Product Type: Krups Philips Saeco
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Fast, simple and does what it says on the tin....but don't expect Costa!
Krups XN2005 Nespresso
Member Name: oxfordteacher
Krups XN2005 Nespresso
Date: 19/01/11, updated on 19/01/11 (96 review reads)
Advantages: Fast, easy to use and convenient
Disadvantages: Not that tasty and can get messy!
We purchased this machine for our office - and, as all self respecting teachers will admit - we function based on our caffeine intake. So; a machine which produces (almost) instant, strong coffee was always going to be a winner.
The Nespresso functions using the Nespresso capsules; these are not overly pricey at around £0.30 each although the cost certainly mounts up. These capsules range in intensity and all come with rather extravagant boasts about their flavour and rich heritage from the "rolling slopes of the Andean Mountains" or the "vibrant forests of the Guatemalan heartland" although I have struggled to notice a real difference between blends. They are all pretty drinkable, however.
The real talent of this bit of kit is not, then, in its ability to create super-high quality coffee (despite the promises); the real talent is in its ability to produce hot and tasty coffee at the press of a button... and this is pretty cool. The capsules are inserted into the top of the machine and then (if the tank at the back is full of water - which, in my office, it is often not...) at the touch of a button hot water is pumped through the capsules and into your waiting cup immediately. And there it is - hot coffee - instantly.
Other plus points must be awarded for the ease of use - all removable parts clip on/off with speed (especially the water tank which is definitely an area of potential disaster) and the caps are stored for later disposal inside the machine. There is an area for dealing with inevitable spillage and this is easily removed for cleaning.
Downsides are the mess that it can create (particularly if the spent capsules stored inside aren't regularly disposed of) and the taste compared to a pretty bog standard caffetiere.
If you're on the go most of the time as we are in school, but you need the caffeine kick of an espresso now and again, this is for you. If you're a coffee lover; don't expect to be transported to the streets of Paris or the fields of Nicaragua.
Summary: For those of us on the go who don't need (or care) if we're drinking the very best coffee
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