Nespresso Essenza C101 Espresso Machine REVIEW

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Nespresso Essenza C101 Automatic and Programmable Coffee Quantity, Espresso and LungoWith its C90 and C100 series, Nespresso has essentially created a new class of espresso makers, the single-serve automatic capsule machine, and they got it right — so much so that the Nespresso Essenza C101 is our “Top Pick” in the category.


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Nespresso Essenza C101
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Our Rating: 4.5 Stars

According to a review of espresso makers in early 2007 by a leading consumer magazine, “If you want a tasty cup of espresso with minimal hassle, the Nespresso C100 is the machine to buy.” Ideal for those love espresso drinks but don’t want to be bothered with the mess and and time of the traditional coffee grinding, brewing and cleanup rituals, the Nespresso C100T uses pre-filled capsules to consistently produce a tasty espresso every time. Owners uniformly rave about the quality of the coffee produced by the unit as well as the exceptional convenience factor.

Pro
Con
Consistently produces quality espressoCoffee capsules must be purchased from Nespresso (higher per-cup cost than loose coffee)
Unmatched convenience

That convenience does come at a price, however. While the unit itself (discounted prices at around $200) is quite competitively priced for a pump espresso machine, you must purchase the coffee capsules directly from Nespresso, the cost of which is roughly double what you’d pay for loose coffee. Still, if convenience and consistency is what you’re after, you’ll find the additional cost worthwhile. Nespresso offers a dozen varieties of coffee, including decaf — a sampler is included with the unit.

The unit actually generates the highest pressure among the units we’ve reviewed — 19 bars, and the resulting espresso is full-bodied with a rich crema layer. After loading a capsule into the machine (and making sure the 34-ounce removable water reservoir is sufficiently full) the unit brews quickly at the push of a button. Used capsules are ejected into a collection container. The unit is very small, making it ideal where counter space is tight.

Specifications
Machine TypeSemi-automatic pod/capsule
Accepts Ground Coffee?
Coffee Pods/Capsules?
Whole Beans?
Built-in Grinder?
Bypass Doser?
Milk Frothing/Foaming Wand?
Adjustable Strength/Dosing?
Pre-Brew/Pre-Moistening?
Removable Brew Group?
Cup Warmer?
Maximum Pump Pressure:19 bars
Removable Water Tank?
Tank Capacity:34 ounces
Built-in water filter?
Built-in tamper?
Timer?
Weight6.6 lbs
Dimensions11.5”H x 6.5”L x 10”D
Warranty1 year

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