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Not for snobs or would-be "baristas"... (UPDATE: but pods cost!)
on 3 September 2010
Great looking machine - better in the flesh than it looks in the photo. Great coffee every time. If you want a unit that makes a mess, costs five times as much and makes inconsistent espresso this isn't for you.
UPDATE: This is a follow-up to my previous review for this item, above. I've now had it for several months, and although the coffee is great and the machine is easy to use, the full cost of buying pods is becoming clear. If you use this machine three to four times a day, expect to pay around £25 a month for pods, excluding the extremely high delivery charge if buying online (I'm lucky in that I have a Nespresso "boutique" within half an hour's cycling distance). We've now bought a small cafetiere to use packs of ground coffee some of the time, reducing our Citiz use by half. If you're in London and used to paying high prices for coffee from specialist outlets, then the cost might not be a problem, but for me it feels very expensive for five sips compared with buying packs of ground coffee. However, the patent on the pods expires in 2012, so cheaper alternatives may become available. For the time being, though, it's a nice machine, but costly to use.