Review: Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos, Lattes, and Espresso
The Nespresso Lattissima can make one touch cappuccinos, lattes, and espresso with the touch of a button. We first encountered the Nespresso Lattissima single serve coffee machine earlier this year at the Nespresso launch party for the machine. We were impressed then and are we impressed now? What can we say - the machine not only delivers on the promise of one touch cappuccinos, lattes, and espresso - it excels at all of those drinks and best of all - it's the easiest to use machine we've ever tested to create a latte or cappuccino hands down.
As we said earlier in the year, 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.
Testing the Nespresso Lattissima
Our test Nespresso Lattissima unit came in satin chrome complete with the milk frother tank and cup warmer top. You can use a variety of cup sizes - tall pint glasses for lattes or smaller cups for capps and espresso. There really isn't much setup involved with the machine, as everything including the milk frothing is very plug and play.
And plug and play is the Nespresso way. Nespresso machines use the patented Nespresso coffee capsule delivery system. You can't use your own coffee in a Nespresso system, but you can use any of the 12 flavors from Nespresso, and whatever special coffees they are currently offering in the Nespresso club. You'll also need to buy your coffee directly from Nespresso for the Nespresso Lattissima, but you can do this over the web or via the phone.
Another great thing to note is how small the footprint of this machine is. It's very small compared to super-automatics like the Jura Capresso series given the ability for the Nespresso Lattissima to make lattes and cappuccinos. We're also impressed with the fit and finish of the machine - it just looks and feels really solid and has a unique yet familiar feel to it.
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
When you get the machine to start you will have to prime and run both hot water through the frother and the main Nespresso brewing unit. This is the only thing that took any time in getting the machine up and running and is to be expected.
One thing we'd like to say, that after making no less than 5 lattes, and then a bunch of espresso shots - clean up is a breeze if non-existent. To clean the milk frother, you just hit the clean button with a cup underneath, then detach the milk tank by just pulling and then putting it in the fridge. Because the Nespresso Lattissima also uses the Nespresso capsule coffees, you'll just need to empty the spent capsules by dumping into the trash. There are no coffee grounds, puddles of water - simply no mess.
Milk frother tank holds the milk of your choice,
and features a cleaning button.
You fill the water under the machine by pulling the drawer
out from under the Nespresso Lattissima.
Making A Latte or Cappuccino with the Nespresso Lattisima
Get a tall glass and prepare for an amazing latte from
the Nespresso Lattissima.
What could be easier than making a latte or cappuccino with the Nespresso Lattissima? Nothing. Once you put the milk reservoir in place, pick the Nespresso coffee capsule, and then push the button. The results will speak for themselves. This is the life. You get fresh frothed milk from the milk frother and you get an amazing espresso added from the main Nespresso unit.
In what seems like just a minute or two,
you get a nice tall latte. YUM!
For cappuccino you can use a smaller glass.
We recommend the Bodum Pavina glasses.
The taller bodums won't fit though - so stick to short ones.
Here's a smaller cappuccino in a Nespresso glass.
Nespresso Lattissima Videos
We took two different videos of the Nespresso Lattissima making a cappuccino and a latte. You can also use the Nespresso Lattissima to just make espresso.
Note: The videos are using the default latte macchiato and cappuccino settings for both milk and espresso. You can adjust both the amount of espresso and the amount of milk on each of the 4 buttons - Short/Tall - Espresso/Lungo. It's also good to note you can adjust the amount of froth as well - there is a slid-able button on the milk container to have more or less froth. This is essentially a froth regulator with the following settings: lots of froth, less froth, and hardly any froth.
Making a Latte with the Nespresso Lattissima
Making a cappuccino with the Nespresso Lattissima
Even if you think the price of $699 or $799 is too high a price for a perfect cappuccino or latte or shot of espresso in your home, we think given the quality and taste from the Nespresso Lattissima you'd have to be just plain wrong. This is the machine for the person who wants the best home created coffee creations, but doesn't want any troubles. From making a latte to just hitting the clean button to prep the machine for the next use - this machine is drop dead easy to use and the results are amazing. You'll get the flavor and taste you'd expect in a latte, and the footprint of the machine is also small unlike many other super-automatic espresso and latte makers.
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