Nespresso Coffee + Espresso Maker Review

Hey there, friends!

Over the course of – honestly – about a year, I’ve been very unimpressed with all of my coffee options. I go to Starbucks and get my Venti iced coffee drink and, more often than not, it’s bitter. I make myself coffee using my longtime friend, Keurig, and it just doesn’t give me that ‘boost’ I need in the morning. It’s not until I go to a local coffee shop, that is a bit of a drive for me to go every morning, that I notice just how Starbucks and my Keurig pods [no matter what kind I try] just aren’t doing the trick. Their coffee is SO good and gives me that extra pep in my step and, it’s crazy but it’s true … I feel more focused when I get a latte from there. So, anyway … I finally decided it was time that I seriously look into other options besides the two I tend to rely on now.

Insert …. NESPRESSO.

I’ve had a couple of girlfriends make mention of Nespresso before and how it’ll change your life … but, I think I was just so comfortable and ‘okay’ with mediocre coffee that I didn’t actually consider making the Nespresso plunge. So, after I had had my 5th bitter iced coffee from Starbucks [over the course of 5 days] no matter which location I went to, I decided enough was enough and I texted them for more insight. At this time, Black Friday was going to be coming our way in a week or so, so I decided to hold off until I could see what kind of deal I could get. I used that time to figure out what Nespresso machine fit my personal preferences and needs.

FIGURING OUT WHICH NESPRESSO MACHINE IS FOR YOU: Nespresso machines are like people. They come in all shapes and sizes and can do a lot of different things. It’s important to do your research before making a purchase. Some questions that would be helpful to answer before choosing a machine would be:

Do you prefer drip coffee or are lattes or cappuccinos more your thing?

• Do you want your machine to have the capability of brewing both?

• Does the machine you’re looking at come with a milk frother and, if not, do you want that to make the drink you’d like to enjoy each morning?

• What are other people saying about this machine in particular? Will I be getting my moneys’ worth?

For me, I like drip coffee and latte’s so I wanted my machine to have the ability to make both. The machine that I kept coming back to, that had great reviews and made both, didn’t come with a milk frother so I had to make sure to either [1] find a bundle where I can get both the machine and the frother together – and get a bit of a discount for buying them that way OR [2] buy a machine that has one attached to or comes with the machine.

THE MACHINE I GOT: I ended up purchasing a Breville machine that uses Nespresso pods called the Vertuoplus Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker. Since I purchased mine during Black Friday, there were a lot of great sales going on and I found an amazing bundle price for the machine AND the Aeroccino, or milk frother. The price you’re seeing on the machine now is actually lower than the price I paid so definitely jump on that if you have been thinking about it! It comes with 12 pods to help you figure out what pods you want to purchase. [UPDATEApril 2020: I personally never found the Nespresso milk frother to work as well as I’d like it to, so I just purchased this milk frother that my friend raves about!]

HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT: I have been really impressed with this machine! It super easy to figure out and works like a dream. I haven’t had any annoyances or issues with it. It holds A LOT of empty pods and it takes a long time for the water chamber to get low, which I love. I felt like I was ALWAYS refilled the Keurig water chamber, which isn’t a big deal but, you know, not having to is a first-world simply luxury that I’m not too proud to say I enjoy 😉 It takes about a minute for the machine to brew your coffee or espresso. It takes the milk frother about 2 minutes to warm up and froth your milk. The frother also gives you the option of warming the milk up or keeping it cold. I thought that was pretty nifty!

THE PODS I LIKE: To be really honest, I’ve only found TWO that I like and it’s the dark blue espresso pod, Diavolitto, and the purple espresso pod, Altissio. The Altissio is my number one, I think! It’s delicious! Let me know which coffee pods you really like. Personally, hazelnut and vanilla aren’t really my thing when it comes to coffee 😉

WHAT I STORE THE PODS IN: I personally LOVE this pod storage drawer that goes just underneath the machine. It holds forty pods and makes everything look nice and neat and stored away!

