This Cult-Favorite Coffee Machine Makes Barista-Level Brews at Home — and It’s 40% off Right Now

published Mar 20, 2020
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For some coffee drinkers, that morning cup is purely medicinal. It doesn’t matter if it’s a handcrafted cappuccino or bodega sludge—as long as it’s got caffeine, it’s good to go. But then there’s the coffee drinker who’s a little more discerning. They care about the roast of the beans. They have strong opinions about how light or dark they take their coffee. For them, coffee is a way of life.

If you fall into the latter category, you’ll be happy to know that Macy’s is currently running a deal on the Nespresso by De’Longhi Vertuo Plus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker during its sitewide VIP Sale event. From now through March 29, you can score this popular machine for $160 (normally $313) and get free shipping.

We’ve raved about this model before and how it makes a heavenly home brew. It works like most single-cup, pod-based coffee machines — just pop in a pod and choose your coffee size (one of five) — but this model is all about the crema, a thick, foamy layer made from the oils in the coffee beans. And that makes all the difference. “Better than I expected,” said one Macy’s customer of the machine, which has garnered 75 five-star reviews. “Espresso with the crema is amazing.”

The compact Vertuo Plus Deluxe comes with 15 sample pods, plus an Aeroccino milk frother for making cappuccinos and lattes. While some reviewers say the machine can be “a bit confusing with all the different types of coffee, espresso, lungo, double espresso, etc.,” Nespresso’s YouTube channel offers videos on topics from basic use to cleaning and descaling your machine. And if you’re worried about the environmental impact of your single-use coffee maker, Nespresso makes it easy to recycle the pods; either drop them off at a Nespresso store or collection point—or mail them back in a pre-paid recyclable bag.

Ultimately, if you’re looking to whip up coffee drinks at home that rival what you get from your local barista, this machine is for you.

“I can honestly tell you that this Nepresso creates the best cup of coffee, espresso and double espresso that I have ever had,” said a reviewer. “Better than all of the coffee shops. Makes a rich, smooth and creamy cup of coffee.”