This article was posted on Friday, December 14, 2012
By Sheppe Pharis
I am a long-time coffee drinker, and over the decades I've
worked my way up from drip coffee, with water poured manually from
a kettle over pre-ground Folgers, to Tim Horton's coffee, to Second
Cup coffee, to Starbucks coffee, to Starbucks espresso, to my
current source: a local italian barrista who brought his
techniques, as well as his bean roasting secrets, to our little
city. This guy makes the best espresso I've
ever had, and I feel that this is probably the best that I will
That said, I can't afford to go out for espresso every day,
multiple times a day, so I have to make my own at home too. When
I'm in a coffee mood, I have my Cuisinart Grind and
Brew coffee maker, and for espresso I've used a Breville Cafe Roma
Then along came the Nespresso
CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother.
This wonderful machine makes some of the best espresso I've ever
had, and considering that I'm getting this at home, I couldn't be
happier. The process is simple--pick your espresso type from the
various capsules you can purchase, put one in, hit a button, and
moments later you are served an amazing espresso.
I just mentioned picking the type of espresso that you want from
one of the many capsules made available. Here's a list of the types
of espresso capsules regularly available:
- Ristretto (intensity:10)
- Arpeggio (intensity:9)
- Roma (intensity:8)
- Decaffeinato Intenso (intensity:7)
- Livanto (intensity:6)
- Capriccio (intensity:5)
- Volluto (intensity:4)
- Cosi (intensity:3)
- Decaffeinato (intensity:2)
As you can see, there's a type for everyone. In addition to
these, Nespresso releases "limited edition" capsules a couple of
times a year.
While I don't like the additional waste generated by using
capsules, I do have to admit that they do a great job of keeping
the ground coffee fresh and oxygen free.
If you aren't sure where to store all of those additional
capsules, there is a nice affordable capsule carousel that you
can pick up to store them on.
In terms of build quality, the machine I have is very well
built. I use it regularly, and have had no problems.
It also looks really great! I have the stainless steel version,
but there is a black version available as well. Some of the other
brands also have white versions.
Good Recommendations Summary:
If you've been on the fence about whether or not to pick up one
of these espresso makers, I highly recommend that you go get one.
Outside of Nespresso, there are
a number of different brands that are licensed to make Nespresso
espresso machines, including Krups, Magimix,
Miele, Siemens, and DeLonghi.
Here are some other links you might be interested in: