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Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza Single-Serve Manual Espresso Machine



Most people who read my articles quickly figure out that I'm not a huge fan of those single-serve pod/capsule/cup/disc driven machines that shoot out a cup of coffee or espresso with the touch of a button. I'm not sure why, it's not because they make bad coffee (well some of them do). It's not that I'm an espresso machine snob, really. Well...Ok I'm a snob.


There are a couple of exceptions to my general dislike of those types of machines, and the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza Single-Serve Manual Espresso Machine is definitely one of them. I actually like this machine! Why? I'm not really sure. Maybe because it's an espresso machine at heart. It's made to make espresso, not coffee, tea, espresso, and soup like some of those other coffee center machines are.


Is this the one-touch capsule driven machine for you? Let's find out!


Let's Look At The Machine


Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza Single-Serve Manual Espresso Machine

This is an incredibly high powered machine. It has 19 bars of pump driven pressure! A regular espresso maker usually has 15, and a super automatic usually has 17. Why so much? I think it has something to do with the capsules requiring more pressure than regular coffee beans, but that's just a theory - I haven't been able to get anyone to actually confirm that.


Like I've said, this espresso maker uses capsules and only capsules. So if you like to grind your own coffee beans each morning like me (what? It smells great!) then you're fresh out of luck. If, on the other hand, you can't be bothered with the hassle and mess of grinding beans, then this machine is probably right up your alley.


It has backlit control buttons, which are a nice touch and not often seen in other machines of this price range. It's also got a water tank that will hold about thirty-four ounces of water and is easily removable so you can refill it without much fuss.


Like many true espresso machines, it has a thermoblock heating system. Maybe that's why I like the thing so much (well, that and the 19 bars of massive pressure! More pressure = better espresso usually).


Finally, the capsules eject themselves into a little container making this machine a truly automatic powerhouse. It's really hard to find anything to argue about when it makes great espresso and cleans up for itself afterwards!


What Others Are Saying About It


There aren't nearly as many reviews out there for this little guy as there are for most of the other big coffee center machines. In fact, there are only sixteen reviews at Amazon. Fortunately though, they're uniformly positive.


There were fourteen 5-star reviews, one 4-star reviews, and one lonely 1-star review from a person who clearly doesn't enjoy ease of use and great tasting espresso. All kidding aside, the person that gave the 1-star review was clearly a nutcase who complained that the machine is not eco-friendly because you have to keep buying capsules in order to keep making espresso. Weird and DUH all at the same time. Also I don't think that person actually owns one of these machines.


What's The Bottom Line


This little guy makes great espresso at the touch of a button, cleans up after itself, and is very well reviewed. And the price is right too. It retails for about $200 but I found it for only $149 at the link below. That puts it squarely in the middle of the price range when compared against other espresso or coffee center machines out there. Plus, it looks cool.


In my opinion, always buy a real espresso machine. But if you don't have a few hundred bucks to shell out for a true espresso machine, then the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza Single-Serve Manual Espresso Machine is a real steal that should last for a long time and make really good espresso. At the end of the day, what else is there to say? Grab one or two today at the link below.