The Best Capsule Coffee Machines in NZ and How To Find One That Enhances Quality and Flavour

When I think of a good cup of coffee, I tend to get a little dramatic. I’m the type of person that will tell you, in a completely straight face, that I will not talk to you without coffee. Thankfully, I’ve got a lot of experience in brewing the best batch.

I want to share some of this experience with you, specifically on how small-batch brewing is the king of coffee. These are known as capsule coffee machines, as they are known to brew based on individual capsules, or pods, inserted into your coffee maker.

The result is a beautifully brewed piece of coffee, and I want to share with you some of my favourite makers.  Without further ado, here is my list of the best coffee machines NZ has to offer.

Top Five Capsule Coffee Machines NZ

There are so many coffee makers available in New Zealand that it was difficult to narrow down to a shortlist. After going through the extensive list, we’ve settled on what we have below.

  • Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop
  • Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800
  • DeLonghi Nespresso Gran Latissima EN650.B
  • Anko Nespresso Capsule Coffee Machine 42766179
  • DeLonghi Essenza Mini bundle EN85RAE SOLO

Our primary goal is to look for brewers that produce the best taste and consistency: no coffee grounds, no overwhelming heat, and no mess to clean up afterwards. Thankfully, capsule coffee machines are easy on the user. Regardless, we will consider other features that include milk frothing, easy-of-use, and cup-warming trays.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop
  • Power 1500 W
  • Weight 3 kg
  • Capacity 0.8 L
  • Dimension 25 x 32 x 25 cm

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop is a unique item that doesn’t appear to be a coffee maker at first. However, this little thing will surprise you with its astounding ability to heat up in about five seconds. You can have a fresh-tasting brew within seconds.

The removable tray upfront allows for multiple cup sizes. However, the temperature can vary from cup to cup. There were moments that I had a perfect coffee while other moments involved something less than pleasant.  The milk frothing function also left something to be desired.

Regardless, it is a unique conversation-starting appliance that brews a single serving of coffee in less than a minute.

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Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800
  • Power 1,500 W
  • Capacity 1.5 L
  • Weight 5.2 kg
  • Dimension 408 x 171 x 310 mm

While Nescafe is the expert in quick, easy-to-use coffee making, Breville has cornered the market on premium expresso making. For those of you who have never tried an expresso before, The Nespresso Creatista Plus BNE800 is a good starting point.

The beast looks a bit intimidating at first, but the controls are pretty simplistic. The addition of a digital display makes it a bit easier to read than other coffee makers.

The dispensing stick for milk also makes for a perfect milk frother. Also, get ready to find out what a double shot is, as this expresso maker can fit some giant cups.

Combine that with an auto turn-off feature, a cup-warming plate, and a robust expresso taste, and you have a solid contender for the best capsule coffee maker in New Zealand.

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DeLonghi Nespresso Gran Latissima EN650.B

DeLonghi Nespresso Gran Latissima EN650.B
  • Power 1400 W
  • Capacity 1 L water , 500 ml milk
  • Weight 5.18 kg
  • Dimension 276 x 203 x 367 mm

DeLonghi has always surprised me with its ability to enter into any appliance field and set the bar for quality standards. The Nespresso Grand Latissima EN650.B is no exception.

With a programmable coffee maker that controls quantity and milk frothing, it is another strong contender that offers exquisite taste when compared to our other models. It may seem a bit cheesy, but it does incredibly well with coffee capsules.

It suffers from the ails of some of the other standard models. It lacks a cup-warming tray, it has a bit too much variance with temperature, and it doesn’t have an automatic-turn-off. It is still a reliable option for those seeking a premium coffee maker.

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Anko Nespresso Capsule Coffee Machine 42766179

Anko Nespresso Capsule Coffee Machine 42766179
  • Pump pressure 15 bar
  • Capacity 0.65 L
  • Power 220 V
  • Dimension 3.9 x 3.9 x 7.2 in

Anko finds itself on the top of the list with a consistent flavour profile and simplicity in use. As one of the most cost-effective models we have, you could not tell that by looking.

It has one of the most consistent temperatures among the bunch, making it perfect for those wanting an ideal temp coffee every time. It may not be the best winner in the flavour competition, but it makes up for it with a variety of other features.

It has easy-to-read controls, an excellent milk frother, and a standby mode. Anko manages to have these features at half of the cost of other coffee makers. Among simple coffee makers, this stands at the same level as the Nescafe, making it an easy winner for this list.

