After my boyfriend and I realized we were spending anywhere from $8 to $10 per day on our two Starbucks drinks, our interest in purchasing a Nespresso machine was piqued.
According to the Nestle website, Nespresso was created in 1986 to “redefine and revolutionize” espresso coffee.
Within the past decade, the Nespresso machines have grown in popularity.
In 2014, Nespresso came out with their “vertuo” line that brews both coffee and espresso, as it is compatible with three different “pod” sizes.
The Nespresso vertuo line machine’s “intelligent extraction system uses code technology to recognize the different brewing parameters for each Vertuo coffee, precisely calibrating infusion time, water temperature, flow rate, rotational speed and cup length. In fact, each capsule spins up to 7,000 rotations per minute, extracting the best aromas and creating the perfect crema, every time.” Nestle.
The one drawback to the Nespresso machines is they tend to be pricey ($100-$250 on average).
Because of this, I took to Facebook Marketplace to try and find a new, in-box Nespresso vertuo machine.
I ended up finding one for a great price!
We purchased the “Vertuo” machine. How fitting.
We were SUPER excited to try it out.
While you can expect to pay approximately $1 per pod, it is definitely cheaper than the $4-5 Starbucks drinks we were accustomed to buying almost every day.
We were lucky enough to receive a “tasting” box with the machine.
I think this is a great way to try out different coffees/espressos and see which ones you like the best.
After finishing the tasting box coffees and espressos, we have mainly purchased Starbucks Nespresso vertuo pods (so Starbucks still has a hold on us) since they are available for purchase in most Target stores. Pro tip! If you don’t see any Starbucks Nespresso vertuo pods in the coffee aisle, check the appliances aisle – they sometimes stock them there as well.
I personally love the Starbucks blonde espresso pods, while my boyfriend loves the Starbucks sumatra coffee pods.
We didn’t receive an Aerocino milk frother with our machine (some machines include it, but ours didn’t), but have found an Amazon brand milk frother works great! And isn’t $100!
So far, my favorite thing to make with the Nespresso is a homemade iced carmel macchiato.
The steps to making one are as follows: (1) fill a glass with ice, (2) drizzle carmel around the glass, (3) fill the glass 1/2 way full with your milk of choice, (4) pour a splash of vanilla sweetener into the glass, (5) brew Nespresso espresso pods – I like to use 2, and (6) pour espresso shots into the glass.
It’s been great to make coffee at home – and save a few bucks in the meantime.
The Nespresso machine is an investment, but it appears to be a worthwhile one!
Do you have a Nespresso? What are your favorite pods?