Finding the best capsule coffee machine on the Australian market
Your morning cup of coffee is important, and so is how it’s made. Here’s our guide to what to look for in a capsule coffee maker, and the five best choices to start your day right.
If you’re a coffee fiend looking for the best cup you can find, but also lacking in the time to grind your own beans and mess about with traditional coffee machines, Nespresso’s capsule revolution was an exciting development. Capsule coffee machines offer a no-fuss, no-mess solution to your morning cup of joe, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
So what’s the trick to find the best one for your coffee-making needs?
First of all, you need to consider what you want from your coffee? Do you generally only drink one or two cups a day, and are they regular-sized cups? Do you look big mugs of exotic blends, and what kind of bench space do you have available for your capsule coffee machine?
And, possibly most importantly - what kind of budget are you on? The coffee machines we’ve listed here range from just over one hundred dollars to a more indulgent $600, but they’re all very popular models from trusted brands, and top sellers.
Another thing to consider is the pods themselves. Nespresso-branded capsules are smaller, so you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the right pods for your coffee machine. And some capsule coffee machines go a step further, offering special bar-coded pods that your machine can read to know the exact amount of water to use, or the time it needs to percolate.
Outside of the capsules that each brand supplies, many artisan coffee suppliers have leapt onto the capsule bandwagon. Here you’ll find some truly special blends, and even capsules made from recycled material, and that in turn can be recycled. If cutting back on waste is a household imperative, this is a great solution. But, not all pods work in all machines, so it’s worth doing some research before investing in that ethically sourced, organically grown, biodegradable set of capsules!
Something else to be aware of, especially if you’re shopping online, is that some Nespresso machines are licensed to other manufacturers, and are produced by different companies in different parts of the world. For instance, in the United Kingdom Sage produces the Creatista Black, but here in Australia its manufactured by Breville. Even in single market, you might find identical machines made by a range of manufacturers.
Now that we’ve told you what to look for, here’s our pick of some of the best capsule coffee machines you can buy today.
DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza EN85
RRP: $119 | More info: Official DeLonghi product page
This minimalist yet elegant capsule coffee machine comes in two designs, making it easy to find the right appliance for your kitchen space - and it comes in a wide range of colours. It’s easy to use, weighs only 2.3 kilograms, and has a capacity of .6 litres. Auto shutoff is handy if you’re rushing out of the house of a morning, and on top of all that it is very affordable, making for an excellent choice for anyone new to capsule coffee.
RRP: $249 | More info: Official Nespresso product page
The Inissia adds a lot of new features to the basic functionality of the Essenza. It still looks just as good, but can hold more water, as well as being able to store up to 11 used capsules. It also boasts a drip that can be folded away, allowing for taller mugs or glasses, and an ergonomic handle for greater ease of use. With a two-year warranty, the Inissia is versatile, and reliable and it comes in a variety of different colours, each produced by a well-known coffee-machine maanufacturer.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio 2
RRP: $119 | More info: Official Nescafe product page
Nescafe’s Genio 2 coffee machine is simple to use, and strikingly designed. One-touch operation can prepare not only the perfect hot cup of joe, but also cold beverages, which is handy for the Australian summer. The Genio 2 is rated A for energy consumption, making it perfect for the environment conscious and those wary of larger power bills, and Nescafe offers a range of exclusive capsules from its webshop.
Nespresso Vertuo Plus
RRP: $299 | More info: Official Nespresso product page
If you’re willing to spend a little more for the perfect cup of coffee, Nespresso’s Vertuo Plus is a robust and versatile coffee maker. It can make coffee in four sizes at the touch of a button, ranging from 40ml espressos to 414ml alto, and boasts three different capsule sizes to match, each with a barcode to tell the machine what it’s making. Te Vertuo Plus uses a unique centrifuge system, capable of up to 7,000 rotations per minute spinning up the ground coffee to blend perfectly every time.
Breville Creatista Uno BNE500
RRP: $599 | More info: Official Breville product page
Breville’s Creatista Una takes home coffee making up a notch, adding a fully automatic steam wand capable of creating café-grade foam for that perfect latte. There are eight presets to get your coffee just right, and features three levels of milk temperature. The steam wand also purges itself after use, making it easy to clean. The Creatista Uno can hold 12 used capsules, and has a 1.5L removable tank, making it perfect for busy households.