Updated: Sep 21, 2020
If you must know anything about me.. it’s that I LOVE a high quality, incredibly well made cup of coffee. I’ve been a barista in a few different coffee shops, I've owned various coffee makers and have set out to find the best way to make coffee shop quality coffee and lattes at home.
I had the Ninja Coffee Bar (NCB) for a good 8 months before I decided to look around a bit more. We loved it and still do. The main con with the NCB was its “specialty” 4oz setting that is its version of espresso.. Isn't actually espresso. It isn’t pulled or brewed properly to be considered espresso so it makes lattes taste different. Most people probably wouldn't notice but I did. Another con is that it is a huge machine. We don't have a ton of counter space so it takes up a lot of space in our kitchen. A few pros are that you can use any ground coffee you choose which in return makes it cheaper per cup and you have endless roasters and ground coffee options to choose from. Also, it makes a huge pot of coffee that you can just keep on the warmer like your typical coffee maker and it has a built in milk frother.
Onto the Nespresso Vertuo Next (NVN). This machine is the new pride and joy of my kitchen. It’s small enough to fit on the cart that I keep my coffee syrups on, it makes incredible espresso and an even better cup of coffee. It can make a single or double espresso, 5oz coffee, 7 oz coffee, a travel mug size and they recently made pods so it's able to make 18 oz which I'm thrilled about for weekend morning coffee with my husband.
That way we won't have to use multiple pods. It also brews very quickly, tastes incredibly high quality and leaves a beautifully tasty crema on the top. I’m sure not the last of pros but another major one for me is the fact that you can request a recycle bag from Nespresso that comes with a prepaid label that you can fill with your used pods so that they’ll recycle them for you. Now for the cons.. You’re at .80 cents to 1.25 per cup of coffee/espresso which is considerably more than coffee from the NCB but, you're paying for quality. Another thing I wasn't thrilled with was the fact that Nespresso apparently has a patent out on their pods for the Vertuo version so there aren't generic/cheaper pods available, just the Nespresso brand.
Overall, I think both machines are great for different reasons. If you're not a major coffee enthusiast and aren't super particular, you’d probably enjoy the Ninja Coffee Bar just fine. If you are a coffee enthusiast and you can’t settle for less than a latte that tastes just like the one from your favorite coffee shop, the Nespresso Vertuo Next may be the one for you.
I mentioned that I set out recently to find the best way to make coffee shop quality lattes at home. That doesn't just mean when it comes to brewing the coffee. I’ve also been testing different syrups and recipes and have created some incredible drinks along the way. I can't wait to share the recipes soon in the coffee recipe book I've been working hard on for the last few months. Stay tuned for more on that coming soon!