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This Citiz was my first Nespresso machine. I also have an Inissia.
on 7 November 2014
I have two Nespresso machines, this one and a http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nespresso-Inissia-Coffee-Capsule-Machine/dp/B00J5W985W/ref=sr_1_7?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1415389832&sr=1-7&keywords=nespresso+red
As Nespresso staff are only too willing to point out, where there are Krups and Magimix versions of any particular model, the two brands are manufactured to the same functional specification in the same factory. Any differences are purely aesthetic, most commonly spout shape, casing pattern and machine colour.
Mine both happen to be Krups branded.
In terms of the quality and taste of the coffee produced and the time to brew, there is nothing to separate the Citiz and Inissia machines.
The choice of model essentially comes down to size, weight, the size of the water dispenser and used capsule container and, frequently, appearance.
The Citiz is the larger, but quieter of the two machines. It has a larger water container but smaller used capsule container than the Inissia. The Citiz lives on my kitchen counter.
The smaller, lighter Inissia is the one I take to and from work in a shoulder bag.
- On unpacking the machine, follow the setup procedure in the owner's manual (2 minutes)
- Check the calibration of the espresso and lungo shots. You will need kitchen scales or a liquid measure to do this (1 minute)
- If the shots are miscalibrated or not to your personal taste, they may be reset using a simple procedure described in the owner's manual (<30 seconds)
- Brew your first coffee (<30 seconds)
Normal Nespresso machine (troubleshooting)
- A correctly functioning Nespresso machine may drip 8-10 drops at the end of brewing, but does not drip persistently, on heating up or for an extended period of time after brewing.
- The liquid tray under the capsule collection tray should not need to be emptied any more often than the capsule collection tray itself.
Understanding the Nespresso coffee range
- There are currently 24 Nespresso Grand Cru coffees
- Presently, a 16 capsule sample pack is included with each machine
- Only the Grand Crus with the word "lungo" in the name should be brewed on the lungo setting. On Citiz or an Inissia machine, all of the others should be brewed as espresso shots
- Low numbers (1-4) indicate lighter, fruitier coffees (Così, Bukeela, Dulsão, Vivalto Lungo)
- Medium numbers (5-9) are richer, but may still have hints of fruit (Capriccio, Rosabaya, Maragotype, Roma, Arpeggio, Fortissimo Lungo)
- Arpeggio is the best selling of the Nespresso Grand Crus
- Roma is closer to the flavour profile of a classic Italian espresso
- Higher numbers are (10-13) are more intense, often earthy
- With the exception of Cubania (13) and Kazaar (12), which are arabica-robusta blends, all of the non-flavoured Grand Crus are pure arabica
- There are 3 flavoured coffee options: Vanilla, chocolate and caramel.
- The decaffeinated options are: Decaffeinato, decaffeinato intenso and decaffeinato lungo
- Each Nespresso machine comes with after-sales care via the Nespresso Club
- For those who do not live or work near a Nespresso shop, then the Nespresso Club is also a convenient way of ordering new coffee capsules and arranging recycling of used ones
- Nespresso Club is presently country-dependent, so if you need deliveries or after-sales care in two different countries, you will have to register with the relevant Nespresso Club for each country
- Easy to use
- Faster and more energy efficient than boiling a kettle
- Less messy than a cafetière
- Good range of consistent-quality coffees