January 8, 2010

Review: Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother

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Nespresso has continued to expand it's single serve espresso and coffee offerings this year with the CitiZ line, and we're kind enough to send us along a test unit to review here at Single Serve Coffee. CitiZ Nespresso machines are sleek and have modern colors along with exceptional design lines that enhance not only your kitchen, but your coffee morning. We reviewed the CitiZ stand alone machine earlier this year, and we we're impressed. How much does the milk frother add to the equation and footprint?


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We think if you're going to be using the Aeroccino a ton for making lattes and cappuccinos, having it integrated with the machine gives you a larger footprint, but the aesthetic is killer. It was hard to let this one go off the test kitchen counter, and the powder coated black frother blends nicely into the landscape of the coffee base.


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Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother Features Include:

  • Single-serve automatic espresso maker for use with coffee-filled capsules
  • Integrated Aeroccino Milk Frother
  • Automatic and programmable volume control
  • An energy-saving mode
  • 1-liter removable water tank
  • Removable drip tray, and folding cup support (one position for a cup and one position for a macchiato glass).
  • The 1710-watt espresso maker and milk frother measures 14-3/5 by 9-2/7 by 11 inches.


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Coffee Capsules for the Nespresso CitiZ

It's also good to note you can only use Nespresso coffee capsules with the Nespresso CitiZ. 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. Like the earlier review of the the CitiZ standalone we tried a variety of Nespresso capsules including the new 2009 Variations flavors - as expected all the espresso and lungo coffees we tried were excellent, and worked great with this machine.

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Brewing a cup of Espresso or Larger Lungo Cup of Coffee

To begin you can fill the Aeroccino with the desired amount of milk and press the "start" button, open the lever, insert a capsule and close the lever, fill a glass with the hot milk froth and place the glass under the coffee outlet,. You then press the Espresso or Lungo button--and combine the two for a latte of your own making. The flow of coffee depends on the coffee variety selected, and up to 11 used capsules collect in the capsule container for later disposal.


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We tend to stick with the size of the drinks the machine ships with by default, but this CitiZ is programmable if you like a little more in your cup when it comes to the larger Lungo sized drinks.

Conclusions

We really like the addition of the Aeroccino milk frother, and the integrated design is very pleasing. As with all Nespresso designs, you need to pick one that's fit for your coffee tastes and aesthetic. We think you can't go wrong with any of the Nespresso CitiZ given the small footprint on your counter, and the amazing coffee and espresso they provide.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 8, 2010 8:10 AM

Recent Comments

We purchased the Nespresso CitiZ with frother early this December after sampling a latte at a Macy's store. In our family of four, there's only one unhappy member since he is at the age where he loves everything in 'big' sizes. The rest of us love the richness of the espresso and have fun making Mocha and Cinnamon Lattes.
arrivederci, sayonara, so long, adieu, adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen neighborhood Starbucks!


Posted by: Shane from Florida at December 21, 2010 4:51 PM

How is the Aeroccino powered on this unit. Does it still have it's own power cord? Or does having it integrated on this machine mean you don't need a separate powere cord for just the Aeroccino?


Posted by: paul at December 1, 2010 10:07 PM

Christmas time, we happened to be in a Ser La Table looking for some gifts - when we were asked by one of their representatives if we wanted a coffee sample from the new Nespresso CitiZ. Not wanting to be impolite (turn down a free* sample = never) - so, we graciously accepted.

The Espresso & Lungo we tried were surprisingly excellent. So were the Cappuccino & the Latte.'

The coffee's crema' was unmatched by any machine we've yet tried - & reminded her of the great cafe's in Italy. And the simplicity was great - no muss, no fuss, no clean-up. My formerly much loved French Press brew, is now "boring" by comparison.

So our "free sample" was anything but - we got a CitiZ & an Areoccino Plus ... now our biggest coffee problem is deciding which brew to have next - we got the Nespresso Sampler Pack with the free Nespresso Discovery capsule holder - a very bonus. So nice in fact, we even got another Sampler box - variety being the spice of life & all ...

The other problem (in the interest of full disclosure) is enjoying a cup of coffee not from the Nespresso machine. Spoiled? Yes we are!

ps. to avoid mineral build-up in our machine - so we use distilled water exclusively. We had a problem with a previous coffeemaker where the cleaning process/ solution ruined the taste of the coffee thereafter - better safe than sorry with this beauty ...

Cheers,
jr


Posted by: jr at January 17, 2010 3:33 PM
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