From Revolution To Evolution – Our Review Of The Nespresso Evoluo Coffee Machine

by | Nov 18, 2019

Looking for a market leader in coffee innovation? Need high levels of convenience combined with the latest single-serve technology? In a hurry but still want barista-level coffee? Our Nespresso Evoluo  review outlines the best aspects, and the not-quite-so-wonderful features, of one of the latest additions to the Nespresso stable.

The Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo system is a new alternative to the Nespresso Original system. Only Nespresso Vertuo capsules are compatible with this range, but the technology and precision make it a worthwhile purchase.

Nespresso Evoluo Review

We know it might sound crazy, but coffee machines do have personalities, and the Nespresso Evoluo  is a feisty little critter. Despite its diminutive dimensions, it offers five different sizes of coffee. You can opt for a small but mighty 1.35-ounce Espresso or a “suitable for sharing” 14 ounce Alto, with several sizes in-between.

When it comes to coffee machines, the Nespresso company has been leading the field for around 30 years. The Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo system, launched in around 2017 in most locations, uses barcode technology to deliver fabulous-tasting coffee. Every time. With the larger cup sizes, in particular, this coffee machine even delivers a pretty fine crema.

 

Nespresso Evoluo 

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  • AUTOMATIC COFFEE/ESPRESSO MACHINE: Create barista grade brewed single serve coffee or espresso cups at the touch of a single button. Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only
  • VERSATILE COFFEE MAKER: Brew 5 different cup sizes at the touch of a button - 5oz and 7.77 oz coffees, and single and double espresso. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee and latte...
  • SMART COFFEE MAKER: Brew the perfect single serve coffee or espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's Centrifusion technology using barcodes to deliver the best in-cup results including...
  • FEATURES: Extra-large 54 oz water tank and a very large 17 count used capsule container; This machine also has a fast heat up time of only 15 seconds; There is an energy saving automatic shutoff at 9...
  • AEROCCINO MILK FROTHER INCLUDED: The Nespresso Aeroccino3 provides smooth hot or cold milk froth for your coffee recipes with one touch. Each machine includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso...

 

The Nespresso Evoluo: Our Detailed Guide

If you’re like us, some days you need a short but intense pick-me-up, and other days you’d rather drink a leisurely Latte. If that’s the case, you’ll be delighted to learn that the cup support is easily adjusted. This machine offers a choice of three positions for different sized cups. You can even opt for refreshing iced coffee drinks by pouring your brewed beverage over ice.

Despite its compact size, this machine has five different brew sizes, all at the touch of a button. The largest option is the Alto, at 14 ounces, followed by simple Coffee at 7.7 ounces, Gran Lungo at 5 ounces, Double Espresso at 2.7 ounces, and Espresso, at 1.35 ounces.

 

The Techy Bits And Pieces

Our world is getting smarter every day, and coffee machines are no exception. What is sometimes referred to as the “Internet of Things” is rapidly becoming more of a reality every day, since lightbulbs, smart plugs, and various household devices become more common.

Did you know, however, that even in the earliest days of the Internet coffee machines played a part in the development of the Internet? Staff and students in one of the research departments at Cambridge University used to check on the levels of coffee in the pot before heading down the corridor to pour themselves a brew.

Nespresso VertuoLine coffee machines use an extraction technique known as Centrifusion, developed by Nespresso to bring you the maximum taste with the minimum of effort. Once you’ve popped a capsule into the machine and closed the lever, the capsule then spins at 7,000 rotations per minute. When the water and ground coffee are blended at this speed, excellent crema is produced.

Now one of the most modern single-serve coffee dispensing mechanisms on the market, Nespresso Vertuo capsules use barcode technology to ensure your coffee is dispensed perfectly, time after time. The barcodes on the edge of the capsule take all the guesswork out of preparing a single-serve brew.

 

Shapes And Sizes Of The Nespresso Evoluo

The water tank on the Nespresso Evoluo  holds an impressive 54 ounces of fluid, while the used capsule container has a capacity of 17 capsules. This machine also heats up extremely rapidly, in around 15 seconds. Should the machine stand idle for more than 9 minutes, the automatic energy-saving cut-off feature kicks in.

