KitchenAid is one of the most popular providers of small kitchen appliances in North America, with an existing presence all over the world, mostly through online sales. Recently they’ve partnered up with Nespresso, the original creators of the single-serving espresso machine, to make a wonderful espresso machine that outshines all its competitors.
The KitchenAid Nespresso combines the best features of both companies’ products: the sleek and durable design you’ll recognize from other KitchenAid products and the 19 bar pressure system Nespresso uses to create incredible espressos. It accepts a wide range of Nespresso coffee products and offers six pre-programmed settings to make sure you get the desired amount of flavour.
The KitchenAid Nespresso might be one of the more expensive machines in its category but everyone agrees that the extra cost is well worth it. It’s a heavy but durable machine, every bit as reliable and impressive as the ubiquitous KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Despite its heaviness the KitchenAid Nespresso is incredibly easy to set up. The user’s manual recommends that you flush plain water through the system three times on the “lungo” setting, and after that you’re good to go!
Unlike a regular espresso machine the KitchenAid Nespresso can make excellent coffee and even steam milk to provide the perfect latte. It accepts all pods from the Nespresso Original line, opening you up to dozens of flavour options.
A typical KitchenAid Nespresso package also comes with its own frother, which is operated separately from the machine. This frother can be used to create either a creamy blend or a fluffy froth, whatever you think makes the perfect cup of espresso. A small piece inside the frother controls the temperature to provide warm milk.
The six different settings on the dial control how much water goes through the coffee and therefore the strength of each serving. This allows you to choose between espresso or a regular cup of coffee. The dial is clearly marked and easy to use.
Vacuum sealed pods keep the coffee as fresh as possible so it tastes fantastic every time. Combined with their small size, this makes them ideal for mass storage. These pods are made of aluminum and should be stored carefully to avoid any risk of punctures.
Perhaps most importantly, the KitchenAid Nespresso is far easier to use than many other machines that produce the same quality of espresso. Pods can be loaded in easily by lifting the handle, dropping pods into the slot under the handle, and pulling the handle down to click pods into place. Actually turning on the machine requires only moving the dial to the correct setting and pushing a button.
The only serious drawback customers found with this machine is that it is much harder to clean than comparative models. No part of the device is dish washer friendly and white vinegar, while an excellent answer for most similar machines, will only damage the KitchenAid Nespresso. You can purchase machine-specific descaling fluid online. If you want to keep this machine operating in top condition you will have to descale it once a month.
Some customers might find the price of consistently purchasing Nespresso pods extreme and there is currently no adaptor technology to make this machine work with other pods. Still, most people find that the quality of the Nespresso coffee is well worth the price. KitchenAid also recommends that you use bottled water for an ideal cup of coffee, but in most areas tap water works just fine and will be a lot less expensive—and more eco friendly.
In the end, this espresso machine is exactly what you would expect from two companies like KitchenAid and Nespresso: extremely durable and well built, a wise long term investment for anyone who loves espresso and doesn’t want to spend time grinding, priming and perfecting their espresso. It provides a consistently excellent cup of coffee or a perfect espresso every time. Whether you’ve never used an espresso machine before or you’re tired of using an extremely complicated machine, the KitchenAid Nespresso is well worth purchasing.