Convenience is the name of the game when it comes right about anything. That includes enjoying a cup or two of your favorite brewed coffee without having to go to the nearest coffee shops. This is where buying your coffee brewing machine comes into place, where you can embrace being a “coffee fanatic”. Imagine the mornings where you’ll get out of the bed and right on the get-go, brew your first espresso with even lacing up a pair of shoes.
In looking out for the best espresso machine perfect for your needs, there are a lot of things you might need to consider, durability, portability, versatility, and affordability are a few things we should check. With many brands and models to choose from, we will be doing a head to head comparison with the two world leaders in coffee brewing machine for us to know which of them should we consider when we hit the stores.
Today two of the world leaders when it comes to coffee machines brands; Starbucks Verismo and Nespresso will battle it out for us to know which is the alpha male when it comes to providing us the best caffeine-filled drink we love.
Looking at their machine models, Starbucks Verismo had released a couple of models like 580, 600 and the newer version called V, which became an instant hit because of its amazing compact design.
But, Nespresso from Switzerland had released a plethora of models with various colors and sizes, not pulling any punches, they are very firm in producing about any models as they stand by their reputation as the authentic espresso experience supplier.
The Verismo System had infused their signature arabica coffee beans inside the Starbucks verismo reusable pods compatible with verismo to ensure that authentic Starbucks coffee right at home. Nespresso’s sophisticated coffee pods named Grand Crus capsule provide us with sophisticated flavors and even more sophisticated names like Rosabaya, Arpeggio, Roma, and Fortissio Lungo.
Starbucks does recommend Verismo users to use filtered water for more safety measures rather than using tap water to prevent lime deposits to pile up. This might be a small edge for Starbucks Verismo because some of the Nespresso model VertuoLine does not have any water filters that come with it.
HOW MUCH WILL WE GET FROM A SINGLE BREW?
Nespresso’s machines can give you 3.7 oz of lungo and 1.35 oz of espresso on a single serving, but you can modify it depending on if you want more o a bit less dose. 1 oz of espresso with 2.7 oz of lungo or 1.5 oz of espresso with 4 oz of lungo. That is some variety. Verismo can give you an ounce of espresso, up to 10 oz of brewed coffee and 180 ml of Caffe Latte or Americano, that’s pretty much about it.
DESIGN AND APPEARANCE
Inspired by a very simple and minimalist design and contains a very few but user-friendly buttons, Verismo aims to provide the best tasting latte, coffee, espresso and everything between in a basic but essential aesthetics of a coffee machine that can very well fit into any types of kitchen size or style-wise. It has four buttons consisting of a power button and three others for the coffee type you choose, espresso, coffee or milk. Nespresso patents itself with sleek and stylish designs on its models. Using stainless steel and hard plastic on most machines assures of a very durable, sturdy and long-lasting machine.
ITS BEST FEATURES
An internal blender running at 7000 rpm ensures the perfect mix of coffee blends for Nespresso while its 19 bar pressure pumps up water and distributes it to the cup. It comes with a collection tray for used pods and it can hold up to 10 pods. This means mess-free sessions of great-tasting coffee every time. Verismo has its anti mess tray for used pods that holds 10 pods. It uniquely has an adjustable coffee drip which is very much handy for filling up tall, medium or small cups.
Nespresso also has a foldable drip that fits two cup sizes. Verismo V, one of its models can fill in up to 2.3 liters of water its detachable reservoir, while its Nespresso counterpart can only fill 0.7 liters to 1.0 liter. It is dishwasher safe, which can be a lifesaver for many. Both machines, Verismo and Nespresso have an amazing clean out method which is quite impressive for them. It’s just that Verismo has only one button to press for the whole process which is quite easy.
BREW WAITING GAME
How long does it take for these coffee machine beasts to produce a cup of caffeinated haven? A lot of consumers do consider this to choosing the best coffee maker machine. Starbucks Verismo takes 8 seconds to heat up, an additional 5 seconds to brew a single espresso shot plus another 32 seconds to brew any beverage that contains milk. The VertuoLine of Nespresso needs up to 15 seconds to heat up while it takes 25 seconds for the Citiz model.
ADD-ONS AND ACCESSORIES
Accessories are also available for both of the coffee machine lines. Starbucks Verismo Milk Frother (sold ) is a whole new experience that any verismo owner can avail of. With this, you have the chance to make your lattes, americanos, and even cappuccinos.
It is very user-friendly so you won’t have to worry about having a hard time dealing with it and is dishwasher safe. Nespresso, never want to be left behind also has its accessory for heating milk to bring a different level of goodness to your drink. Aeroccino comes in different models you can choose from and can heat the milk to 130ml for that creaminess you might be craving for.
THE BATTLE OF THE PODS
The integration of coffee pods into today’s coffee machine industry had been a phenomenal hit, not only because it is very convenient. But the manufacturer can put in the right amount of coffee or creamer or any ingredient needed for every brew to make sure the quality still feels like you are having a coffee shop at home. Verismo pods come in very handy and are sold worldwide on retailers for a low price.
It is an advantage that if you will opt to upgrade your Starbuck Verismo, for example, a 580 to 600. You can still use the very same pod you have used on your old brewer. The problem is there are Verismo machines models that spit out more water content per brew than the others.
The pods you use on a 580 or 600 (which dispenses about 7 oz of water) might taste different if you use it on a Verismo V model which dispenses 10 oz of water. Nespresso, wanting to take care of their reputation as producers of world-class brews, refuses to sell their pods via retailers, instead, they make their channel of distribution network.
CONS: WHICH ONE IS BEARABLE
Although it is nice to check out a product’s best qualities, it is vital as well for us to know its flaws so we know first hand what to expect on both of this amazing coffee making machine company.
Verismo might be a bit more challenging to clean as its insides do have small spaces that are quite hard to reach even with a piece of small cloth. Starbucks Verismo does require a general product cleaning every 10 to 12 brews. It also does not have any sign of how high the temperature is already, as it can spell a bit of a problem like having over brews and overcooking the milk.
There are quite a several users who complained that Verismo stopped working after a few months of use. If you have purchased the additional Milk Frother, we do recommend you to fill it almost half as there are occasions it makes a mess if filled unctuously.
For Nespresso, some customers were furious that their machines stopped operating after just two months. Some complained that the milk frothers stopped operating. There are also people saying that the amount of bitterness on the brews of Nespresso is a bit more than the liking. Although you can accept that as a comment rather than an actual product complaint. There are reported leaks when the machine had been used extensively and occasional water overflowing in the reservoir.
And there you have it, two of the world’s juggernauts when it comes to providing us the caffeine boost and cravings that we long for every morning right at the comfort of your own home. Their best hands have been revealed as well as their most major flaws to guide you in deciding. I will give you the privilege to judge based on your preference by the points we have brought up to decide which brand is the alpha male of home coffee brewing.