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I have this unit in cream- nespresso magi mix version visually the unit is very nice, and I like the cream look although it won't be for everyone as the 'vintage' feel won't go with a very modern decor, although the chrome accents will help it tie in with a modern room so your milage may vary. If in doubt stick with the standard black edition. Starting from the back the unit consists of a water container which is quite small and requires frequent filling- but perhaps this is good otherwise the water could become stagnant if it sat in the jug for a long time. Then you have the main unit, with the capsule holder on the top- this part is quite badly designed as you have to pull up the chrome handle and then drop the capsules in to the machine, most of the time they go in absolutely fine but sometimes they don't go in properly and either drop straight through into the 'empty' tank, or they get stuck and you have to use your fingers (or more likely a stick) to push the capsule out- this can be especially annoying first thing in the morning when you're tired and in a rush, the lever is quite awkward to press down, and the first few times you do it you'll be convnved you're doing it wrong as there is so much resistance you feel as if something will break- persevere and you'll get used to it, but be prepared to have to step in when anyone else tries to make a coffee- even if you shout 'just push it down hard' people will always be concerned they'll break the machine and leave it up to you. Another annoying feature is how long it takes to heat up, even leaving the machine turned on doesn't keep the head warm (my old nespresso machine did), but on this it seems to go onto standby mode after a short amount of time (good for low energy bills, bad for when I want coffee and don't want to wait 2-3 minutes for the machine to heat up), get into the habit of turning it on well before you actually want your coffee, otherwise the wait is tediously long. When the machine does fire out coffee it fills the cup very quickly, and the high pressure (19 bar) pump makes for a great cup with a nice thick crema (nespresso capsules give the best creme, off brand ones can be hit and miss). On top of the unit you have 2 buttons for long drinks and espresso- you press the button that you want and then it flashes until the unit is up to temperature (2-3 minutes), you then press it again to dispense your drink, it would be better if it dispensed it automatically when it was up to temperature. The machine is quite loud when it creates the drink, but only for about 15 seconds. Under the buttons is the head, nothing to say about this really- and then under that is the collecting tray for empty capsules, which holds a whole lot of empties and then is easy to transfer them to the bin, way better than my old nespresso which required you to throw them out after every cup. The cup sits on a fold out stand, but for taller cups (I like to use long and thin glass cups) you can flip up the stand and sit the cup on the bottom- which is also the part that catches excess drips. The whole unit is easy to take apart to clean. it's a good unit at a reasonable price- but has some annoying design quirks
I received the shiny black Magimix with Aerocino milk frother for my birthday in January and it is one of the best birthday presents I have ever had. I am a big coffee drinker and was finding myself spending £60-£80 a month on Starbucks coffee, now for a student this an extremely expensive habit which my boyfriend was eager to help me kick. The machine itself is wonderful. It looks sleek and shiny and integrates perfectly into my kitchen whilst looking a bit special too! It heats the water in around a minute giving you nearly instant, perfectly poured coffee. The milk frother delivers perfectly warmed and frothed milk in around three minutes giving you a latte or cappuccino prepared in your own kitchen. There are a few little things that I have a problem with. Firstly it is incredibly loud and makes the whole side shake when it's pouring coffee, however this only lasts around a minute so is not too big a deal. Secondly the milk frother does require a small amount of supervision as it does tend to spill everywhere if you put just a little too much milk in it! Despite this there are some neat little features. There are two coffee pouring options; one for a large cup and one for an espresso sized cup which gives you weaker and stronger coffee respectively. There is also a flip out stand which is integrated within the machine which is just the right height for an espresso cup which stops the coffee from splashing out. The Nespresso brand coffee is also wonderful, much nicer than chain coffee shop's coffee. There are a load of different options and blends to choose from which range between 1 and 10 in intensity. There are also 3/4 decaffeinated options. All in all this is a lovely little machine which gives me a perfect cup of coffee every morning and has saved me loads on Starbucks!
