Nespresso has two lines of capsule-based espresso machines:
For our money, OriginalLine machines are better than VertuoLine machines because their pump produces more authentic espresso, the coffee tends to be hotter, and there's no barcode scanning system meaning you can find less-expensive third-party capsules.
The smallest and most basic Nespresso machine available, the Essenza Mini pulls the same high-quality shot as the other OriginalLine models in a much smaller package.
At only 5.1 lbs it’s one-third or one-half the weight of many other OriginalLine models, and it has a minuscule 3.2″W x 12.8″D base to limit its footprint on your countertop.
Capable of brewing shots from 1.35 oz to 3.70 oz, the Essenza Mini has two programmable brew buttons that easily allow you to customize your shot size. Here's how it works:
The machine will remember that brew size for every future brew (until you reset it).
While the Essenza Mini doesn't come with a preset button for Americanos (espresso + hot water, like a regular coffee) like the Essenza Plus does, you can easily use the programmable buttons to set up your own Americano system:
In between pressing both buttons, just eject the capsule.
If you'd like to brew specialty beverages (like cappuccinos and lattes), you could always upgrade to the bundle or purchase the Aeroccino4 milk frother separately for your own home barista setup.