This is a square and sturdy machine and yet also surprisingly compact. The cabinet measures 9 inches wide by 12.2 inches high by 12.3 inches deep, with a weight of 11 pounds. The cable length is a generous 29.13 inches.

Depending on the Grand Cru you’ve chosen, brewing options are set automatically. You don’t even need to worry about changing settings in between drinks. It couldn’t be simpler: just pop in a capsule, select the size and type of drink you want, press a button, wait a couple of minutes, and enjoy.

 

Bundles And Sustainability Matters

The Nespresso Evoluo Bundle typically includes a range of 12 Vertuo capsules and the Aeroccino three milk frother. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at a little latte art, this machine will be ideal.

Sustainability is one of the concerns sometimes voiced when it comes to single-serve coffee capsules and pods. You’ll be delighted to learn that the sealed aluminum capsules which give your coffee its freshness are recyclable. Capsules are automatically ejected once brewing is complete, and the used capsule container has a capacity of 13 large Vertuo capsules or 17 smaller capsules.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

The barcodes take all the effort out of making a cup of coffee

The innovative high-speed Centrifusion technology extracts the maximum aroma and flavor from every capsule

The water tank has an impressive 54 fluid ounce capacity

Used capsules are ejected automatically once your drink is ready

Typically ships with a starter pack of 12 capsules and milk frother

This machine has a serious, sturdy, capable look and feel to it

Excellent value for money

What we don't like

✗ The crema produced by the smaller cup size capsules is not as authentic or plentiful as with the larger capsules

✗ You can’t use Nespresso original pods with this machine

 

What Do Other Nespresso Evoluo Users Think?

We know you’ll make up your own mind about which coffee maker is the best match for your personality, but it’s always good to hear about the experiences of others. And the evidence shows that Nespresso Evoluo owners love their machines.

They love the convenience. They love technology. They love the freshness. Evoluo owners also adore the fact that the temperature has been set so that coffee comes out at just the right level of heat to get the maximum taste with the minimum effort. And they also speak highly of that sample pack, that gets you off to a running start with coffees and espressos.

 

Nespresso Evoluo Alternatives

If you’re going to be a technology early adopter, relatively speaking, you want to make sure you’re getting the best option for your needs. So although we’re very taken by the Evoluo in the interests of fairness, we thought we’d show you a couple of alternatives.

These models are also part of the Nespresso Vertuo offering. While all machines share some common features, it’s the little details and tiny tweaks that will help you decide which model will be the best choice for you.

 

Breville BNV250BLK1BUC1 Vertuo 

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  • AUTOMATIC COFFEE/ESPRESSO MACHINE: Create barista grade brewed single serve coffee or espresso cups at the touch of a single button. Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only
  • VERSATILE COFFEE MAKER: Brew 4 different cup sizes at the touch of a button - Espresso (1.35 oz), Double Espresso (2.7 oz), Gran Lungo (5 oz), and Coffee (7.7 oz) . Pour over ice to create your...
  • SMART COFFEE MAKER: Brew the perfect single serve coffee or espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's Centrifusion technology using barcodes to deliver the best in-cup results including...
  • FEATURES: Includes 40 oz. water removable water tank for no hassle refilling. Fast heat up time of only 15 seconds and adjustable drip tray
  • AEROCCINO MILK FROTHER INCLUDED: The Nespresso Aeroccino3 provides smooth hot or cold milk froth for your coffee recipes with one touch. Each machine includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso...

Like the Evoluo, the Breville Vertuo Coffee Maker  allows you to produce barista-level coffee within seconds at the touch of a button. You don’t need to worry about changing settings in between each cup: the barcode technology takes care of all of that for you. There are five different brew sizes, from the 1.35-ounce Espresso to the 14-ounce Alto.

This machine heats up in just 15 seconds, and if the machine stands inactive for more than 9 minutes, it will cut off. This machine typically ships with that welcome kit of 12 single-serve coffee capsules we’ve mentioned plus an Aeroccino 3 milk frother.

Currently, there are 26 different types of coffee available in the range, including 10 Espresso options. The used capsules container has a capacity of 13 mug capsules – the larger size. One of the differences between the Vertuo and the Evoluo, however, is that the Vertuo’s removable tank holds 40 ounces of water. It’s a little heavier, at 15 pounds, and the dimensions are 19.25 by 11 x 15.25 inches.

