I used to own a basic espresso machine and after a few months of buying coffee beans, grinding them up, and packing the grinds properly into the machine, I got tired of it. Sure the coffee was delicious but I didn't always want to go through all the hassle. Call me lazy, but I suspect most people feel the same way.
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Now that the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker is here...have we arrived at the promised land of the coffee world? Does it work as well as it looks because it sure does look good! Will I get delicious coffee when I want it, without any of the fussing around? Well since I bought one of these machines, I will let you know how it has been performing over the last year.
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The Pixie I bought comes as a package containing documentation, a starter pack of Nespresso capsules of 16 varying flavours, the Nespresso Pixie machine and a milk frother. The Nespresso machine certainly impressed me with its looks, and when I first set it up, it was simple too. I just had to plug it into the electricity, fill the rear compartment with water, pull the handle up to slot in a capsule and push the handle back down. A press of a button, and the coffee making starts!
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The machine heats the water in 25 seconds and pushes it through the capsule, down the spout and into your cup! It is a very quick timing indeed. While the coffee was going, I simultaneously filled up the milk frother, inserted the correct wire frother and pushed a button. The milk frother took a little longer to be ready, but not by that much. And that little device certainly did froth my milk up!
Just like that, I was ready to drink. The whole process must've taken me only a couple minutes and the coffee was so delicious and so fragrant!
Half a year later, I'm still very much enjoying the coffee this little machine makes but now I know more about the little quirks of this machine.
- The water storage compartment doesn't run out immediately, but it is still a little too small and I'd rather not have to refill it that often.
- Similarly, the compartment which holds the used capsules has to be emptied just a tad too often. Although I guess that's the price of having a small machine.
- There are two buttons to choose from, to either make a lungo or an espresso. I find that the lungo adds way too much water into the coffee and kills the entire thing. So effectively, there is only one choice.
- The milk frother has a minimum level, below which it will not work, so if I happen to want only a little froth I still have to pour in that minimum level of milk.
- The inside of the milk frother is a real bother to clean as it has an awkward shape internally and milk solids tend to stick to the sides.
I consider these points to be small factors and overall I have to say that I am very well pleased with my purchase as a whole. Being able to have amazing coffee this easily used to be such a luxury, but now it has become a norm for me...would I buy it again? In a word, yes.