This was the first time I had used a coffee machine like this - Normally I'd just filter the coffee and I thought that was the job done! I didn't really consider getting an expresso machine until the day I did!
Nespresso have tons of great types of expresso which are all easy enough to buy in either kitchen shops, or online! For those of you who are unaware, these come in batches that are long rectangles about 30cm by about 8x8cm - so they are super easy to store. They are also great because they are colour coded depending on the type of coffee which means if you have alot stored together pilled up - it's easy to see which is which just by the side.
Making the expresso is pretty easy, although you can only do one cap at a time which may by annoying to some. I used to think this machine was great, but the downsides over weighed the pros and I came across a better machine!
Some Cons included:
Not being completely user friendly (at least for me anyway)
Hard to clean - The machine has a metal but not metal as in a pot, more like an extraction fan (im hoping people have similar ones to me) It's the kind of metal that attracts dirt and isn't as easy as a wipe clean.
It also takes up alot of space, and for a machine that I hardly use - I want it to take up as less room as possible
So, is the machine good? Of course it is! Was it for me? No. I think before you consider buying any nespresso look around a little. I would consider buying something a bit smaller...
I absolutely love this machine, as I am an absolute coffee fiend! It's extremely easy to make delicious coffee very quickly. Though I do find the milk steamer tends to make my milk a bit watery so I've had to buy an additional milk frother as I can't seem to get it right - maybe I just need barista lessons!? Cleaning is a bit of a faff but I get someone else to do that :)
My machine came with a lungo (long coffee) and espresso cup and saucer which are branded and really cool. I also bought a large selection box of capsules. They're numbered to indicate strength and all are stunning. Some are more suited for use as an espresso drink and some for standard larger cups and my favourite, lattes. My kitchen smells like an italian coffeehouse!
I initially thought that the nespresso brand was a bit snobby, and granted, the machine was expensive in comparison to other brands, but they really have taken it to another level, the range of different coffee strengths and flavours available is immense. The accessories available to purchase are unreal such as pod dispensers you mount to your wall and other storage like elaborate boxes - you can even get a carry case to take your machine on holiday with you!! I draw the line at nespresso branded sugar packets though! There's even a nespresso membership club! Very swish!
I've recommended these machines to friends who now also rave about their prize coffee makers. I couldn't live without mine. My only niggle is that the pods aren't widely available to buy, and because I don't live very close to a Selfridges, I have to mail order, and I dislike running out of pods immensely!
My machine was around £200.00 from selfridges at the time I bought it, which was a few years ago, and I've seen that they've updated their range since then and magimix machines can be bought for around £140.00 (without the milk frother) and around £200 (with milk attachment) from amazon, selfridges, ebay, and direct from nespresso themselves, the M200 model I have seems to have been superceded by the M190, which has a much better milk steamer/frother. The pods can also be purchased from the retailers mentioned above and it's about £8.00 for a box of 10 capsules if flavours are bought individually, but a mixed selection of 50 pods can be bought for around £25.00. All of the nespresso capsules fit their entire range, and there are even capsules available from amazon and ebay that you can fill with the blend of your choice! What more could you want?
Having sampled some of the Nespresso coffee's at work i looked into getting one for home use.
The range of flavours they offer should suit most tastes, this is real coffee though so those who enjoy freeze dried jars of coffee would proably not be too interested in a Nespresso machine. The quality of the coffee is the best i've tried for a home use machine and just as good as most coffee shops. Each capsule is quite pricy compared to making your own from a pack or jar. Bulk buying helps reduce the cost with a pack of 50 costing around £20-30.
The great thing about this machine is the speed to brew a perfect cup. I dont spend long between the alarm going off and leaving the house in the morning so pressing a button and having a cup of coffee ready in seconds is ideal.
The unit price is again more than a traditional maker but this is about quality and quick coffee and it meets that standard perfectly.
