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Here’s a quick recap of which home espresso machines use capsules, and which capsules they use.

Nespresso Espresso Maker:

Nespresso CitiZ D110 Espresso Maker

Available in different models, most popular being: Nespresso U, Nespresso Pixie and CitiZ and the great collaboration model DeLonghi and Nespresso EN720 M Lattissima.

Capsules: Uses Nespresso Capsules exclusively. Available in a variety of flavors and grinds.

What it makes: Only espresso, which you can use to make all kinds of coffee drinks.

Reviews: Click here to see all our Nespresso machine reviews.

CBTL Kaldi S04 Single-Serve Beverage Center:

CBTL Kaldi Single-Cup Brewer with Espresso, Coffee, Tea and Milk Frother Bundle

Capsules: Uses CBTL’s capsules, or any capsules compatible with CAFFITALY machines.

What it Makes: Espresso, coffee, hot chocolate and tea. All available from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Review: Click here to read our review of the CBTL Kaldi S04.

Francis Francis X7.1 For illy:

Francis Francis for illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine

Capsules: Uses illy’s IperEspresso Capsules exclusively. Available in different roasts. No flavored coffee.

What it Makes: Espresso only. The machine features a steam wand that you can use for milk frothing.

Review: Click here for our review of the Francis Francis X7.1

Gaggia Plus for Illy:

Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine

Capsules: Uses Illy’s IperEspresso capsules exclusively.

What it Makes: Espresso. Machine includes a steam wand for easy milk frothing.

Review: Click here for our review of Gaggia Plus.

Keurig Rivo 500:

Keurig Rivo 500 Cappuccino & Latte System

Capsules: Uses Lavazza capsules exclusively. Available in 4 different blends.

What it Makes: Espresso, Cappuccino and Lattes. Includes a built-in automatic milk frother.

Review: Click here to read our review of the Keurig Rivo 500.


Further Reads:

Difference Between Keurig Vue coffee system and Rivo 500

Best Single-Serve Espresso Machines.

Nespresso Capsules vs. Illy’s IperEspresso, which is best?

Single-Serve Coffee Makers Under $200


Single-serve capsule espresso machines offer you delicious espresso with a touch of a button. Lately, they’ve been wildly popular for how convenient they are, not to mention how mess-free and low-maintenance they are. But there are many options in the market, and you’re not sure which one to get. So, we’ve decided to create this comparison of the top rated single-serve espresso machines to help you with your buying decision.

These machine all share these basic features:

  • Automatic capsule piercing and ejection.
  • Push-button coffee preparation.
  • Reprogrammable coffee volume buttons.

Nespresso U Espresso Maker:

Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

  • 19 bar pump – 25 seconds pre-heat time.
  • 27 ounce removable water tank.
  • Three espresso sizes: Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo.
  • Automatic memorization of selected cup sizes.
  • Water tank turns 180 degrees to each side so you can set it up however fits your counter space.
  • Light indicators for low water tank and full capsule container (holds up to 12 used capsules)
  • Magnetic drip tray that can be removed to fit larger cups.

The Capsules:

  • Nespresso machines are compatible with Nespresso capsules only.
  • Capsules are available in a wide range of roast and flavors.
  • There are (non-official) reusable Nespresso capsules that you can use to brew other espresso brands.

Other notes:

  • The machine requires a separately sold milk frother if you’re planning to make milk-based coffee drinks.
  • Nespresso U is the newest Nespresso machine on the market, but there are a few others available. See our post about them here: Difference between Nespresso U, Pixie and CitiZ machines


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Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine:

Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine

  • 1 Litre water tank  (about 40 ounce).
  • Steam wand for heating and frothing milk for cappuccinos or lattes.
  • Hot water dispenser to use for other drink preparation.
  • Stainless steel boiler.
  • Mavea Water Filter – Uses a four-stage filtration process to purify tap water and reduce scale and mineral buildup.
  • Capsules container holds up to 12 capsules before having to dispose.
  • Height adjustable drip tray.

The Capsules:

  • Uses illy’s IperEspresso capsules exclusively.
  • Illy IperEspresso are available in different roasts (Dark, Medium, Ethiopian, Brazilian, Decaf… ).
  • There are no refillable/reusable IperEspresso capsules.

Click here to learn more about this machine and read the customer reviews.

