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Nespresso Espresso Machines



Nespresso espresso makers are an interesting addition to the espresso machine community. They aren't your normal machine because they use capsules instead of coffee beans. Some people swear by capsules, while others can't stand them for various reasons.


Further complicating the mix, Nespresso machines are created by Nestle, but built and sometimes even marketed under different names such as Krups, Magimix, Siemens, Philips, and Alessi (to name a few). To muddle the waters even more, the machines are almost always manufactured by Eugster/Frismag, a Swiss company that also manufactures machines for other well known companies.


If you're feeling a little confused, don't worry. It confuses me too!


The Capsules


Adding yet another layer of confusion into the mix are the capsules that you have to buy in order to use the machine at all. Nestle may farm out the manufacturing of the machines, and slap other brand names on them, but they market the capsules completely themselves. Why? I'm guessing it has something to do with margins.


You see, the capsules cost roughly three times more than it would cost you to buy beans in the regular manner. With such a huge markup, it's easy to see why Nestle keeps them all to themselves!


Nespresso Espresso Machines


Let's get back to the machines themselves. Under the Nespresso brand, you can expect to find these three main machines:


  • Essenza - $150-$190
  • Citiz - $300-$350
  • Lattissima $400-$800


I'm not going to really go into the Nespresso machines that are marketed under other brand names such as Krups because you can check out our Krups section of the site (see the link on the right hand menu on any page) if you want to learn about them.


But I will point out that the Lattissima machines are marketed by Delonghi, just fyi.


You can read specific reviews for each of the machines below, as well as get any special prices or discounts we are currently offering.


The Down-Low


So what's the real deal with these capsule machines? I was skeptical when they first came out, but a whole lot of people swear by them. They get some of the highest customer reviews of any machines out there. I suppose that you can't beat the convenience. Just pop in a capsule, press a button and wallah! Toss the capsule into the trash when you're done and cleanup is complete!


I'm an espresso snob though. I like to smell my beans, grind them myself each day, and get them just the way I like...it's all part of the package for me. If that sort of thing isn't important to you then there's no reason not to buy one of these capsule machines.


The only real downside is that you're locked into using Nestle capsules forever. Don't like their flavors? Tough luck! On the other hand, they offer something like 16 varieties of arabica and robusta capsules so there really should be something for everyone. Like I mentioned, the capsules are a little more expensive than if you bought beans on your own (like 3 times as expensive) but the machines are relatively cheap which might make up for it.


At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is the taste of the espresso. I recommend you drink some espresso made from a Nespresso machine before you buy one if at all possible. If you like what you see, the price is certainly right!








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