Can You Make Regular Coffee With Nespresso?

You’ve always wondered, “Can you make regular coffee with Nespresso?” and the answer is, “It depends,” because all coffee machines are not equal.

Can you make regular coffee with Nespresso
The type of coffee machine matters

You might think the answer to the question should be easy. Just pop in a regular coffee capsule, and there you go! Not so fast there, young java head. Making regular coffee isn’t as much about the capsule as it is the machine you use.

You Can Make Regular Coffee With Nespresso

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A suitable Nespresso machine can make your regular coffee

You can make regular coffee with Nespresso if you choose a suitable machine for the job. That means that getting your perfect cup of standard coffee is not as easy as simply placing a regular coffee capsule in and pressing “Start.” It is good information to keep in mind when you go shopping for a Nespresso machine.

Nespresso Machines

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Nespresso coffeemakers that make regular coffee are limited

Nespresso has a model for every coffee lover from the brewing process to water tank capacity and milk frothers to heat cut-off levels. Though regular coffee connoisseurs, beware.

Not every Nespresso coffeemaker will serve up your standard cup of Joe. Let’s take a glance at the different options.

Machines That Make Regular Coffee

Making a regular cup of coffee requires some type of “drip” or “pour over” brewing process. Currently, the only Nespresso machines with this capability are those in the VertuoLine, which uses innovative bar code technology called “Centrifusion” to identify the difference between regular drip or espresso capsules.

For regular coffee drinkers, your choices of Nespresso coffeemakers are limited. However, they are some of the highest-quality machines on the market.

The company offers a 2-year warranty on all coffeemakers, provided you only use Nespresso brand capsules, and there is no misuse. These are the models you can choose from:

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
  • VERSATILE AUTOMATIC COFFEE MAKER: VertuoPlus Deluxe makes both coffee and espresso in a variety of sizes: 5oz and 7.77 o coffees, and single and double espresso. Includes a free set of Nespresso Vertuo capsules (capsule assortment may vary from picture)
  • SMART COFFEE MAKER: Brew the perfect single serve Coffee or Espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's Centrifusion technology using barcodes to deliver the best in cup results including the perfect crema for large Coffee cup sizes
  • SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MACHINE: Have the ability to create barista grade brewed single serve Coffee or Espresso cups at the touch of a single button; Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only
  • FEATURES: Large 40 ounce water tank and a 17 count used capsule container; This machine also has a fast heat up time of only 15 seconds; There is an energy saving automatic shutoff at 9 minutes of inactivity
  • Includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso Vertuo capsules (capsule assortment may vary from picture)
Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Matte Black with Aeroccino Milk Frother
  • VERSATILE AUTOMATIC COFFEE MAKER: VertuoPlus Deluxe makes both coffee and espresso in a variety of sizes: 5oz and 7.77 oz coffees, and single and double espresso; Includes a free set of Nespresso Vertuo capsules (capsule assortment may vary from picture)
  • SMART COFFEE MAKER: Brew the perfect single serve Coffee or Espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's Centrifusion technology using barcodes to deliver the best in cup results including the perfect crema for large Coffee cup sizes
  • SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MACHINE: Create barista grade brewed single serve Coffee or Espresso cups at the touch of a single button; Designed for use with Nespresso Vertuo capsules only; Pour over ice to create your favorite iced Coffee drinks
  • FEATURES: Extra-large 60 ounce water tank and a 17 count used capsule container; This machine also has a fast heat up time of only 15 seconds; There is an energy saving automatic shutoff at 9 minutes of inactivity
  • AEROCCINO MILK FROTHER INCLUDED: The Nespresso Aeroccino3 provides smooth hot or cold milk froth for your coffee recipes with one touch. It froths all types of milk in a few seconds, without noise or vibration
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, White
  • IMPOSSIBLY GOOD QUALITY: Exclusively compatible with Nespresso Vertuo capsules, featuring over 30 blends and producing velvety crema indicative of only the highest quality
  • A RANGE OF OPTIONS: Vertuo Next makes both coffee and espresso in a variety of sizes: 5, 8, and 18oz coffees, and single and double espresso. Includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso Vertuo capsules (capsule assortment may vary from picture)
  • SLEEK SUSTAINABLE: Only 5.5 inches wide and made of 54% recycled materials, with energy-saving automatic turn off
  • EXPERTLY BREWED EVERY TIME: Revolutionary one-touch brewing system uses barcode-scanning technology to guarantee the perfect brew
  • QUALITY ROOTED IN SUSTAINABILITY: Not only does the hermetically sealed aluminum capsule protect the freshness of our coffee, but its also fully recyclable. Plus, Nespresso's recycling program makes returning and recycling your capsules easy

If you are pondering why Nespresso doesn’t build more regular coffee-capable machines, it is simple. Nespresso’s business model wasn’t formulated to create standard coffeemakers.

When the European company recognized that it was losing American business because Americans seemed to prefer bigger coffee drinks over fast espresso shots, it created VertuoLine in response.

Machines That Do Not Make Regular Coffee

Nespresso’s Original Line machines are world-famous for their espresso-making capabilities, which require hot water and high pressure to be driven through finely-ground beans. While they are excellent for this purpose, they are not built to adapt to a drip-style brewing process.

