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Best Pod Coffeemaker

After years of dissing the pod, I'm fully in camp Nespresso.

Nespresso Vertuoline coffee maker

I haven’t had a great appreciation for pod coffee makers in the past—as a west coaster I prefer my coffee a strong and dark, and those pre-dosed capsules never seem to cut it. (The waste generated never sat well with me either.) I am, however, now a convert to the new Nespresso VertuoLine, which takes Nespresso’s high-pressure, espresso-like tech and sets its sights on brewed coffee. Every shot comes out like a foamy latte, and I control the amount of water passing through each capsule with the touch of a button. (I did learn the hard way that the milk I add to the final drink needs to be warmed up first—but it was a relatively painless lesson.) Plus, I can collect the capsules in a handy Nespresso bag, and ship them back to the mothership where they’ll recycled and composted. And final bonus: it’s red. Can I ask for more on my counter?

Nespresso VertuoLine, $299, available at nespresso.com and thebay.com

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