May 31, 2011
All the systems worked flawlessly with one exception. The FrancisFrancis X8 developed a pump problem almost immediately. One email to Illy though and they immediately shipped out a replacement unit as well as a FedEx Return Label. It took two days for shipping and the FedEx delivery person picked up the old one. Service was fast, sure and the replacement machine has worked perfectly.
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Which one to chose depends on your individual priorities.
If counter space is the biggest issue, then the Nespresso machines have the smallest foot print, followed by the CBTL Caffitaly Contata, the Illy FrancisFrancis X8 and the Lavazza LB 1010 is the largest, about the same footprint as my cutting board. The Nespresso is also the lightest of all, by a considerable margin.
Continue reading: "Part VI: Conclusions on Comparing Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems from Nespresso, Lavazza, FrancisFrancis X8, and CBTL"
May 24, 2011
On very special weekends when I was young, maybe just starting school, Dad would take me and my little brother to Mt Royal train station in Baltimore. It was a long grey stone building with big arched windows and a tall square tower with a big clock on each side and the trains came in down on a lower level and you walked down wide stairs and I'd tell my little brother to hold my hand and hold the rail and soon we would be down at the bottom and there would be lots of people and you could hear a whistle as the train got near the station and everyone looked and it was really big and noisy and you had to put your hands over your ears and when it pulled in great clouds came out and then when it stopped the steam engine hissed and panted while people got on and off.
Dad would take us to Mr. Theodore. He was the conductor and he told the train when it could go and Mr. Theodore always told Dad he would take good care of us and bring us back on the 5:30 and Dad asked us if we would do everything Mr. Theodore said and we said "Yes!"
Continue reading: "Part II: The Nespresso Experience - Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems"
May 23, 2011
We've prepared for you a multi-part article that gives a comparison of the Nespresso, Lavazza, FrancisFrancis X8, and CBTL (Coffee Bean Tea and Leaf) espresso and single serve coffee systems (a special thanks goes out to JAR for all of his efforts on these articles). We'll have 4 experience articles, followed by a conclusions about all four systems. In this article Part I we compare the four systems to each other.
Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems
Prepackaged single serve espresso system are becoming increasingly popular. They offer consistent dosing, tamping, easy cleanup, reliable and most of all, repeatable performance. There are two basic formats, the ESE pod and capsules. In this series of comparisons I will be looking at four of the capsule systems available today.
Probably the best known example is the system from Nespresso.
Nespresso is one of the Nestlé's companies and they do a great job of marketing their product and in their personal customer service. They sell directly and through a series of Boutiques found in many major cities. Online or phone ordering is easy, their people are polite and knowledgeable and delivery is fast. If you call them you can even specify a preferred carrier if one gives better service in your area.
Continue reading: "Part I: Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems - Nespresso, Lavazza, FrancisFrancis X8, and CBTL"
May 17, 2011
Nespresso is raising the price of their coffee capsules an average of 6% per capsule due to the high commodity price of coffee.
"Against a backdrop of high coffee commodity price volatility, there is a very modest price increase in different markets," said Nespresso spokesman Julian Liew.
"While I cannot go into detail for each market, I can confirm that there will be a price increase of 2 euro cents in France, but there is no price increase in Switzerland," he said.
Prices for Arabica coffee beans have nearly doubled in the past few years, and Arabica coffee is at a 14 year high of $3 per pound. Even with the price increases Nespresso is growing rapidly, and we can only hope these high coffee prices don't continue.
March 23, 2011
As our sister site Single Serve Espresso has teased, the Nespresso Pixie is now available at Williams Sonoma nationwide and online. The Nespresso Pixie is a multi-colored Nespresso single serve coffee and espresso machine that utilizes Nespresso's coffee capsule system. We saw the Pixie in person, and the industrial design is striking. The Pixie is also not that much smaller than the Nespresso Citiz but it is indeed Pixie in size.
At Williams Sonoma
March 8, 2011
There's a product out in France called Ne-Cap that make the impossible possible - you can make your own Nespresso capsules and use any coffee you want.
The capsule is used in 4 easy steps...
- Fill capsule with your preferred espresso coffee or tea leaves
- Remove the protective label on the adhesive seal
- Stick on the foil label
- Pop in any Nespresso machine and enjoy.
According to the site, the cost per capsule is 0.10 Euros (Approx. 0.14 cents USD) and each capsule can hold about 5 grams of coffee. No word on how many capsules are in a box but the site says they're available at "fine coffee retailers across France" and online at various French coffee product sites.
