Ever thought that espresso machines need to be pricey? Think again!

Enter the Nespresso Essenza Mini. Priced at under $200, this petite wonder promises quality espresso without the wait.

However, the million-dollar question remains: does it live up to the hype?

In this review, I'll delve into the nooks and crannies of this machine to determine if it can truly bring the café right into your kitchen.

Ready to dive in? Let's begin

Brew Quality


Build Quality


Ease Of Use


Overall Rating


Overall, I would rate the Nespresso Essenza Mini a 4.5 out of 5. It's super compact, delivers a decent espresso shot, and won't break the bank. On top of that, you'll get:

  • Quick Brew Time
  • Ultra-Compact Design
  • Eco-Mode
  • Versatility with Capsules
  • Intuitive Interface


  • Consistent Quality
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Space Saver
  • Affordable Price Point
  • Sustainability Push


  • Dependency on Pods
  • No Built-in Frother

Who Should Buy The Nespresso Essenza Mini?

If you're constantly on the go or working with limited counter space, the Nespresso Essenza Mini is tailor-made for you.

Don't expect barista-level artistry; instead, anticipate quick, consistent, and delicious espresso shots every time, thanks to its convenient pod system.

Ideal for those who want a no-fuss, efficient caffeine fix without navigating through complex settings. Just remember, while it's gentle on your wallet, those pods can add up over time.

So, think of convenience over long-term savings.

Why I Decided To Review The Nespresso Essenza Mini

I'll be straight up with you. Not everyone's rocking a bank account that allows them to throw down big bucks for a high-end espresso machine.

I adore a perfect cup of joe as much as the next guy, but I also know the value when I see it.

Hence, my Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso machine review. It promised coffee shop quality espresso shots without decimating my savings. Was it too good to be true?

Testing Conditions

Days Tested


Cups Brewed Per Day


Level Of Experience Needed

Beginner to Intermediate

Reviewer Background

Home brewing hobbyist who started with a basic drip coffee machine and gradually upgraded to espresso machines. My current machine is a Rancilio Silvia Pro X.

Environment Tested


Money Saved Per Year

About $365, give or take
(Based on skipping that daily $1 store-bought espresso. Small change adds up!)

Favorite Drink To Brew


What’s It Like To Live With The Nespresso Essenza Mini

Before I had this machine, I used to groggily fumble for coffee beans and filters in the morning. With the Essenza Mini, those days are long gone.

Now, I just pop in a Nespresso capsule, and coffee is on the way. It's not just an espresso machine; it feels like I've got this loyal little barista right on my kitchen counter.

The pop-and-go experience? Absolutely delightful. As I settled into my routine with it, I looked forward to those effortless morning brews.

Dive in with me in this espresso machine review as we uncover the daily joys of living with the Essenza Mini.

What's In The Box?

When my package arrived, there was an unmistakable excitement in the air.

I’ve unboxed a few espresso machines in my time, but there's always a unique thrill when a new one lands on my doorstep. The Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso machine was no exception.

Upon opening, the presentation was neat, making it clear that this isn't just any Nespresso machine but a thoughtful entry into the world of compact coffee makers.

Here's what greeted me:

  • Essenza Mini Espresso Machine: The star of the show! Its sleek design immediately caught my eye, embodying the essence of what a modern mini espresso machine should be.
  • 14 Assorted Nespresso Capsules: A delightful mix to kickstart my brewing journey, allowing me to sample various flavors without an extra trip to the store.
  • Manual: Clearly written with beginners in mind, making it easy to dive into the Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso experience.

Pulling My First Espresso Shot

I won't lie; the feeling of not having to grind my own beans felt both liberating and peculiar. I've worked with a bunch of fancy machines before with many grind settings.

However, the Essenza Mini was kind of a game-changer. No grinding fuss–just pop in one of those sleek aluminum Nespresso pods and hit go.

In no time, I got this killer double espresso with a nice layer of foamy crema on top. I mean, I was seriously impressed!

It felt like I had just dropped by my favorite local coffee shop, but I was just chilling at my home office desk. It felt like real espresso but from such a compact espresso machine.

Just a heads up, it doesn't have a built-in milk frother. However, I have a little hack for you–you can use a hand frother if you don't have the budget for an expensive milk frother.

Or, as a more affordable option, you can use your French press to make milk foam! It's a pretty neat trick if you're craving espresso drinks but don't have the budget to spend on expensive gear.

Given the affordable price, this Mini Nespresso coffee maker is a solid bet. I'd recommend it to any of my pals, especially if you're tight on space but big on coffee love.

Pulling Espresso Shot On The Essenza Mini

How Much Control Do You Have Over The Coffee Experience?

With the Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso machine, you don’t have much control over your coffee experience.

So, if you're the type that enjoys micromanaging every single detail of your coffee (no judgment here!), the Essenza Mini might feel a bit simple.

You're relying on Nespresso capsules or coffee pods, which means the coffee grind and dose are predetermined.

However, those little aluminum pods–be it Nespresso capsules, coffee capsules, or even espresso pods–are carefully curated to give a consistently good cuppa.

