Nespresso Citiz C110 Review

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This single-shot espresso machine has a slim, elegant design and comes in a multitude of colors. It takes pods only, making it a snap to use, and the 19-bar pump delivers the most pressure of any on our list. This machine is for espresso junkies only -- a milk frother must be purchased separately.

The Nespresso Citiz C110 (starting at $230, Amazon) makes the espresso experience as easy as possible with its proprietary, single-serve coffee capsules. Nespresso Citiz C110 reviews rave about the no-muss, no-fuss technology. Postings on sites such as Crate & Barrel say the capsule-only design produces a perfect cup with each push of a volume-control button indicating a larger or smaller brew. Consumers' reviews say the taste is excellent and start-to-finish takes less than 2 minutes. Some Nespresso Citiz C110 reviews at Amazon assert you can't do better with an at-home machine largely because the capsules ensure consistency. Clean up is also a snap, say reviews -- the empty aluminum casings drop into a special container and the removable parts just need a quick rinse (or a dip in the dishwasher).

And yet, some users gripe about the monopoly hold of Nespresso on the raw ingredients (the coffee capsules, that is) and about a brew that's not super hot. Also note that the Nespresso Citiz C110 is a one-trick pony -- no lattes or cappuccinos because there's no wand for frothing and steaming milk.

This model boasts 19 bars of pressure and a pump that stops and starts automatically depending on the choice between espresso (1.5 ounces) or lungo (3 ounces). For the best results, though, a Nespresso Citiz C110 review at Brookstone suggests using only the espresso size and adding water or milk if you want a larger drink. A common problem on cheap espresso machines is the low brew head, which has clearance for only a shot glass; the Nespresso Citiz, however, features a cup holding tray that moves up and down to accommodate different sized cups. The stainless steel tank holds 34 ounces of water and the retro design is available in red, black, silver, or white. There are 16 capsule varieties, including three decaffeinated and three organic.

The simplicity, build quality, and performance of this espresso maker are hard to beat. The proprietary capsules are pricey, but there's no learning curve and no surprise results. If you can tolerate the ongoing cost of the capsules and value the uniform brew, this is the machine for you.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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