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Francis Francis IperEspresso X7.1 Espresso Machine

Francis Francis for illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine

  • Cool retro look with modern efficiency.
  • 15 bar steel thermoblock pump.
  • 40 ounce water tank.
  • 2-stage brewing process to ensure a full-bodied espresso shot.
  • Pannarello steam wand which ensures easy milk frothing.

The Capsules:

  • Uses Illy’s IperEspresso capsules exclusively.

Click here to read the customer reviews and learn more about the Francis Francis X7.1

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CBTL Kaldi Beverage Center:

CBTL Kaldi S04 Single Cup Brewer

  • A complete beverage single-serve machine that makes espresso, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
  • Uses 15 bar pump pressure for espresso – 3.5 bar pressure for tea and coffee.
  • 40.6 ounce removable water tank.
  • Light indicator for empty water tank.
  • Used capsule container holds up to 12 capsules.
  • Available in 4 colors.

Read our full review of the CBTL Kaldi Coffee Maker here.

The Capsules:
The machine uses capsules made by the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, but it’s not exclusive to that. Since the machine uses CAFFITALY system, you can buy any capsules from ANY brand as long as it’s labelled with CAFFITALY.

Other notes:
The Kaldi does not have a built-in steam wand, so you’ll want to bundle it with a milk frother if you want to make milk-based drinks.

Click here to read the customer reviews of the CBTL Kaldi Machine.

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Further Reads:

– For machines that don’t have a steam wand, check out these electric milk frothers for quick and easy milk heating and frothing.

– If you decide to go for a Nespresso machine, you’ll want one of the Nespresso capsule storage units.


Illy Francis Francis Y1 Iperespresso Machine

Do you feel like adding a futuristic and modern touch to your kitchen while getting a European style cup of espresso with a touch of a button? If you answered yes, then you shouldn’t look at further than the Francis Francis Y1.1 Espresso machine for Illy. Looking at it for the first time, you wouldn’t guess that it’s an espresso machine… however, as you get to see how it works, you’ll absolutely love it. See how it works in the video below:

As you can see from the video, the machine features intuitive touch-screen controls. It uses Illy’s iperEspresso capsules exclusively, so you know you’ll be getting delicious European espresso quality. The tempered glass works to hold your cups, and it’s a warming-tray as well that keeps your cups warm and ready all the time.

The Francis Francis Y1.1 is the perfect choice for anyone who wants a quick cup of espresso at a touch of a button. If you’d like to create more coffee drinks, you’ll want to bundle this machine with a milk frother (you can see our recommendations here). If you prefer a machine that has a built-in milk frother, you can check out the Francis Francis X7.1 which has a more traditional look, but works as a modern single-serve espresso machine, or the Gaggia machine for illy.

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Few days ago, we’ve included the Keurig Vue V700 as one of the best new single-serve brewers available on market. We’ve also established that the Vue system is a totally different thing from Keurig’s K-Cups. So, what is the difference? and which is a better choice for you?

Difference Between Keurig Vue and Keurig K-Cups:

In a nutshell:

Is a Vue pod different from a regular Keurig Pod (K-Cup)?
Yes, it’s different and they’re not used with the same machines.

Can I Use a Different Coffee Pod in a Vue?

You can only use Vue coffee pods, which are available from different coffee brands, just like K-Cups. But only VUE capsules can be used with a VUE machine.

The Vue system is the next generation brewer from Keurig. The difference between it and the K-Cups is how programmable and customizable it is. With Vue, you can control the temperature, the strength of the coffee, you have a choice of eight different cup sizes, and it’s all controllable via an easy to use color touch screen. Just like K-Cups, Vue can brew coffee, tea, cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate and many more drink. However, the capsules (or pods) are not the same. Vue uses coffee pods made specially for it, and they do NOT brew K-Cups – but you’ll find most of the same drinks available for Vue.

Vue TouchscreenSo simply put, with Vue, your drinks are %100 customized to your liking: from size (starting at 4 oz and up to 18oz) to temperature. The control is as easy as possible with the colored touch screen. The one thing missing from the Keurig Vue system – yet – is a MyK-cup style pod that you can use to fill with your own coffee ground. But I’m sure this will be available soon enough.

Which Keurig Vue System is Best to Buy?

