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Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker With Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, Electric Titan
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- Programmable buttons for espresso and lungo, folding drip tray for larger cups and recipes, brew ready in 25-30 second
- Backlight indicators, water level detection, auto power-off, used capsule container, convenient power cord storage
- 12.83-inch length by 4.33-inch width by 9-1/4-inch height
- 24-Ounce water tank
- Aeroccino plus. hot and cold milk froth for cappuccinos,hot milk for lattes. hot milk froth in 70 seconds. cold milk froth in 60 seconds.
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Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Pixie coffee maker fits in any kitchen and is available in a wide range of colors and 2 finishes. Only 4.3 inches wide, it uses hardly any space and is perfect for smaller urban kitchens.
Espresso and Lungo
The one-touch buttons with two cup capacities (Espresso and Lungo) can be reprogrammed to custom volumes and are backlit for ease of use. The folding drip tray accommodates differing cup sizes for espresso and milk coffee lovers alike.
High pressure pump
The 19 bar high-pressure pump allows for a barista-style result, unlocking the delicate flavor and premium aromas of each coffee capsule during the brewing process and creating an incomparably dense and unctuous crema. The fast heat-up system reaches the ideal temperature in just 25 seconds.
Empty water tank alert
Red backlights along the sides of the machine light up to alert you when you need to refill the water tank. With the automatic power-off function, the machine turns off 9 minutes after the last use, consuming less energy.
Each machine includes a welcome set with 16 capsules containing individual aromas. Try each Grand Cru to find your favorites.
Nespresso capsule system
The Nespresso capsule system delivers exceptional taste and unique aromas thanks to the preparation of high-quality coffees in hermetically sealed and recyclable aluminium capsules for coffee enjoyment at the highest level.
The Nespresso Club
Order your Nespresso capsules through the Nespresso Club; online, by telephone (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or in one of our Boutiques. Receive personalized advice and obtain technical support for your machine: whatever you are seeking, the Nespresso Club is with you every step of the way.
We also offer a capsule recycling service to all Club Members in the United States.
The Positive Cup
We believe that each cup of Nespresso has the potential to not only deliver a moment of pleasure but also restore, replenish and revive environmental and human resources. In effect, a cup of coffee that can create a greater value for society and the environment.
This is the Positive Cup vision and continues Nespresso's commitment to sustainability in coffee sourcing and consumption.
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 4.4 x 9.3 x 12.8 in
- Water Tank Capacity: 24 oz
- Container capacity: 9-11 used capsules
- Weight: 2.8 kg
- Dimensions of the box (WxHxD): 7.5 x 12 x 14.4 in
- Power: 120 V
- Pump Pressure: 19 bar
- Cable length: 2.6 ft
- Cup Warmer: No
- Removable Water Tank: Yes
- Filter included: No
- Power Save mode Yes
The Nespresso Pixie coffee machine offers avant-garde design with elegance and functionality. Equipped with a wide range of advanced features, the Pixie machine is energy efficient with a surprisingly compact design.
Streamlined for maximum efficiency, this coffee maker lives up to Nespresso’s reputation for high-end technology. Each machine includes a welcome set with 16 Nespresso capsules containing individual aromas.
The Aeroccino provides a smooth, finely textured hot or cold fresh milk froth for your coffee recipes via an ultra simple and fast automatic system, in a few seconds, without noise or vibration. The Aeroccino also heats milk for your Caffè Latte or Cappuccino.
- Nespresso Pixie machine
- Aeroccino Plus milk frother
- Welcome pack containing 16 Nespresso Grands Crus capsules
- Instruction booklet
- Information folder
|Pump pressure||19 bar||19 bar||19 bar|
|Empty water tank detection||✓|
|Fast 25" heat-up||✓||✓||✓|
|Programmable, one-touch buttons||Espresso & Lungo||Espresso & Lungo||Espresso & Lungo|
|Movable drip tray for large cups||Foldable drip tray||Foldable drip tray||Foldable drip tray|
|Energy consumption class||A||A-40%||A-40%|
|Automatic power off||✓||✓||✓|
|Water tank capacity||24 oz||24 oz||34 oz|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.7 x 9 x 12.6 in||4.4 x 9.3 x 12.8 in||5.1 x 10.9 x 14.6 in|
|Special features||Lightest machine - Wide range of fashionable colors||Avant-garde design - Compact size - Premium aluminium siding||Retro-modern design|
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The Pixie machine features two pre-set cup settings with reprogrammable cup volumes. As with all of Nespresso machines, perfect in-cup results are assured with a 19 bar pressure pump and thermoblock heating unit producing a delicious and rich crema cup after cup. Includes the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus & Milk Frother. Perfect milk froth in seconds.
Top Customer Reviews
It took me a while to figure out what works best for the latte flavor I was looking for. (Some may be critical of this, but I like Starbucks - a short 8 oz. double latte.) I find that a strong roast, like Ristretto, made with the Lungo setting works well for me.
