Capacity: 1.5 litres
- Very fast heat up time; 3 seconds
- Large selection of different coffees to choose from (Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato etc.)
- Available settings: 3 coffee volume settings (from 25 to 150 ml), 8 milk texture/froth settings (from 2 to 30 mm) and 11 milk temperature settings (from 56 to 76°C)
- Easy cleaning by emptying the drip tray, rinsing the milk jug and following the on-screen prompts for wand cleaning
- Comes with a 480ml stainless steel milk jug, pop out cup support, removable drip grid and removable drip tray
In today’s review, we will talk about the Nespresso Creatista coffee maker, a very exclusive piece aimed at a particular segment of the public -expert level- and which replaces the old Nespresso Maestria as the high-end, or premium, coffee maker in the Nespresso catalogue.
This machine has the particularity that the Breville group manufactures it, and not by Krups or Delonghi as is the case with the rest of the brand’s models. For this reason, it can also be found under the name Sage Creatista Plus (from the distributor Sage Appliances), or as Breville Nespresso Creatista. These are all brands that belong to the same group, so it all depends on the country where they come from.
The Nespresso Creatista Plus is a 19 bar, 1.5-litre capacity coffee maker, which includes a steamer lance and beautiful stainless-steel finishes.
These notes alone are enough to understand that this is not a Nespresso machine like the others. It is something else. The Nespresso Creatista had a launch price of 449.95 pounds but today you can purchase it for just 299 Pounds. You can see where the shots are coming from, can’t you?
Review of the Nespresso Creatista
Perhaps the first question we ask when we see this Nespresso Creatista on the Internet is: what differences are there between this Nespresso coffee maker and all the previous ones? What do I find in it that the others don’t have?
Well, the answer is straightforward: the target audience for this model is not the same as for “normal” Nespresso coffee makers.
The other machines are designed so that users can make quality coffee at home without making a big deal out of it. The Nespresso Creatista Plus, on the other hand, is designed for the small percentage who do prefer to make their lives more challenging, to go deeper into the process of extracting the espresso and to play more with their barista skills.
If we wanted to make a simile, we would say that this machine pursues the objective of offering an experience more like that of armoured coffee machines (manual espresso coffee machines), but with the difference of using Nespresso capsules instead of ground coffee.
La Breville Nespresso Creatista and the Texturization of Milk
The star feature of this new Nespresso Creatista coffee maker is the spray nozzle, which allows us to emulsify fresh milk on the brand and thus prepare cappuccinos, lattes macchiatos with all the guarantees. An option not offered by conventional single-dose capsule coffee machines.
Nespresso and Breville’s alliance to market this machine is based on this objective, as the Australian company offers single-dose coffee machines its exceptional and exclusive technology for texturing and processing milk. Besides, the steamer nozzle is specifically designed for the latte art, and the set includes a free stainless-steel carafe to emulsify the milk like a professional.
Also, we can buy the Nespresso Creatista Plus with or without a TFT screen (your choice). The screen is in the upper part of the coffee machine and serves as an informative step-by-step guide to make any milk coffee – or milk foam – recipe you want. The variety of preparations is enormous!
Nespresso Creatista Plus: General features
- The machine works only with Nespresso format capsules.
- 19 bar pressure pump.
- 1.5-litre capacity water tank, transparent and removable.
- Available in various colours, and with stainless steel finishes.
- Stainless steel steamer tube, with a special nozzle to design latte art.
- Three coffee sizes to choose from: ristretto, espresso and lungo.
- Automatic shut-off function after 9 minutes of inactivity.
- The compartment where the capsules already used are automatically stopped (approx. for ten services).
- The steamer and internal milk lines are automatically rinsed after each use.
- It is possible to indicate the pH of the water we use in the tank, and in this way make the coffee maker warn us when we must decalcify it.
- Accessories included: stainless steel milk jug and set of 14 capsules as a gift.
- Integrated TFT screen.
- Dimensions: 17 x 41 x 31 cms.
- Weight: about 5.2 kg.
Advantages of the Nespresso Creatista coffee machine
- The behaviour of the vaporizer is almost professional—the dream of any latte-art lover.
- Includes unique accessories such as a stainless-steel milk jug, or a pack of 14 capsules as a gift.
- The automatic cleaning and rinsing program of the steamer tube.
- The user interface and the operation of the coffee machine through the TFT screen, something very unusual in capsule coffee machines.
- The water tank is considerably larger than usual in a capsule machine.
Disadvantages of the Nespresso Creatista coffee machine: Price and more
- The price of the Nespresso Creatista Plus is well above what we are used to paying online for a coffee machine.
- If you’re not an authentic cappuccino and latte lover, you won’t be able to take advantage of the immense technology and quality of this machine.
How the Nespresso Creatista Plus works
I’m sure after reading this review; you’ll be curious to know how this Nespresso Creatista is used, and how it behaves live, right? Well, there’s nothing better than seeing the official commercial presentation of the product first:
Then you’ll also find it useful to know how the daily cleaning of the Nespresso Creatista coffee machine is carried out.
And going on to what interests us all how do you make a coffee with the Nespresso Creatista? It is how it works:
Why buy a Nespresso Creatista Plus?
Nespresso has tried to go “one step further” with this new Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus. In a way, this machine goes beyond the traditional concept of a single-dose coffee maker. It has a look and features that allow it to be classified as a hybrid between capsule machines, manual espressos and even aspects that remind us of super-automatic espressos.
However, it is aimed at a particular sector of the public -the most demanding and the one with the most significant purchasing power-, so that we feel that its use on the Internet is scarce.
It is clear that, within the segment of capsule coffee machines, the Creatista is almost unrivalled. Still, we have to see who is capable of paying 299 pounds – the price of a mid-range super-automatic – for a single dose, even though it is undoubtedly the capsule coffee machine on the market today.
It is also possible that users with enough skills and concerns to get the most out of this machine, when working, may prefer the traditional armoured espresso machine model. Who knows? What is clear is that Nespresso has chosen to launch the Nespresso Creatista Plus for sale in other European markets long before the Internet.