Nespresso's New Creatista Machine Can Texturise Milk For Better-Tasting Coffee

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Nespresso is launching a new range of "barista style" coffee machines with brushed stainless steel exteriors designed by Breville. But its biggest claim to fame is a cool-touch steam wand with adjustable, automatic milk texturing for flat white, cappuccino and late coffees. We look at the features, pricing and availability in Australia.

The Creatista range are the first Nespresso machines that allow users to choose their preferred milk texture and temperature via multiple milk foam textures. This is achieved with an automatic steam wand developed by Breville. The technology boasts up to 11 temperatures for popular milk-based coffee styles which the user selects via an LCD panel.

The milk is then automatically heated to the nominated temperature, while the steam wand froths it to the texture of the selected coffee, hands free. The wand is encased in two steel tubes, which prevents it from getting too hot (this means no milk "skin" left on the wand.) The milk texturing can also be used to create barista-style foam art for people who are into that sort of thing.

The Breville-designed exterior looks like a commercial espresso machine: there's a choice between stainless steel with chrome highlights (for the high-end Creatista version) and metallic black or royal champagne (for the standard model.) They also have a reasonably small footprint which is handy for apartment kitchen benches.

Here are the key features:

  • 7 customisable coffee settings including Espresso, Lungo, Ristretto, Flat White, Latte, Cappuccino and Macchiato
  • Adjustable automatic milk texturing to make a Flat White, Cappuccino, or Latte creating ‘micro foam’ which is essential for latte art (8 textures for Creatista Plus, 4 textures for Creatista)
  • Adjustable milk temperature (11 temperatures for Creatista Plus, 5 temperatures for Creatista)
  • Cool touch steam wand with auto purge for fast and easy cleaning
  • Intuitive TFT display offering step-by-step assistance for coffee personalisation and maintenance
  • Fast heat up (3 seconds for Creatista Plus, 10 seconds for Creatista)
  • Automatic power off after 10 minutes of non-use

Whether you love Nespresso coffee pods or hate them, it can't be denied that these new machines look to be the company's best. The Nespresso Creatista Plus and Creatista will be available in Australia from October 31 for an RRP of $799 and $699, respectively. You can check out more details at Nespresso's website.

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Comments

    This Nespresso craze is so obviously environmentally irresponsible. It's lazy and fetishistic. How can anyone justify using disposable aluminium and plastic for their every cup? I realise you are a special flower and the bright shiny things make you feel like you're in Willy Wonka's but, do the planet a favour, learn how use a spoon and make some 'decent' coffee.

      Except the disposable aluminium and coffee is recycled by Nespresso.

      I changed from the Aldi pod machine to a Nespresso Latissima (built in milk warmer/frother) which I got for a good price after I learnt that Nespresso brand pods are recyceable (being made from aluminium and not plastic) and the coffee itself it recycled for compost etc.
      Bit more difficult than putting it into the recycling bin at home, but I just collect a box, drop it off at the nearest drop off point and done. Not 100% waste free but an awful lot more than the plastic variety.

      Also, 'decent' coffee isn't made with a spoon.

      Last edited 25/10/16 9:03 am

        It is if you use the spoon to fill the espresso machine, which is what you should be doing. Nespresso 'recycling' is nothing more than a marketing campaign. All pods get shipped to china where the plastic is burnt off then they are re-smelted. It's a disaster. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-24/former-nespresso-boss-warns-coffee-pods-are-killing-environment/7781810

    Sorry but for that price, just get yourself more of a real coffee machine with a grinder and a steam wand...

    Another expensive Nespresso with further improvements but why the wealthy Nestle company that I called the gelatine company because is the main most expensive selling product they put in their chocolates to gain weight. Now why they do not put a few grams more in their diluted coffees is still a mystery? Or is it because it is the biggest penny saver company on the planet that their profits are above their products final value for money ... Please wealthy Nestle Company stop being the stingiest company on the planet ...besides that Spain produces better chocolates than The Belges and Swiss ever produced ...

    bought one in November and we are now having major issues with the machine and its descaling process. We are now unable to use the machine and it needs to go back for repairs which I find really difficult to understand as it is barely three months old. I would have thought that a replacement would have been forth coming.

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