Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Review
The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo is a unique single serve coffee maker that relies on the company’s own proprietary disposable pods to brew a variety of coffee and espresso flavors. The product takes advantage of Nespresso’s patented “Centrifusion” extraction technology, which the company says will allow the capsules to spin up to 7,000 rotations per minute, producing the perfect blend to get you going in the morning.
- Simplistic design - easy to use
- High quality plastic
- Many flavors available
- Only compatible with Nespresso pods
- Kind of pricey
- Two primary cup sizes: 8 oz. coffee and 1.35 oz. espresso, depending upon capsule size used.
- Simple single-touch brewing: No menus to dig through, just a single tap and your coffee is brewing in moments.
- Centrifusion extraction and custom barcode capsules mean that each cup is customized with its own settings.
- A variety of Nespresso flavors can be found online, both for espresso and regular coffee.
Design & Features
The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo features an attractive, minimalistic design that puts functionality front and center. The machine is made from high-quality plastic, with metal used for detail throughout. It’s also available in a variety of colored finishes, from classic black to silver, red, and a slick-looking graphite metal.
The single cup coffee maker can be used to make espresso (1.35 oz.), double espresso (2.7 oz.), gran lungo (5 oz.), regular coffee (7.7 oz.) and alto (14 oz.), all at the touch of a button. Its built-in reservoir can hold up to 54 oz. of water at a time, allowing you to make several drinks before needing to be refilled. The special Nespresso capsules are placed into their own tank after being used, and 17 can be deposited before needing to be emptied.
When purchased online via Amazon, the Evoluo also includes a free bonus Aeroccino 3 milk frother to help you put the finishing touch on your cappuccino or latte-style drinks, if that’s what you’re into. Overall, the product feels hyper-functional and simple, which may be exactly what you need to get your morning started off on the right foot.
Performance & Functionality
Because the Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo relies on the proprietary Nespresso capsules to function, you won’t be able to use any other types of disposable pods such as the popular K-cup variety. That also means you won’t be able to fill a pod with your own coffee grounds either.
If you’re looking for flexibility, you may be slightly disappointed here, but the company does seem to offer a variety of flavors to choose from (and all online orders come with a 12-count Nespresso VertuoLine welcome pack, which is nice).
This Nespresso unit is capable of heating up in just 15-20 seconds, regardless of which size drink you choose. Generally, with single-use systems like this, some measure of quality needs to be sacrificed for convenience, but based on our experience, that may not be the case with the Evoluo. What the coffee maker lacks in customizability, it makes up for in ease-of-use and convenience.
The high-quality plastics used in the Evoluo line seem to live up to their name; the product feels solid and functional and doesn’t seem to suffer from any of the “junkiness” some lower-end single serve brewers come with. The detachable water and capsule reservoirs feel sturdy as well, and we didn’t notice any obvious leaking issues or other structural flaws in the design.
It’s important to note here that with several lower-end single cup makers, this can be a real issue as time passes by. The fact that the Evoluo had such care and attention put into its build quality goes a long way in our eyes to justify the (admittedly) premium price point.
For many of you reading, this may be the ultimate deciding factor for a coffee maker. Because the Evoluo doesn’t allow for any other pods to be used, the taste quality of the Nespresso capsules can make or break the product.
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like it disappoints in this category either. The proprietary capsules each contain high quality, premium coffee grounds, and crucially, crema quality seems to be on par as well.
Reviewers online have noted that the Nespresso pods taste distinctly bolder and richer than many other varieties out there, and seeing as they come in a multitude of flavors, there’s likely to be something for everyone to enjoy.
You have your standard allotment of light, medium, and bold roasts, as well as flavored options such as hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla. There is even a line dedicated to decaf flavors, so even if caffeine is a no-go for you, there’s something to enjoy here.
Cleaning & Maintenance
One of the main attractions of the Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo is its simplistic, minimal design. Conveniently, this seems to hold true for cleaning as well; the product features easily-removable clear reservoirs for both the capsules and the water itself, which are dishwasher-safe.
The device also has a very effective self-cleaning cycle that can be used intermittently to clean out the hardware responsible for doing the actual brewing, which is a feature many reviewers have said makes the product stand out amongst the competition.
Based on everything we’ve learned about the Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo, we’ve come away genuinely impressed with it as a whole.
It may not be the ideal single cup coffee brewer for everyone (especially if you’re already invested into K-cup or another competing product), but in terms of just making you a great cup of coffee on a daily basis, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better-tasting and more complete package than this.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.