I really like the Aeroccino as well. It doesn't scorch (unlike another brand I tried - I can't remember what brand it was though.) At first the milk didn't seem hot enough, but I got used to it and I enjoy it now. The steaming attachment gives me a nice small layer of foam, rather than mostly foam like the frothing attachment gives. Unlike what other reviews I read said, I find that nonfat milk gives the most and tightest foam. I love that the attachments are held on by magnets - they have never come off, so they are hard to lose.
Pods are easy to order online or by phone, cost 70 to 80 cents, and arrive within 2 business days. To reduce my guilt, I ship my used pods back to Nespresso for recycling using the postage-paid UPS envelopes that I order from them for free on their website.
All things considered: The Pixie works every bit as well as the older and larger (but not much larger) CitiZ and the newest "kid on the block", the Nespresso U. The Pixie has a smaller water well. It also has a smaller compartment for spent capsules. In my experience that does not matter. In fact, it's probably better. You should start with fresh water as often as possible and it's easy and quick to dump spent capsules.
I think the whole line of Nespresso machines are far better than Tassimo and Kuerig machines. The Nespresso machines are better designed: They work quicker and quieter; have a smaller footprint and are less bulky; are much better looking, and, most importantly, the quality and variety of the espresso blends cannot be beat. I haven't tried the new Starbuck's machine, but I do know this Pixie is smaller and has a lot more style.
Our first Nespresso machine was a CitiZ and it still sits proudly on our kitchen counter. The Pixie was just being introduced when we bought our CitiZ several years ago. We ended up with the CitiZ because it came in a color that better matched the style of our century-old house. But I've always thought the Pixie was awfully cute and stylish. And who doesn't consider a smaller footprint a plus?
YOU CAN STOP READING HERE: While the above paragraphs sum up my opinion briefly, you can keep reading for more information. Sorry, but I found it hard to streamline this review--after all, I've purchased (and dumped) three Tassimo machines; I purchased and use the Nespresso CitiZ and the Latissima on a daily basis; I own a single-serve Gaggia by illy that sees very little use lately; I acquired a Jura ENA Uno about four months ago, and it daily provides us with freshly ground and brewed beans (we buy Peet's beans), and last, but not least, I've also acquired a Nespresso U with an Aeroccino frother. I'm thinking I've got some experience upon which I base my opinions.
MORE ON THE PIXIE:
--I don't know why this impresses me, but there is a white backlighting (around the spent capsule compartment) that I think is way, way cool. Plus, the backlighting allows you to safely grab your hot coffee in the dark. If you're low on water, the light shines red.
--The Pixie doesn't drip when it's done pouring like the CitiZ and Latissima models tend to do.
--The Pixie is basically portable: Being small and light-weight, having a cord that tucks away and a handle that doubles as the inserter lever, this little guy is easy to transport. You are going to be able to take your favorite coffee with you on a road trip--now that is a very exciting thought!
--Water heats up hotter in the Pixie (than in the CitiZ). Some people think this is important. I'm not one of them--no matter how hot the coffee is, I think it is very important to heat the cup first. (A very simple thing to do: Add hot tap water to the cup and let it sit in the sink a minute; but, yes, it is still another step to accomplish during your morning rush-hour routine before you leave for work.)
--The platform that your cup sits on is a bit cumbersome. It folds up for tall cups, but it's your cup that actually holds the platform up and out of the way. You could consider it a design flaw or maybe it adds to its compactness and portability. This only matters if you like to make fancy concoctions once in a while, forcing the use of a taller cup. (Sometimes I like to pour through some whipped cream or add a shot of something boozy.)
REGARDING THE AEROCCINO: For the difference in price between a Pixie with or without this stand-alone milk frother, you really should buy the combo. Several years ago when I first investigated this frother, it was valued at nearly a hundred dollars--so there is great value in purchasing it along with the espresso machine. It's a great little gadget: It has a beautiful shiny metal outside surface that is very substantial; it is quiet; it is quick; it produces beautiful soft foam; the handle is strong and easy on the hand, and because it has a high quality non-stick inner surface, it is easy to clean by simply rinsing it out. Its downfalls: The base is lightweight and will not grip a counter top; the heavy electric cord is adequately long, but excess cord can't be hid in the base, and the worst offense: The spout will leave you with a drip every time. In comparison to the Starbuck's model, this frother is made of a high quality, beautiful metal; the Starbuck's is black plastic.
COMPARED WITH THE LATISSIMA MILK FROTH: I like the froth created by the Latissima better than the froth from the Aeroccino. The Latissima foam is finer and thicker, and it is ADJUSTABLE. I also like the fact that the milk container on the Latissima can be easily disengaged from the machine and stored in the frig. There is no waste and clean-up is accomplished with a few seconds push of a button; only enough milk is sucked through the machine per serving. In a morning rush, it is easier to set the container of unused milk back in the frig. If you want easy cleaning with The Aeroccino, the residue milk has to be rinsed before you leave the house.
LET'S DISCUSS COFFEE: After all, the machine is just a vessel for the end result. And if the coffee that is made for the machine isn't great, then why even look at the machine. The coffee in the Nespresso pods is superb. It's way better than anything available from Tassimo or Kuerig.
