A little over a year ago, I posted a complete review of Nespresso Prodigio here on the site and did not imagine that in such a short time I would have the opportunity to meet another branded coffee maker with beautiful advances.
Behold, the Nespresso surprised and is launching in the market now the Expert, not only a new machine connected but also its first with a horizontal design.
And her look really impresses. Prodigio was already very sympathetic here at the home buffet, but Expert gave it another air. She is larger, with a robust appearance and a professional style; No wonder it weighs over 4kg.
Looking ahead, we have a metal sphere with the Nespresso brand where the liquid outlets are. Yes, in the plural: there is an outlet for coffee and another, independent, for water. Why, you will know later in the review.
right of the sphere we have two dials Adjustment: The first is for you to set the size of your coffee, among five options, and the second is for you to determine the temperature you prefer to taste, between warm, hot and very hot. That alone would make me trade Prodigio for Expert; In my tests, Prodigio's normal temperature equals Expert's "hot" temperature, and I really thought the coffee could come out at a higher temperature. OK.
Below the sphere we have a practical little drawer where the used capsules fall (automatically, of course) and a liquid accumulation surface. It also comes with a support for smaller cups, which basically always stays there if you are a consumer of espressos, like me. The lateral water reservoir is also larger than Prodigio's (1.1L!) And, at the top, the insertion of capsules is very simple, just by sliding a lid to the right. Then just push the button next to prepare your coffee.
I said five coffee options, no? Well, there are four actually: ristretto (25ml), espresso (40ml), lungo (110ml) and the new American (25ml of coffee with 125ml of water). The fifth option for pure hot water is excellent for example if you want to make tea or hot chocolate. It is for these last two options that Expert has an independent outlet for water, which is amazing.
Expert operates on a Nespresso standard 19 bar pressure with that cool foam on top. Although it's the same as Prodigio's, I honestly tasted a little better on Expert's coffees. But this may also have to do with the higher water temperature.
But obviously, one of the cool things about these modern coffee makers that they are connected to (via Bluetooth). And in this sense, Expert also brings news.
With the capsule inserted and the cup in place, you can by the official app have her make your coffee remotely. Recently (thanks to an app update), the option to schedule it for a specific time, like when you wake up, has also been implemented for both Expert and Prodigio. how to have a barista at your disposal on your smartphone; Only not, after all, you still need to go there to get your coffee and have it. ?
One of the features of this connectivity I like the most, the capsule counting, is still there and working wonderfully well. But what I really loved about Expert was the ability to make adjustments to its configuration by the application itself. You can customize the quantities of different types of coffee and also set the time it takes to turn off automatically.
You can also order capsules directly from the app (which is available not only for iOS, but also for Android) superpractically. Eventually even some promotions will roll out specifically for those who use it, so stay tuned.
Most of the time, what I prepare for me is the good old espresso. Eventually I enjoy a ristretto or a lungo, but I like to have these options to serve guests who prefer them. The new, more "watery" American coffee, one that I will hardly use but I understand that many like it (the Americans, for example hehe), as well as there are plenty of people who like iced coffee.
Once you use the dials and selects the type of coffee and the desired temperature, Expert remembers these options even after being turned off ie not something you need to choose every time, if repeated. And the operation of the machine itself is also relatively quiet, more than Prodigio and certainly much more than my old Pixie (my first Nespresso, which now lives at my parents' house).
Nespresso Expert can already be purchased directly from the brand's official website, 0800-7777-737 and from boutiques and partner stores across the country, with a suggested price of $ 999. It has 110V and 220V versions, as well as a model that includes the Aeroccino3 milk frother (this did not come in our testing unit, so we did not mention it in this review).