After spending a fortune in coffee shops we decided to invest in a coffee machine and have our 'proper' coffee fix at home instead of out. Several friends have different machines - some that you have to grind the coffee and some that use pods. Out of all of them we prefered the taste of the Nespresso Pods and so chose a machine that would use these.
The Magimix is a very smart looking machine - mine is chrome and black and looks good on my worktop. It is also a good compact size.
You do need to use the Nespresso pods which I buy online as there are very few shops around that sell these. Even so it works out at about 28p per cup of coffee - a lot cheaper than a shop bought one. There are a variety of pods to choose from depending on the strength and aroma you prefer - there are also decaffinated varieties.
There is a platform on the machine for you to place your cup (with a drip tray underneath to catch any spills). The pod is inserted easily into the top of the machine and is automatically pierced in several places so you get an even flow of coffee. You can choose how much coffee to have in your cup - it starts off strong and gradually gets weaker. The machine makes a great espresso but I prefer a frothy coffee.
The milk frother is on the side. I place my milk in a plastic jug and use the steam frother to froth it up. Personally I find skimmed milk works best. You need to froth the milk either before or after you have made the coffee it cannot be done at the same time. I also use the machine just to froth milk for a gorgeous cup of hot chocolate. The machine did come with a cappuccino attachment - some kind of rubber tube - I have never found the need to use this the frother works fine on its own.
Once you have made your coffee it is best to flush out the frother and machine with a bit of the hot water and give it a wipe down - it is very easy to clean. The used pods fall into a collection tray inside the machine and this only needs to be emptied every couple of days.
The machine is quick to use although does only make one cup at a time. I definately recommend this coffee maker - the coffee tastes great.
I have owned this machine for a couple of years now, and it is one of the best kitchen gadgets we own. After getting fed up with spending a small fortune at coffee shops, we decided to buy our own machine.
We were initially drawn to the HUGE choice of coffees, and the value for money they seemed to be (approx 25p per drink)
If you do buy the capsules or pods from Nespresso direct it is worthwhile to order more and get lower price postage costs. There are also many Nespresso shops popping up now where you can go in and try the coffee varaieties free of charge (very worthwhile)
The machine is sleek, with simple controls. We decided to "upgrade" our machine by purchasing the cappucino and Latte attachment which cuts down the time needed to make the coffee as well as getting the milk to the right temperature and froth levels.
The machine comes apart very easily for cleaning and produces excellent coffee every time.
We drink quite a lot of coffee at work (decaff for me in my defense) and luckily (or unluckily sometimes) I am in the position of being sat next to the coffee machine, which is a Magimix Nespresso M200. When I heard that my office paid over £150 for this machine at first I was horrified - after using it for months though, although I will not be in a position to buy one for my home at that price, I have come to think of it as being slightly better value than I initially thought.
The machine is very nice in it's design, being black, silver and grey in colour which would fit in with a lot of kitchens I imagine for home use, and fits in with the office too.
Like with most coffee machines, the idea is to buy decent quality coffee, and in this case the coffee comes in special pods that fit into the machine. The machine then takes the water from a plastic reservoir at the back of the machine (which with this one is very easy to fill and use), heats it up before pouring it over the pod's contents to product coffee. The coffee then comes out of the nozzle and into your awaiting cup! It's very easy to use and the settings and controls are easy to understand. Should you spill, there's a drip tray under where you stand your cup to catch any leaks or spills.
The only real downside to this machine is that it's not fully automatic, you have to start and stop the machine by hand, so if you're not paying attention, it's not too hard to overflow your cup (that's why the drip tray is good!)
There is also a milk frother on this machine, which is great as you can make lovely capuccinos with this in addition to the espressos and normal coffees it makes. I find the coffees this machine produces to be very nice, but I know people have different tastes - I'm more of a normal coffee and capuccino drinker than an espresso fan, but I still really like the coffee this makes.
The machine automatically gets rid of the coffee pod you've just used when you go to insert a new one, but ejecting it to the back of the machine into a compartment (though obviously you need to empty this but that's simple - just pour any excess liquid off down the sink and bin the pod leftovers).