Here's where you get a say: the amount of coffee you get or cup size. This portable champ has allowed you to control how much coffee you get per shot.

While it doesn't have any programmable buttons, controlling the number of shots can significantly change the brewing process.

Want a stronger shot? Just press the double shot button. It's not the super-technical experience of a high-end machine, but it's pretty sweet for its price and size.

How Does It Handle Different Roasts?

The Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso machine can handle different types of roasts well.

Just one thing to note: Nespresso machines work differently than your usual espresso machines, so they handle coffee roasts differently.

I've tried my fair share of different roasts on other espresso machines, and there's usually this whole ritual of grinding beans, adjusting grind size, you know the drill.

With the Essenza Mini, it's a bit different. It's coffee pod magic. You pop in a pod–and yes, it has to be a pod–and you're on your way to get your coffee drinks.

Nespresso pods and third-party capsules are crafted to cater to a range of roast profiles. From light floral roasts to those intense dark ones that taste like a chocolate bar's intense cousin.

Here's where the coffee quality shines: even though it's brewing from an aluminum pod, the brewed coffee that comes out? Spot on. Every. Single. Time.

If you love experimenting, third-party capsules or reusable pods allow you to brew with your own beans.

A great way to blend sustainability with personalization - essential for any coffee aficionado!

No, it's not the traditional way, but for pod coffee? It's top-tier, I promise!

Look, Feel, and Size Of The Machine

If you've ever found yourself squinting at that bulky machine at your local cafe and wondered if there's a tinier, sassier version just for you, the Essenza Mini espresso machine is your answer.

It's seriously the pocket rocket of the Nespresso world–their smallest machine to date, which is 3.3 in W x 8 in H x 13 in.

However, its small size isn't the only thing going on. This compact espresso machine comes in five chic colors: black, red, white, gray, and lime green.

Now, while it might look dainty and cute, this basic machine packs in all the essentials: a neat drip tray, compact machine design, and even a decent-sized water reservoir, given its petite stature.

The smaller volume doesn't mean you're constantly refilling.

The plastic body is sturdy, even if it's got that basic plastic construction feel. Perfect for tight kitchens or that neat office desk you've got. So, small spaces? Challenge accepted!

Look, Feel, and Size Of The Essenza Mini

What Drinks Can It Make?

With the Nespresso coffee maker, you can whip up different types of espresso drinks.

It can serve up beautifully brewed espresso, perfect to fill up those cute espresso cups, and can also make tea and other types of drinks.

However, here's the thing: your drink variety is tied to the coffee pods available, both by Nespresso and third-party capsules.

While you can't exactly craft a latte like the Nespresso Creatista does, this espresso maker still gives you some solid espressos and coffees (even hot water!).

So, if you're after a quick and good espresso or just brewing coffee, you're covered!

What Is The Aeroccino 3? (Should You Get It Too?)

The Aeroccino 3 is a simple, automatic system that lets you make hot and cold foam easily. Basically, it’s a milk frother for Nespresso machines. The question is: should you buy it?

Well, picture this: you've got your espresso sorted with the Essenza Mini, but what about that silky, frothy milk for your latte or cappuccino?

Enter Aeroccino 3. It's Nespresso's answer to milk frothing capabilities without needing a full-blown steam wand. Just pour in milk, press a button, and you have froth!

If you're trying to elevate your coffee game, this little device is totally worth considering.

Frothing Milk With The Aeroccino 3

How Easy Is It To Use?

The Essenza Mini Nespresso machine is very easy to use; that's why I recommend this machine to beginner baristas and those who don't want to learn the intricate process of pulling a shot.

Honestly, the ease of use is one of its standout features. Ever navigated the Nespresso website?[1] It's more complicated than this machine.

Simply pop in a pod, hit one of the brew buttons, and you're on your way to a delicious coffee.

If you're the forgetful type or just eco-conscious, the programmable energy-saving mode ensures it won't drain power unnecessarily. In the world of coffee, it's practically "plug and play!"

How Long Does It Take? (From Heat Up To First Sip)

The Nespresso Essenza espresso machine heats pretty quickly. Thanks to its advanced brewing technology, hot water is ready in mere seconds.

From switching it on to taking that first inviting sip, we're talking under a minute.

If you're using the Aeroccino for a touch of frothy goodness? Add another minute or so. Gone are the days of lengthy coffee waits in the morning!

Does It Have A Water Filtration System?

No, the Essenza Mini espresso machine doesn't come with a built-in water filtration system. However, that removable water tank makes filling up with your own filtered water super easy.

Remember, always use filtered water. It not only enhances the taste of your espresso but can also extend the life of your machine by preventing calcium buildup.[2]

How Hard Is It To Clean and Descale?

Maintaining the Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso machine is such a breeze. With its compact size, the single-serve coffee maker easily keeps clean.

Just pop out the used capsule into the capsule container–and with its solid capsule capacity, you won't be emptying it every other cup.

