The Compact Nespresso D150
The Nespresso D150 machine encompasses all the best characteristics of Nespresso machines at a relatively low price point. The first thing to notice is because the Nespresso D150 uses coffee capsules, there is none of the attendant mess you’d normally associate with machines that use coffee beans where tamping and roasting form part of the brewing process.
However, a disadvantage of using capsules is you lose the ability to mix and match different coffee flavors. It is down to the Nespresso company what coffee blend goes into each of the containers. Having said all that, Nespresso have combined some wonderful flavours with this product. Particular attention should be paid to both the Arpeggio and Livanto blends which are well worth sampling.
The selection of coffees are not just based on flavor, you can also choose them by their respective strengths. One of the most popular is the rich roast selection, but a range of lighter coffees are also available. As an added bonus, the machine comes pre-supplied with 12 capsules to get you going!
Although it is a relatively small machine, the flavors produced by the Nespresso D150 are actually quite powerful. This is due in no small part to the fact this model produces 19 bars of high pressure.
As I said at the start of this post, there are always trade offs with Nespresso machines.
This is due to the fact you are using coffee capsules wher it is impossible to interfere with the drink. On the plus side, the capsules are clean, self contained and easy to manage. Pretty much the same thing could be said about machine itself. Because of it’s compact dimensions it has proven particularly popular with those who work in small offices or who live in apartments.
Another interesting feature of most Nespresso machines is you do not have to purchase any machine accessories. For example, the Nespresso D150 does not require tamping or grounding equipment in order to prep the coffee. Also, the coffee pods will stay fresh for as long as you need them so you are under no pressure to use them immediately.
The downside is you are restricted to using the coffee Nespresso supplies. If you like the flavours then that will not be an issue , but, be aware, you will not be able to experiment with other coffees.
In terms of costs, the capsules are purchased directly from Nespresso and work out at about €0.45 cent per cup. If you need to check anything directly with Nespresso, you will need to contact their customer service department.
One further feature worth highlighting is the milk frother. Although it takes a bit of time to get used of, once you become skilled in it’s use, it will add a nice crema to your drinks.
A couple of pointers you need to be aware of: the cup warmer on top of the machine is not that effective, particularly if you like your coffee very hot. The other thing to watch out for is the drip tray on the machine is not deep and can sometimes overflow.
So, based on your budget and the amount of space you have to play with, the Nespresso D150 will brew a great cup of coffee for you. Just be aware you will have to use Nespresso capsules.