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Nespresso D290 Concept Espresso and Coffeemaker

When it comes to The Nespresso Concept D290, as the clever old saying goes: “For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they’ll like.” That is, while this espresso maker has a lot to like, there are drawbacks that will put off many buyers.

The Nespresso Concept D290 offers a high-pressure pump-driven mechanism at the core of its design. The 19-bar it can produce is a key factor in squeezing every drop of flavor out the fine beans you work so hard to find. The drawback in this case is that, like other Nespresso models, you can’t find your own coffee. You’re locked in to using the blends Nespresso provides.

The Concept D290 (like the Essenza D90 and others) uses the proprietary Nespresso coffee capsule system. Those capsules are a sealed aluminum case that contains pre-selected grounds. The company offers a dozen different varieties, along with a couple of Limited Editions.

The specific blends change from time to time as their buyers find new, exotic blends.

Nespresso D290 Concept Espresso and Coffeemaker

For those looking for the ultimate in simplicity and ease of use, that’s a great system. It makes for a foolproof brewing process and easy clean up. You just pop the capsule in and the machine ejects it automatically when its done. You rinse out the removable parts later and you’re done. With a sealed capsule, there’s never any problem with air spoiling the bean, either.

But many espresso lovers prefer to use their key ingredient they might find everywhere and anywhere, and use it in different forms.

Some like to grind their own beans, and there are models with an integrated grinder to make that simple. They enjoy tamping the grounds to make them even for a smooth brew.

Other home baristas like to use ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods available from many different sources. That way, they get the convenience of not having to deal with grinding or with grounds. At the same time, the pod makes for effortless disposal and clean up.

Most importantly, the option to get a fine coffee from anywhere is essential for a lot of espresso lovers. Like wine aficionados, they love the hunt, the exploration for new blends. They eagerly exchange reviews with the like-minded from all over the world and thrill when finding a good new one.

“None of that is an option with The Nespresso Concept D290″.

On the upside, it would be hard to find a high-pressure machine that was any easier to use (other than another Nespresso, that is).

You fill the tank, plug in the machine, prime it once, insert a capsule and push one of the brew buttons for a pre-programmed style of shot. Short or lungo, you get your choice. Outside an ordinary Mr. Coffee drip machine, it just doesn’t get any simpler than that. And, admittedly, the Concept D290 does produce a good cup.

So, for those who really don’t want to become even an amateur barista, the Nespresso Concept D290 might just be the ideal choice. For those who want a bigger choice of beans, some flexibility in brewing, and extra features it might be best to look further.

Nespresso D290 Concept Espresso and Coffeemaker