Any lover of coffee will know, there are a million different ways to make the “perfect” cup of coffee, and a minefield of machines, gadgets and techniques, all designed to help you enhance your coffee and make it that little bit more of treat, without nipping out to your local coffee shop and having it made for you by a professional barista. Clearly, we are not short of available gadgets, but the nagging question is, how many of them really work? Are we really getting what we pay for?
I have tried and tested several different coffee machines in my lifetime, from the Coffee Machine/Alarm Clock, that used to wake me up with a shrill alarm and a cup of dishwater disguised as coffee to the swanky built in machine my mum had fitted into her new kitchen, which never made even one cup of coffee how I actually thought I had programmed it to do (I tended to get half a cup of mind blowingly strong coffee with a head of milk froth, or it’d be a milky mess that overflowed and resulted in half an hour’s cleaning up after a seriously disappointing “coffee”) I had started to lose faith in the idea of barista style coffee in your own home. That was until I had one last ditch attempt, and bought a Nespresso machine.
I cannot speak for other Nespresso models, but the Krups Nespresso Citiz and Milk is far and away, the best coffee machine I have ever had the pleasure to own. I would even go as far as to say I prefer a cup made by my own fair hand, with the help of the Nespresso Citiz and Milk of course, to a coffee shop bought version. A bold statement considering I am definitely no barista, but that is my belief and I’m sticking to it. There are a number of deciding factors that make the Nespresso Citiz and Milk so fantastic, so I have gathered together what, in my humble opinion, are the top 10 reasons to invest in one of these little beauties.
1. It makes the perfect cup of coffee
Let’s get this one out of the way early. The coffee tastes fantastic. Of course, who can say what the perfect coffee tastes like, when there are so many different ways to drink it? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but the beauty of the Nespresso Citiz and Milk is that it uses Nespresso’s custom designed pre portioned coffee pods, of which there is a huge range to choose from, catering to all tastes and preferences. Once you’ve chosen your personal favourite, you then have the option to vary the ratio of espresso shot to milk, and whatever way you choose, it cannot be denied that the result is delicious. The Aeroccino milk frother prepares divine light and creamy hot or cold milk, ideal for innumerable coffee recipes, whatever the season.
2. It’s simple and easy to use
The Nespresso Citiz and Milk is extremely simple, quick and easy to use, with no mess. The capsule is held in place in the top container, and your coffee is brewed at the touch of a button, while the milk is frothed simultaneously in the Aeroccino, also at the push of a button. Could not be simpler. After use, the capsule drops down into the dispenser underneath, which is easily removed for emptying later.
The Nespresso catalogue of Grand Cru perfectly portioned coffee offers a variety of tastes, strengths, flavours and intensities, so you can choose the perfect coffee depending on your taste, mood or time of day. You can vary the size of cup, the size of espresso shot and control the amount of milk you add, to create the perfect blend for you. Start the day with an intense, woody Roma, enjoy a creamy smooth Dulsao Do Brasil mid afternoon, and an after dinner Decaffeinato Intenso in the evening, so you can enjoy flavoursome coffee, without the caffeine keeping you awake. If you like a flavoured coffee, there are vanilla, caramel and chocolate perfectly blended with a round and balanced Livanto coffee.
In addition to choosing your favourite coffee, you can also programme the Nespresso Citiz and Milk to pour however much water you need for your perfect drink.
Nespresso’s signature coffee capsule system means that you get the same results every time, as each capsule offers the perfect portion of smooth, delicious coffee. This also means no faffing about with coffee beans or granules.
5. Nespresso’s coffee is selected from the top 1-2% of the world’s green coffee production
Simply put, it’s the cream of the crop. Need we say more?
6. Nespresso’s focus on sustainability
Sustainability is important, to maintain healthy ecosystems and environments for our planet and the humans and other living organisms that live on it. Nestle Nespresso have a long term, holistic approach to sustainability, and their trademark Ecolaboration program provides a framework for partnerships and innovation to drive on-going, sustainable development. Throughout all the processes involved in their coffee production, from sourcing the coffee beans, to capsule recycling, Nestle Nespresso are committed to ensuring sustainability across all operations.
Nespresso’s relationship with consumers and members of their Nespresso Members Club is of high importance to the brand, and every day they cultivate relationships with millions of devoted consumers, allowing them to continually strive to meet the expectations of their members.
8. Easy to Clean
A vital factor in buying a coffee machine, as there is nothing worse than either having to spend copious amounts of time pulling a machine apart and cleaning all its nooks and crannies, or worse, not being able to clean it properly, resulting in funky tasting coffee that has run through unclean pipes, and been mixed with slightly sour, aged milk!
The Nespresso Citiz and Milk poses none of the above problems. The Aeroccino is a separate container, which can be lifted off and rinsed right after use. To clean the machine, simply lift the lid to dispense the used capsule, then run through a cup of hot water with the touch of a button to clean any remaining coffee residue from the pipes. Could not be easier.
9. It looks fantastic
Well, we didn’t want to be superficial and focus on looks too early on, but let’s face it, it is a factor, and a pretty big one if you’re into style in your home. The Nespresso Citiz and Milk is delightfully neat and compact, and features beautiful curves and textured surfaces, that combine to make this a statement accessory that looks as great as it performs.
10. Quality Assured
Last, but by no means least, in our top 10 reasons to buy the Nespresso Citiz and Milk is that you are assured of the highest quality of both machine and coffee. All Nespresso machines are designed to guarantee consistent quality, with the entire system working towards this promise. Add to this that every Grand Cru coffee capsule in the world is produced in one of two state of the art production centres in Lausanne, Switzerland, to guarantee quality control for every capsule sold in the world.
Since 1986, Nestle Nespresso have had one simple goal: to enable millions of people to create and enjoy the perfect cup of coffee, in the comfort of their own home. And if I didn’t believe it was possible before owning a Nespresso Citiz and Milk, I certainly do now.
Have a look for yourself at our Krups Nespresso Citiz and Milk machines, and see if you agree.