So far, there are three different Vue Systems available. One is made for the home user, and the other two are more targeted towards office use. As a website dedicated to great coffee/espresso at home, we wholeheartedly recommend the Keurig Vue V700 System, which is the latest one in the Vue line for home users:

Keurig 2700 Keurig® Vue® V700 Single serve coffee system

  • Touchscreen control.
  • 74oz removable water tank.
  • Temperature and size control. Fully programmable.
  • adjustable drip tray to accommodate different cup sizes.
  • Over 50 variation of Vue packs available from coffee, tea and other beverages, from the world’s top brands.

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You can also check out the Vue V1200 and Vue V1255 here & here.




Here’s why single serve coffee makers are the most popular machines in the world right now: they are the most convenient thing you’ll ever buy. You get the perfect cup, EVERY TIME, with a single push of a button. There’s almost no mess or clean up to worry about, only the usual clean-up every now and then. A single-serve coffee maker is a coffee addict’s best friend.

While there are many single-serve brewers out there, some are better than others. So, what makes a single-serve brewer the best?

Well, almost all of them work the same. The difference comes in the available coffee pods/capsules for each machine. Each machine has its own exclusive capsules that only works for it (Keurig uses K-Cups, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s has its own capsules line, Tassimo uses T-Discs…). The variety and quality of those capsules is what makes a difference for one person to another.


Our Top Rated Single-Serve Coffee Makers:

CBTL’s Kaldi S40 Coffee Maker:

CBTL Kaldi Single-Cup Brewer with Espresso, Coffee, Tea and Milk Frother Bundle

  • Makes Espresso, brewed coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
  • Uses CBTL’s exclusive capsules.
  • Easy capsule insertion and automatic ejection.
  • Capsule holder holds up to 12 used capsules before you have to discard them.
  • Choose from 30 different coffee, espresso and tea capsules.
  • Can use any capsules from different brands, as long as they’re labeled as CAFFITALY compatible.
  • Electric milk frother sold separately or in a bundle. Great for making gourmet coffee and tea drinks.

Click here to learn more about this machine and to buy it.

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Keurig Vue V700 Single Serve Coffee System:

Keurig 2700 Keurig® Vue® V700 Single serve coffee system

  • Keurig’s new brewing system (different than K-Cups)
  • Fully programmable with touchscreen control.
  • Choose from 8 different sizes.
  • Coffee strength and temperature control.
  • Use’s exclusive Vue Capsules, which are available from many different brands such as Starbucks, Gloria Jean’s, Tully’s, Green Mountain… and many more.
  • Tea and Hot Chocolate capsules also available.

Click here to learn more about this machine and to buy it.

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody II Single Serve Coffee Maker:

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody II Single Serve Coffee Machine

  • Patented custom control level that allows you to control the extraction of the capsule.
  • Uses Dolce Gusto’s exclusive capsules.
  • Capsules include: espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte, flavored coffee and many more.
  • Capsules contain all ingredients for coffee drinks (milk, flavors… etc.) which can make them lack the freshness.

Click here to learn more about this machine and to buy it.

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Keurig Rivo 500 Cappuccino & Latte System

Keurig has been known for it’s K-Cups single serve coffee machines that give you a nice cup of brewed coffee with a touch of a button. This time, Keurig has upped its game and joined the Espresso machine market and has partnered up with a rather reputable name in the world of Espresso, Lavazza, to bring you the perfect shots of espresso at a touch of a button.

The Keurig Rivo 500 Cappuccino & Latte System uses espresso capsules prepared by Lavazza to make espresso, cappuccino or latte with a simple touch of a button. The built-in frother heats and froths your milk to perfection.

The Keurig Rivo 500 features a dedicated button for each drink: espresso, cappuccino and latte. This measures the needed amount of espresso for your selected drink automatically, so you end up with delicious coffee every single time.

Unlike K Cups, the Rive 500/Lavazza capsules are only available in 4 varieties. These are pure espresso capsules, and not pre-made coffee drinks full of artificial flavors. So Lavazza gives you your choice of espresso roast: Classico and Delicato – both medium roast – Intenso (dark roast) and Decaf (also medium roast). Click here to see the Lavazza pods on Amazon.

If you prefer a wide choice of espresso pods, then a Nespresso machine would be a perfect choice as Nespresso offers at least 16 or more espresso varieties. Otherwise, if you prefer a solid, and authentic Italian espresso flavor at a push of a button, you’ll absolutely love the Keurig Rivo 500.

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Is There a Difference Between Rivo and Nespresso?

