Initially would not work (prime), but i called 1-800-nespresso and they were able to troubleshoot. Love the ease, but temp of liquid could be hotteri think i’m going to enjoy my machine in the months to come.
I bought this machine after using nespresso machines in several hotels. I am not a coffee ‘purist,’ and i like to make my coffee at whatever strength i want. That makes this manual machine perfect for my use. Of course, you do have to stand at the machine to turn it off when the cup is full. I admit to getting distracted and letting the cup run over once or twice. I find that i like the more ‘intense’ coffee choices. When i first tried to use the machine, i could not get any water to run through it, though i followed the setup instructions carefully. Finally i called nespresso customer service, and with the help of a pleasant representative, got the machine working. I have used it daily ever since with no problems whatsoever.
. I found the the pods are cheaper on the nespresso site. So i purchased them here and saved $20.
Key specs for Nespresso Essenza C91 Manual Espresso Maker, Black:
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- Compact brewing unit technology,19 bar pressure pump,thermoblock heating element
- Manual volume control, backlit coffee buttons, easy insertion of capusle, ejection of used capsule,
- Capsule container for 14 used capsules, 0.9 liter removable water tank
- Drip tray water capacity
- Power 1260 watts
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“Who needs bells and whistles?
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, EXCELLENT espresso maker!
This makes fabulous coffee–makes keurig coffee taste like dishwater in comparison. The coffee this produces rivals that of any high quality coffee house. The device seems well constructed and i’ve been using it for a few weeks without issue. The coffee capsules are about 70 cents each through manufacturers ‘club,’ which is comparable to keurig pods.
If you want just a perfect and perfectly simple shot of espresso, this is the machine for you. Heats fast, lets you do a long or short shot as you wish, and uses the exquisite nespresso pods.
I got two of these, one for home, and one for the office. They work perfectly and flawlessly. The espresso always has a nice cream at the top and the heater on this heats the water quickly. I would purchase another one for a friend as a gift.
Let’s assume you know about nespresso, so i won’t talk about the coffee, ease of use. I really like this machine for the following reasons:- pretty big water tank (compared to the newer models: city. Well: one on/off button, and one ‘start/stop the water’. I like that so much better than the models with preset cups sizes. With this one, i can make my coffee stronger or more diluted as i want/feel. Nice point: the led for the water on/off button blinks once per second when dispensing. So if you are after a 22s espresso for instance, you can get it done. I got this machine for work, and the return on investment compared to a coffe store is way less than a year when getting coffee 5 times a week. So this machine (like the other one i have at home) paid for itself many times over.
It also comes with a sample pack of nespresso pods (i didn’t realize this at the time) so that you can choose your favorite and order it in bulk from the nespresso website for pretty cheap. It’s manual in that there is no preset cup size (so you have to turn the brewer on then off) but that doesn’t actually bother me. The coffee that comes out is true espresso just like you can expect to get at a cafe. For how good of a deal this was, i am very happy with my purchase.
We’ve tried others, including the new one from the company who has shops on virtually every corner in every city in the world. This brand wins by a huge margin. Best pod espresso maker out there.
This little machine is great, and for those of you worried about spending the money on their pods, just buy the refillable ones (i recommend the ones from coffeeduck on amazon) some lavazza ground coffee, and you’ll be good to go. This is much easier than using the stove top percolator i was making espresso with before.
This nespresso is a good starter machine. That being said, you may want to consider a machine with a milk frother (aeroccino). Also some models of this machine do not include automatic shut off (when you press the button to make coffee, it continues to pour until you manually shut it off.
One of the best items i have ever bought. The coffee is delicious and each capsule is just a fraction of a starbucks one. It is also really fast and easy to use and clean.
We used one of these when we lived in spain and nothing in the states could compare. I love this machine and it is perfect.
They make amazing quality products. I’ve been making about 4 shots of espresso a day for the last 3 years on this thing.
I just moved from italy (which is my country) and i really needed a good coffee. I tried starbucks that used to make a nice espresso but recently for one shot i had to spend 3$ and the taste was very bad 🙁 so i bought the simple nespresso essenza and several capsules of ristretto and eventually i could find the best compromise between what i needed and what i could find here. The machine is very fast, easy to use and small.
I have been wanting one of these for awhile and bought it after xmas for half price. It is perfect for that excellent cup of coffee in the afternoon. It is well made and easy to use. While the nespresso cups are high in price, they are still a third of what you would pay for in a coffee shop. I’m very happy with this purchase.
Now i can have an espresso in seconds anytime i like. I keep the water tank full and pop in a pack when i get the urge. Am drinking a lot more espresso than i did before.
So far, so goodsimple and objective. Working very well, no problems in operation and making the best coffees i was expecting. The only functionally i’m missing is the automatic stop when the coffee is ready, but i knew it didn’t have this by the time i bought it.
Ι bought this nespresso espresso maker few weeks ago after consulting my parents. They are heavy espresso drinkers and have owned 3 nespresso machines including this one – they have been extremely happy and loyal to the brand. Note that i have only used the maker with the nespresso capsules which i found the cheapest from the nespresso website ($0. The machine makes excellent espresso, quickly and effortlessly. It always extracts a lot of espresso coffee oil which is essential for a good espresso. Coffee comparable and many times better than good coffee places. I have tried an espresso from a semi-automatic ‘breville bes860xl barista express espresso machine with grinder’ and have found my nespresso superior while at a fraction of the price of the brevillenespresso offers this model as the lower end model because of lack of timer but for me this is not important since i prefer to stop the coffee pouring exactly when i want. One of the downsides that many people pick on is the use of capsules and the extra cost associated with them – there are alternatives that i haven’t tried. I find the nespresso capsules producing very good espresso, conveniently and don’t mind paying some extra money even if the coffee is not freshly ground.
I bought this as a christmas gift for my wife and she only used a few times.
I bought this because i wanted nespresso, but didn’t want to pay for the more expensive models that they carry at bed bath & beyond and other retailers. As far as i can tell, the only difference is that with this model is the manual start/stop brewing. Since it takes all of 10 seconds to fill an espresso cup, it isn’t a big deal for me to stand there and wait for my espresso. If i could go back and buy a nicer model, i would buy this one again and use the extra $ on the pods.
While this is the cheapest nespresso machine, it does the job better than most other espresso machines i’ve used in my life. I do have a nice mini vivaldi at home, but turning it on, cleaning it up, getting the beans, grinding the beans is always a very time consuming exercise. Sometimes i just want a quick nice shot to get myself going in the morning. I also appreciate the ability to try out different capsules with different flavors, which is a lot harder to do with regular espresso machines. I’ve been using some compatible capsules that are both cheaper and provide a more full bodied aroma/taste than nespresso. When i was choosing the machine, i was considering getting a u or a pixie, but nespresso employees persuaded me that there is no difference in the machines’ ability to pull a shot. They all have the same guts, with 19 bars of pressure and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in coffee quality.
Since i am the only one in my home with a passion for espresso, it is perfect. I did have to figure out what cups to use to get the right measurement as ‘manual’ means you have to stop it from brewing versus it stopping on its own. But this gives more control as well, which i like. It comes with samples of all the different espressos, so you can taste and decide which is your favorite. I didn’t want to go crazy and spend hundreds of dollars, this is at the right price point and provides very tasty espresso, quickly.
Perfect shot every time, nice crema, comes with a sample selection of coffees. Made my starbucks machine redundant.