Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine

4.5/5.0
By Robert Parsons February 3, 2021
Looks / Appearance 5.0 / 5.0
Functionality 4.0 / 5.0
Ease of use 5.0 / 5.0

Pros

  • – Easy to use and clean
  • – Can make hot or cold beverages
  • – Super compact and lightweight
  • – Very portable
  • – Affordably priced

Cons

  • – Uses pods only 
  • – Plastic can last be less durable

What if we told you it’s possible to recreate that shot of espresso you purchase every morning at your favorite coffee shop? You might think we’re joking, but with the right tools it’s definitely possible. 

We present you – the Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine. Made by De’Longhi, you won’t compromise quality when purchasing this coffee appliance. Instead, you’ll save those $5 you spend daily on coffee, avoid those long lines, AND still get that tasty shot of espresso you’ve come to love. 

We had the pleasure of trying and reviewing the Essenza Mini Espresso and are here to share what we found. We’re confident you’ll be just as impressed as we were! 

Who is the Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine For? 

If making a quick, mouth-watering cup of smooth espresso is your goal, the Essenza Mini Espresso Machine delivers. Perfect for beginner espresso makers who are uninterested in taking hours to learn how to use a complicated espresso machine, this Nespresso fits the bill. Simply insert a chosen espresso pod into the machine and push the button to start. It doesn’t get more simple than that!

Producing a robust and rich espresso flavor, just because it’s simple to run doesn’t mean the Essenza mini compromises on taste. If you’re someone looking to enjoy a delicious and simple “pick-me-up” cup of espresso daily without all the fuss…look no further than this machine.

Specifications 

Size: 8.1 x 12.8 x 4.3 inches

Weight: 5.1 pounds

Color: Black (other colors may be available)

Material: Plastic

Warranty: 1 year limited warranty

What’s Included?: 16 pack of pods 

What Makes This Espresso Machine Special? 

Maybe this is your first time trying at-home espresso making. Maybe you’ve been a bit overwhelmed at the thought of the complicated espresso machines you’ve seen in the coffee shop or at other people’s homes. Maybe, you just want an occasional cup of espresso but it’s not often enough to warrant buying a fancy, expensive machine to have taking up precious counter space. 

If any of these descriptions fit you, we think you’ll be happy to get to know the Essenza Mini Nespresso. The process of getting your coffee fix can be summed up in 3 quick steps:

  1. Choose a pod to begin. Nespresso follows a set of highly rigorous standards when choosing their coffees, and indeed does offer a wide variety of flavor profiles for users. 
  2. The coffee is then hermetically sealed into an aluminum capsule to ensure freshness and exceptional taste. One of the best parts of this design? The pod is recyclable, so you won’t need to feel any guilt in choosing a machine that operates in this fashion. 
  3. Once you’ve chosen your pod, simply place it into the top of the machine, close the lid, and choose one of two programmable sizes – easy and intuitive to use. 

Let’s talk design. The 19 bar high-pressure pump provides barista-level results from one simple push of a button – now that’s impressive. We loved (and know you will too) that such an easy to use design still provided a beautifully delicious crema from every pour. With it’s fast heat-up system, you’ll be devouring your perfect cup of espresso in under a minute from start to mouth. 

Why Should I Buy This Espresso Machine? 

If it all seems a little too easy, let us reassure you – yes, a delectable cup of dark and tasty espresso really can be this simple! Nespresso has even included a 9-minute automatic shut-off in efforts to save on energy and the life of your machine. 

You may consider buying an additional milk frother in order to really step up your coffee game and to be able to successfully make a plethora more espresso based drinks. And priced so affordably, you won’t break the bank by adding a few extras to your at-home coffee bar. 

A favorite benefit in our eyes: the eco-conscious focus of Nespresso in this design.

Our Verdict

Affordability, ease of use, quick cleanup, and flavor versatility – we see the Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine as a win-win in the world of espresso makers.

 

If you’re a more experienced espresso home barista, or someone wanting to learn how to make a very personalized cup of espresso, you will be better fit to a machine with more programmable features.

 

Pros

  • – Easy to use and clean
  • – Can make hot or cold beverages
  • – Super compact and lightweight
  • – Very portable
  • – Affordably priced

Cons

  • – Uses pods only 
  • – Plastic can last be less durable