I've just recently bought a new Nespresso coffee machine, my old Nespresso coffee machine had basically given up. It was about 2 years old, and had seen some serious use, I figure that we did get our moneys worth as we bought the cheapest Nespresso machine available at the time. This time around I knew how how much use it would get, so I knew that it was worth the money, and I wanted a to choose a fancyer sleeker model to fit in with all of my cream Kitchen appliances. I thought that I would have a lot to choose from as we were willing to spend more money this time, unfortunately the stumbling block was the colour - cream. I wanted cream as I have cream Kitchen Aid products; the stand mixer, blender and food processor, and cream Dualit products; the toaster and kettle. Being solely set on cream just actually left us with one choice - this one - the Citiz Magimix M190. It isn't actually advertised as cream, it's advertised as 60's white, but is basically cream. It is a slightly different shade of cream to my other appliances, but the Dualit cream and the Kitchen Aid cream are different anyway. So although all of the creams are different they do all work together. We bought this from John Lewis, it was £149.99, but it did come with £40.00 worth of credit to spend on Nespresso capsules, so I guess that you could say that it was £109.99! That's what I told my husband anyway! This particular Nespresso machine is made by Magimix. As with all Nespresso machines you can only use Nespresso capsules in it. The machine itself came with a starter set of 16 different Nespresso capsules, one of each variety that they sell. This is a good set if you've never tried the coffee before as it enables you to figure out which ones you like before you buy them, as the boxes of capsules to buy come in packets of 10. I actually like the stronger capsules, my favourite is Arpeggio, the purple capsule. The Citix M190 is a very tall and sleek machine, our previous machine was short and fat! The cream finish is very easy to wipe over and keep clean. It also looks more expensive than our previous one, it has classier accents such as a metal spout and a metal capsule holder whereas on our other machine these were plastic. I think that the style of this particular machine is quite a retro look, and this fits into my kitchen perfectly. Overall looks wise I'm more than happy with this. The Citiz M190 holds 1 litre of water in the slim removeable water tank at the back. I always use bottled water as I think that it makes for a better tasting espresso, and also I've been told that your machine will need less cleaning if you stick to bottled water. To make your espresso you basically ensure that there is water in the water tank, and switch on the machine (the red power button next to the capsule holder), the green cup button (on the other side of the capsule holder) will then begin to flash. Once the green cup button is lit up as opposed to flashing then the machine is ready to use, this just takes a minute or so from turning the machine on. Drop a coffee capsule in the capsule holder, just lift the holder up and drop the capsule into the space, when you push the capsule holder back down it locks the capsule into place and pierces it to enable the hot water to flow through the capsule and create your espresso. Press the green cup button and the your espresso is poured out. To dispose of the used coffee capsule just lift the capsule holder up and it will release the used capsule into the used capsule container inside the machine. The used capsule container has a maximum capacity of 10 capsules, and I empty mine every couple of days. It's simple to empty, you just pull out the folding drip tray and this will be hiding the container, you then just pull out the basket within and dispose of the capsules. The Citiz M190 enables you to use larger cups or glasses as well as smaller espressso cups. If you are using the smaller espresso cups then you would place your cup on the shelf half way up the machine, which then folds up if you want to use larger cups which you would then place on the bottom. Both of the cup shelves have removeable drip trays and you do need to wipe these out often as the spout does drip slightly after the espresso has been poured. You do also need to ensure that you have wiped the drip tray out on the folding tray before you push it up to use a larger cup, otherwise the espresso dregs are going to leak out and down the front of the machine. This is an easy to use machine, and it produces a perfect espresso every single time. All of the espressos have the creamy 'crema' layer on the top, and have that gorgeous freshly brewed coffee aroma. They are perfect to drink on their own or to make a perfect coffee shop equivalent latte or cappucino. If you want to make a latte or a cappucino then you really need to use the more intense espressos, the milder ones won't really cut it, it's just like drinking hot milk! My favourite capsules are Arpeggio (the purple) for a latte or a cappucino, however for an espresso I prefer Livanto (the bronze). The capsules are not neccesarily cheap, they are between 30-40 pence per capsule depending on the flavour, however if you compare that to what you would pay in a coffee shop for an espresso or a latte then it is a considerable saving. They are definately taste wise on a par with a coffee shop offering, and so long as you are not drinking an excessive quantity then I don't really think that the cost is a huge issue.
Short name: Magimix 11291