A few weeks ago, a received an email from Nespresso saying that the Latissima+ is now available in Singapore. I was actually excited even though I’ve had my Nespresso Lattissima+ for about half a year now.
I got my Nespresso Lattissima+ machine in Sydney, Australia. This machine has been out in other countries for quite a while now. However, it’s only been made available in Singapore recently.
You probably know by now that I’m addicted to Nespresso. Since I love my Nespresso Lattissima+ (Plus) so much, I decided to make a review.
Nespresso Lattissima Plus Review
What’s In The Nespresso Latissima Plus Box?
As usual, your machine will come in a huge box. In it, you’ll find your new Nespresso Lattissima+ (Plus) machine, a 16 capsule set for you to sample all the flavors, a Welcome Nespresso folder and User Manual.
You’ll find 4 buttons at the top of the machine. You have the Lungo button at the top left and Espresso button at the bottom left.
A Lungo simply has more water than Espresso. It’s not a double-shot espresso. If you want a double-shot of espresso, you’ll need two capsules.
On the right hand side, you have the Latte Macchiato at the top and Cappuccino at the bottom.
You’ll notice at the top of the machine is the DeLonghi logo. Nespresso developed the Lattissima+ (plus) in partnership with DeLonghi so it’s not a purely Nespresso brand. But you don’t really have to worry because DeLonghi is a huge manufacturer of high quality coffee machines.
With DeLonghi’s expertise in machine making and Nespresso’s expertise in coffee, there’s really nothing to worry about the machine’s quality.
No, the machine doesn’t come with Nespresso Glass Cups like those in my previous review. You have to buy those separately.
How Big is the the Nespresso Lattissima Plus?
The Nespresso Lattissima+ (Plus) is quite compact. It’s dimensions are about 10in height, 8in width, 13in depth. It’s base is slightly smaller than the Citiz with Aeroccino model.
It will fit nicely in your kitchen counters or nooks. It’s in fact smaller than most microwave ovens.
I find the small form factor to be a huge plus because you don’t have to reorganize your kitchen counter to fit the machine. Though you might just need to push aside a few of your appliances, but not so much.
What Comes with the Nespresso Lattissima Plus?
Aside from the main machine, other major parts of the machine that you should take note of are the: Drip Tray, Used Capsule Container, Descaling pipe, Water Container and the R.C.S unit (discussed below).
The Drip Tray is, as aptly named, there to catch drips from the coffee and milk spouts. You need to empty and wash the drip tray daily or, as in my case, as often as you remember. Aside from catching drips from the spout, it will also catch excess water inside the machine during coffee extraction.
The Used Capsule Container is where all the used Grad Crus capsules drop. When you open the capsule lever, the used capsule will automatically drop into the container. The container can hold up to 12 capsules. You’ll know that the container is full because the capsule will refuse to drop when you open the capsule lever. You need to clear Capsule container as often as you can. You need to wash it too since some capsules may have leftover water from the coffee extraction.
There’s a Descaling Pipe hidden inside a small compartment at the front. You attach this to the steam connector when descaling the unit. After extracting a few hundred capsules, the machine will warn you to start a descaling process. The descaling process removes grime that may have accumulated within the machines internal pipes. Don’t lose this thing! Always keep it in its compartment when not in use. Take note that you need to buy a descaling kit from Nespresso to descale your machine.
Towards the back of the unit, you’ll find the Water Container which can take up to 900ml. The water container is detachable so you can take it off to refill. The cover conveniently serves as a handle so it won’t slip on you. The cover also has a few protruding plastic parts that locks the water container in place keeping it secure in case you bump your machine.
There have been complaints that that 500ml of water runs out too quickly since the machine uses water for both coffee extraction and milk steaming. I personally don’t find this an issue since I don’t drink a gazillion of coffee a day. If you run out of water, don’t be lazy to fill it up again.
How to Use the Nespresso Lattissima Plus?
Using the Nespresso Lattissima Plus very straight forward.
1. Fill the Water Container with water up to the maximum line.
2. Fill the R.C.S. Unit with milk and attach it to the steaming pipe.
3. Open the capsule lever and put in a Nespresso Gran Crus capsule. You can’t go wrong with inserting the capsule because there’s only one direction the capsules go in.
4. Place a cup on the drip tray and press the button of your desired coffee mix.
That’s it! No need to elaborate.
What is Nespresso’s Rapid Cappuccino System (R.C.S) aka Automatic Milk Frother?
What differentiates the Nespresso Lattissima Plus with the Nespresso Pixie or the Nespresso Citiz is the automatic milk frother. The milk container unit is called the Rapid Cappuccino System. With a single touch of a button, you can have heated milk and foam with your Nespresso coffee.
