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Nespresso Pixie Review – Magimix vs. Krups

The Nespresso Pixie is the newest and fastest yet espresso machine for the Nespresso capsule system. Nespresso machines use specific capsules produced by Nespresso (See Nespresso capsules range) to make espressos and other coffee drinks.  This machine takes only 25 seconds to heat up, in order to make you the perfect espresso (40ml) or lungo (110ml). The two coffee buttons are already programmed to give you the perfect dosage for your choice of beverage.

It has a used capsule container that can hold 9-11 used capsules, so you don’t need to cleanup after every use, and a 0.7 liter water tank. This coffee machine also has a foldable cup support to allow usage of both tall latte glasses and short espresso cups. The Nespresso Pixie is not made directly for making cappuccinos as it doesn’t have a built-in milk frother, but you may purchase this machine bundled with the newest generation Nespresso Aeroccino 3 to make the perfect cappuccino!

If you’re familiar with Nespresso’s line of coffee machines, you may very well know that in Europe most of them are sold for Nespresso by both Krups and Magimix and are slightly different. An example can be seen in several of my posts, including the one for the very popular Nespresso CitiZ coffee machine. The main difference between the Krups and Magimix models is how the coffee outlet looks. You’ll see it clearly in the photos below.

Nespresso Pixie (Magimix models)

Magimix Pixie M110 Electrical Aluminum

Magimix Pixie M110 Electrical Aluminum

Magimix Pixie M110 Electric Lime Green

Magimix Pixie M110 Electric Lime Green

Magimix Pixie M110 Electric Steel Blue

Magimix Pixie M110 Electric Steel Blue

As you can see the coffee outlet has a kind of a pointing down hose like shape. However, as you can see below in Pixie’s case, the Magimix and Krups models have totally different colors as well:
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Tassimo Bosch TAS2001 Review

Today I’d like to give you details about this hot beverage drink machine. It’s the Bosch Tassimo TAS4011GB Multi-Beverage Machine, and you can figure out that it uses the Tassimo capsule system. If you haven’t heard of the Tassimo capsule system, you are welcome to read about it first here.

Bosch Tassimo TAS2001

Bosch Tassimo TAS2001

This machine will make you a cup of espresso, cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate, tea or even more hot beverages at a push of a button. The Tassimo system includes special T-DISCs (capsules) with barcodes, which are read by the machine to set the correct water temperature, pressure and brew time for each drink. One of the cool things about the T-DISCs is that they come in known flavors such as Milka chocolate, Starbucks coffee or Twinings tea. For the milk based flavor, you will have to combine two T-DISCs (for example, a chocolate capsule, and a milk capsule).

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Dualit Latteccino Milk Frother

So you’ve bought your new coffee machine, whether it’s a Nespresso machine, Caffitaly machine, Senseo or any traditional ground coffee machine. You’re all happy making your first cup of coffee and then you realize – Oh my gosh! My coffee machine doesn’t have a milk frother nozzle! I can only make espressos…

Ok – That may be a little extreme because I’m sure you’ve made a serious market research before shopping for such a trendy and useful appliance for your kitchen. If you decided to buy an espresso machine without a milk frothing nozzle, you must have meant for that to be so.

But let’s say you didn’t… Hold on to that thought for a second.

Now let’s assume you do like to have cappuccinos as well and you did buy a Nespresso machine with a milk frothing nozzle or any other coffee machine for that matter. I don’t want to be the one to break it to you, but there is a good chance that you may get tired of waiting when switching between coffee mode and milk mode on your machine, and of all the hassle and cleanup.

Dualit Latteccino Milk Frother

Dualit Latteccino Milk Frother


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Dolce Gusto Piccolo

The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Piccolo by Krups is a new addition to the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto System. This coffee and hot beverage machine uses the capsules made exclusively by NESCAFÉ to brew a frew cup of cappuccino, espresso or hot chocolate. It is a compact solution small of size, and of price.

The technology behind Dolce Gusto coffee machines deliver a 15-bar pressure system and Thermoblock. This ensures that your espresso dose is delivered with high quality and a foamy froth, rich crema and luxurious flavor.

