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Described by Nespresso as an entry-level machine, the Nespresso Inissia by Krups is nevertheless a regular feature on the coffee pod and coffee capsule recommended and best buy lists.
Up against machines that are considerably more expensive, it still scores an accomplished 4.5 stars on Amazon and other retail sites.
So why is a fairly basic machine such a hit with reviewers and real-life coffee fanatics alike?
A coffee pod machine is all about a fast, fuss free coffee. The Nespresso Inissia by Krups certainly delivers. Its thermoblock system takes just 25 seconds to go from cold to ready to use, with solid green lights on the buttons showing when it’s ready to use. It’s then less than a minute from inserting the capsule to a hot cup of espresso.
When your lovely new coffee pod machine arrives, you can expect to find a selection of sixteen different capsules, so you can get stuck into finding your favourite Nespresso coffee straight away.
For simplicity, it’s hard to beat this model. There are just two buttons and lights. Press one button to turn on the machine. Press both to turn it off. For an espresso length coffee, press the espresso button. For a taller coffee, press the luongo button.
The cup tray for this machine is designed for espresso style cups. However, this tray flips up to accommodate larger cups, mugs, and travel mugs.
This Nespresso model has a 0.7 litre water tank. A little on the small side. But, compared to its tiny size – it has just a 12cm x 23cm footprint – that’s a good capacity. Nespresso say it’s enough for nine espressos.
If you’re a milky coffee fan, then the Inissia isn’t for you, unless you want to invest in a frother and master that skill. Likewise if you prefer your coffee pod machine to offer variety. Known as grand crus, the capsules for this machine come in just 22 different black coffee types. That’s a limited range compared to most coffee pod machines.
Multiple reviews of the this machine report that it’s very noisy, and that the pictorial manual is difficult to understand. Some describe the manual as making it seem much harder to operate this simple machine than it actually is. Another criticism is that the capsules can be difficult to get in quite the right position.
Nespresso recommends that you run clear water through this machine after every use to keep it working well. This is simple to do: just press the espresso button without inserting a pod.
However, while it’s easy, you might consider this a bit of a chore if you need to do it every time you fancy a coffee.
Descaling the machine is pretty simple too. Add a descaler to the water chamber, press the luongo button for three seconds, and run the liquid through twice.
Repeat with plain water, then press the luongo button for three seconds again to end the process. Nespresso recommends descaling every two months.
As a basic machine, not very. As already mentioned, it only offers black coffee options. You’ll need to invest in a milk frother if you prefer a cappuccino, latte, or macchiato.
Technically, this model only takes genuine Nespresso pods. Unusually for coffee pod machines, there are compatibles available at a much reduced cost. However, they’re still only available in black coffee types.
One function it does offer is the ability to programme your preferred length of coffee. To programme it to your preference, simply hold down the relevant button until your cup is filled to the desired volume.
It will remember your preference for next time.
To reset it back to factory settings, just turn off the machine, then hold down the luongo button as it turns back on.
This model is described as a basic, entry-level machine. Other than being able to programme your preferred length, there’s nothing else that you can change or control.
The thermoblock water heating system means that it reaches working temperature in just 25 seconds, making it ideal for those who need a caffeine hit NOW. It delivers its coffee at a sippable 61℃. For some people, this may not be hot enough for their preference, especially if you’re adding milk afterwards.
Although we’ve talked repeatedly about how this is an entry-level machine, one thing it doesn’t skimp on is water pressure. It boasts a very impressive 19 bar water pressure that produces a rich, velvety crema every time for a quality coffee.
One of the key features of the Nespresso Inissia by Krups is its tiny size. It measures just 12cm x 32.1cm x 23cm and weighs just 2.4kg. It’s so small and light that Nespresso produce a carry bag for it!
Although the shell of this machine is plastic, it’s still a quality looking machine. It comes in a range of colours to suit any kitchen. Some people don’t like the large handle that opens and closes the pod holder, but that’s personal preference.
Nespresso is a well-recognised name in the coffee pod machine market. It should be no surprise that even its entry-level machines are giving much more expensive machines a run for their money.
The Nespresso Inissia by Krups delivers what it promises: a great cup of black coffee in espresso or luongo versions.
With its simple interface and speedy thermoblock system, coffee lovers can be enjoying a great cup of coffee in no time. And it offers simple programmability.
However, if you’re a milky coffee lover and want a latte, cappuccino or other long coffee with no fuss, this isn’t the machine for you.