You’re craving a coffee drink, but don’t necessarily feel like an espresso. So you head over to your Nespresso pod machine and realise it only has two setting: short and long. Not one to be defeated by a kitchen robot, you get creative. Or rather, we’ve gotten creative. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the coffee drinks you can make with your Nespresso pod machine. All you need is a little imagination and some good Italian coffee.
So grab your Italian Nespresso capsules and follow us as we travel the globe for the best and easiest coffee drinks you can make with nothing more than your Nespresso machine at home. Whether you feel like something sweet or prefer your coffee with a hit of something boozy, this is the guide for you.
1. THE AMERICANO
It has a bad rap, but the Americano is a great way to make a great espresso go further. So instead of knocking it back in one slurp, you can savour it without having to add any milk.
2. THE YUANYANG
It’s the age old request: Coffee or tea? But why choose, when you can have a yuanyang? The drink comes from the Chinese word for mandarin ducks, a symbol of conjugal love in Chinese culture.
3. THE TRIPLO
Double espressos are for wimps. This very American concept takes the classic Italian espresso and triples it because three’s a crowd in everything except coffee.
4. THE CAFFE MELANGE
Such an elegant name for what is basically coffee and cream. The name is all French, but this sweet delight actually hails from Switzerland and Austria, where it a cafe favourite.
5. THE CARAJILLO
Thought to have been created by the Spanish when they invaded Cuba, the carajillo was a sophisticated shot of liquid courage that’s packed with all the flair you’d expect from Latin America.
6. THE COLD BREW
It’s the coffee of the moment and it’s damn easy to make. Just crack open a pod, pour it in a jug with cold water and leave to soak overnight. The next morning you’ll have iced coffee that actually tastes like coffee.
7. THE DIRTY CHAI
A trip to India via Italy. The dirty chai is a chai latte’s smack-talking street cousin. It packs a punch and the espresso is a great complement to the spicy notes of cardamom and cloves.
8. THE EISKAFFEE
There’s spiders and then there’s the German coffee spider known as Eiskaffee. This one is strictly for the adults with enough sugar and caffeine to keep you awake into next week.
9. THE MACCHIATO
When it Rome, add cacao and frothed milk to your espresso. The macchiato is the coffee drink your hipster friends order when they’re too cool for a cappuccino.