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Krups XN7001 Nespresso Citiz
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Krups XN7001 Nespresso Citiz
Date: 17/03/12, updated on 17/03/12 (194 review reads)
Advantages: Nice looking and reliable
Disadvantages: You can only get the coffee pods from the website
With a current retail price of £117.99 from Amazon, the Krups Citiz Nespresso is a pleasant looking coffee machine which is a popular choice amongst consumers.
The all-metal side panel combined with the chrome cup rest and drip grill give the product a touch of quality, although the plastic ('chrome look') nozzle is a slight let down. From the box, assembly is quick and easy - just sit the water jug in place at the back of the machine and slot the underside of the drip tray to the front of the product (no screws required). Once you're plugged in and powered on, you'll need to run a few cups of water (without coffee) through the machine - it's all described in the manual.
The Krups Citiz only works with Nespresso pods, and these unfortunately can't be bought from the supermarket. To replenish your supply you'll need to visit the Nespresso website (www.nespresso.com) and create an account. When you factor in the postage and packaging charges, each coffee you make will work out at around 35p each - more expensive than an instant, but a lot cheaper than a coffee from Starbucks! There are sixteen different coffee flavours available (plus the occasional special edition variety), and you'll quickly know which ones you want to order again. My current favourite is 'Cosi' which has a lovely rounded taste and is very easy to drink.
Preparing a coffee in the Krupz Citiz is easy - lift the lever on top of the machine, and drop a pod into the hole (it will only fit one way). Now close the lid (it takes a little force), and make sure the water jug is filled. When you first turn the Citiz on it will take around thirty seconds or so to ready itself - during which time two green lights will flash. When said lights have stopped flashing, you can press the small or large cup button on top of the unit. I should point out that it's important to warm your cup before filling it with coffee - the coffee that comes out of this Nespresso machine is hot but not boiling, so without prior heating of your cup it can go cold quickly.
In terms of the quality of the coffee - well, the Nespresso varieties really are a mixed bag - some are lovely and intense, whilst others are a little watery. Overall, i've been happy with the coffee that the machine produces, and I simply avoid the ones I don't like.
Cleaning the machine is easy - just make sure you change the water jug every day, and give the drip tray a wipe out on a regular basis. There are special descaling sachets you can buy (costing around £7 for three) and these should be used after every 300 cups if you live in a hard water area.
Overall, if you like Nespresso coffee you'll be sure to like the Krups Citiz machine - it's really easy to use, looks good, and is very reliable; four out of five dooyoo stars.
Summary: Easy to use coffee machine
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