Brewing Breakthrough: Making Coffee & Espresso with the Nespresso VertuoLine

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Brewing Breakthrough: Making Coffee & Espresso with the Nespresso VertuoLine

Our groundbreaking new Nespresso VertuoLine does double duty, brewing coffee and shots of espresso from one countertop machine. It produces the first ever brewed coffee from Nespresso, plus espresso that’s smooth enough to drink on its own but can also be used to make lattes and cappuccinos. We talked to Scott Montgomery, the company’s Vice President of Business to Consumer Sales, to learn more about the different drinks you can create with the VertuoLine. Read on, then scroll down to watch our video and see how it works.

 

The Nespresso VertuoLine can brew coffee and espresso. How does the brewing process differ between the two?

The new Nespresso VertuoLineTM revolutionizes the way that coffee is brewed by introducing Centrifusion™ technology, which features an intelligent extraction system that provides an extremely high level of precision as the machine recognizes, through bar code technology, each expertly designed Grand Cru adjusts the extraction parameters to brew each blend in the most optimal way. The result is a new richly aromatic, deeply flavored, crema-topped large-cup coffee (8 ounces) or espresso. From the touch of the button to the final result, it takes about 35-52 seconds to prepare an espresso, with a flow time ranging from 20-33 seconds. Coffee takes between 90-105 seconds, with a flow time of 68-85 seconds.

 

Brewing Breakthrough: Introducing Our Nespresso VertuoLineCan you explain the barcode system and how the brewing is adjusted to optimize each cup?

Nespresso VertuoLine utilizes bar code technology that allows the system to recognize each expertly developed Grand Cru, and then adjusts the brewing parameters (such as temperature, flow rate, rotational speed and the time the water is in contact with the coffee) to deliver the best in-cup result.

 

What is CentrifusionTM technology? Why is it superior?

CentrifusionTM technology allows VertuoLine to produce multiple coffee preparations and varieties with the same, high-quality in-cup result. CentrifusionTM is a word combining centrifugal and infusion, indicating that the capsule spins inside the machine, and water is injected into the capsule and “infused” with the ground coffee inside it.

 

This technology is superior because it provides an extremely high level of accuracy, allowing every extraction parameter to be individually controlled by each of the 12 VertuoLine Grand Cru coffees.

 

What are all of the different drinks you can make with the machine? 

VertuoLine features a new line of Nespresso Grand Cru capsules, with eight large-cup coffees and four espresso blends, sourced from the top 1-2% of the world’s finest coffee beans. The 12 Grands Crus are ranked from 4 to 11 on an intensity scale, and feature a variety of distinct flavor notes to suit any mood or preference.

 

Brewing Breakthrough: Introducing Our Nespresso VertuoLine

Can you use each capsule to make every drink? Are some better for specific drinks?

Specific extraction parameters are set for each blend, thereby optimizing each Grand Cru coffee to deliver the best in-cup result, and each coffee is developed from the interplay between the extraction parameters and the coffee blends. All of the capsules can be paired with our Aeroccino milk frother to create cappuccinos and other milk-based coffee recipes.

 

The VertuoLine is known for its crema. How is it produced? Why is it special or desirable?  

The gentle extraction process used in VertuoLine ensures a naturally formed foam of coffee and air known as a crema, which protects coffee aromas and quality, and seals them in the cup until they are released as the coffee drinker enjoys their coffee. By bringing crema, the signature of espresso, to the world of large-cup coffees, Nespresso VertuoLine delivers a large-cup coffee of unprecedented quality. The silky generous crema is not only visually beautiful but also enhances the tasting pleasure.

 

Any tips for brewing drinks with the machine? 

VertuoLine is the most intelligent, elegant and ergonomic system on the market today. All that is required of the user is the proper insertion of the capsule and ample water in the water tank, and the system will take care of the rest, delivering an exceptional cup of coffee or authentic espresso each and every time.

 

See the Nespresso VertuoLine in action:

33 comments about “Brewing Breakthrough: Making Coffee & Espresso with the Nespresso VertuoLine

  1. philip

    Just purchased a Nespresso Vertuoline. They recommend a 13 oz cup. The double wall cups you carry are 10 0z which doesn’t allow for steamed milk. Please provide a solution

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  2. philip

    Just purchased a Nespresso Vertuoline. They recommend a 13 oz cup. The double wall cups you carry are 10 0z which doesn’t allow for steamed milk. Please provide a solution

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  3. philip egner

    Just purchased a Nespresso Vertuoline. They recommend a 13 oz cup. The double wall cups you carry are 10 0z which doesn’t allow for steamed milk. Please provide a solution

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    1. Stacey

      You can adjust the size you want by holding down the brew button until it’s filled to the desired size. Then, the machine will remember the size for each coffee after. It remembers sizes of coffee and sizes of espresso seperately.

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  4. MJ Candido

    I have a Nepresso CitiZ & Milk – can I use these new Vertouline capsules in my older machine? Thanks!

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    1. Williams-Sonoma Post author

      Hi MJ, unfortunately you can’t use the new capsules in the older machine. Citiz uses the OriginalLine capsules, not the new VertuoLine ones.

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  5. Hilary Moffett

    Is there a way to adjust the thermostat to get a hotter brew with the Vertuoline? The temperature issue is the ONLY thing preventing me from buying it this afternoon! =)

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    1. Williams-Sonoma Post author

      Hi Hilary, the temperature varies for each grand cru blend and cannot be altered. However, it is recommended to preheat your cup by rinsing it in hot water to help maintain the temperature.

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    2. Glen S

      Solution: Buy the Vertuoline machine, and then buy a small microwave oven for actually heating up your coffee. Adds another 50-60 seconds to the brew time. It will only cost you about $400-500 to make a hot cup of coffee. I guess the Nespresso honchos feel that coffee should be guzzled at a lukewarm temperature. No sipping.

