Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker, Red
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- Programmable buttons for espresso and lungo, folding drip tray for larger cups and recipes, brew ready in 25-30-seconds
- 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
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Nespresso Pixie C60-US-RE-NE -the pixie heats up in only 25-30-seconds. Item is red in color which does have more of an orange appearance.
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I didn't know how many different types of coffee capsules it supported before I ordered it. This Pixie model comes with 16 different flavor capsules, so that tells me "at least 16" which is great. I did NOT realize at first that some capsules are meant to be brewed as a SMALL cup, and others as a LARGE cup. Of the 16 capsules that come with it, four are "lungo" (large). It was a bit confusing at first, I was using a black marker to mark whether the capsule was decaf, small, large, expresso, or coffee, since they are all intermixed, and color coded. The NAME of the coffee type is on the capsule aluminum lid, but you have to cross reference the included description chart to figure out what you are drinking. I was going separate them all into tupperware bowls, small - expresso blend, small - expresso, large - coffee, large decaf, and small - decaf, but then decided against it, since after these first 16 are gone I'll personally be buying a batch of each type (small - expresso, large - coffee, and large - decaf) to cover our family's tastes.
Warning: DO follow the book and run water through it first before inserting any coffee capsule. I DID NOT do this, and the result was that the very first capsule didn't brew, I thought something was wrong, but it was because the water had not made it through the entire machine yet. I tried it again with the same capsule, it worked, but only brewed half of a small cup size, again because only half way through did the water finally prime through the system. So run it without capsules so you won't waste the first one like I did. Partly because the machine is so simple to operate, there was no need to read any directions, but I missed the priming step.
Otherwise: It's our first day and we already went through 8 of the 16 samples! Since I will be up all night probably, I'll start looking to place my first order. Capsules are only .56 and .65 cents each on Nepresso web site, and about $6 shipping. Nepresso site forces you to buy in lots of 50 capsules, but you can mix and match in groups of 10, so it's not too bad.
I am SO glad I gave it a chance. Not only is is minuscule compared to the semi-automatic machine that it is replacing on my kitchen island, but it is very fast, problem free and really a joy to use. It truly does heat up in an instant. I click the power switch and before I've chosen a capsule from the spinner Nifty Nespresso Coffee Carousel and popped it in, the machine is ready to go.
My kitchen is such that I don't have to move the machine one bit to remove and refill the water tank, and the tank fits perfectly in my fridge door water dispenser. It may be that by not moving the machine much, I am not stressing its weak points - who knows. All I know is that for ME, it is fantastic and flawless.
One other potential downside, which applies to any pod or capsule machine, is acquiring and disposing of the actual pods. I was concerned about this, as I was in the habit of grabbing a bag of beans at my convenience. The machine came with 16 capsules and I ended up ordering the "welcome kit" of 200 pods directly from Nespresso (by far the best deal on capsules is directly from Nespresso) one day later the box was waiting outside my door. As far as disposing of the pods, they are currently going in my co-mingled recycling bin at the condo. What happens to them from there is anybody's guess. At least they are packed simply - bare aluminum pods in a cardboard sleeve, no additional plastics or unnecessary materials.
Also, like many other Nespresso reviewers have complained, I am drinking more coffee (5 capsules), which I'm sure is terrible for me, but I really seem to enjoy their coffee variety and for me, .55 per cup seems reasonable for the quality and is a much better value than several of the big-name coffee bars. Also, I don't get the caffeine jitters from the espresso, like I would from standard brewed coffee.
Again, just my personal experience, but I wanted to share my satisfaction and success with a machine that seems to have been problematic for several others. Perhaps mine is from a newer production run? Whatever the reason, I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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