This product review is a long time coming because I have wanted to write about my beloved Nespresso Lattissima Pro machine for oh so long now, but just never found the time. I bought this machine about 7 months ago and it is one of my most prized appliances in the house. Not only does this impress and entertain my guests, it also gives me a luxurious experience right in my very own kitchen when I’m needing a pick-me-up.
To give you a little bit of back story, when we bought this machine, Lattissima Pro was the highest end machine of the Nespresso Original Line. Since then (so in the past 7 months), they have released a machine that is even more multi-functional called the Creatistia Plus which has a fully automatic steam wand and 19 bar pressure settings. However, for the average joe like me, this Lattissima Pro already does more than you can possible dream of.
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The Lattissima Pro machine is considered one of the best among its competition because of it’s incredible touchscreen menu. Literally with one touch of a button, I can get a Lungo, Espresso, Ristretto, Hot Water, Warm Milk, Cappucino, or Latte Macchiato.
One of the reasons why I had to get this specific machine is because I wanted the built-in DeLonghi’s “Latte Crema System” milk frother. I didn’t want to bother with a machine that didn’t have one because that meant I would have to froth my milk on the side, and pour it into the espresso myself! Too much work. 😀 When the milk frother is unplugged, you can use the included hot water spout and dispense hot water instead of textured milk.
The milk froth consistency can be adjusted using this dial, with the left side being “more milk, less froth” to the right side “more froth, less milk”. It also has a self cleaning function which you’ll need to use after every use of the frother. Don’t worry, the cleaning takes a little less than 5 seconds so it is not as inconvenient as you might think.
The water tank in the Lattissima Pro holds more water than the previous generations which is great as you can refill this once and have many cups of coffee before needing to refill again.
Hidden away inside the machine is the capsule tray that holds up to 16 used pods at once. Once you’ve made your coffee, the capsule will automatically drop into this tray so there is no need to remove your capsules after each use. 🙂
Another cool function about the this machine is its pivoting cup support for all you espresso drinkers out there. It’s a little feature that makes all the difference because the temperature of espresso can rapidly cool when it has to travel a longer distance (tall cup). So now with this espresso cup support, you can ensure your little cup of espresso is piping hot when you drink it!
This is what our capsule cabinet looks like. 😀 They are roughly a dollar per capsule.
When you buy a machine, they will provide you with a complimentary selection of each capsule (12 in total) so you can try each one and see which flavour you like. My favourite is the Livanto.
The machine uses a 19 bar pressure pump, which provides the power to pierce the capsule and reveal the coffee’s 900 or so different aromas. It’s exceptional engineering ensures there is optimal flow of water through the coffee grounds, so you’ll get a perfect cup of espresso with crema every time. When making your cup of coffee, just slip the capsule into the slot.
Next insert the frother and make sure to use skim or 1-2% milk for best froth.
Click the drink you want. In this case, I tapped on the “Latte Macchiato” button and the milk/foam automatically starts to get heated up and flows into the cup. The proportions are all fixed but you can adjust and change the settings to customize the amount of milk/espresso for each drink setting so it makes YOUR perfect cup every time.
The espresso will then finish the drink off with a velvety finish. It’s quite magical to see everything come together. 🙂
The result is a latte that is a foamy, creamy, and not discernably different from freshly ground beans.
I wanted to show what the espresso looked like as well. As you can see, there’s a beautiful crema that has developed on the top. Make sure to drink espresso as soon as possible as the crema will dissipate if left untouched for too long.
If you enjoy espresso based drinks, with and without milk, I would highly suggest getting this machine. It’s worth the extra expense to get the Lattissima Pro just for the hot water spout since for me, I didn’t have to get a hot water dispenser which would’ve costed me about $200.
The Verdict? The DeLonghi Lattissima Pro Nespresso machine is a luxurious appliance that will win over any espresso or latte drinker. It’s compact enough for my one bedroom apartment, and is ultra sleek sitting on the counter with its aluminum casing. I highly recommend this machine over all the other Nespresso machines only because of the hot water spout and the built-in milk frother. But if you don’t care too much for those features, the more affordable Pixie (see price/product info here) or CitiZ (see price/product info here) might be more up your alley.
Overall Rating: 5/5