Nespresso machines are awesome.
Or they’re the worst, depending on who you ask.
Personally, I’ve tasted Nespresso and I really like it. I don’t have a machine myself but my brother in law does.
My old faithful machine is a Delonghi Semi-Automatic machine.
Nespresso machines, as you are certainly aware, are pod-based machines. Keurig machines are also pod based.
The pods contain coffee grounds and/or flavorings and the machine forces the water through the pod at high temperatures to brew coffee, and fast.
That’s where the differences come up between Vertuoline and OriginalLine.
Nespresso Vertuoline vs OriginalLine in a nutshell
Original Line machines use 10-15 bars of pressure to extract the coffee flavor(at an optimum temperature).
Vertuoline machines use centrifugal force and a moderate temperature to do the extracting. The centrifugal force creates an effect of gravity which exerts the force.
Differences in taste
The two ways that the VertuoLine and Original Line machines brew the grounds makes all the difference in taste.
One major issue with VertuoLine is that the temperature used is a bit lower than the temperature used in Original Line(since that is using pressure, not centrifugal force).
Because the temperature is lower, the amount of oils and essence(read: flavors) extracted from the grounds will be less.
The result is a sometimes milder coffee.
OriginalLine machines make a stronger, hotter coffee.
Another difference is that there is a lot more crema and foam on the Vertuoline brew than there is on OriginalLine.
As I was reading up on this, I was wondering why Nescafe would purposefully make a machine that made less intense coffee and market it as something new.
But then it struck me that the Vertuoline machines are marketed towards folks who like the crema essentially, and Original Line machines are marketed towards those folks who prefer the straight up taste of espresso.
Though you may find, according to some people, that VertuoLine crema is in fact just foam, and Original Line crema is actually better and more authentic.
Differences in cost
One huge factor with Vertuoline is that Nespresso uses a fancy barcode system on each pod that informs the machine how much water to use and how hot the water should be.
This also makes it a lot harder for third party manufacturers to make their own pods. You’re kind of stuck using the original Nespresso pods, which can be quite pricey.
Of all pod-style coffee makers, VertuoLine is the most expensive per pod, averaging at $0.90 – $1.25 per capsule.
You can check how much multi-packs sell for on Amazon and divide by the number of pods to get this average.
Original Line pods are for $0.75 – $0.85, a considerable difference that will certainly add up over time.
Averaging out the cost of a VertuoLine pod to $1.07 and an OriginalLine pod to $0.80:
- Drinking one OriginalLine cup every day for one year will cost you $292
- Drinking one VertuoLine cup every dayfor one year will cost you $390
That’s a fairly considerable difference of $100!
There is one thing that the Vertuoline does: it can brew you a full cup of black Americano style coffee.
Differences in variety
There are a lot of different flavors available for both Vertuoline and OriginalLine. If you’re really picky about the individual flavor notes and tones, then it’s better to compare flavors first then the machines next!
Below is a list of all OriginalLine flavors. The flavor notes are going to vary slightly from coffee to coffee, so the best way to figure out which one you like best is to try a sampler pack.
- Ristretto Decaffeinato
- Arpeggio Decaffeinato
- Volluto Decaffeinato
- Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato
- Envivo Lungo
- Fortissio Lungo
- Vivalto Lungo
- Linzio Lungo
- Indriya from India
- Rosabaya de Colombia
- Dulsao do Brasil
- Bukeela ka Ethiopia
Below is a list of all VertuoLine flavors. The flavor notes are going to vary slightly from coffee to coffee, so the best way to figure out which one you like best is to try a sampler pack.
- Half Caffeinato
Alto XL(14 oz)
- Alto XL Intenso
- Alto XL Dolce
Gran Lungo Americano(5 oz)
- Fortado Gran Lungo
- Arondio Gran Lungo
- Alforazio Gran Lungo
- Decaf Ontuoso Gran Lungo
- Decaffeinato Intenso
Which one is better?
As you can see, the OriginalLine has a lot more flavors right now. Nespresso may or may not add more flavors to the Vertuoline to make it more appealing to a wider audience.
I think, at the end of the day, the difference boils down to:
- If you’re a coffee purist that wants authentic espresso and coffee, stick with OriginalLine. The coffee is stronger, hotter, and more intense all around
- If you’re an adventurer and like lots of foamy crema, then give VertuoLine a shot