Nespresso has two lines of capsule-based espresso machines:
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 & Milk is Nespresso's best mid-range OriginalLine machine. By "mid-range" we mean any of the machines shy of the Lattissima Series.
What makes the CitiZ & Milkstand out?
Capable of brewing shots from 1.35 oz to 3.70 oz, the CitiZ & Milk has two programmable brew buttons that easily allow you to customize your shot size. Here's how it works:
The machine will remember that brew size for every future brew (until you reset it).
While the CitiZ & Milk 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:
In between pressing both buttons, just eject the capsule.