Nespresso CitiZ Review

Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
82
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
92

The Bottom Line

Notable for its 34 oz reservoir, the largest among mid-range Nespresso OriginalLine machines, the CitiZ is a compact, reliable brewer with a powerful heating element. Check out the CitiZ & Milk for an integrated frother.
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Key Features of the Nespresso CitiZ

Key Features of Nespresso CitiZ

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville, DeLonghi
  • UK Partners: Krups, Magimix
  • Brew Sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 34 oz
  • Milk Container: None
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Included in the CitiZ & Milk bundle
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 5.1"W x 14.6"D x 10.9"H
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs
  • Watts: 1720W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes

Nespresso CitiZ Overview

Nespresso has two lines of capsule-based espresso machines:

  • OriginalLine: Their original line (duh) that used a 19 bar pump to extract shots from capsules
  • VertuoLine: Their new line that uses Centrifusion (rapid capsule spinning) to extract shots from barcode-enabled capsules but also brews standard coffee up to 17 oz

For our money, OriginalLine machines are better than VertuoLine machines because their pump produces more authentic espresso, the coffee tends to be hotter, and there's no barcode scanning system meaning you can find less-expensive third-party capsules.

The CitiZ is Nespresso's best mid-range OriginalLine machine. By "mid-range" we mean any of the machines that don't have integrated frothers for one-touch cappuccinos and lattes, like the entire Lattissima Series.

What makes the CitiZ stand out?

  • Best-in-class 34 oz reservoir (10 oz larger than the Essenza Plus, Pixie, and Inissia)
  • Powerful 1720W boiler for rapid heating speeds
  • Durable aluminum housing (also found on the Pixie and U)

Capable of brewing shots from 1.35 oz to 3.70 oz, the CitiZ has two programmable brew buttons that easily allow you to customize your shot size. Here's how it works:

  1. Insert a capsule
  2. Press and hold the brew button (either one) until your desired shot volume is reached
  3. Release the button

The machine will remember that brew size for every future brew (until you reset it).

While the CitiZ doesn't come with a preset button for Americanos (espresso + hot water, like a regular coffee) like the Essenza Plus does, you can easily use the programmable buttons to set up your own Americano system:

  1. Set one button to be your preferred shot size
  2. Set the other button to be your preferred hot water volume

In between pressing both buttons, just eject the capsule.

If you'd like to brew specialty beverages (like cappuccinos and lattes), you could always upgrade to the bundle or purchase the Aeroccino4 milk frother separately for your own home barista setup.

Pros

  • Actual pump pressure is better than VertuoLine Centrifusion
  • One-touch sizing system lets you adjust brew size by pressing and holding brew buttons
  • Solid internal construction means it won't break down quickly
  • Can used 3rd-party capsules

Cons

  • Stated 19 bars is inconsistent

Is the Nespresso CitiZ for you?

Is Nespresso CitiZ for you?

The CitiZ is great if you're looking for a classic Nespresso model that focuses on a top-notch, reliable coffee experience without overwhelming you with features like WiFi connectivity, capsule re-ordering buttons, or one-touch specialty beverages.

If you're looking for cappuccino and latte functionality, you're in luck! Nespresso makes an identical model called the CitiZ & Milk with the Aeroccino frother attached to the machine.

If you're looking for a VertuoLine machine that can brew standard coffees up to 17 oz, check out the Evoluo.

Nespresso CitiZ Review: An In-Depth Look

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Nespresso CitiZ
Notable for its 34 oz reservoir, the largest among mid-range Nespresso OriginalLine machines, the CitiZ is a compact, reliable brewer with a powerful heating element. Check out the CitiZ & Milk for an integrated frother.

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