Nespresso make a decent range of coffee pods for this machine, so there is something for everyone, including my decaff versions. The machine is flexible, and does produce nice, above average coffee-shop-style coffee, and with it being durable, it's been good in our office. For that price though, it better be!
I have had this machine for quite a while and don't use it much compared to the parents but it's pretty good! It's ideal for any home as well as a small office or work place. It produces lovely espresso but it's got to come from somewhere! The key to the coffee is the variety you buy. You can buy the coffee pods at their shops, which are far and few between. You can also order them online and buy them on places like eBay.
The machine is black and grey. The bulk of the machine is grey or more a silver colour, and the hood that does most the action is black along with the base your mug will sit on. The base has a silver griddle over it where your mug sits so any spillage can filter into the space underneath and be held there until you empty it. This is quite a useful feature for rushed mornings where you accidentally let it overflow!
You do have to manually start and stop the machine - it's not one of those automatic coffee makers. There is a plastic water holder on the back. I think it's good that it's plastic or it would have been smashed by now. The only thing is, it does get some water marks on it after a while but at the back of the machine and rather hidden from a front view, you can barely see it.
On the black hood that leans over the place for your mug, there are some controls. The lever on top can be pushed forward for a milk frother machine to be activated. It can be pulled towards you to start the machine and back to a neutral position in the middle to switch it off. The main power switch is on one side and you must switch this on and wait until the flashing green light stays steady, which means the machine has heated up enough and is ready to make your espresso.
The milk frother works pretty well with steam and helps to heat up the milk too. The coffee itself comes out very nicely. The strongest bit always comes out first and it seems to utilise the pods well, however even if you are having a 'lungo', which are for longer drinks, the strength will die down as more coffee comes out. The coffee pods are inserted into the hood I was talking about. There is a grey handle on it, which lifts it up to reveal a nice little pad, which has some sharp pyramids on it. You place the pod on it with the foil side down and as you lower the hood and click it down, the pod will be pierced many times in a nice pattern and your coffee will flow out after this.
When you open the hood, the mechanism cleverly lifts up the pad to chuck the previous pod down the back into a little compartment. You must then press the pad back down with the next pod you are inserting. It all keeps quite clean actually, which I have never really thought of but you don't get old coffee in your fresh mug. Now this compartment of old pods is linked to the overspill compartment. The whole thing slides out the front of the machine and you can then empty both the pods and the excess liquid away. The problem is, when you have both liquid and pods to dispose of, you must get rid of the liquid first as you can't really pour it into the bin unless there isn't much. There is enough room just about to give these bits a clean too, although the pod disposal part doesn't get very dirty.
You can buy a whole range of different espresso flavours and I don't really have a favourite. There are always limited edition ones out so they frequently change but you can usually buy the regular too. For medical reasons, you may be interested in the decaffeinated one too. The machine is easy to use and makes lovely coffees. It is quite expensive at around £169 for one brand new. However it is made by Nespresso, who are a great make for these products and well-known as one of the best. There is a whole range of nespresso machines and this one is slightly older. They are very stylish and suit any modern workplace or room very nicely. I'd recommend one as they make excellent coffees for the morning and heat up in no time at all.
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I bought my Magimix Nespresso machine about a year ago and haven't looked back since. You can get the machines from numerous high street stores, but the coffee itself is another matter. The coffee itself only comes in small single use pods that you can only get from the nespresso website or from their own exclusive stalls/shops inside stores such as Selfridges in the Trafford Centre in Manchester. Despite this, it is very reasonably priced at between 25-30p per cup. This machine makes espressos, lungos, lattes, and cappucinos. It is very simple to use and works very quickly. Just flip the machine on, fill the water jug, pop your choice of pod in, pull the handle forward and out comes steaming water that's mixed with the coffee to make an exceptional cup of coffee. If you are like me and prefer a latte you can steam your milk by using the small nozzle on the right hand side within about 30 seconds then add your espresso shot to the steaming milk and Bob's your uncle....a great latte that will rival any of the high street coffee shops shuch as Starbucks or Costa. Reliability is also amazing as well. When you purchase the machine you register it with Nespresso. I had a small problem with the steam function on my machine and upon calling Nespresso for advice was told that they would send out a temporary machine if mine had to be fixed....free of charge I might add. I would definately advise getting one of these machines as it will save you loads of cash in the long run, if like me you make way too many trips to overpriced, run of the mill coffee shops!
