Nespresso CitiZ Review
Well guys, looks like I’m kickin’ off the new year with the CitiZ – which is a model that has been around the block for a while – not that I hadn’t noticed it before, but with the emphasis on smaller models, I almost overlooked it. With its modern, retro finish and design, it’s attractive and sure to complement your kitchen or office well.
Be prepared; when you have guests over, they are certainly going to want to give this baby a try. And most likely, afterward, want to consider getting one for themselves too. So here’s the skinny on one of the older, but “goody” Nespressos that is still performing well standing the test of time.
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One of the most popular Nespresso models so far, it’s got the same great features such as automatic shutoff after 9 minutes of inactivity, Espresso and Lungo size buttons, an expedient preheat time of about 25 seconds, and a used capsule bin integrated within the unit. The biggest difference in this model and the others is that the Citiz has an integrated milk frother. that detaches and reattaches to make the most of your experience.
Although the CitiZ is not teeny-tiny like its brethren, the Pixie C60, the Innissia, and the Essenza Mini, it’s still got a might moderate footprint that won’t hog lots of counter space. The dimensions Amazon lists are 5.1″ in width, 14.6″ in height and 10.9″ in depth. The weight provided says 7.30 lbs, but a little bit further down I saw “8.92” lbs which I’m not sure what the error was for.
The power cord, which looks pretty heavy, measure 2.6 feet in length.
If you push up the drip tray, there is a clearance space of about 8″ from the dispensing area. With the tray in place, a 6″ clearance space is present.
Just as with the other fine Nespresso models, you will also receive in addition to the machine a welcome booklet, information folder, a bonus gift of 16 Grand Cru Original Line capsules.
The CitiZ appears to be available only in black at the moment, but just want to point out that if you spring for the Citiz model made by the company Breville, there is a silver, black, white and red version available.
The CitiZ has a 34-oz water tank, which I am told is the equivalent of 1 liter. It’s removable to be refilled and filled; yet one small quirk here (as one reviewer pointed out) the lid comes completely off – kind of has to watch that it doesn’t fall into the tank itself.
The drip tray folds up or down to be able to accommodate small and medium sized cups. The internal storage bin is connected to the drip tray platform piece. I’ve been informed that you have to insert it correctly as one consumer had a problem until s/he realized that the tray had been installed the wrong way.
Buttons and Controls
Two buttons – Espresso and Lungo, pretty much designed in the same way as the whole series. You can adjust the length of the brew to suit your liking more by the length in which you hold the button.
The CitiZ Aerrocino
Unlike the other later models that carry the Aerrocino milk frother as a standalone product, the Citiz has an integrated design in which the Aerrocino attaches at a side port and detaches later for cleaning.
You have the option to heat and froth your milk, or froth without heating – If the light on the front turns blue instead of red, it is an indication of frothing without heating.To discontinue this, push the button lightly in which case the light will not show.
It goes without saying, but it’s important to be pretty careful when cleaning the Aerrocino due to the electric circuitry.
- Expedient operation
- 9-minute shutoff time
- Integrated milk frother
- Used capsule bin contained within
- 25-second preheat time
- May be a slight learning curve getting the most out of using the milk frother.
Nespresso CitiZ Customer Reviews and Ratings
Save for the occasional DOA that arrives due to an unfortunate Murphy’s Law, this machine is a winner. What tends to muddy up the waters a little, however, is people’s opinions of the Aerrocino’s performance compared alongside the machine itself. I came away thinking it could be “temperamental” for some people. They love the coffeemaker, but they want to love the frother equally and in some cases it’s tricky.
Comments included that of the cleaning procedure, how well it froths and heats, and I kind of came away thinking perhaps….this is why the Nespresso’s successors always make the frother a standalone accessory. Could it be that it is easier to control the quality of the coffee drink when the frother functions separately and independently?
Because this model is “discontinued” but also carried by Breville and De’Longhi, this leaves open a wider price range to browse through.; and yes, that goes for all new listings too. I feel that the price stated is comparable to that of similar models that perform at the same standard.
The Verdict on the CitiZ
Just go for it – it’s a really good machine with few problems and long lasting performance 🙂 I do feel however, that the integrated frother connection is something that can be improved upon.