I’ve had the Nespresso ‘U’ capsule coffee machine for 6 months now and have never had a problem with the machine, the coffee or the customer service they provide. I’m not sure we quite get the George Clooney treatment every time we are pop in the store to grab some more capsules, but it isn’t too far off. However pleased I am with the machine and being in the Nespresso Club, there are definitely a few drawbacks to entering into the whole coffee capsule world. In this article I will cover the Nespresso and capsule coffee machine pros and cons as I see it.
Convenience is Key
The main pro to the Nespresso Machine is convenience. My dad recently visited me in Melbourne from the UK and he was so taken with the ease of the machine that he bought one as soon as he got home. He also owned a fancy machine which required freshly ground coffee, but never used it because of the time and effort it took to make a simple cup of coffee. The Nespresso machine is quicker (or just as fast) as making instant coffee, the machine does not require regular cleaning and the milk frother is easily rinsed out and ready to go again. Our little ‘U’ machine is all touch sensitive, and can be programmed to dispense an exact amount of water. We just pop in the capsule by flicking back the cover, flick the cover back to its original position and voila – off it goes. Pop the milk in the frother and press the button, around a minute later it’s warmed, frothed and ready to go in.
Capsule Purchase can be a Pain
Convenience in making the coffee is great. But buying the capsules isn’t so convenient. I live in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and the Nespresso store is only around 5km away so picking up capsules is no problem for me. However, my Dad in the UK lives around 60 kilometres from the nearest store, so it’s not just a quick trip down the road. It is possible to order capsules online from the Nespresso store, but delivery is only free for quite large order (around 20 sleeves). Sometimes is just easier to buy the cheaper ‘compatible’ capsules from the supermarket, even if there is not as much variety to choose from.
Cost of the Machine
The cost of the lower end Nespresso machines is relatively high compared to other brands, but the build quality looks much higher. I picked up my machine for around $240 new, which I didn’t think was too bad, but they’re always on auction websites and local listings if buying a new one seems unnecessary. Where they do get you is the capsule buying. At between 73 cents and 84 cents per coffee, it’s not particularly cheap, although still cheaper than a 7/11 regular $1 coffee (the cheapest in town)! There are cheaper compatible capsules available, but there’s usually isn’t a great choice and they don’t represent a huge saving, usually working out at around 70 cents per coffee.
People say well that’s where they make their money and they’ve got you over a barrel now, you have to keep buying their capsules. Well the fact is I dont have to. I can use other brands of capsules at a cheaper price, or can bulk order online from over seas to try to make a saving. I use Nespresso capsules because Ive never had a coffe machine before and I really enjoy the wide selection from Nespresso. Drinking the coffee is a little treat that I look forward to and for the extra few cents Id rather have my favourites.
Limited Edition Coffees from Nespresso
Talking of favorites, Nespresso bring out even more coffee nearer to the Christmas season. Last years were Macadamia, coconut and hazelnut. The hazelnut coffee was delicious, a real treat with some thick foam and a slab of chocolate. Whenever you visit a Nespresso store be sure to try some free coffee, especially if you are there when the limited edition flavours are out.
Overall the little Nespresso U fits nicely into a small space and has some great features. Coming in three colours, black, orange and while it will go with all styles of kitchen Melbourne residents could ever wish for. It’s easy to maintain and the coffee is great, not as good as freshly ground of course, but it knocks the socks off instant.