Nespresso CitiZ Review

There is nothing quite like a cup of coffee to start your day off, is there?

The smell of coffee fills your home, and the warm caffeine courses through your veins, ready for another day at the grind.

There are so many ways coffee can be made these days, with Nespresso machines gaining popularity with every passing day.  

Nespresso CitiZ

The Nespresso CitiZ is one of those machines with a cult following. But why do people love it so much?

Well, we are here today to give you a detailed review and rundown of this product in its entirety, so let’s get into it! 

In a rush? Here’s all you need to know about the Nespresso CitiZ: 

  • It is straightforward to use
  • Reliable build quality, plastic with a stunning chrome finish. 
  • Compact and won’t take up too much space on your counter. 
  • Uses standard Nespresso pods or third party pods that are compatible with Nespresso. 
  • 25-second warm-up time 
  • 19 bar brewing pressure
  • 1-liter water tank 
  • 12 capsule bin capacity
  • Automatically shuts off after 9 minutes for enhanced safety.  
  • Lightweight only weighs 3.31kg.
  • The standard model does not come with a milk frother (additional cost). 
  • It is a pricy way to make coffee and comes with two drink sizes, 40ml and 110ml.  

Sounds like the one for you?

Want to know more? Let’s look at the Nespresso CitiZ in closer detail. 


Nespresso FBA_C112-US-CH-NE Citiz Espresso Machine, Chrome


So what is so special about the Nespresso CitiZ? Well, the machine is very dreamy to look at. The sleek black design is paired with a chrome cup holder to provide a premium look to your kitchen. 

What’s great about the CitiZ is how compact it is. It measures in at 12 x 27.8 x 37.2 cm and is great for smaller kitchens or limited counter space.

If you want to make longer coffees, such as a latte, the cup shelf can be folded up and the drip tray removed. This will give you space to accommodate glasses and mugs up to 130mm in height. 

The machine is made from sturdy plastic and features a chrome finish. It certainly looks stylish, and the chrome finish means it is sure to suit any kitchen color scheme!

It may be small, but it is mighty and houses a 1-liter water tank at the back. The tank is removable, too, allowing for easy cleaning and a quick refill.

There is also a bin inside the CitiZ which holds up to 12 used capsules before it needs emptying. 

The machine features a 19 bar high-pressure pump, which works to deliver a barista-style result. The pump extracts the flavors and aromas of each coffee capsule to create a dense creme. 

There are two easy to use buttons to control the size of the coffee you are making. The buttons are easy to use and will work quick to the touch to save you waiting around when all you need is some good coffee in your veins! 

Let’s look at some of these features in a little more detail now.

Buying Guide

What type of coffee can I make with it?

The CitiZ machine is compatible with all classic Nespresso capsules that are available online and in-store. It will also work with third party capsules that are labeled Nespresso compatible. 

The CitiZ is not compatible with the Vertuo capsules, though. Nespresso capsules are easy to order online, via an app, or you can call. These methods are available 24/7, too, so you will never be out of coffee for long! 

The machine makes two sizes of black coffee, a 40ml espresso size and 110ml lungo size. The machine boasts a speedy 25-second heat up time. Its one-touch button allows you to go from pod to a warm cup of joe in as little time as a minute! Great for those of us who are not morning people. 

The water will be hot, but not scalding hot, allowing you to drink your coffee straight away, great for those who hate waiting for it to cool enough not to burn their mouths. 

With this machine, there is no option for hot milk or milk frothing. You can purchase a CitiZ, which comes with an integrated Aeroccino, which allows you to add hot water or frothy milk to your coffees manually. This option is more expensive than the base model, though. 

You can press the small cup button or touch it momentarily for an extra hit of water into your cup for those who like a weaker coffee. Another touch and the water will stop, giving you complete control over your coffee making. 

Easy to use? 

The Nespresso CitiZ is incredibly easy to use, providing you with quick and mess-free coffee. As we mentioned earlier, it takes as little as 25 seconds to heat up so you can be in business quickly. So how do you do it?

You can follow these steps below: 

  1. Lift the lever and insert your capsule of choice into the top of the machine. 
  2. Place your cup under the spout. 
  3. Press either the espresso or lungo button depending on the coffee you want. 
  4. Within 20 seconds, your black coffee will be made. 
  5. Lift the lever, and the capsule will drop into the waste bin below.

When the waste bin is full, you can dispose of your capsules in your bin. Nespresso does offer a fantastic recycling service for your old capsules. Your machine or capsules will come with packaging with the postage paid for you to return your pods for free, where they will be recycled. 

Why not enjoy your coffee and do your bit for the planet? You know what David Attenborough would do! 

Customers enjoyed how easy the machine is to use as well. There are so many coffee machines on the market, with all sorts of fancy gizmos attached to lure you in, often leaving you with a machine you don’t know how to use. 

Why not opt for this reliable machine instead? In 5 easy steps, you have a delicious coffee to enjoy and a machine that won’t leave you baffled first thing in the morning! 

How is the coffee?

The hard-core coffee fanatics in the room are probably wondering how does this compare to their insta-worthy ground beans and Aeropress, yes? 

The taste will vary depending on the capsule you have opted for, whether it is a Nespresso one or a third party compatible capsule. Classic Nespresso capsules contain 5 grams of coffee per capsule, which is about a third of what you would have in a manual espresso machine. 

So if you are used to killing your brain cells with caffeine, this isn’t going to taste as strong as your usual cup. But the Nespresso CitiZ does deliver consistently silky c coffee with an excellent taste to it. 

Is it safe?

The Nespresso CitiZ is a safe option when making your coffee. As the machine does all the work, you won’t be coming into direct contact with any boiling water, saving your hands from any burn danger! We would still recommend taking care, as the water in your cup will be hot! 

What’s great about this machine is that it features an auto-shutoff mode. After 9 minutes of inactivity, the machine will automatically turn itself off. This is an excellent feature for those who may forget as they rush out in the mornings, or those keen to save some pennies with their electricity bill! 

The shut-off mode only works if it is not in use, so don’t worry, it won’t turn off mid-coffee pour! Customers enjoyed this feature as it gave them one less thing to worry about in the mornings. 

The water tank is also situated at the back of the machine, keeping any hot water away from tiny, curious hands! Nespresso has thought of everything here, ensuring that any hot water will be difficult to reach for children, depending on your machine '’’s positioning in your kitchen, of course. 

How much?

Nespresso’s aren’t known for their low cost, though it is always worth keeping an eye out for sales to grab a bargain!

The CitiZ is a pricey option, especially if you want to upgrade and go for the model with the milk frother. It is worth remembering as well that the Nespresso capsules can be pricey to purchase. This is certainly not a coffee you drink by the gallon daily; we like to think of it more as a daily treat rather than our blood replacement!

Final Word

Before you leave today, let’s take one final look at the Nespresso CitiZ. It is not the cheapest coffee maker on the market, nor is it the most reasonable to maintain. However, it is a sleek, stylish, and compact addition to even the smallest of kitchens. 

The CitiZ consistently delivers excellent tasting coffees that you can rely on. The machine is easy and quick to use, providing you with coffee in as little time as a minute. For those after a coffee machine with minimal fuss but great tasting results, this is the one for you! 

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