Some of the best espresso machines are chrome-plated, hulking beasts that hiss, spit and steam. This is not one of those: weighing only 5 pounds and at just 4½ inches wide, it’s both small and cute enough to find a space in any office.
It’s also plenty powerful, taking less than a minute to produce a steaming cup of the black stuff. That having been said, your options when using it are pretty limited. This is definitely a machine for one person, not something you’ll want to share with all your coworkers.
You can also choose only between normal espresso size or a 5-ounce cup, and with no dedicated hot water dispenser or steam wand, brewing an americano or cappuccino requires extra steps (like using a milk frother).
“Normal” coffee is also out of the question and not everyone likes espresso – though we would like to point out that there’s some evidence that brewing espresso is healthier than using a filter.
One aspect of this machine which will be a bonus to some and an annoyance to others is that it uses Nespresso capsules instead of grounds. This does mean that you can try a wide array of flavor blends without devoting an entire cupboard to bean storage, and it certainly reduces mess while allowing even the most barista-ly challenged individual to make a perfect cup every time.
On the other hand, these pods do cost extra and create more waste. Which is better will probably remain just as controversial as whether crema – which this machine produces in spades – actually is important.