I can tell you immediately as a Barista, I’ve seen my fair share of home and office espresso machines come and go. Not until recently, I had a chance to play with the Breville-Nespresso Creatisa coffee/espresso machine. From my experience, there are rules when it comes to good coffee. Let me tell you what you can expect from this coffee machine.
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What Are The Of Features Of The Creatista?
First of all, I’ve always had a problem with these capsule coffee machines. But, Nespresso really seems to know how to preserve and seal their ground coffee. You get a consistent and fresh cup of espresso or coffee with each capsule you use.
You don’t have to know all the tricks-of-the-trade to make an instant latte or cappuccino. This Nespresso Creatista machine gives you many options to make all your favorite coffee beverages in less time.
Right out of the box, it was easy to set-up and get down to business. Like anything else, you want to wash or wipe everything down that comes with it. Dry it off and plug it in.
What makes this machine stand out for me is the initial start-up function. It actually lets you check the hardness of the water you use. I use a water filter anyway, but it comes with water test strips to check the water PH. Based on the water test, you can tell the coffee machine what your water hardness is. It will automatically adjust to counter that harness using special filters inside.
There’s a knob that sticks out at the top that works as your controller. It can be pushed down to select more menu options as you need. After that, it just a matter of time to select what you want to make. You can start with Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo, which are all your basic coffee or espresso portions. You can even control the amount of water that goes into each, but it has an automatic default. Each default setting is set at 0.84 oz for Ristretto, 1.35oz for the Espresso, and 3.72 oz for the Lungo with the Breville Nespresso.
This system works by using a built-in LCD for the type of coffee or espresso you want. I didn’t even need my glasses since it is large enough to see what type is shown. You use the selector knob to the selected coffee you want and press the start button. It can make eight different types of coffee and espresso combinations. It also gives you options to order a flat white, cafe latte, cappuccino, latte macchiato, and basic milk options. This is where you get a full cup size stainless steel milk jug to work with.
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Steaming Your Milk
You are also allowed to set the temperature of the milk which is very nice. So you can go from cold frothing up to stream frothing. Since you can control the heat setting on the milk, you don’t have to worry about burning your milk at all.
I recommend that any milk going into your jug is cold right from the fridge. This way, if you want hot steamed froth, it won’t be overcooked. You might be in the mood for cold frothed milk, which makes your milk frothy using forced air.
When your Breville Nespresso coffee is ready, you put the amount of milk you want to use. Put the jug under the steam pipe and then press the top button. It will automatically steam the milk based on the kind of drink you asked for. This can be the flat white, cafe latte, cappuccino, and latte macchiato. Each of them will be different textures, and the LCD even tells you how much milk to add to your milk jug. After the milk is steamed, you remove the jug and wipe off your steam pipe.
I need to let you know that you have enough time to take the steam pipe out. But this machine does purge automatically. Once you lift the pipe upward, it senses the milk is being taken-off the pipe. When you wipe it off and return it to the downward setting, it purges to clear any milk inside the tip. I came to find out that there’s a thermometer placed in the base under the milk jug that regulates the heat while it steams. This brings your frothed foam to the right temperature, depending on the level of heat you set it to make.
- It takes just three seconds to heat up and make coffee right away
- It makes different levels of froth that can all be temperature controlled
- There’s a built-in shelf to put smaller espresso cups onto
- There’s an automatic sensor that tells you when to refill your water
- The drip tray has a sensor that pops-up telling you when to empty it
- It gives you a welcome package of 16 free Nespresso capsules with your machine
- It’s kind of pricy, but there are always seasonal sales that make a purchase better for you.
- It comes with a steam nozzle cleaning tool that needs a bit of work to remove and clean.
- Depending on which model you buy, the surface is shiny, so fingerprints always show-up
- It’s well built but is a bit heavy to move around on a countertop with one hand
I couldn’t ask for more except a seasonal discount for this Nespresso Creatisa espresso machine. These discounts can save you anywhere from 100-150 dollars off the regular price. As for speed and ease of use, I liked how it warms up fast and is easy no-brainer coffee that tastes outstanding.
If I had to compare it to get the same experience as from the coffee houses, it’s pretty darn close. It even makes a very nice crema that sits on top of your espresso when it comes out.
The 19 bars of pressure makes all the difference for getting perfectly produced espresso. Like everything else, please keep it clean with a soft cloth, so your fingerprints don’t show up easily. Breville Nespresso has absolutely teamed-up to make a better machine than their previous Nespresso Delonghi, in my honest opinion.