I don’t own it myself, but my neighbors do, and they were kind enough to allow me to give it a test drive.
The Nespresso CitiZ enables you to make a true espresso, but without the measuring, tamping and cleanup required with a manual espresso machine. Everything is automatic. And its 19-bar pump ensures there is enough pressure to make a true espresso.
The ground coffee is pre-measured and packaged in small capsules. You simply make sure there is fresh water in the reservoir, drop the capsule into its chamber, and press the brew button.
There are two automatic settings, one for a straight shot of espresso, and another for making a lungo. What is a lungo? It’s an espresso made with double the quantity of water, and a longer drawing time. This is perfect for when you want to make yourself a larger, but slightly weaker espresso, or an approximation of a small, regular coffee. For coffee, make the lungo and then add cream and sugar to taste.
Perhaps the best feature of the Nespresso CitiZ is its milk frother. This allows you to use your espresso machine to make cappuccino or latte. Simply froth the milk, add it to your cup, and then add a shot of espresso.
This is a very stylist machine, with a small footprint and a pleasing appearance. If you are big on choosing your appliances based on design, you’ll probably love this. The capsules also look good and come in smart display boxes.
The downside? This costs more than a drip brewer or a simple, manual espresso machine. Also, using the capsules will set you back significantly more for each espresso you make.
As always, there is an upside and a downside. But if you have the budget to pay more per espresso or cappuccino, you’ll love both the look of the Nespresso CitiZ, and its convenience.