There's a reason we typically go to a coffee shop when we're in the mood for espresso: The machine that makes it is big, loud, expensive and kinda scary. Thankfully, there's a consumer-friendly machine that's compact, not as loud and not the least bit scary. It's the Nespresso Vertuo, and although it can be fairly expensive, there's a great deal right now.
Today only, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Nespresso Vertuo with 30 coffee capsules for $99.99. Normally the Vertuo sells for $199 all by itself (though it's currently on sale from Nespresso proper for $139). The last time I shared this deal, Bloomingdale's was offering the machine with a milk frother -- but no coffee -- for the same price.
The Nespresso Vertuo makes regular coffee and espresso; it automatically detects what kind of pod you've inserted and brews accordingly. I've owned one for a couple years, and I absolutely love it -- with one reservation: The pods are pricey (about $1 each on average), and there are no third-party options for this particular machine. Maybe that's why it didn't make CNET's list of-- but I'm here to tell you, it should have.
OK, I know: These pod-based coffee makers are terrible for the environment. Thankfully, Nespresso offers free recycling for your pods, which are collected in a side bin after brewing. Every time that bin fills up, dump the used pods into Nespresso's postage-prepaid recycling bag. The only catch is that to get one of those bags, you have to order some pods directly from Nespresso. (Which isn't a big deal, because although they're also available from Amazon, they're no cheaper.)
As noted by a few crafty readers, you can also save some money and waste by getting a Nespresso-pod refill kit, like this one for $12.49. That allows you to use your own coffee.
Note: Originally published last month. Updated to reflect new sale prices and/or availability. Removed expired bonus deals.
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