Review: Nespresso Essenza Touch Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker
We've been using the Nespresso Essenza Touch in black and grey for over two weeks now, and find the texture and finish of this Nespresso to be very special. The Nespresso Essenza Touch is basically a Nespresso C100T (you can read our review of the C100T here), but it has a super smooth coating. This may be the first single serve coffee maker we've every used, where sliding your hand over it seems the thing to do each morning we make a cup of single serve coffee.
So, the big difference really is the coating. The Nespresso Touch features are the same as the C100T (which is an updated C90 - you can read our review of the C90 here).
Overall features are:
- High-pressure pump (19 bars)
- Thermoblock heating element
- Programmable and automatic control of the amount of coffee in the cup
- Functional handle allows for easy coffee preparation
- Automatic ejection of used capsules on lifting the handle
- Collection container for used capsules
- Removable water tank (1L capacity)
- Special Smooth Coating - feels like an iPod case or silicone
It's also good to note you can only use Nespresso coffee capsules with the Nespresso C100T Essenza. This is by design, and you'll also need to sign up for the Nespresso club to do you ordering or stop by a Nespresso boutique to get some new ones.
So as we stated earlier, the Essenza Touch blends silky-soft finishes with intriguing modern shapes in the Nesspresso Essenza design. Both the soft-touch case and coffee ring defining the coffee nozzle are coated in a smooth, silky finish that so far we're finding really unique in the single serve coffee world. The Essenza Touch comes in two new soothing colors, the Essenza Touch Soft Red and Soft Gray.
Even the handle has a silky powder like coat.
The silky smooth silicone like texture is
even around the brew head.
We think if you're looking to get a Nespresso, then the Essenza touch is perfect and definitely different. We like the smooth outer coating, and it makes an amazing lungo or espresso cup of coffee.
Essenza models are available in two styles: a pure, slightly curved design (C-range) and a more curvaceous body shape (D-range). The Essenza Touch Collection 2008 (SRP $249) will be available in September exclusively in Nespresso boutiques, including Nespresso’s U.S. flagship boutique at 761 Madison Avenue in New York City, as well as boutiques in Bloomingdale’s in SoHo (New York), Chevy Chase, Md., Costa Mesa, Calif., and Chicago, and the Bay in Toronto and Vancouver, and through the Nespresso Club (1.800.562.1465 or www.nespresso.com).
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 25, 2008 10:02 AM