There are even accessories for the Ne-cap as well...
March 4, 2011
Right now Williams-Sonoma has the exclusive sale in the US of the Nespresso Pixie. Starting yesterday on 3/3 you can purchase the Pixie in a variety of eye catching colors (we like the green), and enjoy a super-compact silhouette with superb espresso-making abilities from Nespresso. This is the smallest Nespresso machine ever, and we think the compact design is a winner.
- Stylish, ultracompact espresso machine brews one perfect cup at a time.
- Brewing is fully automatic – simply pop in a coffee capsule and select your cup size.
- Works exclusively with Nespresso’s premium coffee capsules (16 are included) for locked-in freshness and convenience with no mess.
- Heats up in 25 to 30 seconds – faster than most single-cup models on the market.
- Two top buttons allow you to select a shot size, a 1-oz pour or a 2- to 3-oz pour.
- Machine can be programmed to brew a specific duration based on your preference.
- A 19-bar pressure pump ensures maximum extraction of flavor.
- Innovative Thermoblock technology guarantees precise temperature control.
- Spent capsules are neatly ejected into an internal receptacle that holds up to 10 used capsules.
- Removable water tank is easy to fill.
- Drip tray flips up to accommodate larger cup sizes – handy when you’re making a latte or cappuccino.
- Easy-to-read backlit buttons.
- Auto shut-off after 9 minutes.
The Nespresso Pixie comes in 6 colors: Electric Steel Blue; Electric Lime; Electric Aluminum; Electric Indigo; Electric Red; Electric Titan. Pricing for the Nespresso Pixie is $249 for any color machine.
February 2, 2011
SingleServeEspresso.com has details that Nespresso is launching the new Nespresso Pixie Brewer "This Spring". The surprisingly small Pixie will take up a minimal amount of room on your countertop brewing up a classic Nespresso shot without taking up much real estate.
- The sides of the Pixie are colored aluminum, with an ABS case, stainless drip tray and an alloy handle to make for a pretty stout, and attractive piece.
- The sleek and compact new design of the machine features side panels in anodized aluminum inspired by industrial, minimalist design.
- Pixie will be available in six bold and vibrant colors including: Electric Indigo, Electric Red, Electric Titan, Electric Lime, Electric Aluminum and Electric Steelblue.
- Espresso and Lungo; Auto Shut Off, Low Water Alert
The machine will have Espresso and Lungo settings brewing up 1.35 ounces and 4.75 ounces of espresso respectively. Like other automatic Nespresso machines, the Pixie's settings can be customized by the user. The Pixie will also feature an automatic shut-off much like the Nespresso Citiz brewer, so that it saves energy. The Pixie will automatically shut off after 9 minutes of non-use, which can be changed by the user up to a maximum of 30 minutes.
December 17, 2010
The L'OR Brand of Nespresso compatible capsules sold under the Douwe Egberts brand name.
Single Serve Espresso and Bloomberg have reported that Sara Lee, one of the major coffee makers in Europe may start selling their Nespresso compatible capsules in the US through a mail order system as they look for ways to expand their distribution of this coffee format.
What are the savings? About 4 cents a capsule from Sarah Lee making their capsules .29 a pop and Nespresso's .33. Doesn't sound like a lot but it adds up. While Nespresso/Nestle feels that their capsule and machines are well protected through a layered patent process, Sara Lee believes that they have successfully circumvented the patent protection and have been offering their L'Or capsules in France online and at retailers since April, and in the Netherlands just this month.
They have reportedly sold 90 million capsules to date.
Full read at Single Serve Espresso
November 11, 2010
The 2010 Limited Editions of Variations by Nespresso have been announced. These variations will launch on December 6th with a preview sale event from December 1st -5th for high-value Nespresso Club members.
- Vanilla Variation – a balanced harmony between the rich and velvety aromas of vanilla and the mellow flavour of the Livanto Grand Cru creates a blend distinguished by its full, enveloping taste, infinitely smooth and silky on the palate.
- Caramel Variation– the sweet vanilla flavour of caramel softens the roasted notes of the Livanto Grand Cru results is a delicate gourmet union which evokes the creaminess of soft toffee.
- Almond Variation – the sweet and lightly toasted almond notes accentuate the roundness of the Livanto Grand Cru and this melt-in-the-mouth blend evokes the mellow taste of Amaretti biscuits.
Single Serve Espresso has an extensive recap and thoughts on this year's Nespresso Variations we think you should check it out.
At Nespresso and Single Serve Espresso