The Dolce Gusto Piccolo has a custom control lever that lets you decide and customize customize your coffee’s strength and mixture. Also use the lever to alternate between hot and cold beverages.
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Dolce Gusto – Coffee is Not Just BLACK

Are you still having your coffee black? Well that’s okay 🙂 But just know that you are missing out on a lot of fun and great flavours with NESCAFÉ’s Dolce Gusto™ sysetm.
Dolce Gusto gives you a range of beautifully designed hot beverage (coffee, hot chocolate, etc.) machines – As well as a wide variety of great flavours of coffee in capsules that fit those machines.

The capsules are priced very competitively and are available almost everywhere to purchase.

DOLCE GUSTO is the perfect gift for the coming holiday season!

Enjoy this video from Dolce Gusto, and stay till the end to see the latest and greatest offers from NESCAFÉ.



Check out my other posts on Dolce Gusto coffee machines and capsules:

Francis Francis X7

The Francis Francis X7 iperEspresso coffee machine is very elegantly designed and extremely convenient to use. This machine uses the illy iperEspresso capsules. The patented capsules by illy basically work like other systems such as the Nespresso capsule system or the Caffitaly system. The ground coffee comes is a pre-prepared dose inside a capsule. The capsule is then inserted into the Francis Fancis X7 and with one click of a button you get the perfect espresso. With the iperEspresso system, the espresso is ejected directly in the cup, without any contact with the machine, resulting in minimum cleanup and maintenance.

iperEspresso Capsules System

iperEspresso Capsules System

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Best Nespresso Capsules

What are the best Nespresso Capsules for latte? cappuccino? espresso?
If you’ve recently bought a Nespresso CitiZ coffee machine or planning to purchase one soon, you may be asking yourself this question. Well, you are not the only one. Have a look at the Nespresso Capsules range and Nespresso’s suggestions for which type of coffee best fits each blend.

Please add your comments based on your experience as to the different blends offered by Nespresso.

You can also get more information about Nespresso Capsules on my Nespresso Capsules – Where to Buy post, or about Nespresso capsule holders.

Here is the full range, along with direct links to online purchase:

Lavazza A Modo Mio

Lavazza A Modo Mio is another capsule system for coffee machines. Similar to Nespresso or Tassimo, the system is a combination of coffee machines that produce espresso and coffee beverages from dedicated capsules for that system only. The machines for Lavazza A Modo Mio are actually manufactured by Saeco, a well known coffee machines manufacturer. Saeco makes different types of machines but this partnership with Lavazza brought to life these exciting looking easy to handle coffee machines.

Lavazza A Modo Mio

Lavazza A Modo Mio

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Nescafé Dolce Gusto Capsules Roundup

Nescafé Dolce Gusto is a system developed by Nestle for hot beverage or coffee machines. The system is based on its own coffee machines that make coffee and other hot beverages such as hot chocolate, using specially designed capsules. You are invited to read my post about the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system.

Capsules are usually sold in packs of 16 units, starting from £3.50. Here is a roundup of all the beverages capsules I could find online, for easy access. Please comment with your opinion about flavours you have tried, or could not find here!

Cappuccino (16 Capsules) Latte Macchiato (16 Capsules) Chococino Hot Chocolate (16 Capsules)
Cappuccino
(16 Capsules)
Latte Macchiato
(16 Capsules)
Chococino Hot Chocolate
(16 Capsules)
Mocha (16 Capsules) Espresso (16 Capsules) Cafè Crema Grande (16 Capsules)
Mocha
(16 Capsules)
Espresso
(16 Capsules)
Cafè Crema Grande
(16 Capsules)

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Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo

Welcome the newest member of the NESCAFÉ’s Dolce Gusto™ System. The Dolce Gusto Circolo.

The Circolo like its predecessor  is manufactured for Nestle by Krups. You may find this machine also labeled as Krups KP 5000. The Circolo uses specially designed capsules by Nestle, different blends of air tight packed coffee grounds, or other hot beverages like hot chocolate, and milk. You can buy the capsules at major stores or get them online.

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