My DeLonghi Nespresso machine makes lattes and cappuccinos with the touch of a button. All I have to do is put the capsule in, pour the milk in the milk container and attach it to the machine.
The only complaint I have — and apparently this has been corrected with some of the newer machines — is that the milky drinks are not quite as hot as I would like it. I address this problem by zapping the finished product in the microwave for 20 seconds as I do my easy push button steam cleaning of the milk wand.
Control your ire, coffee purists. I know the mere mention of microwaving coffee has you frothier at the mouth than my morning cappuccino, but if I was going to be purist about this I wouldn’t be using a Nespresso machine in the first place. I would haul out my old stovetop espresso maker and buy a separate milk frother.
The truth is I like the Nespresso convenience and if it means a tiny compromise in quality and paying a slight premium, well, then, that’s a compromise I’m willing to make for the pleasure of having an A- cappuccino at home every morning for far less than I’d pay at a coffee bar.