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      1. Icetea

        The temperature of the coffee is fine. I was concerned at first because of all the negative comments but is is fine. If the coffee is to hot you would have to wait for it to cool down before you could drink it.
        I love my Vertuoline coffee machine!

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        1. christine

          hi,
          the temperature is very hot with my machine. Maybe your machine has a defect. I can’t even drink my coffee fora few minutes because it is so hot.

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      2. Ryan E

        I have the same issue, the coffee does come out lukewarm. What I’m doing now is brewing my coffee then putting the cup immediately in the microwave for 30-45 more seconds to get it hot.

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        1. mendy

          I agree, I love my vertuoline machine, but the coffee does not get hot enough. I preheat mug, and run hot water through machine first, but I always have to immediately put my coffee in the microwave which I loathe. I own 6 different nespresso machines and this one is the only one I have a problem with the temperature. Maybe the newer vertuoline machine has addressed this problem??

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      3. Stephen D

        If you feel the temperature is too low it could be the cold cup you are using that is cooling the temp. of the coffee. So you can FIRST run the hot water cycle through the machine to heat up your cold cup: Press the top button 3 x to dispense hot water. Empty the cup then Brew your coffee. Or PRE-heat your cup in the microwave with half a cup of water. I’ve been doing this for 25 years with every brand of coffee maker I’ve ever used so I can take my mug with me in the car and enjoy it longer. And I drink the hot water before I drink my coffee = great for your digestion.

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  6. David F

    I had an older Nespresso, and loved making Americanos – two shots of espresso and then some hot water – just bought the Vertuoline but can’t figure out how to do it – is it possible to add hot water from the machine to my two shots of espresso directly?

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    1. james katt

      Nespresso doesn’t do Americanos you describe. It makes 12 specific best of class coffees. That’s all. There aren’t any settings for other types of coffee.

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    2. Stephen D

      After brewing the coffee remove the pod, close lid, turn to left, press the top button 3x to dispense hot water. Press the button again to stop the flow of water at desired amount.

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  7. derek

    How much cup clearance is there for large travel mugs on the Nespresso VertuoLine?

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  8. Terry

    I would agree the coffee is NOT HOT enough. it is tasty, had mine for about a week, but it should brew hotter. It’s luke warm, what a shame.

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  9. Coleman

    I have the Nespresso VertuoLine and I am very content with the temperature of the coffee and espresso. I have the Aeroccino to add hot milk/froth to my coffee and I would highly recommend this addition; the froth adds so much flavor and increases the amount of sips you take 🙂 I will admit that I have a sensitive tongue and therefore I do not like to drink very hot liquids. I have also heard from the coffee snobs that your coffee shouldn’t be boiling hot. If the water is too hot when added to the grounds, it can actually burn the coffee and this can significantly effect the quality and flavor of the coffee.

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  10. J2

    Will the VertuoLine be offering more espresso flavors (at least consistent w/ other Nespresso espresso machines)? I thought to trade in my old Essenza for a Vertuoline, but am disappointed to find that the same specialty espressos (like the currently offered Milano or Palermo) are not offered for the Vertuoline. I’m hoping this changes, and more espresso flavors will be offered through Vertuoline.

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  11. Terry

    I am also disappointed in the luke warm coffee. I do have the milk frother and use it. What did someone say about the temp being different for the type of Grand Cru. I don’t know what that is. I would definitely not buy this machine. Putting the coffee in the micro would certainly ruin the flavor. My machine is pretty new. Civwonder if I can return it?

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    1. Stephen D

      Preheating your cup may help. Cold cups, especially mugs, quickly cool the coffee temp. Conversely, too-hot coffee doesn’t permit the range of subtle flavor to be appreciated as well. Many coffees and coffee-makers are over flavored. Straight milk and sugar also mask or overshadow some flavor – but add their own range of flavor if that’s your preference. Nespresso offers a more subtle range of flavors.

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  12. Robert Rogers

    I have no issue with express and the temperature of this drink. Coffee is not as hot. However, if you run the coffee as expected and add milk or cream heated by using the frothing unit in the Lotte mode, you will get a very hot cup of coffee.

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  13. john

    I have the same issues with with temps. tested temp. at 142 F. I thought brewed coffee and espressos are around 185- 205 F, complained and the newer model brews hotter and they are going to pick up my machine and replace the chip to brew at a hotter temp. Will see. not a happy camper.:(

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  14. Dawn

    We went from the small machine to the VertuoLine. At first the coffee was great and now after a few weeks, the coffee tastes burnt. Am I doing something wrong?

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    1. Bradley Anderson

      Unfortunately, our machine is also brewing luke warm coffee. We were big fans of our previous Nespresso espresso machine but the coffee machine is a disappointment. It’s day 15 – going to the store today to see if they will let us return the machine.

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  15. Ronni

    Sure there is a temperature issue with this machine, Lukewarm is no the way to drink a coffee and having to pre-heat the cup sounds ridiculous.

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  16. KB123

    Have had the vertuoline for a couple weeks. The coffee and espresso do not get hot… not even served black. If you put milk or cream in it, you’ll get one semi-warm sip before it turns cold. I called nespresso to see what can be done and here is what you have to do…

    Call them, tell them its cold and you want it hotter. They will send you a loaner machine (3-5 business days) with a return box and shipping label for you to send them your machine. They will then upgrade the software within the machine to a hotter setting. When they send you your machine back, you place the loaner in the box and send it back with shipping label provided via UPS. All said and done they estimated this to take two weeks.

    They seemed confident this upgrade will work just fine, fingers crossed….

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