Nespresso Essenza C101 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

Posted on 12. Mar, 2013 by in Product Reviews

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B003S9VP2M” locale=”us” height=”250″ src=”” width=”207″]TheĀ Nespresso Essenza is a sleek and stylish single serve espresso machine which does one thing only, but does it amazingly well!

The model pictured comes with an optional Aeroccino milk frother but you can buy the Essenza with or without it. If you love espresso then you’re going to love the Essenza – please read on to find out more…

Main Features

Now – the first thing that you should know about right off the bat is that there is a manual version of this machine and an automatic version. What this means is, on the automatic version you press the “start” button once and the machine stops pulling the espresso when it had finished. The manual version requires that you press the “start” button to start it and then again to stop the flow.

We are looking at the automatic version in this review, but if at any time you are about to purchase an Essenza model you should be extra careful to make sure you’re getting the one you want.

Ok, now that is clear, lets move on to the main features of this lovely coffee maker.

Once again, the Essenza takes the Nespresso capsule and turns it into a beautiful espresso shot with a rich crema. It is focused mainly on providing you with a great espresso only, so if you want to turn that into a milk based drink like a latte or a cappuccino then you’ll need to use the Aeroccino to froth and heat some milk for you to add to it.

It’s a very small machine so you’re not going to fit a large mug underneath the nozzle, but there is plenty of room for your espresso cup.

There’s also a handy removable drip tray and the basket that stores your used pods is easy to remove and empty.

Functionally, the Essenza is very similar to the Pixie and the differences are mainly in the styling and size. The Pixie is a touch smaller, but they are both considerably smaller than the CitiZ and the Lattissima.

Pro’s and Con’s of the Essenza

The Good:

  • Classic Nespresso quality
  • Very affordable
  • Looks great without taking up much space
  • Easy to clean

The Bad:

As with our Pixie review, there aren’t really any bad points except to say that it’s not automatic and you can only fit a small glass under the nozzle – but those features are available on other Nespresso machines anyway.

Who should buy the Essenza espresso maker?

With the same benefits and features of the Pixie whilst only differing in mostly cosmetic appearance we recommend that you take a look at both reviews and make your choice based on the simple fact of which one you like the look of the best!

It really is that simple.

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Yet another great offering from the Nespresso camp. You really can’t go wrong if you’re just looking for a quick, easy and stylish way to make a good quality espresso drink.

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