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Nespresso C110 Espresso Maker

There’s no question that the Nespresso C110 is an elegant piece of equipment. Its retro look was clearly inspired by the Art Deco designs of the past. Yet, it has the most up-to-date technology any espresso lover could want. Even so, it’s a true specialty machine that may not be for everyone.

The C110 (also known as the Citiz) is like so many others in Nespresso’s line: high tech, high fashion, but locked into using the company’s proprietary capsule system. The grounds are in a sealed aluminum container that is ultra-easy to insert and remove.

That’s both an advantage and a drawback. The sealed capsule ensures that air will never spoil your grinds. You get a fresh cup every time. But Nespresso offers a limited number of blends — a dozen with a few Limited Editions produced every year.

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker

Many will enjoy the ease of use and easy clean up. Many will love the stylish look that also produces a stellar shot with a machine that is super easy to use. But there are also many who enjoy hunting for that special blend and won’t want to be locked into the relatively small selection. And, you can purchase them only from Nespresso.

Anyone who is ok with those limitations will enjoy a fine brew in a short time. Pop in a capsule, add water to a 1-liter container and press a button. Thirty seconds later you have a fine espresso. (You do have a choice of making it short or lungo.)

With the C110, you don’t have to worry about tamping grounds, setting the temperature, or any other task that often goes into making a fine cup. The unit does it all. It also turns off automatically so you don’t have to worry about burning anything.

There is no need to clean the interior parts either. A simple wipe of the drip mold occasionally is all that’s required. You can pop the top of the capsule and use the grounds for composting if you drink a lot of coffee. Otherwise, just recycle the container and you’re almost done. The removable drip tray takes only seconds to rinse.

But that easy clean up also means a lack of features. There’s no frother. (The C120 offers one integrated into the unit.) There’s no steam wand, no single or dual filters, and no integrated bean grinder. For those who want that sort of flexibility in an espresso maker, it’s best to look elsewhere.

The C110 does offer compensating advantages though. Apart from the truly stylish design, the unit takes up very little counter space. At a mere 5 inches wide x 14 inches deep and 11 inches tall you can tuck this little baby just about anywhere. At 3.5 pounds it’s also lightweight, so if you tuck it somewhere pulling it out again is effortless,also it comes in assortment of colors White,Red,Aluminum,Titanium.

The Nespresso C110 also offers a 19-bar pressure pump, so it can really squeeze the flavor out of those grounds. If only you could select your own, this machine would be a perfect single-serve unit.

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