If you’re looking to get an espresso machine to use as a college student then the best espresso machine for you will likely be very different to the best espresso machines for most other people.

This post will show you five of the best espresso machines to get if you are a college student.

In this post, I recommend pod-style espresso machines. To make espresso using a pod-style espresso machine you just fill it up with water occasionally, put a pod into the machine and press a button to make the espresso.

Pod-style machines are ideal if you are a college student since they are quick and easy to use, the pods are widely available and you don’t have to worry about making a mess with the coffee grind when making the espresso.

If you are specifically looking for traditional espresso machines to get then look at this post where I recommend five of the best espresso machines currently available.

Best Espresso Machines for a College Student:

1. Nespresso VertuoPlus

The Nespresso VertuoPlus is one of the newer espresso machines on offer by Nespresso.

It is a VertuoLine machine which means that it will scan the barcode on the pod and gather information about its strength and length and adjust the way that it makes the espresso.

However, this means that only pods from the Nespresso VertuoLine will work with the machine so they will be slightly more expensive than regular espresso pods but there are a lot of flavors to choose from.

The VertuoPlus also allows you to make a number of different coffee sizes which are:

  • Large Coffee (14 oz),
  • Coffee (8oz),
  • Gran Lungo (5 oz),
  • Double Espresso (2.7 oz),
  • Espresso (1.35 oz)

You can also get it with an Aeroccino milk frother that you can use to make milk-based espresso drinks such as latte or cappuccino.

2. Keurig K-Cafe

The Keurig K-Cafe is a pod-style espresso machine that has been around for a while now and it has proven to be a very reliable and high-quality machine.

It uses k-pods to make the espresso which are widely available, cheap and can be purchased from third-party sellers.

It also features an automatic milk frother that you can use to make latte, cappuccino or other milk-based espresso drinks all you have to do is to pour the milk into the espresso.

It can also make a number of other coffee sizes which are 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz which is ideal if you like Americano or long black.

The Keurig K-Cafe is a medium-sized machine that should be small enough for your needs but if you need a small espresso machine then I’d recommend the Inissia or the Citiz.

3. Inissia

The Inissia is an espresso machine that is one of the lower-budget options on offer from Nespresso. It uses pods from the OriginalLine which are cheaper, widely available and you can also use third-party pods with the machine that are even cheaper. However, this does mean that it won’t adjust the strength and length based on the barcode like the VertuoPlus will.

The Inissia is a very compact machine which is ideal for if you won’t have a lot of space to use it in. It makes two espresso sizes which are espresso (1.35 oz) and lungo (3.7 oz). You can also get the machine with an Aeroccino milk frother that you can use to make milk-based espresso drinks such as latte or cappuccino.


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