 

Nespresso ENV150R VertuoPlus 

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  • VERSATILE AUTOMATIC COFFEE MAKER: VertuoPlus makes both coffee and espresso in a variety of sizes: 5oz and 7.77 o coffees, and single and double espresso. Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo...
  • SMART COFFEE MAKER: Brew the perfect single serve Coffee or Espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's Centrifusion technology using barcodes to deliver the best in cup results including...
  • SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MACHINE: Create barista grade brewed single serve Coffee or Espresso cups at the touch of a single button; Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only
  • FEATURES: Large 40 ounce water tank and a 17 count used capsule container; This machine also has a fast heat up time of only 15 seconds; There is an energy saving automatic shutoff at 9 minutes of...
  • Includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso Vertuo capsules (capsule assortment may vary from picture)

Then there’s the Nespresso VertuoPlus , bringing you all the great innovation you’d expect from the Nespresso Vertuo range, with a little added pizzazz. This model comes in a range of colors. The model we looked at was red, for a delightful splash of color in any kitchen.

The trademarked Centrifusion technology means that the specially designed and barcoded capsules take all the guesswork out of brewing a delicious single-serve coffee. You get a choice of five different coffee serving sizes; so whether you’re desperate for a Double Espresso or gasping for a Gran Lungo, this machine can meet your needs.

The VertuoPlus has a sizeable 60-ounce water tank, which is moveable. Maximize your counter space by keeping the tank behind the machine, or opting to swivel it out. The heat-up time on this model is around 20 to 25 seconds, and it will cut out after 9 minutes if it hasn’t been used within that time.

This was the lightest of the range we checked out, weighing just 9.72 pounds. If you want to check you’ve got enough space for this machine in your coffee preparation area, you only need 5.6 by 16.2 by 12.8 inches free.

 

Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo 

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  • Welcome pack containing 12 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules included
  • Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing. Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
  • Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. For use with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only. Not compatible with Nespresso Original Line capsules
  • Fast heat up 15 seconds; Removable 54 oz. water tank and used capsule container holds 17 used capsules. Movable cup support; automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity

The third model we’re presenting for your delectation before you make your final choice is the Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo  Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker. Like the other models we’ve investigated, the impressive Centrifusion technology means you can opt for either espresso or coffee at the simple, single touch of a button.

This item typically ships with a welcome pack of 12 capsules, allowing you to sample several different blends. The barcodes on the Vertuo capsules mean that brewing is both blend- and serving-size specific. The cup support is movable, allowing a variety of different serving sizes. The machine heats up in 15 seconds and cuts out automatically if there has been no activity for 9 minutes.

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Would We Recommend The Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo?

We loved the Nespresso Evoluo , and we’re awarding it 5 stars. It’s compact yet surprisingly sturdy and wouldn’t look out of place in either a modern or a traditional kitchen.

The Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo uses some of the most innovative technology out there. While it’s not cheap, it’s great value for money. So as long as it’s coffee or espresso-style coffee that’s your “bag”, we’d recommend this model.

We all love to get the day underway with the very best cup of coffee possible. When you’re in something of a rush, however, that’s not as easy as it sounds. So why not let the Nespresso Evoluo make the decisions for you? Use the dedicated barcode technology to start the day as you mean to go on – with a truly delicious cup of joe.

 

Nespresso by De'Longhi ENV135BAE 

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  • AUTOMATIC COFFEE/ESPRESSO MACHINE: Create barista grade brewed single serve coffee or espresso cups at the touch of a single button. Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only
  • VERSATILE COFFEE MAKER: Brew 5 different cup sizes at the touch of a button - 5oz and 7.77 oz coffees, and single and double espresso. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee and latte...
  • SMART COFFEE MAKER: Brew the perfect single serve coffee or espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's Centrifusion technology using barcodes to deliver the best in-cup results including...
  • FEATURES: Extra-large 54 oz water tank and a very large 17 count used capsule container; This machine also has a fast heat up time of only 15 seconds; There is an energy saving automatic shutoff at 9...
  • AEROCCINO MILK FROTHER INCLUDED: The Nespresso Aeroccino3 provides smooth hot or cold milk froth for your coffee recipes with one touch. Each machine includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso...

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