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Nespresso D120 CitiZ Review
The Nespresso D120 CitiZ is the newer version of the Nespresso C120 that we reviewed here, and offers much of the same performance as that, but is even slightly better quality. This is truly a great machine at a good price. Find out more below.
This is the big one for most people, and for a good reason. A lot of automatic machines promise good taste, but they don’t always seem to deliver. This could be a problem with the machine, the coffee, or the settings, but when you’re drinking slop it doesn’t really matter who’s fault it was. The CitiZ is absolutely phenomenal in it’s automated brewing process and it churns out fantastic espresso literally at the touch of a button. I couldn’t imagine much better espresso without running a fully tuned prosumer machine at double this price.
The crema is great as well. While I don’t drink cappuccinos or lattes with any frequency (or, ever), I’ve been told by other people who’ve used the machine that it does those just as well, which makes sense given that you’re using the same fantastic espresso.
Is this thing easy to use? If you think that pushing in a capsule and pressing a button is a chore, then you might not like this machine. For the rest of us, it’s an absolute dream! I really wanted to split hairs and count all the things I had to do to get the machine going and it came down to four things: 1) Put glass in machine 2) Insert capsule 3) Close door 4) Press button. Since all of those things can be accomplished in about 5 seconds, I would give this a perfect score for ease of use.
There is one caveat to all of this, and that is that you do need to buy the Nespresso pods to use the machine. There is no good substitute for them and they aren’t sold in many stores, so make sure to have a good stock of them because otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy the (almost) one touch operation.
I’m not a huge fan of plastic on espresso machines, because it tends to indicate that the machine is less than ideal for brewing hot liquids and that it may be sloppily engineered. Neither of these things applies to the Nespresso D120. The machine is superbly engineered
Nespresso D120-US-BK-NE CitiZ Automatic Single-Serve Espresso Maker and Milk Frother, Limousine BlackThere is no shaking of any parts or any areas where there are gaps in the plastic, and everything is tightly sealed, with the exception of the things that you have to take apart to clean, but I’d hope I can get THOSE parts out, otherwise you’d be looking at a single-use machine.
The D120 CitiZ has absolutely fantastic add-ons. Unlike some machines in this price range, it doesn’t have a cup warmer, which could be considered to be a negative, but the rest of the accessories are fantastic. The milk foamer is almost magical in how easily it works, and on top of that is easy to clean. I would give up a cup warmer for a working milk foamer any day, especially when so many machines overlook a solid milk foamer, even though it’s something that is used by a huge part of their customer base.
The Nespresso D120 CitiZ is the real deal, and that’s about all there is to say about it. For what you pay for, you get so much it’s almost unfair: one touch operation at a level that is higher than that most automatic machines at twice the price, a fantastic coffee selection, quick cleanup, and great accessories. If you don’t buy this machine it’s because you want to use your own beans, which is a big IF because the espresso that you can get is definitely top of the line.
If you have the budget, we recommend this for anyone who is not a total espresso aficionado (or aspires to be one) because you WILL be satisfied. If our review didn’t convince you, let the fact that this is one of the highest rated espresso machines on Amazon, with absolutely breathtaking reviews do it for you.
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