Finding a good coffee maker that fits all of your needs can be difficult and time consuming. We’ve tried to help with that by creating this Nespresso Essenza Mini review. If you’re after a coffee maker that produces amazing coffee and doesn’t take up a lot of room, then you might be onto a winner here.
To help you make your decision, we’ve listed all of the important things you should consider, the features, and pros and cons of the Essenza.
- The Important Stuff
- Its Features
- Who’s This Coffee Maker Not For?
- The Pros and Cons
- Final Thoughts
The Important Stuff
Firstly, let’s dive into the stuff that’s going to determine whether this coffee maker is going to be right for you. There’s no point focusing on all the cool gadgets if the Essenza doesn’t score on the fundamentals.
Value – 4/5
For a single serve coffee maker, it’s slightly on the expensive side. You could get a filter coffee maker with a carafe option for this price, but you do pay for quality with the Essenza.
I would say that if you’re looking for something cheaper, then maybe look at some Keurigs, they have a wide range of single serve coffee makers that vary in price. Before you make up your mind though, you should check out why the Essenza is slightly more expensive. You definitely don’t pay that extra bit for nothing!
No matter what coffee maker you’re thinking of buying, you’re going to be saving money on all the coffees you don’t buy when out and about. So unless you’re paying thousands for your coffee maker, eventually it will pay for itself.
Quality – 4.5/5
The quality of build is high. It doesn’t feel like you’ve got a cheap, plastic machine that you could accidently put your finger through. It’s annoying when you pay good money for your coffee maker and it doesn’t feel worth it, but that’s not the case with the Essenza. It’s put together very well, so no complaints on this.
The quality of the coffee is matched, producing a very tasty and flavourful cuppa. Of course it has a lot to do with the beans you use, but the extraction is optimal and it consistently makes sure all of those flavours end up in your cup.
Size – 4.5/5
Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 8 inches
Weight: 5.95 pounds
A very compact coffee maker that has a small footprint on your kitchen top. It doesn’t get in the way of anything, and leaves you with lots of room for cooking. If you have a small apartment, or anywhere that doesn’t have a lot of room, then size is very important and the Essenza is ideal.
As far as the water reservoir is concerned, it’s quite small, but that’s what you get when you buy a compact coffee maker. It holds enough water to make around 4 espressos before it needs refilling. This isn’t a problem if you have it in your kitchen as it’s next to the sink. If you’re in an office, this could be slightly annoying. A good thing however is that the water reservoir is removable, so you don’t have to awkwardly pour a jug of water.
Aesthetics/User Friendliness – 5/5
The Essenza Mini could look good in any kitchen. With its black finish and narrow front you would barely notice it sat in the corner of your kitchen counter. You can choose to have it in white, but the front is kept black. Personally I prefer it all the one colour.
Something I really like is the curvy design and rounded edges. It’s very pleasing on the eye and it doesn’t feel intruding. The Essenza is also very minimalist and doesn’t have many buttons at all, just two on the top to choose your cup size.
This creates a very friendly user interface. You’re not confused by the menu or the many buttons, it’s very straightforward and super easy to use.
Durability – 4.5/5
My family and I have actually had one of these coffee makers in our kitchen for around 3 years now, and it gets used many times a day. It’s worked without a problem at all really. The only thing that happens from time to time is not enough water is pushed through the K Cup, it stops after a couple of seconds. It’s got more to do with a faulty K Cup though as it only happens with certain ones.
I cannot complain about the durability, it’s lasted us a long time. There are barely any reviews online stating that it broke. Of course there are a few, it’s bound to happen if you’re shipping thousands of products. But the Essenza comes with a two year warranty, so you should be covered for any manufacturing mistakes.
Now for the exciting bits. These are the parts of the coffee maker that get you excited about making that morning brew. The parts that you can show off to your friends and family. So let’s have a look.
Fast Heat Up
I’ve used a lot of coffee makers over the years, and one thing I enjoy is coffee made quickly, without sacrificing on quality. That’s exactly what you get with the Essenza, speed and quality.
From waking it up, to having a coffee brewed is about a minute. It doesn’t take long at all for the internal reservoir to heat up the water to a point where it can brew, it’s pretty impressive.
High Pressure Pump
In barista style espresso machines they often extract the shot of coffee using very high pressure espresso machines. The Essenza uses high pressure too, which extracts all the beautiful aromas, flavours and produces a dense and rich crema on top.
This is why the quality of the coffee is so good, and why I find it okay to pay that little bit extra than you would for some other single serve coffee makers. The extra quality definitely makes up for the extra cost.
