Nespresso has stepped up their style game with the new Creatista machine. The new machine also helps you becoming a virtuosic Barista at home. If it worked out for me? – Well…
Form beyond function
Before we get to the art of making a great coffee, let’s start talking about the design of the new Creatista machine by Nespresso. You know how much I care about design – and honestly, an ugly looking plastic coffee maker isn’t going to last on my kitchen counter (our old machine got hidden away in one of the counters until now).
Good design of everyday objects is a necessity for me. Creating a visually appealing coffee machine out of different materials, that can fit into an environment, that breathes design and art – this is how you make me happy!
That’s why I chose to present you the new Creatista machine in a showroom for furniture design in Vienna – run by designfunktion. What feels like an apartment is actually a great way to showcase design, by letting you envision the high end furniture in your dream home.
The new Creatista machine fits into this form addiction seamlessly. Especially the chrome finish with it’s liquid metal appeal gives your kitchen the needed style upgrade. So there’s no need to hide my coffee maker anymore!
But while form is really important for me, let’s talk about the functions as well. In the end the most beautiful machine doesn’t make you happy, if the coffee making gets too complicated or there’s too much cleaning effort to keeping the machine beautiful.
The new Creatista machine
You can select between 8 different coffee styles on the digital display, from espresso to cappuccino. Your choice still gets prepared fully automatically – so if you choose a cappuccino, the machine will first brew your coffee and then steam your milk. You only need to fill the water tank, put in a capsule and fill your milk can.
To get the perfect milk temperature there are 11 different settings. This is a no brainer, as the machine chooses the right settings accordingly.
Besides the perfect temperature, there are also 8 different texture levels to get the perfect condition for every choice of coffee. Again – you don’t need to really become a Barista, as the preset coffee settings choose the perfect solution right away. Side note: I tried to froth almond milk – since I’m not so much into cow milk anymore – and it worked pretty good which is quite astounding. Almond milk usually doesn’t produce a really stable foam, but the Creatista made it happen.
When it comes to cleaning I’m always in a state of “can’t someone else do that, I’m too lazy/busy/tired af” ;-) The machine has a cleaning assistant, which helps you keep it clean easily. Only the outer chrome shell is hard to keep stainless – like all beautiful and shiny things.
For our “always-in-a-hurry-society” the Creatista machine only needs 3 seconds to warm up.
It produces 19 bar of pressure, which makes it more high end and barista style.
I have to be honest with you – I won’t be the next big barista starlet like Berg Wu from Taiwan,who won last year’s Barista World championship. He is known for using less milk also in latte art and special espresso creations – something I’m a big fan of. I tried a few failed attempts to create Latte art (with my perfectly frothed almond milk), but there was nothing more than a heart or something paw shaped (with a little bit of imagination) which came out of my stunted-by-a-digital world hands. Ultimately, when it comes to knowing how to use coffee machines to produce latte art and other coffee creations, it certainly helps if you have had some barista training from a specialist like Iron and Fire!
But I was really surprised about the well functioning foam wand of the Creatista, which was able to create stable foam even with my beloved (sugary) almond milk. And to be honest: on a daily basis I think it would be enough to just have the Barista feeling in the coffee production and taste… ;) But who knows, maybe one day you will find a story about my evolution in becoming a barista on this bog.
There is a limited barista capsules collection available now – maybe they will help you as well to become the next big star in the barista world!
Pullover: Wendy & Jim
Shirt: Helmut Lang vintage
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