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Not only do I save time in the morning by not driving myself to Starbucks to get coffee, but I also enjoy GOOD coffee … every. morning! I find that I have a healthier morning because making my morning coffee in the kitchen challenges me to … at the same time … make my breakfast. I use to end up eating at around 10:00AM when I would get really hungry and that’s obviously not the best habit to embrace. So, I just find myself enjoying the way my mornings are getting started now. I definitely have LESS coffee everyday because I’m not drinking a Venti but it’s better quality coffee and has a much better affect on my day, in my opinion!

I hope that gives those of y’all some insight into the fascination with Nespresso’s to help you make a decision if you want to make the plunge or the switch! Which did you decide?




  1. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    So festively beautiful … such a clean design! Love ❤️ it! ????????????????

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  2. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    So festively beautiful … such a clean design! Love ❤️ it! ????????????????????????

    ❄️????LA BIJOUX BELLA ❄️???? | by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    Published 12.20.17 · Reply
  3. Jessica wrote:

    My favorite coffee pod is the Intenso (of course its the not so cute brown one but it’s so good). I usually sweeten with Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar 🙂

    Published 12.20.17 · Reply
  4. Jessica wrote:

    My favorite coffee pod has been the Intenso (of course it’s the brown one). I sweeten with Wholesome Organic Cane sugar (add before I start the brewing so it melts).

    Published 12.20.17 · Reply
  5. Ashley baca wrote:

    I have a question unrelated to today’s post. I am obsessed with the j crew cocoon coat and I’ve seen you wear it in at least 3 different colors. But its so expensive for me. Have you ever tried the j crew factory city coat that looks like the cocoon coat? I’m just wondering what you think of it.
    Thanks! Love your blog!

    Published 12.20.17 · Reply
  6. NataliNataliNataNaNNatali wrote:

    Such a lovely, cozy moment at home!

    Published 12.20.17 · Reply
  7. Lavin wrote:

    Thank you for this review! I too have grown a bit tired of my Keurig and I wondered if you liked this. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Published 12.20.17 · Reply
  8. I love mornings at home making coffee in the kitchen! This looks like the cutest coffee maker, love it! Have a great Holiday! xo Jana |

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  9. Odesa wrote:

    I also like Diavolitto, and am not into hazelnut and vanilla when it comes to coffee either. The other VertuoLine Nespresso pod I like is Fortado. Try it out and see if you’ll like it! Curious to know what other pod recommendations you’ll get and like!

    Published 12.20.17 · Reply
  10. Kelley wrote:

    Thanks for the post Alyson! My BIGGEST QUESTION about the Nespresso is: do you feel like the coffee/espresso is hot enough??? I had the original version years ago and I never used it because I love my coffee HOT and my Nespresso’s was just warm at best. I’ve heard they’ve fixed the issue since then but wondering your thoughts?

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  11. Nicci wrote:

    Hi Ashley, I bought both the J.Crew cocoon and the J.Crew Factory city coats this year and actually liked the Factory one better. There wasn’t really any difference to them except for the price. Hope that helps!

    Published 12.21.17 · Reply
  12. Nicci wrote:

    I LOVE our Nespresso machine!! I bought the Inissia since it was like $60 last Black Friday and came with the milk frother as well. I wasn’t sure if we’d use it, but I really love it. My favorite pods are the envivo lungo, arpeggio, and the livanto (if I have something in the afternoon). I think the closest to those on your machine would be the altissio and cafe de cuba.

    Published 12.21.17 · Reply
  13. Ashley baca wrote:

    Thank you!! I went ahead and ordered the factory one and I’m waiting for it to come in!

    Published 12.22.17 · Reply
  14. Cassandra P. wrote:

    Thank you for this review! I just got the Vertuplus for Christmas, and now I’m wondering where the best place is to buy new capsules? So far, it seems like Amazon (and obviously the Nespresso website) are my best bet, any other suggestions? The cheaper the better!

    Published 12.25.17 · Reply