Yes, there is a lot of difference actually. The only thing they have in common is the fact that both are single-serve espresso makers. But each of them uses totally different coffee capsules. Nespresso machines use their own capsules exclusively which are made by Nespresso themselves. On the other hand, Keurig’s Rivo uses capsules made for them by Lavazza, which also only work with the Rivo System.

You can learn more about Nespresso and their machines here.

What’s The Difference Between Keurig Rivo and K-Cups?

There two are entirely different as well. Totally different capsules and coffee:

  • The Keurig Rivo is an espresso, cappuccino and latte system. It brews espresso made by Lavazza, froths milk automatically and makes you your favorite coffee drinks with a push of a button. You can ONLY use Lavazza Rivo Capsules with this machine.
  • The K-Cup system is another thing. K-Cup brewers are made by Keurig as well as other brands like Cuisinart or Breville. The K-Cups themselves are also made by many other brands, like Green Mountain, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Tully’s… and many more. With K-Cups, you can get many different drinks like coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more.

What Is The Difference Between Rivo and Keurig Vue?

  • The same difference between Rivo and K-Cups, the Vue is another coffee pod system with its own pods.
  • Rivo makes espresso and espresso based drinks, the Vue system is a coffee maker that brews regular coffee as well as few other drinks.

Can I Make Regular Coffee In Keurig Rivo?

No, it doesn’t make your traditional cup of drip coffee. However, this can be substituted with an Americano, which is a shot of Espresso diluted by hot water. But if you’re looking for regular coffee, Rivo won’t make it.

Are There Refillable Pods for the Keurig Rivo?

No there isn’t. You can only buy the Rivo Lavazza packs and use them with the Rivo system. So when you buy a Rivo, you’ll be pretty much committed to the Lavazza pods, which you can buy from some local stores and are available online easily.

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Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine

Gaggia has always been a trusted brand in the world of Espresso machines. One of the best pump machines we featured on this site (and a best seller as well!) is the Gaggia 14101 Pump machine. But for someone who is looking for a more quick and convenient way to prepare espresso at home, a single-serve capsule machine is the perfect choice, and this Gaggia for illy machine combines two coffee giants: Gaggia and illy Coffee, one of the best Italian coffee brand in the world.

This Gaggia machine was created to work with illy’s iperEspresso capsules. A simple to use and very convenient, it gives you Italian style, aromatic espresso with thick crema from a single touch of a button.

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Features of Gaggia Plus illy espresso machine:

  • Single-serve espresso machine for illy’s iperEspresso capsules.
  • Dedicated control buttons for on/off, cup volume, and brew adjusting.
  • Steam wand for milk frothing.
  • Integrated container holds up to 12 used capsules before need to dispose.
  • Mavea Water Filter – Uses a four-stage filtration process to purify tap water and reduce scale and mineral buildup.
  • Hot water dispenser for making other hot beverages.

The machine is super easy to use, simply insert the capsule and press a button and the machine will brew your coffee in seconds. No fuss, no mess. When you want to create milk based coffee drinks like cappuccino or latte, you can use the steam wand to heat and froth the milk. You will easily create cafe-style coffee in no time.

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The illy iperEspresso capsules are available in two strength; Medium and Dark roast. Decaf and Lungo (for higher coffee volume) as well as other South American and Ethiopian blends available. If you’ve tried illy Coffee before, you know you’ll be getting the best coffee quality there is.

The Gaggia illy Plus is in the same line as the Nespresso single-serve machine. The advantage a Nespresso machine gets over the Gaggia illy Plus is that Nespresso offers a wider variety of capsule blends. But if you’re already an illy coffee fan, then you know exactly what to expect from these capsules – the highest quality Italian coffee.

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Francis Francis for illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine

Fans of illy coffee will love nothing more than having this Espresso machine by Francis Francis made especially for illy’s convenient single-serve capsules.

If your’e not familiar with illy’s coffee, it’s an Italian coffee brand that is usually served at the best European and high-end cafes, so you know the stuff is top-notch! Personally, it is one of my favorite coffee brands ever.

The Francis Francis espresso machine has the classic looks of a manual espresso machine – absolutely gorgeous design – but it works in the most push-button convenient style. It works with illy’s iperEspresso capsules to create the perfect shot of Espresso with a single touch of a button, and with a variety of customizations and programability available, you’ll be able to create the perfect cup of espresso, cappuccino or latte that is made just for you.

