Nespresso D111-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker

Nespresso D111 Citiz Espresso Maker

5 / 5 stars      

If you’re looking for a super simple, automatic espresso maker, you need to check out the Nespresso D111 Citiz Espresso Maker, available in Black and Fire Engine Red.  It’s a fraction of the cost of many other espresso makers, but it delivers.

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It may not have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive unit, but if the end result is the important factor to you, that’s not going to be an issue.  For example, it doesn’t have an integrated cup warming tray.  Assuming that just warming your cup with hot water from the top — which is what I do — isn’t enough for you; you can still set your cup under the outlet, make sure there’s no capsule, and fill your cup with hot water from Nespresso’s tank.  Then dump it out and you’re good to go.  And while the Citiz is not marketed as also being a cappuccino or latte maker, it is possible, despite the fact there’s no built in frothier.  Check out my recommended add-on section below, where I have some recommendations.

 

Nespresso Citiz Espresso Maker Pros & Cons

Pros: Relatively inexpensive — Fast preheat and brew times — Preprogrammed cup sizes — 19 bars pressure

Cons: Fairly basic model — Limited to Nespresso brand pods – No milk frothier

 

As far as brewing your cup goes, it’s dead simple.  Again, put your cup under the outlet make sure you’ve inserted a capsule of choice, choose your cup size button, and then once you’re espresso has brewed, eject and throw out the capsule.  And speaking of cup size, the Citiz gives you the option of a regular size espresso cup or a lungo sized cup.  And as far as the capsules go, I’m sure you realize that you are limited to Nespresso’s own brand of coffee capsules.

The water tank on the Citiz is about 34 ounces — 1 litre — so you’ll get a maximum of about 8 cups depending on size, before needing to fill the tank again.

Equipped with a single, stainless steel, Thermoblock boiler/heating element, proper temperature is always under control.

As pointed out are buying guide page, bar pressure is often used as a marketing gimmick.  Not necessarily the case here, but at 19 bars of pressure the Nespresso generates more than enough.

As with any coffee maker, if you have very hard water you’re going to need to do descale the machine.  More often than you would if you had soft water.  But we’re still talking about the hundreds of cups before you need to descale.  And unless you want to destroy your espresso maker, don’t use vinegar.  I have a recommendation of what to use in a recommended add-ons section.

So if you’re looking for an inexpensive, fully automatic, pod type espresso maker, the Nespresso D111 Citiz is a great choice.  My personal rating is 5/5.

Features & Dimensions:

  • Single cup pod style espresso maker
  • Stainless Steel Thermoblock heating element
  • Pump style
  • Programmable buttons
  • 19 bars pressure
  • 34 ounces water tank
  • Capsule container holds approximately 10 capsules
  • Fast heating and brewing time
  • Adjustable cup tray
  • 1260 W
  • Approximately 15 x 5 x 11″ and 7.5 pounds

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