 regular coffee capsules and 4 espresso capsules – 14 total, including two decaf options.
The machine does not work with Nespresso Originalline capsules since they are different in shape and size. If you have a Nespresso machine from their original line, you won’t be able to use the VertuoLine capsules and vice versa.
You can not use k-cups, Verismo pods, Rivo pods or the CBTL pods in the Vertuoline machine.
They don’t have reusable capsules for VertuoLine. In fact, I don’t know if any of the tricks (using empty capsule, kitchen foil etc.) will work at all. VertuoLine reads a code on each capsule so there’s a chance that using foil on the capsules may even damage the machine. Seriously, I would recommend this machine only if you are looking for full convenience and you intend to use original VertuoLine capsules.
Price: $1.10 per coffee capsule, $0.85 per espresso capsule. Cheaper than Verismo pods and more expensive than Keurig k-cups. But, since you can fill a 17 oz cup with single $1.10 pod, this price is actually pretty good.
Nespresso capsules are recyclable and the company offers a free capsule recycling program.
As for the recipes, Vertuoline allows you to make a huge variety of drinks. Here you can find inspiration for your Nespresso Vertuoline recipes.
VERTUOLINE vs. SIMILAR MACHINES
Nespresso VertuoLine vs Verismo V: Both machines can do coffee and espresso, they have automatic pod disposal and bin storage, and have programmable volume option. Nespresso offers a slightly better machine quality and makes better crema. It also allows you to program the desired water volume for from 0.3 oz to 17 oz – with Verismo that’s 1 oz to 7 oz range. The pod price is pretty much the same but since you sometimes need two Verismo pods to brew a decent cup size, Nespresso pods will cost less total. Verismo V retails for $149.00 ($179.00 for machine and frother bundle), but you can get Vertuoline at a similar price when on sale.
VertuoLine vs Keurig 2.0: VertuoLine offers better quality, options and most important – it can do coffee and espresso. Keurig 2.0 can do only regular coffee and tea. At the other hand, you can buy k-cups at your local grocery store, they come in over 250 varieties and they are cheaper than Vertuoline pods.
Nespresso Vertuoline vs Original line: The original like machines like Inissia cost less. The main advantage of original line is the fact that it offers 27 different pod options, at $0.70 – 0.75 per pod. The Vertuoline has 14 pod options and the price per espresso pod is $0.85. The main advantage of Vertuoline machines is the fact that they make espresso and brewed coffee, while Original line makes only espresso.
MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
All Vertuoline brewers include a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 877-964-6299.
It’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly using a wet cloth and rinsing it once a week to keep it in a good shape. The system also has a descale alert feature and will let you know when it needs to be descaled. It’s recommended to decale your machine every 3 months.
If you’re a busy mom or dad, but you still want a great cup of coffee at home, look no further. There are some good single serve machines out there, but this one is at the top of my list. You can make coffee, espresso drinks, it’s clean and super convenient.