nespresso essenza c101
The Nespresso Essenza is a relative newcomer to the world of espresso machines, with the entire line being only a few years old, but is already becoming a force to be reckoned with. The machine uses the Nestle version single serving coffee cups that were made popular by Keurig for their coffee makers. While the Keurig has had decent reviews, the Nestle Nespresso has garnered rave reviews during it’s first few years on the market, and has a price tag to match.
The taste of the expresso made from this machine is very, very good for an espresso machine, and especially good for espresso made from single serving cups. The best part about the Nespresso line is that while most espresso machine brands will differentiate their products by offering slightly better levels of quality as you go up in cost, Nestle instead is choosing to differentiate themselves solely on added ‘amenities’ in their higher end models. This results in the lower end models (like this one) having the exact same espresso as the high end model.
The espresso in the machine is also remarkably consistent. With many machines, you never really know what you’re getting each time you make a shot, but the combination of the well engineered machine with the sealed coffee pods makes for a very consistent and good espresso, cappuccino, or other coffee drink. This is a welcome departure from making a quick espresso and not knowing what might come out.
Aside from the outright taste of the espresso, the proof that Nestle makes a good machine is the fact that they actually have full restaurants that are set up in major cities that only use the Nespresso machines to make their coffees. Not only that, but each restaurant also has a showroom where you can go and sample the espresso made directly from the machines while you wait. Any company that is willing to do that for an espresso machine immediately wins points in my book.
nespresso essenza review
The other major feature of the Nespresso machines is that they’re easy to use. The C100 especially is basically a two move operation. You put the pod in and press a button. After that, the water is heated, and the shot is made and poured. The container holds about 10 of the empty cups, so you don’t have to remove a spent cup after every shot, but I found that I would usually empty the pod bin after about 5-6 shots.
Cleaning this machine is also remarkably easy. The way the espresso machine has been set up is very conducive to easy maintenance. Aside from the pod bin, you should probably clean the rest of the machine on a monthly or bimonthly basis, and I believe that Nestle offers a cleaning kit just for that purpose, although they don’t recommend cleaning as often as I do and I didn’t use their kit when I did it.
The one issue I do have with the machine is that it’s basically unusable if you run out of capsules. Since they aren’t exactly readily available in stores, you need to order them from the Nestle website or from another online retailer unless you can somehow find them in a specialty store around you.
Again, the build quality is another place that the Nespresso machine impresses, although for the price there are a lot of other machines with similarly high build qualities. The fact that the Nespresso machine does so well in this factor is they took the time to get the machine done right the first time rather than focusing on using cheap materials that break after 6 months of use.
I can’t personally comment on the long term durability of the machines, but people I know who have had them for longer periods of time have never reported any major issues with the machine or any of the add-ons.
The price of the machine is where you really do have an issue. While the machine itself is great, it comes with a premium price tag for all of the convenience of having the coffee pods and automated operation. For the price tag ($200), you can find a lot of good semi-automatic machines that brew good espresso, but you do have to know how to use them a little more so than this one.
Again, Nestle has done a good job with having a lineup of extras that go along with the espresso machine. If you look for them, you can find milk foamers, cups, plates, and anything else that you could imagine you would need to add to your collection. Again they do come at a premium because they are designed and branded for use with the espresso maker, but they are of the same high quality.
Overall, the Nespresso Essenzza espresso machine is a solidly built, premium machine that was designed to appeal to espresso lovers who didn’t want to go through the hassle of pulling their own espresso shots and messing around with the fine tuning of the brewing process. While the price is a little high for the qualities of the machine, you buy a lot of quality, durability, and convenience for that money. This is a strong contender in my book, and if you would like to check it out for yourself, you can find Nespresso stores in many major cities.
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