The second generation of the Vertuoline continues to make both great espresso and coffee. Those hoping for a hotter brew will be disappointed.
Last year Nespresso came out with their VertuoLine machine which makes both espresso and coffee. While I liked it quite a bit, as seen in my review, there were a number of people who felt that the coffee was not hot enough. This year, they have released the Evoluo, which is the new VertuoLine machines. I was eager to give it a try to see how well it makes both espresso and coffee.
As you can see in the photo below, I also have an Inissia. It makes awesome espresso and uses the original pods. The Evoluo is slightly narrower and taller than the original Veruoline machine, so it takes a bit of a smaller footprint on the counter.
The new VertuoLine looks great next to my Inissia. While the VertuoLine does make both coffee and espresso, I still use the Inissia a lot because there are many different espresso roasts that are only available in the original Nespresso line.
The Grand Cru capsules look quite different than the OriginalLine Nespresso capsules. This, more than anything, is due to the centrifusion technology in the VertuoLine machine. Where the Original Line Nespresso machines use 19 bar pressure to extract the coffee, the VertuoLine centrifusion technology spins the capsule to extract the coffee flavour. It is a unique method, but works very well.
There are a number different capsules to choose from and the Ev0luo comes with a starter pack including 8 different coffee roasts and 4 espresso. This allows you to try each one to see what you like. Of the 12 capsules, 8 are for brewing a cup of coffee and 4 will make espresso. Breaking down the 8 coffee capsules there are 4 that offer a range of intensity, from mild to bold. Two of the capsules are flavoured roasts: vanilla and hazelnut. There is also a decaffeinated capsule and even a half-caf option.
Since the release of the original VertuoLine, there have been a few other new coffee roasts released. One, called Intenso, is a very dark roast, and I just love the deep bold flavour. There is also a Limited Edition chocolate flavored coffee capsule.
There are two different sized capsules. The taller one makes a cup of coffee and the smaller capsule is for espresso. The volume of actual grounds for the espresso is 40ml or 1.4 oz and the volume of the coffee is 230ml or 7.77 oz.
The water tank holds 40 oz (1.2 L) of water which is enough to make a number of coffees or espressos. The tank can be removed for filling, or the lid can be taken off and water can be added with the tank still attached to the machine.
Place either the coffee or espresso pod in the loading base.
Close the lid and move it into the locking position. The button with the cup icon will light up. If it is flashing then the machine is still heating up and once it is lit up constantly, it is ready to brew. Simply press the button and the
The brewing will start immediately after the button is pressed. There is a bar code on the pods which is scanned by the machine. This tells the machine whether to brew a cup of coffee or espresso.
There you have it. In about 20 seconds, you have a cup of espresso. The cup of coffee takes about 40 seconds.
Checking the temperature of the espresso showed that it came out at 157F.
Making a full coffee in the new Vertuoline I had the probe right as the coffee left the machine and it topped out at 164F.
Once the coffee was done I checked the temperature in the cup and it showed that it was 154F. I know that there has been a lot of criticism about the temperature of the first generation of the Vertuoline and the new Evoluo does not seem to be much different in my experience. Personally, I have no issue at all with this temperature as it is the perfect drinking temperature for me. I like to be able to drink my espresso right after it is brewed and the temperature that the Nespresso makes is great for drinking.
If you like both espresso and quality coffee, the Nespresso VertuoLine is a great choice. The second generation of this machine, the Evoluo, is as solid as the initial model, which in my mind is great. My main disappointment with the Vertuoline machines is that they do not have the same variety of espresso pods available as the original models. But, there are lots of different coffee options with more coming all the time.
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Disclaimer: Nespresso provided me with the VertuoLine. They did not pay me for this review and the views expressed above are my honest reactions after trying the product.