Features of the Francis Francis X7.1:

  • One touch brewing using illy’s iperEspresso capsules.
  • Steam wand for frothing milk to create delicious coffee drinks like Cappuccino or Latte.
  • Programmable volume and temperature.
  • Innovative patented two-stage brewing process to create the most aromatic, full bodied espresso.
  • Minimal clean up required. The coffee extraction takes place inside the capsule and does not come in contact with the machine at all.

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illy offers a range of coffee blends to choose from, you’ll be able to choose from: dark roast, medium roast, decaf and lungo – which is basically a medium roast but prepared to create coffee with more volume like an Americano. These are only the basic blends available, other delicious blends like Brazilian, Ethiopian and Guatemala are available as well. The capsules are usually sealed in a metal container – unlike the usual boxed capsules – which keep the capsules safe for the longest time.

So, if you’re ready to make the best European style coffee drinks at home, and have a strikingly beautiful appliance at home, the Francis Francis X7.1 is the machine for you. It is available in Red or Black, so choose the one that goes with your decor the best.

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Nespresso D60 Pixie Dark Red Carmine Espresso Machine Bundle


Have you been eying the Nespresso Pixie but were waiting for the right deal? Well, here’s a deal that you CANNOT pass! This amazing bundle includes:

  • Nespresso D60 Pixie Espresso Machine in Dark Red.
  • Set of 6 Espresso Cups and Saucers.
  • Swissmar 10 Capstore Wave for Nespresso Caspules.
  • A Nespresso sample pack included.

This is certainly the best bundle deal to start your relationship with Espresso at home.This bundle is currently available at

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De'Longhi EN720.M Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine with Capsule System Two leading brands in the world of Espresso machines have come together to create this wonderful Espresso maker; De’Longhi and Nespresso.

The De’Longhi EN720.M Lattissima espresso and cappuccino maker with Capsules system is powered by Nespresso’s leading and powerful capsules system. This machines makes it super easy to create delicious gourmet coffee drinks with a touch of a button.

The De’Longhi Nespresso EN720.M Lattissima is truly automatic and mess-free, it features:

  • A simple touch of a button system for gourmet coffee drinks.
  • A detachable, patented “single touch” milk tank.
  • Control panel with illuminated touch buttons. Choose from 2 coffee options and 2 milk options.
  • An easy to use capsule system. Insert your favorite coffee capsule and brew your drink with a touch of a button.
  • Automatic capsule ejection after the drink is brewed.
  • Energy-saving and adjustable auto on/off timer.
  • Adjustable drip tray that can accommodate different cup sizes.
  • Cup warmer tray that keeps your Espresso cups always ready for use.

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The brilliance of this machine comes in the fact that Nespresso provided its patented capsule system and De’Longhi came with its patented detachable milk container. Unlike other machines, this container is detachable so you can move it easily and store it in the fridge to save unused milk, instead of having it go to waste. This is a truly, fully automatic machine. All you’ll have to do is: place the capsule, put the milk container in place, place your cup and press the button for your preferred drink – and you’ve got yourself a delicious aromatic cup of authentic Italian coffee. After the coffee is done brewing, the machine will eject the capsule into a container that collects all used capsules before you have to dispose them. And  you can move the milk tank to the fridge until you have to use it again.

Delonghi nespresso EN720.M Lattissima


The De’Longhi EN720 M is the latest machine in the De’Longhi Lattisima machines powered by Nespresso Capsules system. For a fully automatic espresso machine, it is  priced very well under $1000 (most automatic espresso machines are $1000+ – see our pick of automatic machines under $1000 here). It sets itself apart with a large 40 ounce water tank, and a removable milk tank that other De’Longhi Lattissima machines might lack. It’s capsule system makes it super easy to use and absolutely mess-free.

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DeLonghi EN72o vs. EN680, Is There a Difference?

DeLonghi EN680.M Nespresso Lattissima Single-Serve Espresso Maker

We’ve previously featured the Lattissima EN680 on our blog. It’s almost identical to the EN72o in every way, however, it is an older version of it. There are extra features in the EN720 that would make it worth the price difference:

  • It has dedicated buttons for each drink. It’s all pre-set so you simply push a button and let it do everything for you.
  • It features full pod drawer and empty water tank indicators.
  • Illuminated control panel.

Overall, the EN720 is more advanced than the EN680, but also costs more. If you’re on a tight budget, you can let go of a few features and go for the EN680 without worrying about drink quality.


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