Nespresso D520 Gran Maestria Espresso Maker

Nespresso D520 Gran Maestria Espresso Maker

5 / 5 stars      

Consider this.  The Nespresso D520 Gran Maestria is manufactured by a company that has been creating Espresso Machines for nearly 30 years.  That’s more than enough time to perfect things.  And while granted, nothing in life is perfect; the D520 does its best to achieve perfection.

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Feature wise, the Grand Maestria, has everything you need to brew an awesome cup of espresso. Oh, and you can brew a cup of lungo as well.  (for those not in the know, a lungo is basically an espresso with about twice as much water – also known as a stretched espresso) Prefer cappuccino?  With the added Aeroccino – milk frothier – this Nespresso has that covered as well.  As a matter of fact, you can make any of the following as well.  Cafe latte, latte macchiato or iced cappuccino.  You are even provided with some great dessert recipes.

While this unit does have an extraction system that produces up to 19 bar pressure, it’s nice to know that Nespresso isn’t pushing this as a selling feature.  If you’ve read the main page of our coffee/espresso reviews, you’ll know that that much pressure really isn’t necessary for a great cup of espresso.  Having said that, enough pressure is still there to provide a full bodied coffee with both thick and smooth crema.

Nespresso Gran Maestria Pros & Cons

Pros:  Fully automatic – Large water reservoir – Cup Warmer – 4 settings to the frothier – Compact size

Cons:  None

If you don’t want to spend all your time making your coffee, you really should consider a Nespresso.  With the unique capsule system, all you do is drop one in, choose your setting, press a button and brewing begins.  No fiddling, no grinding, no tamping.  Oh, and those capsules can be recycled as well.

The integrated cup warmer is very cool.  Simply place your cup on it upside down and a jet of hot water shoots up into it, warming it within about 10 seconds.  And the cup shelf will accommodate either a cup or taller glass.

The water reservoir will hold just under 1.5 quarts (for my non US visitors that is about the same as 1.5 litres).  That’s about 50 ounces so you’re looking at 10 5oz cups before you need to refill your water tank.

The frothier – or Aeroccino – has four settings to chose from.  Cold, velvety froth, warm, velvety froth, warm, dense froth or warm milk.  The container has level indicators on it.

The Gran Maestria is a fully automatic espresso maker that gives you an exceptional cup of coffee, comparable to machines that are 2 or 3 times the price.  Nespresso capsules can be ordered online, or if you are fortunate enough to have a Boutique store close by, you can pick them up there.

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It will hold up to 40 capsules.


Features & Dimensions:

  • Quick heating element – heats within 25 seconds
  • Fully automatic
  • Coffee volumes adjust between less than 1 ounce and 5 ounces
  • Large water reservoir
  • 19 bars of pressure
  • Used capsule holder (holds 10 – 14)
  • Pivoting cup shelf holds cups or glasses
  • Cup warmer
  • Auto shut off
  • 2 year warranty
  • 15.2 x 12.6 x 11.9 inches ; 15 pounds
  • Available platinum and titanium colors

My rating for the Nespresso D520 Gran Maestria is 5/5.

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