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Rich, dark magic: A review of different coffee machines

Coffee appreciation is a complex habit to have really; it is an ancient process that respects techniques handed down through centuries, while at the same time is ever-evolving into the newest latest must have trend.

If you love coffee you would definitely have seen the most recent development in home and office machines; the quick, cool and convenient capsule system which allows you to pop in a vacuum sealed capsule of coffee and at the press of one button have freshly brewed coffee pop out.

The system relies on quality beans roasted and blended to perfection, then captured fresh the moment they are ground; which are then brewed by forcing steaming hot water through the hard packed grounds to result in a coffee shot as perfect as from any commercial manual machine.

The coffee is big and rich and fragrant, the crema is silky and lush. Did I mention it happens with the push on just one button?

OK, I can see by the lust in your eyes and the way your tongue is hanging out that I’ve sold you on the idea of a capsule coffee machine. But now – how to choose the right one?

I have detailed a number for you below:

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus

Price: $800


  • Electronic menu
  • A number of different settings to suit every taste
  • Frothing wand with adjustable milk temperature and froth height
  • Self-cleaning
  • Can handle a high volume of coffee; good for people who drink a lot of coffee!


  • Good for a variety of different drinks
  • Easy to clean
  • Makes hot, silky froth
  • Allows good control of your drinks
  • Wide range of compatible capsules available


  • May be a little expensive for some
  • May be too complex or fussy for people who just want simple coffee

DeLonghi Nespresso Citiz

Price: $400


  • Adjustable to coffee strengths and mug sizes
  • Optional milk frother extra
  • Different colour choices


  • Easy to use and clean
  • Attractive
  • Wide range of great tasting compatible capsules available
  • Compact and reasonably priced


  • Not a lot of functions and controls, more for people who like their coffee simple
  • Makes just one cup at a time

Caffitaly S06HS

Price: $149


  • Milk frother


  • Budget conscious
  • Wide range of compatible capsules available
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Able to make more than one coffee at a time
  • Attractive to look at, lovely and bright red


  • Not for someone who makes many coffees a day
  • Big, takes up a bit of benchspace
  • As a budget machine they don’t last as long or come with the level of service that more expensive machines do

Lavazza A Modo Mio Minu Caffe Latte

Price: $190


  • Milk frother
  • Good for cold coffee drinks too
  • Turns itself off if you forget


  • Compact and sturdy
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Very reasonably priced
  • Would make a great gift or good beginning machine
  • Good name machine, good customer service


  • Small water tank and pod tray; needs topping up every use
  • Smaller range in coffee choices, and brand name ones can be expensive


The best way to search for a machine may be to work out what you want from it; what kind of coffee drinker are you? Are you a hands on enthusiast who likes their coffee just so? Are you a high volume, non-fussy drinker who just wants good quality often? Are you not sure, or just starting out on your great coffee journey?

Rest assured there is a machine for you. And once you have bought it, remember you are not restricted by using the branded capsules; visit our homepage and choose from the wide range of excellent roasts and blends in compatible capsules at


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