Removable Water Reservoir
This is definitely something to consider when buying a coffee maker, although it’s not that obvious why. If you’ve ever had a coffee maker that doesn’t have a removable water reservoir, then you already know why this is handy.
It’s very awkward to pour a jug of water at the right angle to not spill a drop into a fixed water reservoir. It’s much easier to take it over to the sink. Especially if you’re planning on keeping your coffee maker underneath the cupboards.
It’s also easy to clean it. To ensure the quality of your coffee doesn’t drop, you need to keep on top of cleaning. I know it’s annoying, but it’s necessary, which is why a removable water reservoir is handy. If it’s easy to clean, you’re more likely to do it.
Optional Brew Size
So you have the two buttons on top to choose your brew size. Either an Espresso, which is 1.35 oz, or a Lungo which is 5 oz. If neither of these sizes floats your boat, or you just want to mix it up one morning, you can.
If you hold down one of the buttons, the Essenza will keep brewing your coffee until you let go, so you can choose how large you want your coffee.
The Essenza Mini is super energy efficient and turns off 9 minutes after your last brew. If you have to rush out the door to work one morning, and you realise you haven’t turned off your coffee maker, no worries, the Essenza has your back.
You won’t be wasting any energy at all with the super quick auto off feature. It works especially well because of how quickly the water heats up afterwards too, so you don’t mind it switching off so soon.
Reusable K Cups Compatible
This is a big plus because K Cups are definitely not very eco-friendly at the moment. There are more than 10 billion K Cups sold every year, and most of them end up in landfill. They’ll be here for at least the next 500 years before they decompose.
Not only do reusable K Cups help with reducing your waste, but they also expand your choices of coffee. If you have a favourite pre-ground coffee or whole coffee beans, you can use this in your Essenza. You’re not limited to the big brands that produce K Cups, you can still buy your favourite local roasters coffee.
Comes With K Cups
If you’re like me and not very organised, you’ll be pleased to know there is a selection of Nespresso pods that come in the box. It’s great if your coffee maker arrives and you’ve forgotten to nip to the shop to stock up.
There are a few different varieties so you can experiment which one you prefer. I think it’s a nice touch from Nespresso.
Who’s This Coffee Maker Not For?
Sometimes it’s easier to state what coffee makers don’t do to find out whether it’s for you or not. The Nespresso Essenza Mini probably isn’t for you if:
If Want To Make Milky Drinks
I like drinking espresso, they’re the ideal drink to taste all those flavours and notes. Every so often though, I go through a spell of enjoying lattes, cappuccinos or simply adding milk to my coffee from my moka pot.
Don’t buy this coffee maker if all you want to drink are milky based drinks, there are many other coffee makers out there that would suit you better. For example, the Keurig K Cafe.
If you’re like me and like them every so often, purchase yourself a moka pot alongside the Essenza. They’re easy to whip out whenever you want to change up the style of your coffee.
You Want A Carafe
The Essenza Mini is a single serve coffee maker only. There is no option to fill up a carafe and keep it warm for hours. If this is what you’re after then you should check out some other coffee makers.
If you’re living in a house with a lot of people that drink coffee, you might be better off getting a carafe. With that being said, there’s 4 of us that drink coffee in our house, and we find the Essenza Mini to do the job perfectly well.
The Pros and Cons
- Very easy to use because of the minimalist menu layout
- Pressurized extraction produces flavourful coffee
- Super compact creating a small footprint, ideal if you’re struggling for space
- Energy efficient with auto off feature
- Removable water reservoir makes it easy to clean
- Optional brew size
- Reusable K Cup filter compatible
- 2 year warranty
- Small water reservoir
There really aren’t many cons with the Essenza Mini. For a single serve coffee maker it does exactly what you want. You could complain that it doesn’t make a carafe but that’s not what it’s designed for anyway.
As far as single serve coffee makers go, I don’t think you’ll find much better. The Nespresso Essenza Mini is a great espresso machine that produces tasty, flavourful and aromatic coffee. The build quality is strong and durable, it’s easy to clean, it’s energy efficient, and it’s very compact.
If you know that you’re wanting an Nespresso machine, and your predominantly going to be drinking espresso, i’m certain you’ll be happy with the Nespresso Essenza Mini.
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In case the Essenza isn’t what you’re looking for, we’ve put together a couple of other alternatives that might be more suited.
The Keurig K Classic is great for those of us that prefer larger brew sizes. For example, the K Classic makes 6, 8 or 10 ounce cups giving you larger brew size options than the Essenza. It also comes with a larger water reservoir and is a little cheaper.
This coffee maker comes with an optional milk frother, which lets you create other milk based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. The brew sizes range from an espresso (1.35 ounce) to a Alto (14 ounce) so you have a wide range of choices.