Product Type: Krups coffee machines
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Krups XN710640 Citiz Nespresso
Member Name: economistrobin
Krups XN710640 Citiz Nespresso
Advantages: Great taste, easy to use, looks stylish, great for entertaining
Disadvantages: can be costly
My day always starts with coffee. Regardless of whether I wake up on the right or wrong side of the bed my morning coffee sets me up for the day. It is more than just the taste and caffeine buzz, it's also the waking up ritual that goes along with it which makes me feel human at 5am in the morning! My mother is also a coffee lover and so as a birthday gift I clubbed together with my brother to buy her the Krups Citiz Nespresso machine.
The design of the coffee machine is sleek and stylish and would look great in any kitchen setting. It comes in four colours - cream, titanium red and black with hardware. I played it safe and opted for the black but they are so well designed and made that you can't really go wrong!
The machine is incredibly easy as well as being a pleasure to use. You simply fill the water holder with water, pop the capsule containing the coffee into the machine and press a button and step back and admire as the machine pours a delicious shot of espresso for you to enjoy! The machine is auto programmed to pour two types of espresso drink - the standard sized espresso and the slightly larger in volume lungo.
The taste of the Nespresso coffee is exceptional! I worked in coffee shop which prided itself on its fine espresso and I have to say that this machine matches it entirely! If you are really into your coffee then Nespresso have a wide range of capsules which all have different notes and bases as well as differing intensities - both my mother and I have our favourites! I have also found that it is also great for entertaining as a strong shot of espresso is a great way to round off a dinner party for you and your guests.
This model of Nespresso machine comes with an aerochino (i.e. a milk frother!) which comes with two attachments one for frothy cappuccino milk and another designed to gently aerolate the milk to a creamier consistency. I tend to drink my espresso straight with no milk but I have found that the aerochino is great when I want to make a luxurious hot chocolate or chai tea latte for myself. It heats the milk to the perfect drinking temperature and froths it into tiny creamy bubbles.
Practically speaking the machine requires a little dusting now and then but no major cleaning is required. That is a testament to its great design; it also has a space for you to stack your own espresso cups so that you always have them to hand when you need that shot of coffee.
From a financial perspective the capsules range in price from 29p to 32p each depending on whether they are special edition or a part of a special taste collection. At 29p a cup this soon mounts up if you are having two or three cups of coffee a day. The capsules are available at select retail stores (very, very select there is no store that sells them in my area and I live in a relatively large city) otherwise you can purchase them from the official Nespresso website. I have had no problems with purchasing/delivery as they really provide a high quality service and give you a tracking number although it is my experience that even with standard delivery they deliver promptly. Another service they provide via the website is the recycling of the capsules which I think is an inspired environmental initiative.
Of course you will be paying for the capsules in order to use the machine but of course there is the initial financial outlay of purchasing the machine in the first place! At the time of writing I can find the machine on Amazon for £149.99, I remember I purchased the machine at John Lewis for £179 which was a couple of years ago now. From a value for money perspective if all you want is a caffeine hit then by all means hit the instant but if like myself you view coffee as a treat and a luxury then it is a great investment.
Summary: The best espresso!
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