- 1 Nespresso Pixie Review and Bodum Double-walled glass Pavina Thermo Glass
- 2 Bodum Pavina Thermo Glass Review
- 3 Criteria When Selecting an Espresso Machine
Nespresso Pixie Review and Bodum Double-walled glass Pavina Thermo Glass
You could call the Nespresso Pixie the ‘Apple’ of espresso machines. It truly represents the ideologies held in such high regard by Apple executives, namely user-friendliness, compactness, superb quality, superb design, and ultra-cool proprietary.
Nespresso Pixie reviews
Espressos from the Pixie coffee machine have successfully delighted the taste buds of those that sought a quick and affordable espresso fix without the added fuss. If you’re serious about your coffee, you’ll notice that the taste isn’t at par with traditional espresso flavors. But it does make a good cup of quick espresso. The wide range of flavors that Nespresso offers in its coffee grains range is another extra perk. If you like variety and trying a new flavor of coffee every week, you’ll love the Nespresso Pixie.
Ease of Use
We found the Nespresso Pixie espresso maker review very easy-to-use and much faster than conventional machines when preparing coffee. Nespresso does it in less than 20 seconds. Instead of heating your boiler up for 10-20 minutes before you can have two mini espressos, the Pixie lets you push the button and wait for nine seconds only. Then, it’s ready to accept your espresso order! Pixie was also very easy to clean. In fact, we only felt the need to clean the machine every 6 cups or so. This involves simply popping out the empty cartridges and rinsing the tray water and frothing pitcher.
And you can now learn to ‘love your espresso machine’ with the wide range of colors that the Nespresso Pixie is available in. Take your pick.
- Light & Convenient Handle: The handle is designed ergonomically to make it easier for enclosing and puncturing the capsule. It is also quite light and durable so that the handle can be used to carry it around the room easily when needed.
- Large Water Reservoir. The capacity of the Pixie reservoir is 24 ounces to be precise, which is large enough or the average user unless you’re interested in making lunges every day and like your coffee super-sized.
- Efficient Thermo-Block System. Pixie’s thermoblock system reduces heating time dramatically and takes only 25 seconds, which is really good by our standards.
- Adaptability to Coffee Capsules. This is one of the downsides of this machine which has made a lot of customers re-think their decision to invest in a Pixie. The Nespresso Pixie only works with coffee capsules produced by Nespresso. However, these are widely available at most local supermarkets and come in a variety of flavors to ensure you never get bored.
- Space Saver. The Pixie matches its name and really is the tiniest espresso pod machine we’ve come across of late, measuring 4.3×12.8×9.2 inches
- Coffee Size Control. You get to choose between espresso or lungo size when you place your order with Pixie.
- High Pressure. The Pixie is loaded with a 19 bar pressure power that can deliver the creamiest espresso cream.
On the other hand, if you compare it with a conventional espresso machine, this is quite affordable. Also, the high price of quality customer service and brand appeal in the current market cannot be denied, both of which Nespresso is backed with.
What Accessories Come With the Machine?
The Nespresso Pixie comes together with the following add-ons:
- Folding drip tray
- Used capsule container
Reviews of the Nespresso Pixie show mixed responses, with some having terrible experiences while others just loved it. Some have put it down on claims of a high price and a limited variety of coffee capsules from Nespresso. However, we’ll disagree and say that this machine, as many of Nespresso’s other machines offers a quality design, a strong build, and is one of the espresso machines you’re unlikely to regret buying.
Bodum Pavina Thermo Glass Review
There are plenty of ways to serve espresso drinks. You can pretty much put them in anything, but when you spend a lot of money on an espresso machine you want to serve it in the best. While there are a lot of espresso mugs out there, you really can’t go wrong with the Bodum Glasses, which effortlessly combine form and function to give you something that remains cool to the touch, keeps your drinks warm, and looks great while doing both.
The Bodum double-wall glassware is from Bodum’s line of double-walled glass coffee and espresso glasses. They do their job incredibly well and actually insulate the espresso so it stays warm longer and doesn’t burn your hand when you hold the cup. These glasses are individually blown out of borosilicate (strong) glass, so each one is individually a little different, although I haven’t found any noticeable differences between mine.
They are also slightly different from the previous Bodum espresso glasses in that they have small stoppers on the bottom that plug up a small hole left from making the glass, which some reviewers mentioned had a tendency to fall off in a dishwasher. Given how delicate all double-walled glasses are, I would never recommend risking breakage by washing them in a dishwasher when it’s incredibly easy to wash them by hand, and doing this will extend the life of the glasses dramatically.
The most important part of the construction is the insulation. If you’ve ever tried to drink espresso or coffee out of any single-walled bodium pavina glass I’m sure you’ve probably felt how hot they can get; with the Pavina Thermo glasses, you don’t feel any of that. The most heat that I felt was when I initially poured an espresso shot into a glass that I was holding and it felt about as hot as if I was warming my hands near a fire; you feel that there is something warm, but there is definitely a noticeable barrier between you and the steaming hot liquid in the glass.
The glasses are extremely delicate, don’t get me wrong, but they are no more delicate than a set of wine glasses or any other type of fine glassware. If your idea of cleaning your espresso glass is tossing it into a sink half full of water from five feet away, then these glasses probably aren’t for you, but if you don’t throw them around like they’re made of plastic, you should have no problem with breaking one.
Just because a Bodum pavina double wall glasses well doesn’t mean it has to look nice, but fortunately, Bodum has designed these glasses to look beautiful and function exceptionally well. They’re really impressive whether you’re using them at the office, to impress your friends, or just to have your morning espresso.
