Coffee Product Review: Nespresso Essenza Mini Intense Grey Coffee

One day, my colleague Randy went to work with his capsule coffee maker, Nespresso Essenza Mini Intense Grey Coffee. He wanted us to give it a try, and he even brought capsules for us to use. I still remember the first time I tried operating this kind of coffee machine; I was in a hotel room in Australia, and it took me a while to figure it out.

❓Coffee capsule background

Before we proceed with the Nespresso Essenza Mini review, let me share some background information regarding the coffee capsule machine.

What is a coffee capsule machine?

A coffee capsule machine makes coffee that is operated using single-serve capsules or pods.

What is a coffee capsule?

A coffee capsule is a small canister made of plastic or aluminum. It usually contains 5 grams of coffee. Not to be confused with “pod,” which is made of recyclable paper (similar to a tea bag) and usually contains 7 grams of coffee.

Who inveted the coffee capsule machine?

This machine was invented in 1975 by a Swiss engineer, Eric Favre. The idea came to him when he went to Italy with his wife. They found a coffee shop frequented by locals, so they interviewed the barista, who willingly shared his knowledge of making the best espresso. From this trip, he decided to invent the sealed coffee capsule, which he shared with the company he worked for at that time, Nestle.

Although he didn’t get their buy-in right away, Favre’s perseverance eventually led to the launch of Nespresso® in 1986. Thus, the first and original coffee capsule maker in the market is Nespresso.

👩🏽‍🏫 How to use a Nespresso Essenza Mini?

I know I said earlier that it took me a while to figure it out, but using a Nespresso is actually quite simple.

#1 Add water into the removable water tank.

It can hold about 20.3 ounces of water.

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#2 Pull up the lever on top of the machine, then insert a capsule inside the coffee slot.

Pull the lever back to place. You will hear a clicking sound; it means that the capsule has been secured into place.

#3 Press the button on top of the machine. 

These two modes indicate how much water you want to use. I clicked the big cup icon because I noticed that the machine doesn’t use a lot of water. It doesn’t work right away because the machine needs a few minutes to heat the water so just be patient.

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#4 Wait for the machine to finish making coffee.

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And voila, you now have coffee. The coffee tastes good, by the way.

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The best thing about using a Nespresso machine is that it’s pretty easy. You add water, chuck in the capsule, click the button then that’s it.

The only disadvantage that I could see is the need to buy the capsule each time, and they’re not exactly cheap. The minimum price for a capsule is Php 35 ($0.63) per piece and that’s only good for one cup of coffee.

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If you do a quick math using myself as an example; I drink 2 cups of coffee per day.

1 capsule – ₱35 ($0.63) x 2 = ₱70 ($1.26)
2 capsules x 30 days = 60 capsules
60 capsules x 35 = ₱2,100 ($37.68)

This shows that if I want to rely on Nespresso for my daily coffee fix, I would have to set aside $37.68 in my monthly budget for it. Given the inflation, that amount is no joke.

Compare that to a 200-gram bottle of Nescafe Gold for ₱673 ($12.07), that’s a $25.61 difference.

I’m not trying to discourage you from buying a Nespresso Essenza Mini because personally, I wouldn’t mind owning this machine. Let’s just say that I’m setting your expectations on your would-be expense should you ever decide to get one.

💵 Nespresso Essenza Mini price

The price range for Nespresso Essenza Mini is between $169-179.

⚙️ Nespresso Essenza Mini specifications

You may check the specs of this coffee capsule machine below:

  • Weight: 5 Pounds
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.3 x 8.0 x 12.8 in.
  • Used capsule container capacity: 6
  • Pressure: 19 bar Bars
  • Automatic shut-off after 9 minutes, programmable
  • Removable water tank: 20.3 Ounces

🏪 Where to buy a Nespresso Essenza Mini?

You can buy this coffee capsule machine from any Nespresso store or from Amazon. If you want to purchase it online, click the link below.

Nespresso Essenza Mini

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