Great deal at $221.78 net! This machine rarely drops below $300, and when it does it rarely has a promo credit along with it. I jumped on it the last time it was this price which was right before Christmas, and it didn't have the promo credit but it was still worth every penny!! It makes drinks that taste just as good as the ones my fully manual espresso machine produces, but it takes about 1/4 the time and it's fully automated. I still treat myself to drinks made with my other machine on the weekend (since I can use my own fresh grinds), but this Nespresso machine is fantastic during the week when I'm in a hurry. The manual machine takes about 5-7 minutes to prepare a drink with steaming the milk, grinding beans, filling tamper, pulling the shot, and then cleaning everything up; and this machine takes about 1-2 minutes from the time I push a single button until the drink is ready and there is virtually zero cleanup. And in the morning when you are in a hurry those extra 5 minutes are priceless!
And some people say the pods are overpriced at Nespresso.com, but they're actually not that bad at $0.60-.$.070/ea. You can cut that cost in about 1/2 with the DIY capsules because those run about $0.22/ea and then the figure another $0.10 of grinds in each pod, so about $0.32/pod for the homemade ones. So even at 1/2 value for the $75 Nespresso credit it still comes out to about $259 net cost. I'm contemplating getting a second one for my office!
Last edited by jleonard711; 01-21-2014 at 11:27 AM..
It doesn't. It uses Nespresso pods, which you can order right from their website. They have a great selection.
nope.. preground, dated....
simplicity - thumbs up!
just depends upon your priorities.
You can also use your own coffee grinds with DIY capsules to save about 50% from the cost of the Nespresso pods. You can either get the refillable ones[amazon.com] which are $31 for 20 pods + 96 foil tops (allowing you to keep a variety of pre-made pods on hand), and then another 96 foil tops is $15. So for 192 drinks it'll cost you $41 which is about 24¢/drink. Or if you go with the disposable ones[about] your looking at 200 capsules for $50 which is 25¢/drink. So 200 capsules is about the break even point between the two options, but after that the refillable ones will cost you only 16¢/ea since you only need to buy the new foils at $15 per 96, and the disposable ones will continue to cost you 25¢/ea. In my eyes the advantage to the disposable ones would be less cleanup, plus the ability to pre-make more pods to keep on hand (you can store them in the freezer to extend their life). But if you drink 2-3/day like some people do then that extra 9¢/ea savings would add up to about $50-$100/year in savings.
Love Nespresso. I almost bought this on the Amazon Wharehouse deals about 6 months back for ~$170, but didn't want to chance it. This price is so-so, but it's a win with the $75.00 Nespresso credit. Just ordered one. Thanks!
tempting to buy this. I have the citiz + milk which I love, but i hate cleaning the milk frother every day. It would be nice to just clean this thing once a week but I'm not sure it's worth $300 to find out. Plus, I have no idea what to do with the old machine. Craigslist is such a pain.
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