Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker – It’s funny how the pod coffee is marketed as this super convenient solution but then comes with appliances that take up ridiculous amounts of counter space or can’t be moved even an inch.
Enter the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker, a machine that can fit into your back pocket. It’s also used by the AntMan when he needs a little pick me up during his forays into the subatomic world. Pixies, however, are not too keen on it – they don’t drink coffee in the first place since they don’t need caffeine to be so hyper.
When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Bugatti.
There is something very car-ish about the design of this coffee machine. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s quite attractive and I know I will laugh at it 20 years from now.
This guy is maybe 2 inches wider than a standard espresso cup and is about 13 inches tall. It should fit almost anywhere and everywhere.
Even though it’s small, it’s surprisingly heavy. I like that – it means that there’s a lot of metal parts. And that means that it should last a long time, and be fairly useful when you throw it at anyone who tries to speak to you before your fifth morning coffee.
However, the body is made out of plastic. I guess I should be at least happy for all the sturdy stuff on the inside. There are some aluminum panels around the “business” part of the machine, and that should count for something.
The water tank is in the back, but completely transparent and it’s fairly easy to see the water level.
Because the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker is so small, your kitchen cabinets will not make it too annoying or cumbersome when you’re refilling the tank. If you can’t tell by looking, there are two red lights in the front that will light up to warn you.
The drip tray is completely removable or can be folded for storage. And that front piece right behind it is a little storage unit for your pods – a nice touch for a machine that should be portable.
And just to hammer the point home, it’s so small that it’s a choking hazard (the parts are, but don’t spoil my fun). Not for children under 3 years of age because they will grow a tail if they drink coffee.
C Is For Crema.
When you’re ready to brew, switch on the machine and give it half of a minute to heat up.
To open the pod chamber, push the lever up. You’ll have to place the cup on its side – a little unusual if you never used Nespresso machines before and are used to other brands and models. This is also the reason why other brand’s coffee might not work as well as their staff will.
The next step is to choose your serving size by pressing one of the two buttons on top of the machine – ones for standard one-ounce espresso, and the other for espresso lungo.
The cleanup is also easy – you can flush the machine with hot water or de-scale it as needed. There is a special Nespresso’s de-scaling fluid that you can buy, but plain white vinegar will do just fine.
You will get a sampler pack of different espresso flavors with the machine, and I must say, the flavor of each cup is simply sublime. And it’s not just about the coffee – it’s the combination of the machine, the packaging, and the coffee of course.
When the coffee is made in another machine, it’s still quite delicious. When you use other brand’s pods, those 19 bars of pressure will do their magic. But when you combine the Nespresso pods with the Nespresso Pixie? Oh, yeah…
As a consumer, it’s a bit annoying, but to be honest? A true stroke of genius from the side of the manufacturer. It is very rare to get such an amazing espresso at home with so little effort.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Pod…
We have to talk about this. Nespresso tends to say “NO” to everything that doesn’t come from their pea farm. You can try Keurig’s and Starbucks’ cups, and it’s not like the machine will scoff and throw them back at you. It’s just that the brew will not be as good. It’s an international conspiracy, what can I say?
And forget about your standard silicone reusable pod. It’s not going to explode in your face, but it won’t be pretty either. The WayCap is supposed to work, but I can’t confirm nor deny it since I don’t have one on hand right now.
But there are, like, 4564186 flavors of espresso in the range, so there should be a decent chance you’ll find one you like.
With the purchase of this machine, you automatically become a member of the Nespresso club. They are kind of like Illuminati, but with coffee instead of the world economy and heads of state. If you like their products, this means that you can get a constant supply and a better price. Supply of coffee, not heads of state…
Now, let’s look at the Pros & Cons of Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker:
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker Verdict
If you like the Nes empire flavors and pod range, it’s the best machine you can get on the market. If not, well… it’s not. Just kiddin’… Kind of…
Regardless… There’s no arguing that Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker can make a fine cup of espresso you will absolutely enjoy!
Feel free to check it out at Amazon.com, and if you have any questions drop me a line below and ask!
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