Product Type: Krups coffee machines
Newest Review: ... always seems a bit pointless to me. Oh well, different folks and all that... I'm impressed with the length of time it takes for me to ma... more
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Krups Nespresso Citiz XN7001
Member Name: chrisandmark
Krups Nespresso Citiz XN7001
Advantages: A wonderful looking machine, brews perfect coffee, very easy to keep clean
Disadvantages: The expense of purchasing the capsules
My Nespresso Citiz coffee maker is absolutely beautiful; I have the frosted aluminium one which looks stunning sitting on the kitchen worktop, it's a brushed silvery/grey shade and I think this particular colour compliments the clean lines and small amount of chrome at the front of the machine perfectly. It doesn't have a huge footprint, having a base which is just 13cm wide and 28cm from front to back - obviously as the water tank is located at the back of the machine you need to find a place where this is easily accessible, my first instinct was to slot the Nespresso into the small space next to my microwave but I quickly realised this wasn't going to be practical as it meant pulling the machine out more or less completely each time I needed to refill the tank. Not ideal when you drink as much coffee as I do!
The Nespresso is simplicity itself to use; you simply select a capsule (mine came with a small 'selection pack' to allow me to sample and enjoy several flavours), pop it into the space at the top of the machine and switch it on by pressing one of just two buttons depending on what size coffee cup you're using. The front of the coffee maker is cleverly designed so that you can use a normal sized mug (although sadly not the humongous mugs I favour) standing on the actual base, or flip down a small chrome 'shelf' to stand a smaller espresso cup on to ensure it's close enough to the dispensing nozzle despite the stunted size of these (ridiculous) cups. I don't own, and don't ever want to own, an espresso cup but I did try out this feature using an oversized shot glass and can confirm it works a treat - although the three mouthfuls of coffee you get out of these tiny cups always seems a bit pointless to me. Oh well, different folks and all that...
I'm impressed with the length of time it takes for me to make a coffee using the Nespresso Citiz, and also by how quiet it is. Obviously you have a small amount of noise to contend with but I personally think it's great compared with an old filter coffee machine I was using last year, which would actually wake my son up upstairs if I brewed a coffee after he'd gone to bed - loud wasn't the word, airplane landing in the back garden was probably a more suitable description of the noise that thing made! In comparison, the Nespresso is almost silent (well it's not, but you get my drift!). I love the fact that all I have to do is slide a capsule in and press a button because it means I can go away and do something else for a couple of minutes and when I get back I'll have a steaming hot cup of coffee waiting for me, there's absolutely no faffing around at all and I'm always surprised by how quickly my coffee is ready. I usually run my mug under the hot tap first to warm it up as I find the coffee cools very quickly from the Nespresso, this is true of all the varieties of capsule so can only assume that it's due to the fact that the machine doesn't boil the water all the way up but makes the coffee when it's simply 'very hot' - it's a nuisance but I've gotten myself into the routine of hot-rinsing the cup now and it's no bother at all, I've even started warming the mugs when I make instant coffee as it really does make a difference to how long your coffee (or tea) will stay drinkably hot for.
Keeping my Nespresso Citiz looking clean and new is incredibly easy. All I need to do is empty out the used capsules, wipe underneath the drip tray (nothing EVER drips, you're wiping an already clean surface most of the time) and rinse the water jug now and again. The container where the used capsules end up is roomy enough to hold around eight capsules so needs to be emptied pretty regularly, it's no fuss at all however and I think this is great as it saves me having to fish the capsule out of the machine after every single cup of coffee. A full clean where you wipe every surface and clean out every orifice takes less than five minutes, amazing considering my old fashioned filter coffee maker (old fashioned in the sense that it was nineteen years old) used to require cleaning after more or less every use and that would take forever despite the fact that it was a very basic looking machine! Thumbs up to Nespresso for being housewife-friendly!
