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May 18, 2008 11:08 AM

Nespresso coffee machines!

I am considering purchasing a Nespresso coffee machine. I am well aware of the important limitation that they only can use Nespresso coffee, nevertheless the wonderful convenience and styling of these machines is winning me over. Nespresso coffee seems pretty good to me...but it really is limiting not to be able to use other coffees...but I love the machines. Does anyone out there have a Nespresso machine...and what do you think of it?

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  1. we have an Essenza and have had it for two years. This is the basic least expensive machine. I also sell Nespresso's in my store.

    I like mine alot. It's a pod espresso machine so understand that and if you prefer the art of making espresso it's not for you. We are pleased with the consistency in the quality of the pods. We order the Arpeggio(purple pod) and the Intense decaf(dark orange/red). It's held up well. It's quick and easy and again makes a consistent shot that's better than what most of the low end nonpod machines make.

    I don't know that i'd spend hundreds on a nespresso machine but for $200 am really pleased with the one I have.

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    1. re: ziggylu

      Actually the Essenza C100 is the model I was thinking about getting. I also noted that Consumer Reports rates this machine very highly. Are you happy with the quality of the coffee?

      Thanks for your comments.

      1. re: josephnl

        I also have the entry level machine and I love it. The coffee tastes the same from any of their machines. If their coffee produces an exceptional cup of coffee, and you are happy with it, what difference does it make if it won't take other brands of capsules? I love the Roma, Ristretto and the Decaf Intenso ones. The coffee tastes awesome. I use an Aerolatte to froth warm milk for a cappuccino.

    2. I have had a Nespresso for a couple of years, and I feel that the espresso that it makes is way above average, and is better than most espresso that you get. It has a lovely head of crema. However, when making a cappuccino, I feel it is best to use a smallish coffee mug and a double espresso in order to have the right level of coffee. I think the cup of espresso is quite small, which cleaves to the true Italian version of espresso...

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      1. re: roxlet

        I just got back from a demonstration by a Nespresso rep at Williams Sonoma and learned that you can program your machine to create as large (unconcentrated) or small (concentrated) cup of espresso as you'd like. Simply hold the button down and let go when it's as you like it.

        1. re: MDGlovely

          Yes...actually you have two programming choices even on the least expensive Essenza machine which I have and like quite well. You can simply hold down the dispensing button to manually adjust the amount of water in each cup of coffee, or you can reprogram either of the two buttons which are preprogrammed at the factory for a standard espresso (40 ml) or a lungo (10 ml...I think). If you reprogram either button, you can also easily return to the factory defaults. It's really a pretty nifty machine. The only drawback with the Nespresso system, is that of course you are litmited to using their coffee, which really isn't bad.

          The Aeroccino milk heater/frother which is available either separately, or bundled with some of the machines is also pretty nifty. Works like a charm!

      2. I have a senseo.. one of the reasons I purchased it over the other pod machines (aside from the fact that you can currently get a senseo for $15) was the after market devices you can use so that you don't have to use only the pods. I use a "coffee duck" with mine, make espresso using the coffee duck -that's pretty darned good. Ilove that I can switch back and forth from pods to ground coffee at a whim.

        I don't know if similar devices are available for the Nespresso - but perhaps you can put that in the equation before purchasing one.

        1. I have two Nespresso machines, one in main house and one in vacation home. I bought the Cube, works great. I also bought two of the frothing cups, they work well in making a foaming type coffee drink. I normally stock all the different coffee types for guest at the vacation home, many guests have ended up buying the same machine for their homes.

          I would recommend these for anyone that wants a consistant product every time with little hassle and cleanup. Buying the pods is very easy and Nespresso has a wide variety of available coffee's.

          1. We've had one for about 8 months and use it every day. No complaints, easy and above average result.