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Nespresso Inissia Review

Nespresso Inissia Review
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The Nespresso Inissia is a practical, compact and versatile espresso machine that has been around for a while now. So, we’ve decided it is about time we give our bias-free assessment and add this product to our rich list of reviews!

Pros

  • Programmable espresso option
  • Fast brewing
  • Neat capsules container

Cons

  • Pricey capsules
  • Average taste drinks
  • Noisy brewing

The Nespresso Inissia is a practical, compact and versatile espresso machine that has been around for a while now. So, we’ve decided it is about time we give our bias-free assessment and add this product to our rich list of reviews!

At a quick glance, the Inissia could be an excellent choice if you’re eager to discover the Nespresso range. Arguably, the Inissia is one of the most compact Nespresso machines. Plus, it takes less than 30 seconds to warm up, and about one minute to make a shot of espresso.

Operating the Inissia is easy and to-the-point, as well. However, let’s have a closer look at this product, to determine if it’s the right choice for you or not.

Highlights

  • 19-bar pump pressure
  • 700ml water tank with lid
  • 16 pods included
  • Hinged drip tray
  • Heat-up time: 25 seconds
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Automatic shut-off function: off mode after 9 minutes
  • 2 programmable buttons: espresso and lungo preparation
  • Brew sizes: 25ml, 40ml, 110ml, 125ml
  • Energy efficient: A class energy rating
  • Warranty: 1 year

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Design & Features

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The first thing that you notice once you unpack the Inissia, is that its design is truly compact and minimalist. As such, this Nespresso can easily fit the existing décor in most contemporary kitchens. In other words, you won’t have to hide it behind your toaster!

Being roughly 12cm wide, no kitchen is too small for accommodating this unit.

And, regardless of its surprisingly tiny dimensions – as it measures 4.7 x 9 x 12.6 inches – the size of the water tank is quite decent.

The fact that the water reservoir has a lid comes in handy since it prevents spills. Of course, the perforated removable drip tray is just as practical – removing it is necessary if you want to use larger size cups.

Note that there is also an internal bin where all the used pods go. It keeps up to eleven pods.

Meanwhile, the length of the cable is neither too long nor too short – measuring 33cm. Still, it gives you some flexibility.

Performance and Functionality

Setting up this espresso maker couldn’t be easier. Within less than 15 minutes, we made our first coffee. However, to be frank, the instructions that came with the unit were not written in a very helpful manner.

Still, since the operating system is quite straightforward, you shouldn’t encounter any difficulties. While the simple interface could be appealing to most beginners who are on a budget, this has its downside as well – meaning that you don’t get any advanced settings (such as, adjusting the brewing temperature).

However, the good part is that the Inissia warms up and makes coffee in roughly two minutes, requiring your minimum input.

In order to insert a capsule, you have to rotate the front bar backward. This will open up a slot, for it to drop into. Afterward, you have to choose either a long or short coffee. Also, you have the option of adjusting the quantity of water.

Moreover, in case you forget to turn it off, the machine will switch off automatically.

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Durability

Is this Nespresso unit durable? Well, it depends on how you put it. It features a plastic, minimalist construction. However, it feels sturdy enough, for the price point.

Are there other machines on the market that appear sturdier and more durable? Of course, there are – but they are much more expensive than the Inissia.

Taste

When shopping for the best espresso brewer, you expect it to make good-tasting coffee – right? Well, with this machine, the coffee tastes really good.

Even though the selection of brews you can choose from is rather limited, the coffee you get with the Nespresso Inissia is just as good as in the case of any other Nespresso machine.

More specifically, for its crema, it uses the maximum 19-bar pressure.

However, at the end of the day, this is a subjective matter, as we all have different tastes when it comes to coffee. For example, in comparison with coffee makers that incorporate grinders, the flavor is less rich in the case of the Inissia. For the price, though, it offers a decent performance.

Maintenance Tips

To ensure the longevity of an espresso brewing system, you shouldn’t overlook the recommended maintenance practices. This is why cleaning and descaling is an important aspect for us whenever we review an espresso machine.

In this case, rest assured – the Inissia requires little maintenance. The used capsules are automatically deposited in the bin to be recycled. And that’s about it.

Of course, there’s also the descaling process you should be mindful of. The good news is that it is just as straightforward as most of this unit’s features. It took us no more than 15 minutes to get it over with.

The only challenge was to find a container that would easily fit beneath the spot to accommodate the descaling solution. That is to say, we had to use a small cup and keep replacing it to prevent it from overflowing.

Verdict: Is the Nespresso Inissia Expresso Machine Worth the Purchase?

When compared to most coffee brewers within this category, the Inissia is fairly inexpensive and it produces good-tasting coffee.

Still, even if this is not a significant upfront investment, the Nespresso capsules are pretty costly. And, in the long run, the costs add up (this goes for every k-cup based brewer).

At the same time, in terms of convenience, this machine ranks high. Using it doesn’t require any skills whatsoever – it’s perfect for beginners, and coffee drinkers who don’t care much about artisan style beverages.

In this regard, if you like to drink lattes and cappuccinos, you’ll have to invest in a separate milk frother. So, you should take into consideration the additional expense associated with that purchase.

Also, in contrast with other machines, the coffee flavor isn’t that rich. Naturally, this is due to the Inissia’s limited ability to properly extract the ground coffee from the capsules.

Overall, the Inissia is definitely one of the least expensive units that we’ve tested. But, it certainly is not our top choice for a single cup brewer.

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Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.