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Nespresso CitiZ, a Great Espresso Machine for Office or Home
Why the Nespresso CitiZ is great for your office
Is the Nespresso CitiZ a decent choice to make espresso at the office? How do you choose an espresso machine for your office or home? Is it better to invest in a machine or buy espresso at the coffee shop?
Find the answers on this page and learn why the Nespresso CitiZ, a fully automatic espresso maker, is a great addition to your office or home.
There are many different brands and models espresso makers available, but this lens is specifically about the Nespresso CitiZ&milk, because it is the machine I currently have at the office and that I'm most familiar with.
Photo Courtesy of Vjeran Lisjak
Short history of espresso makers
What makes an espresso?
More than a 100 years ago, the first espresso machines were invented in Italy. The machines evolved from steam pressure forcing hot water through the coffee, to piston driven machines by manually pulling a lever to push water through the ground coffee to "pull a shot" of espresso.
From there on the technology changed from motor-pump to air-pump driven machines, where the force to push hot water through coffee is produced by a motor-driven pump or compressed air to make espresso. One of the advantages of the newer technology is that these machines are a lot lighter and smaller than the electric designs.
The Moka Pot
A Non-electric Espresso Maker
The Moka pot is also referred to as the stove-top espresso maker and it is a good and affordable alternative to the electric espresso machine. Depending on the beans and grinding, you can create coffee with the crema layer, just like an espresso machine.
The big difference is in the pressure. According to the Italian Espresso National Institute and the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the pressure to make espresso has to be 9 bar and the Moka pot can only achieve a pressure of 1.5 bar.
While it may not make a 'real' espresso, you can still get a nice and strong cup of coffee, so it is a great alternate and portable too. Take the pot wherever you go and enjoy. I certainly did!
Espresso with crema
Photo Courtesy of Ken FUNAKOSHI
How to choose an espresso machine
Some guidelines to choose a machine for the office or home
- You want good coffee, no; you want espresso, so flavor is important
- Speed is essential, to get back to work fast and energized
- The machine should not take up too much space
- It should be easy to use and maintain
- Cleaning has to be a cinch, not messy
- The espresso machine should not be too expensive and
- It doesn't have to be high end (unless you really want the best of the best)
Photo courtesy of Dennis Tang (Flickr)
From good coffee to great deal
Nespresso has a huge variety of flavors that you can order online or by phone. It is fun and easy to learn about the different flavors and order them online. The pods (in sleeves of 10) are also available in stores. I have tried Columbian Arabica, Brazilian Bourbon, Central American Arabica, some with a hint of Robusta, and African blends as well. With choices going up to level 10, regular or lungo (double the water for 1 shot), decaf espresso (doesn't that defeat the purpose?) or cappuccino, there is a choice for any espresso lover under the sun.
What can beat having your espresso ready in less than one minute?
The newer models don't take up a lot of counter space and the Nespresso CitiZ only measures 14x9x10 inches.
Use and maintenance
Super easy! Fill the water reservoir, turn the machine on, insert the pod with your favorite flavor, place your cup beneath the spout, press the button for regular or lungo when the lights stop blinking... and voila! Your espresso is ready. Lift the cover and the used capsule will be dumped automatically in the container below, making space for the next pod and cup of espresso.
There is nothing to it, unless you spill your coffee or milk. Empty the container of used pods and if needed, rinse with hot water. I only had to clean the machine twice in one year, by rinsing the used pod container and the bottom part (grid) in the sink.
How much do you pay for an espresso at a restaurant or coffee shop? About $2.50 per cup? Compare the price of a decent espresso machine (around $300), that doesn't have to be high end to produce good espresso, to what you would spend buying a cup of coffee 5 days a week. You do the math!
Self-made or store bought espresso?
Do you prefer to make or buy your espresso?
Using the Nespresso CitiZ&milk - It's quick and easy
Get your espresso or cappuccino in no time with this machine.
Watch the demo and get a little bonus at the end: a glimpse of George Clooney!
See how easy it is to operate the Nespresso CitiZ&milk compact espresso machine.