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.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me
RRP: $89 | More info: Official Nescafe product page
If you’re single (and not really ready to mingle) the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me is perfect for the loner cuppa. This stylish, simple-to-use machine is surprisingly compact and has a maximum 15 bar pump pressure ensuring your next caffeine hit will be packed with flavour. You can make anything from long black Caffè Americano to frothy Latte Macchiato, steamy Hot Chocolate to Chai Tea Latte – the possibilities are endless with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me.
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.
RRP: $108.90 | More infor: Official Wacaco product page
Voted one of the 5 best coffee machines of 2020 by TechRadar, the Wacaco Nanopresso is a handy pocket-sized coffee machine that can brew hand-pumped espresso. That’s right, you heard us – there’s no battery or charging: it’s all done by creating pressure through manually pumping the device (a job for the fellas perhaps?). It also comes with a built-in espresso cup and lightweight case that’s moulded perfectly to the device. The Wacaco Nanopresso is perfect for those who need their coffee on the go!
Nespresso Vertuo Plus
RRP: $359 | More info: Official Nespresso product page
Are you one of the many Australians working from home and missing your morning pick-me-up? With the Nespresso Vertuo Plus, you can still get your daily hit of caffeine to give you that extra boost in the morning. With this easy-to-use and compact machine, you’ll be making a flavourful cuppa with the wide range of pods to choose from. 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. Check out the link below for some bargain prices on this impressive machine:
Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800
RRP: $799 | More info: Official Breville product page
This machine may be a tad on the expensive side but the Nespresso Creatista Plus is one hell of a coffee machine. You can be your own barista and create your very own cafe-style cuppa thanks to the 8 texture levels and 11 milk temperature settings – it comes with its very own stainless steel milk jug too! The Creatista Plus design is sleek with a stainless steel finish that would complement any kitchen bench.