Nespresso Essenza:
A Detailed Look

Nespresso Essenza C101

The Nespresso Essenza is just one of those machines you have to love. It's takes up very little counter space, is ridiculously easy to use, and brews a consistently good shot of espresso. And, hey, to top it all off, this is one of the least expensive single serve espresso makers out there.

Let's start with the basics. The Essenza is an espresso machine that uses the same 19-bar high pressure pump present in all of Nespresso's line. As far as ease of use goes, this machine cannot be beat. We've had hundreds of folks use our Essenza, and even those who don't really like technology could use this machine without any problems. The system is very straightforward. Pop in one of the Nespresso capsules, close the top, and press either the Espresso (1.3 fluid ounces) or the Lungo (3.7 fluid ounces) button. The espresso is then ready in less than 30 seconds.

If you don't like the default Espresso and Lungo sizes, the buttons can be easily programmed to fit your preference.

With the optional Aeroccino milk frother, you can make classic espresso drinks like cappucinos, lattes, and macchiatos. The Aeroccino is simple to use and does an excellent job at frothing and heating milk

Here are the specs on this machine:

  • Removable water tank (30.4oz/1 liter)
  • 19 bar high pressure pump
  • Automatic ejection of used capsules
  • Capsule container for 14 used capsules
  • Programmable buttons to control the amount of espresso
  • 8.1" x 10.2" x 13.5"
  • 6.3 pounds


The build quality of this machine is solid, especially for a budget model. There are no known weak points or defects in this model. In addition, Nespresso has a good reputation for customer support, so if anything does go wrong with your brewer, you can expect a quick and painless resolution by Nespresso.

Bottom Line

The Nespresso Essenza has a definite audience — those looking for a small, inexpensive espresso brewer that is easy to use. If that description fits you, definitely consider this espresso maker. If you don't already have a milk frother, you can't go wrong with the optional Aeroccino.

If you think this brewer might be for you, here's a link to it on Amazon: Nespresso Essenza with Aeroccino Milk Frother

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