Review: Nespresso CitiZ Coffee Machine
One of the luxuries we probably waste most of our money on is cups of substandard (I think) coffee from places such as Starbucks and Costa. There are a few wonderful coffee shops around, particularly in Brighton, that ensure they are serving the best coffee as that is their speciality, however more often than not I drink slightly burnt, rather odd-tasting cappuccinos from the High Street and at £2.50+ a pop, that aint no cheap drink. Particularly when you are buying one every day of the week.
When the time came for my Mum to buy my Dad a Christmas present, and she hovered by the expensive silk shirts, I persuaded her that despite my Dad being a bit funny and having preconceptions about Nespresso coffee (which are the capsules that are used in this machine), we should just give it a go and get him something that he could actually use and, fingers crossed, love. You see, my Dad likes to buy his own bags of ground coffee and then puts it into his cafetière type appliance. However, more often than not he burns the coffee, and as I was taught at work by a professional barista, once a packet of coffee is opened unless you seal it in a very air-tight container then the coffee goes stale in a matter of days.
So, I thought that we should open his eyes to the world of the George Clooney-weilding Nespresso Machine. Who can say no to George? This is what Nespresso says: “The Magimix Nespresso Citiz and Milk uses innovative Nespresso capsules, which contain the perfect amount of freshly roasted and ground coffee. It has a compact brewing design and a power safe mode, so that the machine switches off automatically 30 minutes after the last use. There is an automatic and programmable water quantity control for small and large cups and the folding cup support facilitates small and large cups. The thermoblock heater ensures an instant water heating system. The removable 1.0 Litre water tank is easy to fill from the tap and the integrated milk frother allows you to froth milk for cappuccinnos and lattes.”
What I say: Well, the machine is brilliant. Not only does the coffee taste delicious but it is so quick and easy that the entire process is a pleasure. My advice is that if you have never used one of these machines before, go to a kitchen shop before hand and have a lesson. We bought our machine from Steamer Trading in Brighton and one of the reasons we even purchased the item was because the sales assistant was so lovely and helpful and showed us step-by-step how to make the perfect cappuccino. That way, when we set it up excitedly yesterday afternoon, it wasn’t a daunting task. You simply pop a coffee capsule into the top of the machine and fill up the milk container and press a button. The milk is frothed to the consistency that I was trained to achieve. No crackly bubbles like I sometimes get in Starbucks, but perfect, creamy, thick milk which is poured on top of a golden brown shot of espresso. Every part of the machine can be washed in the dishwasher (except the milk frother that isn’t dishwasher safe, but is easy peasy to wash by hand) and all the capsules can be purchased online or in a kitchen shop if you prefer. Yes, initially the machine is expensive. Ours was nearly £200, although we have £40 worth of credit to use at Nespresso.com, however think of the amount of money saved in the long run? If you have one cup of coffee every morning from Starbucks, five days a week for a year, that is £650 saved already, and that is the very minimum you’re going to save if you love coffee.
If you enjoy a delicious, no fuss cup of coffee each day, then you really cannot go wrong with a Nespresso machine