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DeLonghi Essenza Mini bundle EN85RAE SOLO

DeLonghi Essenza Mini bundle EN85RAE SOLO
  • Power 1150 W
  • Capacity 0.6 L
  • Weight 2.3 kg
  • Dimension 110 x 325 x 205 mm

DeLonghi has made this list twice due to a coffee maker that emphasizes simplicity and a coffee maker that emphasizes flavour. I had a pretty real coffee tasting experience with this one.  

It has many of the other features we have mentioned to this point. It may lack the digital display, the cup-warming tray, and the milk frother, but this is great for those who love pure coffee.

If you are in the market for Expresso, this isn’t going to be your option. This one does a fantastic job at a slightly longer wait time than some of our other models.

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Features of the Best Capsule Coffee Makers in NZ

After drinking a lot of delicious coffee with no complaints, now is the time for me to go over the various features that you will need. We aren’t reviewing anything that handles twelve cups here. The focus will remain on capsule coffee machines.

Capsules tend to be between one to three cups before the flavour dies. We will also be addressing the concern of plastic waste during this section.

Programmable Coffee Amount & Timer

All of our coffee mugs, save for the Anko, have a programmable coffee amount. Given the instantaneous nature of the bulk of these coffee makers, scheduling a time for your “pot” to be warm is needless.

You don’t tend to see timers because it is as simple as putting in a capsule, putting in water, and flipping a switch.

Ability to Handle Various Cup Sizes

All of these coffee makers can handle a variety of cup sizes. The only exception is the Nescafe, so that option is best for the “medium” coffee drinkers.

If you don’t need a large amount of coffee, don’t bother with worry about the size.

Heating Time or Coffee Delivery Time

None of the capsule coffee machines we reviewed today have heat-up times longer than one and a half minutes. Also, none of these coffee makers produces heated coffee in more than thirty seconds. The most you should be spending with any of these models is three minutes.

The winner goes to the Beville, as the capsule expresso machine boasts a total wait time of no more than 20 seconds. This feature may not be a big deal to most people, but others need their coffee sooner than later.

Adjustable Water Temperature

None of the capsule coffee makers we reviewed come with this feature. It is because people tend to cut their coffee with creamer, which reduces the heat anyway.

Expresso wakes you up in a variety of exciting ways. One of those ways is to give you a scalding, hot cup of potency. Generally, foaming the milk will heat it in the process. As someone with an espresso maker at home, it is primarily for the extreme coffee drinkers.

Cup Warmer

Large cup coffee makers come with a cup warmer. Small cup coffee makers do not tend to.

This issue may seem like a major one, but the size of these cups tends to limit the need for warmers. It only becomes an issue with coffee makers that have temperature inconsistencies.

Electronic Display

An electronic display is helpful for a couple of reasons. First, if you don’t have a clock in your kitchen, it is another appliance that tends to tell you the time.

For a more coffee-centric approach, it can sometimes count down the time on your coffee. Digital displays on capsule coffee machines tend to be limited to time or selection of different options on the program. The digital display is only available with the Breville product.

Automatic Turn-off

An automatic turn-off is handy for people who are in a rush that tend to leave their coffee makers on as they leave. The Nescafe is the only coffee maker that does not have this feature available.

What About the Waste of Capsule Coffee Machines?

Capsule coffee machines catch a great deal of heat due to companies producing a large amount of plastic waste to contribute to the industry. For those of you who are concerned about the environmental impact, we would suggest refillable capsules. It allows you to buy your preferred brand of coffee.

Expresso machines, which are a type of capsule coffee maker we mention in this review, already has a solution for this. Expresso uses a small, metal cup to produce its coffee. It is due to the potency of espresso.

Conclusion

After a thorough review of the five coffee makers that we have chosen for our list is the DeLonghi Essenza Mini bundle EN85RAE SOLO. Other options find themselves in the “premium bracket.” The Essenza proves that you do not have to be premium to be quality.

It provided us with the most excellent flavour of the coffee. These simple features behind it make it easy to use and handle. It is also one of the fastest coffee makers on our list. If you have a different opinion, feel free to share it with us. Our favourite coffee maker may not be yours. If you are like me, you have a soft spot for espresso.  But not enough of a soft spot to overcome the DeLonghi Essenza

I’m a Consumer Review Specialist that loves to gab about the latest in appliances. As a dad, a lot of my energy goes into keeping up with my four-year-old.

I’m one of those people that needs his appliances to work. As a writer, I’d take some of the burden from your hands with my research. You can check me out on copysmith.org if you want to see any of my other work.

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