February 26, 2014

UnBoxing: Nespresso VertuoLine Espresso and Coffee Machine


The new Nespresso VertuoLine machine arrived for review and we wanted to share the first looks at the new dual brewing machine. I feared that the thing was going to be massive, but it's actually not, coming in a little larger than my Latissima Plus (Above: Left to Right, Pixie, Latissima Plus and the new VertuoLine), and actually looks a little smaller sitting next to the Keurig B-70 where it will reside for the coming weeks (Below: Keurig B70, and the VertuoLine).


Nespresso has entered a new realm with the new machine; and is attempting to get into the US market for larger cups. Keurig has a giant head start, and with K-Cups on just about every coffee aisle, Nespresso has their work cut out for them.

The new Vertuoline machine has two symmetric tanks on either side of the machine; the left is for the water reservoir, and the right for spent capsules. The thing is stylish, and has an art deco kind of feel to it. The chrome brings a bright professional look to the machine, almost yelling "Good Morning!!"

How to Run the VertuoLine - "Where's the 'On' switch?"

Fill the reservoir, unlock the top, add your capsule, close it and lock it. This action turns the machine on. No, there is no power switch. Just hit the brew switch (shown below); the special reader, knows which capsule is in the machine and brews it accordingly.

It takes only about a minute to fire up a cup of coffee to spin up. The brewing system which comes with "Cetrifusion technology" is pretty amazing. The capsule is pierces from the top, and then spins at 7,000 RPMs creating one pile of crema; coffee or espresso.


The VertuoLine Capsules - "Huge and Huger"

The new capsules come in some pretty detailed packaging, and the espresso capsules are huge compared to the original Nespresso capsules, and the regular coffee capsules are huger..... but actually about the same size as the K-cups. Somehow, the new larger capsules seem just seem giant, and their packaging on a cardboard backing makes the 10 capsules seem like they need a cabinet of their own.

On the plus side, the entire execution has more of a designed feel of opening a present with a premium feel of intent behind the design.


The VertuoLine machine comes with a selection of capsules; eight regular coffee capsules and four espressos. Nespresso is about experience, and the experience of opening the box, reminds me of opening a box of individually wrapped chocolates, complete with a map on the lid. Below you can even see the "padding" layer off to the right, that covers the capsules when it is in transit, protecting the precious cargo.


I got my VertuoLine machine with additional capsules , and will be using it over the coming week or so to write up a review of the new to the world machine. Check back soon.

First Brew Review - VertuoLine

Had to add some information on the first brews from the VertuoLine brewer. We brewed both espressos and coffees. Bottom line is that it is impressive. I am intrigued by this "centrifusion" spinning extraction method, pumping wanter into the middle of the capsule, spinning the capsule and letting it drain out of the same foil side (the top when sitting in the machine) along the perimeter.

The coffee brews up in about a minute, with the VertuoLine machine whirring like it was ready for lift-off. Even the coffee comes out with a ton of crema, and a body that you don't tend to see in a drip coffee cup. The ejector action is cleverly designed and dumps the old capsules in the spent capsule bin after brewing.

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Posted by Scott Martin at February 26, 2014 10:31 PM
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