Nespresso VertuoLine vs OriginalLine

Nespresso has a long history of making high quality coffee-based machines, but is the VertuoLine worth all the hype?

There are three very important factors to consider when choosing a VertuoLine machine. First, the capsules are more expensive. If you plan to drink mostly espresso base drinks expect to pay up to 20% more for the exact same coffee. Now 20% might not sound like much but it adds up quickly and it’s exactly the same coffee just in a different container. Furthermore, the difference is more than 50% if you take into account the fact that VertuoLine is a close system meaning you can only buy VertuoLine capsules from Nespresso and no one else.

Second, the selection of capsule for VertuoLine is minuscule at best compared to the OriginalLine capsules produced by not only Nespresso but also other third party companies. It almost seems like a new company enters the Nespresso compatible maker every day with a new line of alternative capsules. Nespresso's approach with the VertuoLine is very similar to the approach taken by Keurig Green Mountain's Brewer 2.0 after the public was disenchanted with the 2.0's new technology to lock out "unauthorized" single-server coffee pods - in other word, pods from companies without a licensing deal with Keurig. On this fact alone it's no wonder most consumers are sticking to their OriginalLine machines over VertuoLine.

Lastly but certainly not least, VertuoLine capsules are NOT Organic, Fair Trade or NON-GMO verified. If you purchase a VertuoLine machine and want organic coffee you are simply out of luck. At the time of this writing there are more than ten third party companies producing organic capsules for Nespresso OriginalLine machines worldwide. Artizan Coffee was the first company in the United States to produce a line of 100% organic USDA certified Nespresso compatible capsules for the OriginalLine and certainly will not be the last.

In conclusion, if you’re typically an early adopter of new technology and are an avid coffee drinker, you’ll likely find the VertuoLine to be a welcome addition to your collection. With this said, there are a few very important factors to consider if you are on a budget, looking for greater variety or healthier coffee options.