Nespresso Essenza Plus Review 2021

Nespresso wows the espresso-loving crowd with its Essenza Plus – a neat and compact wonder machine that delivers four espresso sizes in a few minutes.

This espresso machine might not have the bells and whistles of a super-automatic espresso maker, but it can provide anyone with exceptional espresso-based drinks without requiring significant countertop modifications.

It has wireless connectivity, a high-pressure pump system, a Hot Water mode, and a larger water tank than the Nespresso Essenza Mini.

Pros

  • Wireless connectivity
  • Adjustable brew sizes
  • Compatible with third-party Nespresso capsules

Cons

  • Inconsistent pressure pump
  • Plastic construction

Nespresso Essenza Plus Original Espresso Machine

Key Features

  • Brew Sizes: Espresso (1.35 ounces), Lungo (3.7 ounces), Americano (5.05 ounces), Americano XL (6.75 ounces)
  • Coffee Types: Nespresso coffee capsules, including other brands
  • Brand Partners: De’Longhi, Breville, Krups, Magimix 
  • Water Reservoir: 34 ounces, removable
  • Brewer: 19-bar high-pressure pump
  • Control Interface: Buttons
  • Auto-off: Yes, after nine minutes
  • Hot Water Function: Yes
  • Spent Capsule Compartment: Yes, six capsule
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 16.5 x 9.4 inches 
  • Weight: 7.9 pounds
  • Other features: Wireless connectivity, built-in capsule ordering, descaling alarm notification

Compact Thermoblock Technology

It is almost incomprehensible how a 19-bar high-pressure system can fit into a device measuring only 5.3 inches wide, 9.4 inches high, and 16.5 inches deep.

Unlike the VertuoLine of Nespresso espresso makers, the Essenza Plus features a 19-bar pressure pump that mimics the performance of many commercial-grade automatic espresso machines.

VertuoLine espresso machines use Nespresso’s patented Centrifusion technology, which spins the pods at ultra-high speeds instead of spraying the coffee with high-pressure steam.

The pressure pump ensures more robust flavors the way Italians make their espressos.

Four Espresso Sizes with Customizable Sizing

One advantage of the Essenza Plus over the Essenza Mini is the addition of two espresso sizes: Americano (5.05 ounces) and Americano XL (6.75 ounces).

It is the perfect system for people who prefer a more diluted espresso without undermining the full flavors coming from the Nespresso capsules.

The other good news is that one can customize the serving size by pressing and holding the brew size button before releasing it upon reaching the desired espresso volume.

It is not a perfect system where one can punch in the precise amount, but it is better than not having any customizations.

On-Demand Hot Water

People who want to drink tea, hot choco, or warm milk can press the Nespresso Essenza Plus’s Hot Water functionality.

The machine automatically dispenses hot water for various applications, including instant soups, noodles, and porridges.

The 34-ounce water tank is sufficient to provide anyone with hot water before requiring a refill. 

One-Touch Capsule Ordering

An exciting feature of the Nespresso Essenza Plus is its One-Touch Nespresso coffee capsule ordering button. 

One only needs to press the button, and the machine automatically connects to the internet to place one’s order of Nespresso coffee capsules.

The feature also allows for order cancellation, emitting a white LED light for two hours.

One can cancel the order within this period via the smart app.  

Coffee Capsule Compatibility

The Nespresso Essenza Plus only accommodates Nespresso coffee capsules and not Nescafe Dolce Gusto or Keurig K-Cup pods.

However, one can always use other Nespresso coffee capsules because Essenza Plus does not have a pod-limiting DRM technology.

One can enjoy Nespresso capsules from Starbucks, Gourmesso, Artizan, Lavazza, Pressogno, Café Joe, Peet’s, Café La Llave, and more.

Replaceable Water Tank

While the Essenza Plus has a larger water tank than the Essenza Mini, its principal advantage is the reservoir’s modular nature.

One can slide it from the back of the Essenza Plus if countertop space cannot accommodate the machine’s 16.5-inch depth.

The tank’s removable design also makes it hassle-free to maintain.

 

Who Is It For?

The Nespresso Essenza Plus is an excellent upgrade for Essenza Mini owners, giving them two additional espresso sizes and a few other functionalities the Mini cannot provide.

This compact espresso maker is ideal for espresso lovers, including those who like Lungos and Americanos.

Since the Essenza Plus is slightly larger than the Essenza Mini, it should feel right at home in small offices, dormitories, hotel rooms, motels, apartments, and tiny living spaces.

 

Potential Drawbacks

Faulting the Nespresso Essenza Plus is challenging because it is a dependable espresso machine.

While it has a 19-bar high-pressure brewing system, its performance is less consistent than other machines with similar specifications.

This drawback can produce espressos with inconsistent temperature and flavor profiles.

Conclusion

The Nespresso Essenza Plus offers exceptional flexibility and espresso-making performance in a sleek and compact design.

It has a revolutionary capsule-ordering functionality, a sizable water reservoir, and large espresso sizes for people who cannot live on a demitasse of espresso alone.

However, if one needs an espresso drink larger than 6.75 ounces, a Nespresso VertuoLine espresso machine might be a better choice.

FAQs

What is the difference between the Nespresso Essenza Mini and the Essenza Plus?

As the name implies, the Nespresso Essenza Mini is smaller than the Essenza Plus.

It is narrower by 2 inches, shorter by 3.51 inches, and shallower by 1.4 inches.

The Essenza Plus’s larger body translates to a water tank with a greater capacity (34 ounces vs. 20.3 ounces) and two additional espresso sizes (Americano and Americano XL).

The Essenza Plus also has a Hot Water function, One-Touch ordering, and wireless connectivity absent in the Essenza Mini.

Is the Nespresso Essenza Plus automatic?

Yes, the Nespresso Essenza Plus is a compact, single-serve, automatic espresso machine that only requires a button press to enjoy barista-quality espressos.

Can you make lattes and cappuccinos with the Nespresso Essenza Plus?

No, the Essenza Plus cannot make lattes and other latte-based drinks.

However, one can always make a latte-based drink since a latte is nothing more than an espresso with steamed milk.

It would be a good idea to get the Aeroccino3 for this purpose.

Which is better, Breville Essenza Plus or De’Longhi Essenza Plus?

Nescafe partnered with reputable espresso machine manufacturers to extend the brand’s global reach.

Breville and De’Longhi are two brand partners that manufacture the Essenza Plus product line.

There is no significant difference between the two brands in terms of espresso-making performance.

They only differ in a few design details and product inclusions.

In general, Breville espresso machines look more elegant and are suitable for advanced espresso-machine users.

They are also pricier than De’Longhi products.

On the other hand, De’Longhi Nespresso Essenza Plus products are more straightforward to manipulate.

 

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