It's been several years since we switched from a Tassimo machine to a Nespresso machine. (If you want to hear about why I totally dislike Tassimo, ask me and I'll be happy to elaborate.) At the time of the switch, we were used to drinking large-size cups of coffee. So we felt we were taking a chance on the Nespresso blends--not knowing if we'd be able to tolerate the change from a big cup of brew to just a few sips. But the change has been effortless and so rewarding: Because the coffee is so smooth and rich, it is easier and more satisfying to relish a few sips rather than big gulps of average-tasting coffee. We really didn't know what we were missing.
If you think you like more mild coffee and think that espresso will be too strong for you--then you think like I did. And I was wrong, and there is no reason to be afraid of Nespresso expresso and lungo (long cups--still pretty small): This great coffee is not bitter; it has a variety of fragrances, and feel, and flavors in each sip--and I've found that I am now leaning towards the more "intense" blends. With the Pixie there are two buttons to choose how much water you want to pass through each disc, and they are easily programmable, which offers you an infinite variety of strengths. Now I find that I prefer to go along with the pre-programmed amount of water for each blend. After all, the recommendations come from experts and they know what they're doing!
Nespresso has a lineup of 16 blends (plus there are special blends offered throughout the year). The blends by Tassimo and Kuerig cannot compare. It might have something to do with the fact that the Nespresso pods are made of aluminum and keep the ground coffee fresher than the others which are all made of plastic or maybe the Tassimo and Kuerig product is made to suit less savvy, less experienced coffee drinkers. I can't offer a comparison between the Nespresso and Starbuck pods, because I've not tried the Starbucks' Verismo system yet. I can say that Starbuck pods are more expensive than Nespresso pods, and there are way fewer choices. Regarding the "green-ness" of the pods: Nespresso's are recyclable and the others are not.
If anyone is interested in more details of the 16 Nespresso Grand Crus: Nespresso uses about 95% Arabica and 5% Robusta in its blends. Their beans come from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia and India. Blending, roasting and grinding are all variables that enter into creation of a particular flavor blend. Investigating the blends, it is obvious that most of the beans come from Central and South America, Nespresso does not have a blend that features Kenyan Arabica beans--and that is my only dissatisfaction with the Nespresso lineup. We love Kenyan coffee and own a Jura ENA Uno machine so that we can brew our favorite Kenyan coffee from Peet's on the West Coast. It is interesting to note that the Starbucks' Verismo system does not offer a Kenyan pod at this time. I've got more info on the different Grand Crus--just ask me; I'll keep an eye on this review.
You don't give up any flavor by using the convenience of a Grand Cru capsule. And don't think that the capsules "cost too much": You want great coffee? You're going to have to pay for it. Amen. It doesn't matter if you grind your own or buy it in capsule form. In fact, I pay more cup-for-cup when I grind my own.
Two other things: Nespresso augments their 16 regular blends with a special, limited-time-only blend about three times a year. And it is very, very easy to buy the capsules. They are available online at nespresso.com. The ordering process is simple, the product is always fresh, customer service efficient and pleasant, and shipment is quick, quick.
If someone tells me the Nespresso capsules do not produce the "best espresso you'll ever have", I ask them where to get a better one: If they're being completely honest, the answer will not be "I get a better espresso at home", not unless that person is an expert with a very expensive machine.
One last thought on the capsules: The jewel-toned, aluminum capsules are a visual treat. The capsules are like little gems, little bon-bons. They are truly beautiful to look at. While it is surely not the most important point to be made about the 16 Grand Cru, I always like to remember to use all my senses when drinking coffee.
UPDATE September 2013: Looking at the Nespresso website, I see there are now 21 Grand Cru, and what's really neat: There is a carrying case for the Pixie.
The machine takes seconds to warm up and about 20 seconds to pump out a glorious, frothy espresso. It came with a large sampler pack in which I honestly did not find one that I didn't like. I saw a decaf espresso in the mix, to which I mocked, but then one night when I was chilled to the bone I popped that decaf in and no longer had any harsh feelings against such an idea.
I had to call customer support (which was top notch) once when the light was flashing as if the reservoir was empty, but it wasn't. She told me to wash out the reservoir and fill it with fresh water. She was right. She even waited on the line while I washed it out to make sure it was okay. Simplest fix ever. It is just a sensitive machine. She said she has never had to send in a Pixie for repairs for a sensor or light malfunction. FYI: She said the red light will most likely stay on if you are using Reverse Osmosis water because it doesn't recognize it - but it will still work.
The Aeroccino frother is nothing short of incredible. It's completely silent and the most intuitive design ever. It is beautifully crafted: the exterior and interior are super heavy stainless steel and it uses strong magnets to hold one whisk on the bottom (in the use position) and one under the top for storage (so you don't lose it). Genius. I froth coconut beverage in it and it always end up with a nice foamy top. I've also frothed coconut creamer and canned lite coconut milk; all with the same results. You can froth warm or cold in less than 1 minute. Simply incredible.
So, for those of you who want your espresso habit to be a little less work and a little less messy without sacrificing quality - the Pixie is your partner.