We've had our Nespresso Magimix M200 for a long time now and it get's used every day. The coffee it makes is wonderful whether it's a quick cup of black or a complicated to make cappuccino.
The design of the coffee machine is a bit of a work of art in itself and it will sit quite handsomely on any kitchen counter. It is made of steel and plastic and disassembles easily enough for cleaning.
The coffee for this machine has to be bought through the Nexpresso club and costs round between 25p and 31p a cup.
We had to replace the water tank on the back of the machine and contacted Nexpresso who sent out a replacement tank, free of charge, the next day. Excellent support.
The only negative thing I have to say about this machine is that it takes time to make a cup which involves heating milk for foam. You need to attach a separate rubber tube, superheat the unit, run the milk through the foaming spout, cool the temperature to add the coffee to your cup and then superheat the machine again in order to clean the rubber tube/spout. As a result of this effort I limit myself to a single cappuccino a day. (Bye the way if you add the foaming milk to a cup of instant hot chocolate it has this wonderful silky smooth taste - best hot chocolate ever!)
A gadget that can give you such a lovely espresso is well worth buying, such as the Magimix Nespresso M200. It is designed to produce delicious espressos in all kinds of flavours with the huge variety of Nespresso pods for sale in all different flavours. The machine is very quick and easy to use, so is ideal for a lovely hot drink on a cold winter's morning. The hot drinks taste so great that I wouldn't be surprised if addiction caused you to have one every hot summer's morning too!
The Nespresso Magimix machine is black and grey with a very modern and metallic look. The colour scheme is named as 'Satin' and described as 'Chrome'. The base of the machine is silver, on which the water despenser lies. You can simply lift this off to fill it with water at a sink or from a bottle. The silver part has the Nespresso logo to one side on the front face and 'Magimix' on the other side. The head of the machine arises from this silver base, which towers over the metal rack where you place your espresso cup. This rack is made of stainless steel and keeps in great condition if looked after. Below this rack is a compartment that acts like a drain to hold any excess water or coffee if some leaks or if there is an overflow - this is a great feature. A yellow plastic part is underneath the rack and will float on any excess liquids before it reaches the top and pokes through a hole in the metal rack to tell you that it must be emptied. The milk frother stick comes out the side of the machine and does its job through the use of hot steam.
The head and base of the metal rack are both black. The head has a silver handle round the edge, which is lifted up to insert your Nespresso pods. As you open this, the previous Nespresso pod cleverly falls down into a compartment in the machine as the platform it was sitting on lifts up. You can then lower it a bit and enter your new Nespresso pod, before closing it, which punches holes in the pod so it's ready to be used. The head also has a handle on it, which is used to control the coffee and milk frother alongside with two buttons beside the head. The whole design is very modern and compact, so it takes up very little space in your kitchen. It can simply sit on the surface but requires a power socket nearby to be plugged in to. The plastic container is designed to hold 1.8 litres of water, which is plenty for many espressos before it needs refilling.
These are the ingredients for your espresso. They can only be purchased directly through Nespresso, either online or through an offline store. The pods come in long elegant looking boxes with 10 pods in each. The unit price of each pod is usually 25p, so a box will cost around £2.50 excluding postage and packaging if you have bought online. Most of the pods are best enjoyed in 25-40ml cups. In the Nespresso stores and online, you can purchase suitable cups for use with the machine and other bits and bobs such as saucers and more.
