May 18, 2007

Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos and Lattes


Yesterday, Nespresso and DeLonghi unveiled the next generation of espresso meets cappuccino and latte machines - the Nespresso Lattissima. The Nespresso Lattissima features a "one touch" fresh milk froth function, allowing you to make a latte or cappuccino with just one push of a button. We witnessed the Nespresso Lattissima in person and got to sample the cappuccino and latte drinks it produced - verdict - amazing.

Update: Read our review of the Nespresso Lattissima

Because the Nespresso Lattissima uses fresh milk the difference in the quality of the latte or cappuccino is staggering. The Nespresso Lattissima also features an "auto clean" function, and the milk reservoir detaches from the machine so you can keep it nice and cool in the fridge for the next cappuccino or latte you make. Another cool feature is the adjustable cup platform, which allows you to use a tall latte glass or a traditional coffee cup. The Nespresso Lattissima will be priced at $799 for the satin chrome with cup warmer, and $699 for red or black sans the cup warmer and will be out Fall 2007.

Full details and video of the Nespresso Lattissima after the jump.

Nespresso Lattissima Video:

Nespresso Lattissima Highlights:

  • One touch fresh milk froth function for preparing a range of espresso-based beverages
  • Adjustable cup platform for filling coffee cups, as well as latte glasses
  • Auto clean automatic rinsing function
  • Heated upper surface for warming cups on the satin chrome model

Nespresso Lattissima Technical Details:

  • Twin pump heating system, one for frothing and one for making espresso - can be used at the same time
  • 19 Bar high-pressure pump
  • Auto cappuccino function, which produces a one-touch cappuccino in less than one minute or latte macchiato in one minute and 20 seconds
  • A mini brewing unit
  • Removable milk container
  • Removable water container
  • Water level reader
  • Capsule holder for 12-15 capsules
  • Weight is 11 pounds

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Milk reservoir in place. This is the red Nespresso Lattissima.

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The adjustable cup stand on the Nespresso Lattissima.

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Make a one touch cappuccino with the Nespresso Lattissima.

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Make a one touch tall latte with the Nespresso Lattissima.

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The hidden water reservoir on the Nespresso Lattissima.

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The auto-clean for the one touch milk frother on the Nespresso Lattissima.

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Two sets off simple buttons. Cappuccino and lattes on the left,
espresso or lungos on the right.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 18, 2007 11:16 AM
Recent Comments

The first reviewer is mistaken in his impression that the Lattissima does not give the user the ability to "control the amount of air injection." There is a sliding adjustment on the Lattissima's frother that goes from cappuccino (i.e. more air injection) to caffelatte (i.e. less).

I am still tempted to get the D290 instead, but the better reasons IMHO are: (1) costs less, (2) when you factor in the necessary trouble to keep the milk for the Lattissima fresh, you might as well just steam your milk with a wand. Yes, it takes a little longer, but I enjoy the ritual of making coffee drinks.

(I have used the Lattissima extensively and am generally satisfied, though I do not rate its espresso+milk drinks as highly as its espresso.)

Posted by: TW at August 18, 2010 7:06 PM

THIS MACHINE IS AMAZING and works great!! It is not hard to clean - run hot water thru it @ use a little brush. The frothing feature can be adjusted and comes out perfectly. The range of coffees are fabulous. It's delicious, easy and cheap compared to retail coffee shops and other machines. I love it!!

Posted by: Robin at January 7, 2010 12:49 PM

Not very hot. Milk temp can't be over 140 degrees on a 10oz cup of milk. Good, but drink fast

Posted by: Dean McCay7 at November 15, 2007 4:22 PM

The Lattissima is very much like the that Scott reviewed recently with the Nespresso delivery mechanism. I can agree with the foam being a bit more bubbly, but the drink produced had the flavor and most of the texture of the best single serve machine produced Latte or Cap that I've had personally with little or no effort. I think the auto-clean feature will require some cleaning besides pushing the button, but for a day or two use I think you'll be all set. I do wish for the money the machine did have a wand as well, but oh well - you're buying a full automatic option not a regular espresso machine. But even with out some of the more "coffee geek" options, I'm really excited to have such a quality idea and machine that produces such amazing drinks so easily come to the single serve coffee world.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at May 20, 2007 8:55 AM

One other point on the Lattissima versus D290 I forget to add in my prior comment: the D290 also comes with a manual frothing wand. Used properly (takes practice) you can create even better microfoam than with the autofrother. The manual wand is also a bit quicker to clean. Overall I personally find it faster and of course better than the auto-frother, though the D290 auto-frother does have the plus of being able to froth tiny quantities of milk (fractions of an ounce if you want) which isn't possible with a manual wand. Anyhow, the Lattissma can't do manual frothing, so another case of one less feature compared to the D290.


Posted by: Darryl at May 20, 2007 2:17 AM

Interesting machine, but I think the D290 remains the pick of Nespresso's lineup. The first weakness of the new machine is the autofrother. While no consumer-level autofrother will produce a high quality microfoam, it's clear from the video that the Lattissima *way* over-aerates the milk. the D290 autofrother injects air in a more appropriate amount. Further, with the D290 you can control the amount of air injection (there's an adjustment knob on the forther) and you can control the exact amount of milk you want. Based on what I see on the Lattissima's front panel it doesn't appear that this machine gives you either capability. The brew group is also hidden on this machine, so unlike on the D290 you can't clean the group. Some may argue that's not really necessary but I appreciate being able to do that on the D290. Although the "one touch" ability to make a latte or a cap is a nice feature in concept it looks like you pay more for a machine that seems to do less than the D290. I also think the integrated milk pitcher ends up being more of a pain to clean than a normal milk pitcher. One question I have on the Lattissima is how well the milk "auto clean" system works. I imagine it only flushes water through the feed tube. My experience with auto-clean systems on even commercial machines is that they don't do a sufficient job to prevent milk residue buildup over time. At least on the commercial machines the auto-clean systems allow flushing a detergent as part of the cleaning process. It doesn't look to me like the Lattissima provides that, and it is important (otherwise you basically have to remove the parts and clean them manually anyhow on some kind of periodic basis).

Posted by: Darryl at May 20, 2007 12:29 AM
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