The power cord length is fine, a little long for my purposes if I'm honest and noticeably longer than the cords on my other small appliances. It all looks a bit tangled lying on the worktop and really I must look into cord storage solutions as it spoils the beautiful appearance of the Nespresso somewhat; I suppose a long power cord should be classed as an advantage as it makes placement of the appliance easier, but speaking from a personal viewpoint (ie. my Nespresso is directly in front of a plug) it's a nuisance. There is one issue I've noticed about the power cord and that's the fact that it's like a sponge for collecting kitchen grease, I've had to start running a cloth down the length on a daily basis and every time I do this I thank god it's not a white cord as it would certainly have that revolting brown/yellow staining by now - very odd considering it's nowhere near the cooker or where I do much food preparation.
The most important thing however is something I haven't really touched on yet - the quality of the coffee produced. I've sampled at least eight different varieties and have been impressed with the quality and flavour of all, bar the Fortissio (green capsule) which I found to be extremely bitter to the point of not being an enjoyable drink at all. My favourite by far, and the one I buy most often, is the Arpeggio (purple capsule) as it creates a rich coffee which can be enjoyed at any time of the day - the aroma of this coffee is absolutely wonderful and it's definitely one I'd brew up if we ever decide to sell our house and had people coming to view! Another one I like is Colombian coffee called Rosabaya de Colombia, it's a 'special' and therefore more expensive per capsule but has a delicious unusualness in the flavour which really grabs my attention - if I tell you it tastes a little fruity you might not like the sound of it, but the fruit flavours are so well balanced with the not-particularly-rich coffee that I find myself getting up to make another one as soon as I've finished my first cup! Wonderful.
Incidentally, you can make two cups of coffee from the same capsule - the second will obviously be weaker in flavour, but this is to be expected. I have a 'tasting notes' card from Nespresso which came with my machine and on here it tells me which capsules are suitable for the different sized coffee cups that most homes will have, it's always worth checking before purchasing your capsules actually as I made a pretty expensive error when ordering some from Ebay recently as I'd gotten all excited having seen a variety which was new to me - only when they arrived the capsules were suitable only for the small espresso cups (remember, I don't use them) so I ended up having to resell them and purchase different ones.
The running cost of purchasing coffee to use in the Nespresso is undeniably erring on the ridiculous, especially if (like me) you usually buy a £3.49 jar of Kenco or £4 bag of coffee grinds for my old filter machine. You can't buy Nespresso capsules in any of the major supermarkets, although occasionally Sainsbury's and Debenhams will stock capsule holders which come with twenty or forty capsules, so you're stuck really with ordering from the Nespresso website. Here you can buy individual capsules with prices ranging from 29p to 33p or selection packs of various amounts of capsules at a cost of up to £75 for 250 assorted capsules. I drink upwards of fifteen cups of coffee a day, I have to supplement my Nespresso addiction with Kenco (which I adore!) simply to save bankrupting us! Ebay is an alternative and I've purchased from various trusted sellers several times since I've owned this machine, the overall price doesn't really work out much cheaper but I find the selection packs sold on here to be slightly more interesting than those offered by Nespresso themselves - last week I purchased some limited edition coffee capsules at a vastly reduced price to the Nespresso site (who want £7 for two capsules) and can't wait for them to arrive so I can sample them now! I don't recommend the cheaper alternative 'Nespresso compatible' capsules you can buy in Tesco as the coffee is poor quality and that always seems a shame to me when you're using such a fabulous machine to brew it in; admittedly you'll save yourself some money by buying these, but why sacrifice flavour to save a few pennies?
I absolutely adore my Nespresso Citiz and am still thrilled each and every time I use it. It's amazingly stylish (spoilt a little by the nozzle being plastic with the appearance of chrome), makes wonderful coffee and is a little bit of luxury amongst my pretty basic collection of kitchen appliances. My next step is to buy some bespoke coffee cups (I have my eye on some, but don't dare mention the price to Mark) to really make the most of the Nespresso experience. A wonderful coffee maker.
Summary: A fabulous coffee maker which I really can't find fault with at all
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