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Nespresso D60 Pixie Review

 
Nespresso D60 Pixie Single serve brewer
Nespresso D60 Pixie Single serve brewer
Nespresso D60 Pixie Single serve brewer

 
Overview
 

Type:
 
Capacity: 24 ounces
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Appearance
 
 
 
 
 


 
User-friendliness
 
 
 
 
 


 
Value for Money
 
 
 
 
 


 
Taste
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


 

Product Features


  • Uses Nespresso capsules.
  • Pump driven (19 bars).
  • Programmable serving sizes.
  • Reservoir capacity of 24oz.
  • Water level detection.
  • Ready in only 25-30 seconds.
  • Automatic power-off.


  • Brief Summary

    Nespresso D60 Pixie is a neat and good looking single serve brewer. The start-up time of about 30 seconds and the Nespresso capsules make this machine both fast and easy to use. The coffee is brewed to perfection under 19 bar of pressure by the pump driven system. A water level detection feature notifies you when the level is low and you need to refill the reservoir.

    Posted April 8, 2013 by

     
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    espresso D60 Pixie is a stylish and neat single serve brewer. The machine leaves a surprisingly small footprint, great if you have a kitchen counter full of other appliances like I have. I would even dare to call it portable; you could easily bring it with you in your camper or to your summer house.

    I really like the aluminum plates on each side of machine which oozes of quality. I bought the machine with plain aluminum, but you can get the machine in these color variants: red, blue and lime/ yellow. The plastic parts are strong and durable with the exception of the removable water reservoir. I wouldn’t say it is fragile, but it is definitely the weakest part.

    Nespresso Pixie available in blue, yellow, red and stainless steel

    Available in blue, yellow/ lime, red and aluminum.

    Several people have complained that their water reservoir has cracked. I have used my machine for about a year now and mine is still fine. I believe the problem is that some have tried to force the water reservoir off by pulling it. The lid has some latches that lock the tank in place and the reservoir won’t come off until you open the lid. The clear plastic water reservoir sits in the back of the machine and can only hold 24 ounces. It is not a lot and you will find yourself filling the machine regularly. A nice feature is that the machine let you know when the water level is low by illuminating the buttons with a red light.

    When you have to rush out the door for work it is good to have the automatic power off function. I know I have thought “did I turn the coffee machine off or not?” several times with my previous coffee machines. It is a relief to know that the machine turns itself off after 9 minutes of inactivity.

    Making coffee

    The best thing about this Nespresso Pixie is how easy and fast it is to use. It only needs about 30 seconds to pre-heat and you can have a freshly brewed cup a minute from you turn it on.

    In just four easy steps I am ready to brew. First thing I need to do is to lift up the large steel bar or handle which opens a slot on top of the machine. Next thing you need to do is pick a capsule and drop it into the slot. Press the bar/ handle down which will puncture the capsule. Choose if you want an espresso or lungo sized cup. Thirty seconds later you have a cup of coffee!

    These two buttons can also be programmed to brew just the right amount for you. Programming the buttons is very simple and can be done by holding down either the espresso or lungo option until you have the right sized cup and strength that fits your taste.

    The machine is quite loud during the brewing process, but not louder than normal pump driven machines. I am not too fussed about it anymore, it has become a part of the morning.

    Next time you open the bar the used capsule will fall into a container and you can insert a new capsule. The container can hold about 10 used capsules. When the container is full, pull it out like a drawer and empty it. It is just as simple as that.

    Nespresso D60 Pixie flip-up tray

    Flip up the drip tray if you want to use a tall cup or glass.

    How the coffee taste like

    Coffee produced by this machine is great and steaming hot; it has a good taste, body and thick layer of crema. It won’t make proper espresso as a real espresso machine would, but it is pretty close and the crema has impressed me.

    If you want to make beverages like lattes and cappuccinos you will need to buy a separate frother. Nespresso has a frother called Aeroccino that I have only heard good things about. I regret that I didn’t go for the combination pack of machine and frother when I first bought my machine

    The Nespresso capsules come in all kinds of variations and coffee types. You will easily find a few that you like, but it may require some testing. The capsules are of course more expensive than just ground coffee and a capsule costs about 50 cents. I don’t mind the price too much, but they are only sold online and in specific stores, like Bloomingdales.

    I have descaled my machine three times during the year I have had the Pixie and it still works like it was new.

    Conclusion

    The Nespresso D60 Pixie is a small single serve brewer that makes great coffee. It is both easy to use and fast. If you like espresso drinks and are extremely busy or just don’t want to deal with the hassle of a traditional machine it is a great choice. The capsules are of course a bit more expensive than regular ground coffee, but still acceptable. If you like coffee beverages with steamed milk you should rather buy the pack with both the machine and frother so you can start making great coffee straight away.

    Pros
    • Quick and easy to use.
    • Good coffee with crema.
    • Small footprint
    • Looks great.
    Cons
    • Capsules only sold at specific stores.
    • Small water reservoir.
    • Loud.

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