Editor's Notes & Price Research
The club credit can be used towards purchase of Nespresso capsules.
Well-reviewed espresso maker with over 200 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.2/5 stars.
IMO, this machine is much nicer than the Inissia (retails for $99) AND you get the Aeroccino (also retails at $99). Great value. It's on closeout, so stock is surely low. Scoop it up!http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/closeout-nespresso-c60-d60-espresso-maker-pixie-bundle-aluminum?ID=1629722&CategoryID=24732
First post, but I searched and this looks new. Hopefully I got format right!
Visit your nearest Nespresso(R) Boutique or submit (through online or mail) required documents as described below:
o To submit online:
o Complete your voucher found available at www.nespresso.c
o Submit the voucher, and scan and upload a copy of the store sales receipt
o To submit via mail:
o Complete your voucher found available at www.nespresso.c
o Make a copy of the store sales receipt.
o Please send completed voucher (printed from the website), and receipt copy to:
The Nespresso(R) Year End Promotion
24-01 44th Road, 12th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
The Pixie has a problem with the hiline capsules. I would strongly suggest trying gourmesso capsules, as they seem to work a LOT better in this specific machine than the hiline capsules. I have two nespresso machines at home (citiz and pixie) and i have a mix of hiline, gourmesso, and fill-your-own capsules. The pixie has had a lot of trouble with all non-nespresso pods, except for gourmesso. (Poohbah)
As a gourmet coffee connoisser & biochemistry degree who's researched much into food, here's actual scientific data/facts
[Coffee geek response: I'm not sure who authored this, but their biochem degree is irrelevant and the data/facts are sourced more from Nespresso's marketing department than anywhere else.]
-the main thing to look for is the crema (foam at the top, which is caused by the hi-pressure water extracting & emulsifying the oils as it flows thru at super hi pressure thru the coffee grinds --
[Response by one of the resident coffee geeks: Companies know people are obsessed with crema, and will manufacture ways to artificially produce a crema-like foam. It is fairly obvious that Nespresso does this due to the very large bubbles found in Nespresso shots. This is not a sign of better coffee, however if you see the crema from a professional machine and barista it will make you envious. Check my primer here http://slickdeals.net/f/4261198-home-espresso-a-quick-guide?v=1]
You want at least 19 bars of pressure (~300 lbs of pressure per square inch, 276 psi to be more precise), which is professional strength you find at a coffee shop or restaurant :
1) All of Nestle's Nespresso's originalLine machines have 19 bars of pressure, which is standard professional strength you find in restaurants & coffee shops--
[Coffee geek response: This is simply untrue and a script straight from Nespresso. Industry standard for espresso brewing is 8.5-9.5 bars measured either on a manometer or in the basket. Ignore their pump comparison schpiel.]
Nespresso actually makes those $15,000 professional machines for restaurants & coffeeshops & shrunk it down for home use
[Coffee geek: This is irrelevent information. Yes, they do sell larger Nespresso machines that are expensive, however you could make better espresso on a $300 lever machine.]
19 bars of pressure is about ~300 pounds of pressure (276 lbs to be more exact), which independent labs show extracts 900+ more essential oils & 900+ more flavors than regular coffee machines, which have ZERO pressure
Most other at-home espresso machines have just ~15 bars of pressure (only about 200 pounds of pressure) & regular coffee machines like Kuerigs, Tassimo, etc have ZERO pressure & thus do NOT extract & are missing out on those extra 900+ more essential oils & flavors
[Coffee geek: I would wager that I could brew up a drip coffee with more complexity than a nespresso shot any day of the week. This may be true, but a nespresso machine is a far cry from a commercial machine and produce completely different versions of "espresso."]
2) Nespresso goes the extra mile & grinds ALL their beans in a chamber with ZERO OXYGEN /zero air (ALL the oxygen is sucked out & replaced with inert nitrogen) so there is NO OXIDATION like you have with regular coffee you grind at home or at a coffeeshop unless you happen to have a vacuum chamber in your kitchen or coffeeshop.
Coffee is like a cut apple.. as soon as it's ground/cut & exposed to oxygen/air, it oxidizes & the APPLE TURNS BROWN from OXIDATION --same thing happens to coffee & it goes STALE from contacting oxygen/air, hence why it's so important to grind in a chamber with no oxygen.
[Coffee geek: Ground coffee stales after 15 minutes. Sealing it with nitrogen helps but is quite a bit worse than fresh coffee. This also ignores the time from roast factor, none of Nespresso's coffees will be fresh roasted. Sealing with nitrogen will not fix that. The only thing that significantly mitigates degradation post-roast is a deep freeze.]
3) Nespresso boutiques (found at Bloomindale's, Sur La Table & stand-alone stores in most large shopping centers) every 4 months or so run a $15 off $75 sale so about 25% off but you can always get them guaranteed 2-day delivery at Nespresso website for $6.95 or free shipping if ordering $200.
4) Customer service is top-notch white-glove --they will send you out a FREE loaner machine OVERNIGHT if you need warranty repair, free prepaid shipping label & will pay for shipping both ways for both machines so you always have a machine that works asap & never have to pay for shipping.
5) If you drink lattes/cappucinos, I recommend the Latissima+ instead since it has a removable built-in milk frother that self-cleans in 10 seconds & steams/froths the milk almost instantly & then you just put the detachable milk jug back in the refrigerator after you're done, no washing needed except maybe once a week..
I had an Aerocino+ & cleaning it after every cappucino is an annoyance since it makes only 2 cups at a time vs. Latissisma+ can effectively make unlimited cappucinos non-stop