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Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker

There's a new fad that's been sweeping the world over the last few years (hm, I guess you could say it's no longer sweeping - but "has swept") in single-cup coffee centers. We call them coffee centers but they also make espresso (which is why I'm talking about them here). The Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker is one of these machines, but it's not exactly what you might think - and that's a good thing.

I've always thought it was kind of funny that these single-cup machines have become so popular. It's not like the idea is new, espresso machines are - after all - single shot machine already. These new machines are unique though because they use cartridges or capsules or pods instead of coffee beans.

The Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker is unique because it's not a coffee center, but a full on espresso center. It still uses capsules, but it focuses on espresso drinks, not coffee drinks. It even comes with a milk frother which none of those other single-cup machines does (to my knowledge).

Let's Talk About The Machine Itself

First off, this little critter is packing 1,710 watts of juice! A regular espresso machine usually throws off 1,050 watts. It also shoots out 19 bars of pump powered pressure. Wow!

A regular espresso maker might get itself up to 15 bars on a good day. I think these specialty machines have to muster up more pressure in order to fully utilize the special capsules that they use. At least, that's the only thing I can think of and no one's been able to otherwise explain it to me.

The CitiZ also has a water tank that hold 4.2 cups of water. The tank comes out so that you can refill it easily, and also clean it once in a while. Oh, and it also has a removable drip tray too. Fun.

What's really neat about this machine is the Aeroccino. Now I'm not sure exactly what that is, and truthfully it looks like they just made up a word there, but what it does is allow you to create a pretty much endless variety of different cappuccino-like drinks.

What you do is fill the Aeroccino, or EspressoShack.comoccino as I like to call it (who's making up words now!) with milk. Pop in your desired flavored capsule. Then you froth some milk and put it in a glass, stick the glass under the Aeroccino nozzle, click the button and wallah. Some magic occurs and you've got yourself an awesome drink.

What Other People Are Saying

This machine, and in fact all of the Nespresso Machines, aren't nearly as popular as the Keurig single-cup coffee systems, but it does have some pretty amazing reviews nonetheless. At Amazon, for instance, the machine has 76 reviews. Get this; Sixty-Seven of them are 5-star! Another Seven are 4-star. There are two questionably sane people who gave the machine a 1-star vote.

That's an average of just under 5 out of 5 stars. You really don't ever see that kind of amazing ratings for any espresso machine. I mean ever.

What's The Bottom Line

If you're interested in a single-cup machine that's capsule or pod based, then the Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker with it's funny sounding Aeroccino milk frothing device is probably going to be just what you're looking for.

The only downside is that the capsules can be a little on the expensive side, especially if you go through several of them a day. Of course, you're going to have that same problem with virtually any capsule or pod powered machine though so it's sort of a wash.

If I was going to buy a single-cup brewing machine like this, I'd probably go with the Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker simply because it focuses more on espresso and espresso drink while those other brands tend to focus more on coffee and coffee drinks.