The Nespresso Creatista Plus machine, makes it easy to be your own barista and make a range of perfect coffee at home.
Coffee is a primary food group in our flat. The day hasn’t really started before the first cup, but coffee is a delicate thing; there’s a reason the world of the coffee aficionado is one of precision scales, accurate temperature measurement and practised technique. Coffee shops spend a surprisingly long time every morning making sure that the machine, grinder and coffee are all in tune with each other to ensure a good cup of jump starter espresso.
That’s all very well for baristas pulling shots all day every day, but all we want is a good cup of coffee produced at short notice without too much faffing and bother. The Nespresso Creatista Plus Machine is a great way of squaring that circle, letting us make high quality drinks without the trouble of having to tune our grinders or warm up the machine for ages before we want to use it. The machine takes just 3 seconds to warm up, and has a 19 bar pump.
It is made by Sage by Heston Blumenthal, so you can be assured of excellent results and quality. The machine also has a remarkably small footprint, just 7″ wide, and tall enough to easily fit underneath wall cupboards making it suitable for the smallest of kitchens.
Like all Nespresso machines, it takes the Nespresso coffee pods. Lift the lever at the top, drop the pod in and close the lever – no worries about the precise pressure of tamping down the coffee. There’s an LED screen on the top of the machine that lets you choose what drink you would like. The choices are: ristretto, espresso, lungo, flat white, café latte, cappuccino, latte macchiato, milk. You change the selection by turning the select knob, and then just press start.
I really like the fact that you can adjust the different programs. In the ristretto, cappuccino and lungo programs you can adjust how large the drink will be, and with drinks involving milk you can adjust the temperature and frothiness of the milk, the machine produces 4 styles of milk, including the “micro-foam” essential for latte art. If you lose the instruction book no matter as the machine has a handy quick start guide on that high res LCD screen. It really is fool-proof, and you can use it straight out of the box.
Milk frothing is done with a steam wand. Just fill the jug between the two lines, and place it on the machine with the wand inside, choose the milk programme and then press start. Once the milk has been frothed and the jug removed, the machine automatically purges the steam wand to keep everything clean. With a jug of hot milk in hand, you can apply the final home barista touch with some latte art. Before too long, you can find yourself miles down a YouTube rabbit hole of latte art instructions. Of course, the downside of this is that it delays that vital first cup, so it might be worth keeping it simple for the first thing in the morning before venturing onto greater flights of creativity.
Of course you do need to buy the Nespresso capsules for the machine, which do cost more than the equivalent ground coffee (31 – 39p), but it does result in a perfectly fresh cup, and the used capsule can now be sent back to Nespresso for recycling.
At £449 it is not cheap, but the cafe quality results mean you could save a great deal by making your morning latte at home.
If you want to try before you buy, or even just have a lesson in latte art then you can visit the Nespresso Creatista Studio at 235 Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, running until Sunday 5th March, and learn how to make that perfect cup of Instagram-able lattee. It is a drop in with no need to book, so just turn up. After London the studio will be moving to Leeds for two weeks from the 8th March.
Review and photography commissioned by Nespresso. We also received a Creatista machine and coffee capsules. All opinions our own. Images of Creatista Studio courtesy of Nespresso.