Some of the flavours include: Roma, Capriccio, Cosi, Ristretto and Decaffeinato. If you are a club member, you can enjoy the limited editions such as Jinogalpa, which is one of the latest flavours. You must log in to purchase these. Some of my favourites out there include the chocolate orange flavour, which is delicious and really brings out many different flavours. There are also a variety of lungo blends, which are for larger cups such as 110ml if you do not prefer such strong drinks. The ingredients for the machine aren't very cheap but are well worth it for the quality drinks you get. The only drawback for me is the way you must buy coffee pods at Nespresso stores or online on their site (www.nespresso.com).
Using The Machine
The machine is extremely simple to use and does a quick job. Unfortunately, it does not have a timer so you have to keep an eye on it when your espresso is being made. However, this can be seen as an advantage as you are in full control of your hot drink and don't have to worry about automatic timers and time restrictions. You simply pull down the handle down to get your coffee pouring. It pours out due to a pump with 10-bar pressure. The coffee comes out at a good rate if you are having just a small 25-40ml cup, but does take a considerable amount of time for lungo cups. The one drawback with this is that the coffee becomes lighter in colour and appears somewhat more watery if you are having lungos as it continues to pour out. This is because the coffee in the pods is running out so you almost have pure hot water running into your cup. However, with the short espresso drinks, this doesn't happen. You will have to manually put the handle back to the central position to stop the espresso flow.
Moving the handle up will initiate the milk frother. This causes hot steam to shoot out the stick, which is used to froth milk and heat it up, which can be applied onto coffees or espressos, or even used in cappuccinos. The milk frother works very well but ours seemed to break after a while and now no steam comes out anymore. The two buttons can be used to determine the cup size of coffee you would like.
The built in permanent 'swing filter' filters your water as it comes through. Initially, you must switch the machine on and a green light will flash on and off until it stays on, and the machine makes a sound rather like a kettle boiling, which tells you that it is ready to use. The water sits in the container but as it runs through to your cup, it is mysteriously heated up to a hot temperature and filtered, which is great technology and saves hot water boiling in the container. The machine makes a slight noise when in use, but it is barely noticeable and not annoying whatsoever. The black base with the metal rack where your cup is placed slides out so you can empty used pods, which can be poured out of the compartment. You can also do this to empty excess liquids in your coffee machine, which flow through another hole to save messiness when you are emptying both used pods and excess liquids. Overall, the machine is very easy to use and easy to maintain too.
Price & Availibility
The actual machine currently costs £225.10 on amazon.co.uk. This is quite a hefty price, but for such a well-built, reliable and quality machine, it's not a bad price at all. We have had our machine for a long time and it still works perfectly apart from the milk froth function. The machine can be purchased online on a variety of sites that sell kitchen electronics, household appliances and it can also be purchased through Nespresso themselves. As I mentioned earlier, the coffee pods can only be purchased through Nespresso, which can be found at www.nespresso.com and they have stores worldwide including in London.
If you do become a Nespresso Club member, you are entitled to limited edition pods as well as many other gifts. We lately ordered a whole bunch of coffee pods online and they sent us two boxes of elegant Nespresso chocolates absolutely free of charge. If you are going to make great use of the product, I would highly recommend becoming a member of the Nespresso Club.
This machine was well worth the buy and we have made great use out of it with everyday use. It produces lovely coffee and works very well. The whole Nespresso range is very elegant and definitely the best quality you will find. Their drinks give you a real energetic boost in the mornings and are quick and easy to prepare. The use of the milk frother is excellent too in producing other drinks of frothed milk for other uses. The design is brilliant and very compact, weighing in at only 9kg, this appliance can comfortably bit on your kitchen surface taking up minimum space. I would definitely recommend you visit a Nespresso store to realise the full beauty of this product and the wonderful tastes of the espressos.
Please visit: www.nespresso.com for more information
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The Auto version of M200, includes electronic flow stop touch buttons and instant cappuccino attachment, in chrome / Automatic function: 2 backlit controls for ease of programming the amount of coffee you desire (small cup / large cup) A special automatic steam nozzle with cappuccino-café latte function for that perfect hot milk froth / Short name: Magimix M200