One interesting thing that I noticed about using these glasses was that I really went out of my way to try and make better espresso after buying a set of Thermo glasses, mostly because drinking bad espresso out of these seemed like I was doing them a disservice.
If you’re going to be making high-quality espresso, then you should have high-quality glasses to match. The Bodum Pavina Thermo line doesn’t put form over function, it does both exceptionally well.
Criteria When Selecting an Espresso Machine
Selecting an espresso machine should be considered an investment. The amount of money that you spend on the machine combined with the amount of time and enjoyment that you get out of using your machine is extremely important. Nobody wants to buy a machine that makes a great espresso but is hard to use or breaks easily. Also, no one wants to skimp on price and get a bad espresso, but how cheap is too cheap?
Below we look at the major factors that you should look for (and that we DO look for) with every machine that we review. The list is ordered from most important to least important, so you should focus the most on the first category and least on the last one.
Only Espresso Machine Reviews Judging Criteria:
This is by far the most important thing that you should pay attention to when selecting a machine because making good tasting espresso is what you’re buying the machine for.
This may make sense, but a lot of people tend to compromise on this aspect because the price of a particular unit is cheaper or it was easier to clean. Both of those are important factors, but if you’re paying a fair amount of money for something that you’re going to use on a regular basis if not every day, you want to make sure that what you’re making tastes good and gives you the most enjoyment out of your machine.
Ease of Use:
The ease of use of the machine is determined by two factors: how easy it is to make a good espresso, and how easy it is to clean and maintain.
A good espresso machine, regardless of price, should be easy to use. This factor is different for everyone though, as someone who is experienced with making espressos will find many more machines that are easy to use than a person who is buying their first machine. For that reason, the factor is entirely subjective, but for our reviews, we will rate the machine for both novices and advanced users.
A quick way to determine how easy a machine is to use is to look at how many levers and buttons are on it. Generally, the fewer the buttons on the machine, the easier it is to make an espresso.
The other major aspect of the ease of use category is how easy the espresso machine is to clean. If you buy a machine that makes fantastic espresso, but it takes 20 minutes to clean every time, then this isn’t a machine that will get much use unless you’re ready to clear up some time in your schedule. The other problem with machines that are hard to clean is that once you finish making your espresso, you want to enjoy it, and having to clean every nook and cranny of an intricate machine is not something that helps you enjoy your coffee. We always take this factor into account when writing our espresso machine reviews.
The best way to figure out if an espresso machine has a lot of maintenance associated with it is to see how many removable parts are required to make the espresso. The more removable parts that touch the coffee, the more maintenance you will have to do. A second way you can tell is by comparing the user manuals of two different espresso machines since all the information on cleaning and maintenance will be in there.
The third major category that all machines should be rated on is how well they’re built. The build quality comes down to two factors, the quality of the materials and the quality of the engineering. For the most part, all of these machines are engineered fairly well, since most of the companies are large and/or fairly well established.
The biggest factor then is the quality of the materials, and common sense is what wins out here. More expensive material generally signals a higher build quality (metal is stronger than plastic). This quality is especially important in an espresso machine, as you are working with high pressure to make quality cups of espresso, so the materials used in the machine need to be able to stand up to the stress on a repeated basis.
The best way to ensure a good build quality is to go with a trusted espresso machine manufacturer. Companies that have been around a long time have had the ability to get a reputation (good or bad), and those with good reputations will shy away from putting out low-quality products just to make a quick buck. They’re in it for the long haul.
So why is price all the way down here? This is for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that price should be more of a guideline than a set figure. Your goal isn’t to get the most expensive machine that you can afford, but to get the best one that you can afford. As with many things, the best one isn’t always the most expensive.
The final reason that makes price less of a factor in our judging is because of the type of product you are purchasing. With espresso machines, we are looking for an appliance that will last you for 10 years if not more. The longer a machine lasts and is put to use, the lower cost per day of the machine. If you just focus on price, you may end up buying a cheap machine that lasts you for a year, but on a cost per day, the basis is ten times higher than the machine that was slightly cheaper but had a higher build quality.
Add-on machines are a very nice feature in a lot of mid-end espresso machines. Whether it’s a milk frother or a grinder, there is something nice about having a lot of different espresso equipment that goes together.
While it may be nice, a lot of times the companies that have a lot of add-on’s to their machine have compromised on build quality because they are trying to sell the total package. These are the same companies that revamp their products every year and introduce little to no features or improved function.
During an espresso machine review, we place almost no weight on whether a machine has add-on’s as there are plenty of tools out there that function just as well, if not better, than the things that a company would like to sell you with their machine.
Accessories are similar to add-ons in the sense that they are not required to make the machine work, but are sold separately. The difference is that these consist of things like scoops, cleaning fluid, cups, and other accouterments.
As with the add-on’s, this holds very little weighting in our espresso machine reviews, but if a company happens to develop a good machine with a strong lineup of accessories, we will definitely take that into account when scoring them.
Note on Add-Ons and Accessories:
Both add-on’s and accessories are both highly subjective, which is another reason that we don’t put much weight on them. While we might not like the look or design of one of the machine’s extra products, it could be very interesting to someone else, so we won’t penalize a machine based on subjective tastes.
This is a rough summary of how we score espresso machines, so when looking at our reviews or machine hunting in a store, please keep these in mind, and focus on the first two factors the most when looking for an espresso machine.