I love my Nespresso machine. I’ve made that declaration pretty public. When the minipresso NS landed at my door I did get rather excited. In short the Minipresso NS is a portable Espresso Machine that is compatible with Nespresso Capsules. Its important to highlight here that the Minipresso is a third party and has no actual connection with Nespresso. They’ve just designed a product that is compatible with the capsules. As someone who is on the road a lot this really appealed to me, obviously, so I was eager to try it out.
A traveling Nespresso machine?
The idea is pretty simple. Much like a normal flask of coffee the Minipresso NS works the same. You don’t need any cables or electricity. You simply pop the capsule in the top of the gadget, put some boiling water in the bottom and you’re good to go. The machine itself looks a little bit like a Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker – specifically in shape and design. It is a bit chunky but will fit comfortably in your coffee holders in your car.
When you’re ready for your morning fix you pop off the mini cup, twist the dial and then pump. Yes, pump. You need to press the dial (now turned lever) in to the machine a few times to get the coffee out. It isn’t as easy as it sounds and ends up being a bit of a mission. The Nespresso then ends up in your little travel cup. You get an Espresso. That’s it. If you want more unfortunately best you find a Nespresso machine. Once the coffee is out you’ll be able to easily clean it. That was the big plus on this little gadget – I found it really easy to clean.
But do you need it?
No. That’s the truth. You’re already spending a lot of Nespresso capsules and you’ve likely splurged on the machine. The Minipresso NS is cute but I found it difficult to use and rather disappointing on the coffee front. It really doesn’t make a tasty drink. I was disappointed with the coffee (and it was my favourite Nespresso flavour so the problem isn’t with the capsule here) and think for less money you could make your Nespresso in the morning, plonk it in a good old fashioned flask and head to the office.
If, however, you like the look of it and think I might be wrong (completely possible, different gadgets appeal to different people) then you can purchase one for R1580 from Yuppiechef.
Disclosure: I was sent a Minipresso NS to review and test out.