nativefloridian81 wrote:Hello! Newbie here!
I'm so delighted I found this forum. I've been trying to decide between the CBTL and the Nespresso and this is certainly helping me. Here are my thoughts, and maybe someone can steer me in the right direction.
I've been leaning towards the CBTL mainly because of the price. Bed Bath and Beyond has a $50 rebate, plus you can use a 20% off coupon bringing the price down from $150 to $70. Plus you get 5 free boxes of coffee. To me, this sounds like a no-brainer. Downside: I would probably only use the machine for coffee and espresso. I love Teavana loose leaf teas, and just can't go back to ground tea. I'm not sure CBTL does hot chocolate, but I'll admit I prefer Swiss Miss dark choc sensation made with milk...so i'm not sure a hot chocolate function would be benefically to me either.
My MIL has a nespresso...and I have to say, I had an amazing to-go cup for the post-thanksgiving drive home. But I am a bargain queen, so I would not be excited about shelling out a couple hundred for this machine. I do love that crema tho...
While I've always enjoyed the occasional starbucks (I steered clear of caffiene for a long time due to sensitivity to it), I've realized how much I enjoy a good latte, and would like to explore the world of coffee/espresso. Truthfully, I still don't feel great after I have one of these beverages, but my tastebuds are probably going to win this war. LOL. I am definitely not anywhere near Don's ability to review, but would love to get there someday. Definitely open to suggestions for navigating through the bean world!
CBTL is a great bargain right now, and it does both coffee and espresso. Nespresso only does espresso, but, of course, you can add hot water to make an Americano or try pulling a couple of lungos to see if that fits your tastes. Nespresso makes better crema. CBTL is hotter. You can clean out and adapt a used CBTL espresso capsule to make espresso from your own grinds (provided you have a burr grinder that can evenly grind coffee that fine). The only decent homemade Nespresso adaptation I've had was the Capsul'in system, which is only sold in the UK. Both systems have about the same number of good espressos. CBTL is more widely available, but Nespresso gives you 2-day shipping. Both companies give fine customer service for warranty problems with Nespresso getting bonus points in one regard by giving you a loaner machine while yours is being fixed, but with CBTL also getting bonus points by replacing your broken one with a brand new machine when they receive your non-working one. CBTL has a little more coffee in the capsule and can thus give you just a little bit more espresso. Hope that helps. Your cost for this advice - Let us know what you decide and then later on what you think of the capsules you try!