Tiny, fast, elegantly slim and a joy to use, the new Pixie is sure to wow the most discerning coffee connoisseur! Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the espresso machine reviews looks elegant and urban, and it’s packed with features that offer ease and convenience.
Design to Die For
The design is totally enchanting. This dainty yet durable machine has a rich, chic, wonderfully retro feel, bringing to mind the elegance of the 1930s – Bakelite – and Art Deco jewelry. The handsomely ridged side panels are sleek and architectural, bold and luxe in equal measure. It’s a pleasure to display on a counter top, open shelving, on the sideboard or a rolling bar cart, and adds a dash of instant flair wherever it goes. Available in a vibrant, lipstick-y red, black, brushed aluminum, or rich deep brown, there’s a color that will work perfectly with every decor.
The Pixie is Petite
Size matters – and in this case, it’s the very SMALL size. This is the smallest ever espresso maker in the line, measuring a mere 12 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ – skinny enough to fit in a nook on a cramped counter top. Its miniature footprint makes the machine perfect for a dorm room, a modern office cubicle, or a chic-but-tiny city flat. It would fit right into a boat, house boat, cottage, or even as the in-room coffee maker at an upscale bed and breakfast. Despite its tiny size, this machine stuns with ultra-modern features – and its extraction power is almost unbelievable in a unit so compact!
Coffee Capsules Make Brewing a Breeze
Fully automatic, the Pixie turns out a piping hot serving of delicious espresso in no time flat, and allows you to opt for the shot size you prefer. Just insert an exclusive Nespresso capsule – featuring ultra-premium coffees, of course – and choose your shot, from 1 to 3 ounces. In under 30 seconds you have a perfect cup to savor. The machine comes with 16 capsules to start you off, and ordering on line is a breeze. Used capsules couldn’t be neater to dispose of, either – a cunning interior space in the machine collects up to 10 at a time!
Consistent and Easy to Use
Want consistency in every shot? The Pixie can do! Simply dial in the length of brew you prefer, and you’ll get the same perfect experience each time. It’s easy to program, too – no fumbling with confusing dials and buttons. The backlit indicators couldn’t be easier to read, a much-appreciated feature on such a compact object, with limited space for explanatory text.
Powerful Extraction Yields Maximum Flavor
Are you a barista or a foodie who knows your stuff when it comes to extraction? Then you’ll be pleased as punch to know that this compact unit boasts a 19-bar pressure pump inside its elegant skin! That amount of pressure gives this little wonder the power to extract maximum flavor from your grounds. And this beauty is powerful, featuring 1260 watts while weighing in at only 6 pounds, 10 ounces.
In-Machine Water and Electric Cords
The water tank holds a surprising 24 ounces, is removable and remarkably easy to fill, and automatically detects how much water is in the tank, so you never run dry. Amazingly, the power cord stows away inside the machine, for a neat, clean presentation when it’s not in use. No floppy cords to distract from the super-modern, super-stunning design.
Craving a Larger Beverage?
If you’re making a larger drink, like a cappuccino or a latte, just flip up the drip tray and the Pixie easily accommodates a larger cup. You’re not limited to just making espresso by the shot in a tiny cup. Lattes and taller drinks can be produced with ease.
Auto Shut-Off For Peace of Mind
For worriers who fret that they might have left the machine on, there’s an auto shut-off feature. After 9 minutes, the unit powers itself off – giving peace of mind if you need to make a frantic dash out the door in the morning with no time to run through a checklist. And while it’s brewing, Thermoblock technology means the temperature is exactly controlled – you’ll experience no fluctuations of hotter and cooler to ruin that perfect shot.
Pros and Cons
Are there cons? For those addicted to the K Cup, or still used to a sack or can full of ready-ground, this means switching to Nespresso capsules. That’s not much of a minus, however, as the Pixie can easily handle all the coffee making needs for a singleton or couple. Cleaning is a snap, with only occasional de-scaling needed. Some users find the water tank slightly fiddly to remove and replace, but once mastered, it’s perfectly easy. And while the drip tray flips up handily to accommodate larger vessels, it does not stay locked in the ‘up’ position. Remove your cup and the tray flips right back down. For some users, that would easily go in the ‘pro’ column, however.
It’s the Coffee That Counts
Of course, in the final analysis, it’s your cup of coffee that counts, and all the perfect fit and fancy features in the world won’t move the dial if the machine turns out a sub-par brew. The Pixie comes through here, with flying colors! A myriad of flavor choices are available in the custom capsules, from tributes to Milan and Palermo, to boldly robust blends, to lighter flavored choices and even – gasp! – decaf! With no messy swiping and tamping, thanks to the clever little capsules, you’ll be making proper espresso – the true article, with a swirl of delightful crema atop the dark, dark brown – in short order.
The Total User Experience
Frankly, the Pixie recalls to this reviewer’s mind the excellence in design that one normally associates with Apple. The details are precise and genuinely well thought out. The end user experience is at the heart of the design, and has very obviously been considered at every step along the way. There’s nothing extra – nothing extraneous – nothing slap-dash or half-baked about this wonderful appliance. And yet that pared-down, spare elegance is quite simply loaded with amazing features that make it a total delight to have in the kitchen. It’s a sophisticated, graceful piece of complex machinery that achieves a harmony of physical beauty and mechanical precision that is truly world class.