Price Tag
Pod Cost
Taste
Maintenance
Style
User rating
Nestle is an established Swiss name when it comes to food and beverages. The Nescafe brand of instant coffee is well-known in most parts of the world, and Nestle wants to leverage this strength of brand recognition towards fancier coffee – i.e. the things typically bought at Starbucks. Espresso is well known for its concentrated strength of flavor and high caffeine content compared to regular coffee. Now, people can easily make their own espresso at home with just two tools: the espresso machine and specialized capsules or pods that contain special coffee blends.

Nespresso Citiz Reviewcheck-price-on-amazon-buttonThe Nespresso Citiz single-serve espresso machine targets urban dwellers that need their daily jolt of espresso from a readily-accessible source within their homes. It comes in two varieties: the normal Citiz and the Citiz & Milk, which adds a milk frothing device.

Our review of the Nespresso Citiz will focus on five aspects: the price tag, the cost of refilling pods, the taste of the resultant espresso, the amount of maintenance one must do in order for the owner to have a long and happy life with the machine, and the style and appearance it employs.

Price Tag

The Citiz has a $199 discounted price tag for the standalone variety and a $249 discounted price tag for the Citiz & Milk variety. In terms of their price points, both the Citiz and the Citiz & Milk are classified as mid-range machines in Nespresso’s original line. In this review, the price of the machine itself must be worth its frequency of use – especially when the pods are concerned.

Cost of Refilling Pods

The Nespresso system uses uniform proprietary capsules or pods that are made of aluminum. As a result, those pods are compatible with all Nespresso models, including the Citiz. Each pod or capsule costs 65 to 70 cents, which is luxurious enough, but are well worth their cost. Just as in the case of original inks for inkjet printers, Nespresso encourages its users to utilize only original Nespresso capsules or pods with their machines. Actual lawsuits have been filed against companies that are manufacturing and selling clone capsules and pods that can also be used for Nespresso’s machines. The long-term savings of buying bundles as compared to buying individual pods or capsules is emphasized especially for frequent drinkers.

Taste

The capsules or pods may contain the finest ground coffee beans just as Nestle does with all of their coffee-related brands such as Nestle Dolce Gusto, but the machine itself is also critical to making that fine barista-grade espresso at one’s convenience. Based on previous instances of, many customers are generally satisfied with what the machine rolls out. Some even declare they will never go back to popular coffee shops after they had their taste of a Nespresso Citiz-produced cup.

The resultant tastes are generally well-meaning. Some like the smooth and full-bodied flavor the Citiz dispenses, while others like the additional options the milk frothing device that is provided with the Citiz & Milk brings. Customers also praise the speed in which the high-quality cups of espresso are brewed – the entire process takes only 30 seconds, starting from the point the capsule or pod is inserted into the machine. Those who wanted stronger and hotter brews may find the Nespresso Citiz a little lacking.

Maintenance

Like most of the machines in the Nespresso line, the Citiz and Citiz & Milk rely on a simple, button-activated operation that dispenses high-quality espresso cups in under a minute. Those buttons can also be used to clean the machine either before using it for the first time or after a long period of non-use. The user’s manual, which can be downloaded from the official Nespresso site, is easily understandable and contributes to the ease of maintenance the Citiz brings.

Descaling, or the removal of limescale from metallic surfaces that are in contact with hot water is required to ensure the long life of the Citiz. There is an alarm that alerts the user to descale the machine, which helps with the already simple maintenance procedures one must perform.

The Citiz also has an energy-saving mode, which fits in with Nespresso’s program of sustainability and reduced carbon footprints just for producing a single cup of espresso or lungo. For coffee addicts who are also concerned with the amount of electricity their coffee machines use up, the Citiz is for them.

Style

Our Nespresso Citiz review praises the simple yet elegant style the machine employs. The main unit has the right combination of classic and modern designs that comply with the urban theme, and its compactness will surely earn its place on any kitchen’s countertop. The buttons are located conveniently, and they are understandable enough for people who speak different languages to comprehend. Furthermore, the Citiz & Milk’s additional milk frothing device is a sight to behold, complementing the main unit’s already sleek urban-inspired design.
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