Rambling over Coffee: The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker

This is a post I've had in my files waiting for me to finish writing it... which I'm buckling down to do today!  You would think with all the coffee brewers and makers I own, I might have something like this but nope.  I do not own a Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker.

But my espresso maker is no longer made (see below in the list of products) so when mine gives up the ghost or I am in the market for a new one, this one is looking pretty good to me so I've decided to feature it on Coffee Talking.

When I started to research the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker, I was seeing some mixed reviews.  Most people really seemed to love it and were steadfast fans of this brand and style. Many of the people who purchased this item did so after having it at a friend or relatives' home.  That is pretty impressive because when you like something enough to purchase it yourself, that's the best kind of recommendation you get.

Here's the stats I found online at Amazon:

  • Programmable buttons for espresso and lungo, folding drip tray for larger cups and recipes, brew ready in 25-30 second
  • Backlight indicators, water level detection, auto power-off, used capsule container, convenient power cord storage
  • 12.83-inch length by 4.33-inch width by 9-1/4-inch height
  • 24-Ounce water tank
  • Aeroccino plus. hot and cold milk froth for cappuccinos,hot milk for lattes. hot milk froth in 70 seconds. cold milk froth in 60 seconds.

Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 8.2 x 12.6 inches ; 9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 13.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S. and various countries outside the U.S.

Looking at a few places online you can purchse the Nespresso Pixie, I found the going price seemed to be the retail price; $279.  This was also true on the Nespresso website.  However, as of this posting the price on Amazon was only $251.68 and they offer free shipping.

Now let's talk about the random reviews I found about things people didn't like about this product.

Here was an interesting one:

"The coffee was not hot enough, the milk didn't foam well"

Why is this interesting to me?  Because none of the other reviewers mentioned this.  At the time of researching this product there were almost 230 reviews and although I obviously didn't read them all, the 30 or so I looked through didn't mention this.  I suspect perhaps it's the type of milk used.  A whole milk is going to froth so much better than a fat free or 1%.  I have no idea what kind of milk they were using (they never said). 

This little feature ended up not being a problem at all!

"Recently the amount it brewed per serving became too short only brewing half what it did before. On the web site Nespresso has a video on how to correct that. Basically you just hold the coffee section button down one time to adjust the normal coffee (Lungo) button, to brew as much coffee as you like per lungo pod. What I thought was a problem is actually a nice feature as you can brew coffee to your taste (not some preset.)"

If you are wondering what coffee pods taste pretty darn good, this coffee fan posted a bit of helpful advice:

"I find that the Ristretto (black capsules) work best for lattes and cappuccinos. It is a dark and rich coffee that can handle the dilution with milk. My favorite straight espresso is the Volluto (gold capsules). It is creamy, strikes the right balance between bold and mild and is a crowd pleaser."


I want to get to a really important feature of this product but this post is going to be a NOVEL in length if I do so I'm going to break this product review into 2 sections.  Here I will the first, simply for length's sake.  The next installment is going to be a HOT topic - THE PODS!    A major source of contention with these single brewers is the trashy piles of k-cups we as a general population are leaving behind as the Keurig brewers have invaded our lives.  HUGE HOT ISSUE.  So why bring this up when discussing the Nespresso?  Because I found out Nespresso actually recycles their pods - and wants to help you do so too.  Kudos to them!  So that will be installment number two.  Coming soon!