Summary: Espresso has always been important to me. I am French, and spent some time living in France. It is important to acknowledge that no matter where you go, your espresso is only going to be as good as the person making it. If the beans are not ground well, the coffee is not tamped properly, the water is not hot enough (or too hot,) you are going to end up with a nasty, bitter espresso.
Summary: I have had this machine for a little over a month. I wasn't sure if I would really use it daily after being heavily addicted to Starbucks (I went everyday if that tells you anything). I have not returned to Starbucks since I have purchased this machine. I make my lattes at home (iced or hot-both are great!). Pros: 1) Good crema from machine and I thought good flavor 2) It's fast, fast, fast!
Summary: I have had three Nespresso machines for a long time now and use them a lot. My comments concern the Nespresso system rather than any particular machine. The idea of the capsules rather than using coffee beans requires some trade offs, but has lots of huge advantages. The capsules are super convenient, fast, clean and neat, attractive, and allow you to easily serve a variety of coffee blends (decaf, Latin American, African, pure Arabica, etc, which is fun).
Summary: I grew up in Greenwich Village, and espresso has been a passion since high school, since I first tried it at the great Italian cafes on MacDougal street, Caffe Reggio and Caffe Dante among others. I've had great coffee in Paris and all over Italy. I can't stand Starbucks espresso -- too bitter, tastes burnt. And all the espresso machines I've bought in the past have all tasted like third rate Starbucks. But the Nespresso machine is the answer to my prayers.
Just superb for us! fast, clean, delicious and hot!
Jill Lowe "jilly", Amazon
19 March 2005
Summary: We saw it demonstrated on Friday and now Saturday have had it for 2 hours!We love this machine because:- 1)coffee hot 2)coffee is delicious 3)machine is ready to use in 1 minute 4) no mess!!! 5) no need to purchase a burr grinder 6) no cleanup 7) sleek looking and takes up so little room 8) milk is frothed easily 9) coffee is made very fast, so although it makes only one cup at a time, is so fast that one could not complain. 10)lovely aroma as it is brewing.