Although the machines in Nespresso’s Original Line will not produce your standard cup of regular coffee, they do a fantastic job with espressos, lattes, and other coffee beverages. These are the coffeemakers in the Original Line:

Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine by DeLonghi with Aeroccino, Black (Renewed)
  • PERFORMANCE: Create a barista-style Coffee or Espresso drinks every time, thanks to our one-touch operation and extraction system which delivers up to 19 bars of pressure.
  • SIZE: Discover the newest and smallest ever single-serve Espresso maker from Nespresso by De'Longhi, without compromising on exceptional Coffee and Espresso moments. This compact Espresso machine is effortlessly portable and features a sleek design and modern smooth lines, allowing it to fit into anywhere saving valuable counter space.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT COFFEE MACHINE: In just one touch, the water reaches the ideal serving temperature in under 30 seconds and an energy saving mode automatically switches off the machine after 9 minutes.
  • BUNDLE: The Aeroccino 3 milk frother is included to create the perfect finish to your single-serve Coffee beverages such as Cappuccino or Latte.
  • VERSATILITY: Adjustable cup size with two programmable Espresso (1.35 oz.) and Lungo (5 oz.) buttons making Essenza Mini a great Coffee maker for all you single-serve Coffee needs. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced Coffee drinks.
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Nespresso BNE800BSS Creatista Plus Espresso Machine by Breville, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • SINGLE SERVE COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MACHINE: The Nespresso Creatista Plus offers freshly brewed coffee as well as delicious authentic espresso. The Creatista plus can turn into your personal latte maker with the attached milk frother, allowing you to create top quality latte art in your kitchen. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks.
  • BARISTA GRADE: Brew different single serve coffee and espresso beverage options at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs - Ristretto (0.5 oz.), Espresso (1.35 oz.), Lungo (5 oz.). The Creatista allows you to take a step further and create more complex coffee drinks such as flat whites, cappuccinos, and latte macchiatos. There are settings that allow you to adjust coffee volume, milk temperature and mixture with a fast 3 second heat up time.
  • SMART COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MAKER: Brew a perfect single serve coffee or espresso cup time after time with an easy TFT LCD display that assists you on all preparation, setting and maintenance aspects thanks to a high resolution display.
  • Automatic built-in milk frother helps you create your favorite single serve coffee and espresso beverages. COMPLIMENTARY GIFT: Includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso capsules (capsule assortment may vary from picture)
  • FEATURES AND WARRANTY: Nespresso Creatista Plus includes a 1.5L removable water tank, an auto-purge steam wand, 19 bars of pressure, a fast automatic cleaning process, a stainless milk jug and a 2 year warranty. Heats up in less than 3 seconds with an automatic off mode after 9 minutes.
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Nespresso Citiz Coffee and Espresso Machine by DeLonghi with Aeroccino, Black
  • High performance: The 19 bar pump system offers barista-style single-serve coffee or Espresso every time, perfectly extracting the delicate flavor of each Espresso Original Coffee capsule. The input power is 1710 watts
  • Speed and Energy saving: the fast heat-up system reaches the ideal temperature in just 25 seconds. The automatic Energy saving function Switches the machine off after 9 minutes of inactivity and can be extended from 9 to 30 minutes. Cable storage
  • Versatility: Adjustable cup size with two programmable Espresso (1. 35 oz. ) and Lungo (5 oz. ) buttons making CitiZ a great coffee maker for all your single-serve coffee needs. Pour over ice to create your favorite Iced Coffee drinks. Removable Espresso capsule container, drip tray and water tank (34 oz. ) for quick and simple cleaning
  • Design: citiz's look continues to Please both Espresso coffee and espresso drinkers and design lovers, adding a touch of elegance to coffee rituals.
  • Complimentary gift: Each machine includes a Espresso Original capsule welcome kit with a range of capsules with unique aroma profile
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Nespresso Gran Lattissima Coffee and Espresso Machine by DeLonghi with Aeroccino, Sophisticated Black
  • One touch does it all: De'Longhi patented one-touch fresh milk technology combined with the premium Nespresso capsule system allows you to create perfect Barista quality recipes every time at the touch of a button
  • Premium design: The Nespresso Gran Lattissima features a modern, premium design using both matte and high-gloss finishes with stainless steel accents and a beautiful glass touch panel
  • Versatile: Choose from 9 one-touch beverages selections, including foamed milk recipes, flat milk recipes, and rich, creamy coffee and espresso recipes
  • Practical design: Sliding drip tray accommodates different cup sizes, and removable milk container can be placed in refrigerator between uses
  • High-performance: 19-bar pump with fast heat-up system

If you enjoy espresso beverages and regular coffee, you might consider the VertuoLine. While the heating element doesn’t get quite as hot as the Original Line, Vertuo machines still offer a high standard when it comes to coffeemakers.

If you don’t care much about espresso and just want a standard cup of regular coffee, it is probably more cost-efficient to purchase a traditional drip coffeemaker.

Can You Make Regular Coffee With Nespresso? FAQs

Does The VertuoLine Have A Reusable Capsule?

Yes. Nespresso has reusable capsules available to keep things eco-friendly. These capsules also allow you to use your favorite roast while being slightly more budget-friendly too.

Should I Purchase A Separate Regular Drip Coffee Maker In Addition To My Nespresso?

This is a personal decision. For some, counter space is priceless, so the idea of having two machines taking up real estate isn’t feasible. Others choose according to which type of coffee they consume most. Still, others prefer the machine that will satisfy both cravings.

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