When it comes to descaling, it’s simpler than most espresso machines. It's another of the key features the Essenza Mini offers that make it a top coffee maker choice.

Here's an Essenza Mini overview on the environmental front: If environmental impact is an important factor for you, Nespresso's free pod recycling program is the one.[3]

I’m all for sustainable products and services, and this program is a game changer.

You just toss your used capsules into special bags and drop them off for recycling. They turn the aluminum (from the pods) into new stuff and compost the coffee grounds!

Cleaning and Descaling The Essenza Mini

My Favorite Parts About The Nespresso Essenza Mini

  • Consistent Quality: Every shot I've pulled is just as good as the last. Consistency is key to my morning routine.
  • Easy Maintenance: Cleaning and descaling? A breeze. Plus, with the recycling program, even used pods aren’t a hassle.
  • Space Saver: For city living? Its compact size is a godsend.
  • Affordable Price Point: Compared to other espresso machines, this one doesn't burn a hole in my pocket, yet it doesn't skimp on quality.
  • Sustainability Push: Nespresso's commitment to reducing environmental impact, especially with its recycling program, makes me feel good about my morning brew.

My Least Favorite Parts About The Nespresso Essenza Mini

  • Dependency on Pods: Even with third-party capsule options, there's a limitation on the coffee blends available, and I sometimes miss the freedom of using freshly ground beans.
  • No Built-in Frother: The Essenza Mini doesn't have an integrated milk frother. If you're craving a latte or cappuccino, you'll need a separate device or the Aeroccino.

Delonghi vs Breville Essenza Mini (Are They The Same Machine?)

So, you've seen the Essenza Mini by both DeLonghi and Breville? Here's the scoop: They pretty much brew the same espresso machine.

Function-wise, they're twins! However, in terms of design, each has its own flair.

DeLonghi has a slightly more rounded look, while the Essenza Mini by Breville has sharper edges.

If you've seen other Nespresso machines, you'll know they all focus on delivering quality, and these two are no exception.

It's more about which design you'd prefer on your countertop. They're both basic machines without advanced features, but they do the job fabulously!

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Similar Machines

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Pixie

The Essenza Mini is like the baby of the Nespresso family—compact and minimalistic. The Pixie, while still space-saving, is sturdier with a metal finish, giving it a more premium vibe.

In terms of price, the Pixie usually runs a bit more than the Essenza Mini, but that's the trade-off for the metal build.

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Pixie

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Creatista Plus

Between these two machines, the Creatista Plus is on another level. It's larger and comes with a milk frother, allowing for a broader range of drinks.

Design-wise, it's sleeker and more sophisticated. It's also pricier, but if lattes and cappuccinos are your thing, it might be worth the splurge.

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Creatista Plus

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Vertuo

The Essenza Mini is for your classic espresso lovers. The Vertuo, on the other hand, can brew both espresso and regular coffee, thanks to its unique capsule design.

Design-wise, the Vertuo is more modern and slightly larger. Price points vary, but you might find the Vertuo a bit pricier due to its versatility.

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Vertuo

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Inissia

Both machines are quite similar in function and size. However, the Inissia has a slightly more playful design with various colors. In terms of price, they're in the same ballpark.

If you're deciding between the two, it might come down to which one you find cuter!

Nespresso Essenza Mini Vs Inissia


Can the Essenza Mini make lattes?

Yes, the Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso machine can make lattes. However, you’ll need a separate milk frother to achieve the froth.

Does the Nespresso Essenza Mini make regular coffee?

No, the Nespresso Essenza Mini espresso maker doesn’t make regular coffee. It can only make espressos.

Does Nespresso Essenza Mini use original pods?

Yes, the Essenza Mini Nespresso machine uses original pods. However, you can also use third-party coffee capsules.

Can you put milk in Essenza Mini?

No, you can’t put milk in the Essenza Mini. Not only that it won’t reach the ideal temperature to brew espresso, but it will also make your coffee extremely bitter.

Conclusion - Is The Nespresso Essenza Mini Worth Your Money?

If you're searching for an espresso machine that's straightforward and space-saving but doesn't break the bank, the Essenza Mini is definitely worth your money.

It's pretty basic, but the coffee is spot on. On top of that, there are a bunch of Nespresso pods to choose from.

If you've got a bit more cash to splash and fancy more features, the Creatista Plus is a great choice, but for a quick and quality cup of joe, the Essenza Mini won't disappoint.

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1. https://www.nespresso.com/worldofcoffee/WCP/
2. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-brewing-great-cup-coffee-180965049/
3. https://www.nespresso.com/us/en/how-to-recycle-coffee-capsules 

Kim Fernandez


Kim Fernandez
Kim offers a unique perspective on coffee culture and trends. Kim's writing is personal and experiential, providing readers with firsthand advice on the latest in coffee. Beyond her writing, Kim is an avid explorer of new coffee trends and spots, always seeking to share the most genuine advice and latest trends. True to her love for coffee, you'll often find her in a café, immersed in a book with a freshly brewed cup of joe.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... A freshly brewed cup of joe

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