Convenience is going to be your primary reason for buying the Lattissima Plus over the Pixie and Citiz. You just need to plug in the R.C.S. unit and press the Latte Macchiato and Cappuccino buttons. The machine will heat the milk using steam, which then creates foam and then, the coffee is extracted. Yes, all that in a single button!
At the top of the Rapid Cappuccino System, you’ll see a knob that controls the amount of foam and a clean button. When you want more foam on your coffee, just turn the knob to the symbol of a cup with bigger foam. Or use the symbol of the cup with the smaller foam for less froth. When you’re done making coffee, press and hold the clean button to clear out the R.C.S. unit’s milk spout. Clearing the milk spout prevents milk from drying inside the tubes.
Although the Rapid Cappuccino System is Lattissima Plus’s biggest advantages, it is also what some may not like. The R.C.S. does deliver consistent foam, however, there are people who feel that there’s not enough foam even at max foam setting.
To show this, I heated some milk at both the maximum and minimum foam setting. In the image below, the cup on the left is set on max and the cup on the right is on minimum.
You can see that there’s very small difference in the amount of foam between the two settings. However, do take note not just the height of the foam. The cup on the left has slightly less “liquid” milk than the cup on the right. Still. there’s very small difference.
Here’s the thing, this is going to be a love or hate relationship. Personally, I don’t want too much foam so I always have the foam at the lowest setting. So I’m very happy with what the Lattissima+ Plus is giving me. For the foam lovers, I’m sorry but I can’t say much about the quality of the foam. I’ve heard that the Aeroccino gives a much more foam than the Latissima+ (Plus).
You’ll need to visit the Nespresso Boutique to try them out.
Update: I talked to the guys from Nespresso and asked about the quality of the foam. Their response is:
1. Nespresso Lattissima Plus foam quality is the same as the Aeroccino
2. Nespresso Lattissima Plus foam quality is better than the Nespresso Lattissima Premium. This is because the Lattissima Premium is an old design.
Another problem I’ve been hearing is that the milk in the R.C.S. unit turns bad easily and that milk tend to dry around the milk spout. In my experience, the only time I’ve had bad milk was when I left the R.C.S. unit attached to the machine for a long time.
To prevent the milk from getting bad, you simply need to do 3 things:
1. Clean the milk spout using the clean button at the top of the unit after each use.
2. Pull the R.C.S. unit and put it in the refrigerator after use. Don’t ever leave milk at room temperature for a long time!
3. Regularly wash and clean the R.C.S. unit using warm soapy water.
4. Replace milk after 3 days. Don’t keep milk for too long even if it’s in the refridgerator.
How to Clean your Nespresso Lattissima Plus?
Like any other appliance, you need to make sure to clean and maintain your Nespresso Lattissima Plus machine. Here are a few things you need to do to keep your machine in top shape:
1. Clean the external parts of your machine with a dry cloth.
2. Empty and wash the drip tray regularly
3. Empty and wash the capsule regularly
4. Clear the R.C.S. milk spout using the clean button and wash the R.C.S. unit regularly.
5. Don’t leave milk at room temperature for a long time. You can put the whole R.C.S. unit in the fridge.
6. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the coffee and milk from the bottom of the drip tray.
If I have one complaint, that would be cleaning the bottom platform where coffee and milk drips in case you don’t have the drip tray pulled out. Since this bottom platform is not removable, you can’t run it under the faucet. Removing dried coffee and milk stains can sometimes be a pain.
Nespresso Lattissima Plus Review Summary
1. Ease of use – The Nespresso Lattissima Plus is very easy to use. Everything is automatic! All you need to do is press a single button!
2. Convenience – With a single press of a button, you get coffee and milk! No need to fiddle with a separate milk frother like the Aeroccino.
1. Cleanup – The R.C.S has a lot of small parts the need to be cleaned. Disassemble the unit so you get to clean all the parts thoroughly. Just make sure you don’t lose any of the parts. Dried milk and coffee can be difficult to wipe off from the bottom platform.
2. Foam quality – Some may not like the quality of the foam. This can be subjective.
Why Buy The Nespresso Lattissima Plus?
The biggest reason why you should get the Nespresso Lattissima Plus is the convenience. You’ve got a great cup of coffee with just a single press of a button. For me, nothing beats that.
Aside from the convenience, you can have a great cup of coffee when you wake up in the morning or just about any time of the day. This is a definite upgrade if you’ve just been content with instant coffee or 3-in-1 sachets. Coffee sachets are quick and convenient too, but the Nespresso Grand Crus flavors are far superior in taste.
Some of you may find the Nespresso Lattissima Plus a bit pricey. Yes, it is more expensive than that Pixie or Citiz, but you pay for convenience but having it in a very compact design.
My personal recommendation is that you get the Nespresso Lattissima Plus if your budget allows and if you don’t mind the amount of foam it makes. If you’re very particular about the foam or if you’re in a tight budget, you won’t go wrong with the Pixie or Citiz models.
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