The Nespresso Barista is billed as the ultimate milk frother, but it’s also one of the priciest models we’ve seen. We tried it out to see whether it’s a must-have for aspiring latte artists.
If you want to froth milk at home, an automatic milk frother such as the Barista can be a handy accessory to have. Most Nespresso machines can be bought with an Aeroccino automatic frother for an extra £50 or so, but the feature-packed Barista ‘smart’ frother aims to take things a step further.
The Barista has an LED touch-control display and 13 pre-programmed milk frothing options. It can make anything from a trendy ‘Iced Nitro’ coffee to your favourite frothy creations such as cappuccinos and lattes. It also allows you to access additional recipes and functionality using an app on your phone.
However, it’s much more expensive than most rival options. Read on to find out more about what you get compared with cheaper models, or head straight to our Nespresso Barista first look review for our verdict on this premium milk frother.
Nespresso Barista: why buy it?
Most milk frothers, including the more basic Nespresso Aeroccino models, have a couple of preset frothing options, such as hot milk, cold frothed milk and hot frothed milk, so you can make cappuccinos, lattes, cold coffees or even milkshakes. The Barista has 13 preset recipe options, which you can select using the touch controls.
You can also download the Nespresso app to your smartphone or tablet, connect it with the Barista, and use the app to access additional recipes and change the presets on the Barista to your favourite options.
Each recipe will froth milk the way that’s required for your chosen drink and tell you what other ingredients and tools you’ll need, and the steps involved.
It will even suggest the best Nespresso capsules for each drink. You’ll need a Nespresso-compatible coffee machine to use with these, but you can also make the coffee your own way if you prefer.
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Should you buy the Nespresso Barista?
If you’re looking for a gift for the coffee lover in your life, the Barista could appeal, but even with the extra features it’s an expensive option.
We’ve tested coffee machines with automatic milk frothers that cost less than £200, so you could get the whole package for less than the cost of this machine. For example, these two cheap coffee machines come with frothers included:
This simple Nespresso machine with the older Aeroccino3 milk frother lets you whip up milky coffees with minimal effort. The coffee machine and frother combination lets you make six different coffees: ristretto (a shorter espresso), espresso, cappuccino, latte, lungo and latte macchiato.
See the full Nespresso Inissia coffee machine review to get our verdict on whether this cheap Nespresso machine can turn out a tasty cappuccino.
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The cheap and compact Lavazza Jolie Plus coffee machine is ideal for coffee fans looking for a quick and easy caffeine hit.
It uses Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee capsules to make a traditional espresso coffee (the base for milky drinks such as cappuccino), or a ‘Lungo’, which is a longer, Americano-stye black coffee. The built-in milk frothing accessory can make hot foamed milk for cappuccinos and lattes, hot milk for hot chocolates, or cold frothed milk for iced coffees.
Get our verdict on this Lavazza coffee maker in the Lavazza Jolie Plus and Milk review.
Other frothing options to consider
Different coffees require subtly different levels of milk frothiness, as any true coffee fan can tell you. Traditional coffee makers usually have a steam wand that froths milk using hot steam blasted through a pipe, rather than using a small whisk and heated base like most milk frothers.
This gives you more control over the process but usually requires you to manually froth the milk and judge for yourself when it’s the right consistency, which can take a bit of practice to get the hang of.
If you want more frothing options without the manual labour, it’s also worth checking out the Nespresso Creatista coffee machine. This has an automatic steam pipe for making up to 13 different types of milk froth. See the Nespresso Creatista coffee machine review for our verdict on whether it makes perfect cappuccinos.
For a fully automated frothy drink, check out the Nespresso Lattissima range of coffee machines, which have built-in milk frothers. You can also compare alternatives including bean-to-cup machines and capsule machines from Tassimo, Lavazza, Dualit and Dolce Gusto using the milk frothing filter in our coffee machine reviews.
*Prices and availability correct as of 21 September 2018
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