Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Review

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk
Overall Rating
89
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
87
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
92
The Bottom Line
Notable for its 34 oz reservoir, the largest among mid-range Nespresso OriginalLine machines, the CitiZ & Milk is a compact, durable, and reliable brewer with a powerful boiler and integrated Aeroccino3 frother.
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Key Features of the Nespresso CitiZ & Milk

Key Features of Nespresso CitiZ & Milk

  • 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
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 8.1"W x 14.6"D x 10.9"H
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs
  • Watts: 1720W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk 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 & 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?

  • 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)
  • Integrated Aeroccino3 frother for specialty beverages

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:

  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 & 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:

  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.

Pros
  • Comes with integrated Aeroccino3 frother
  • 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
  • Need to combined milk foam and espresso, which are made separately, unlike the Lattissima series

Is the Nespresso CitiZ & Milk for you?

Is Nespresso CitiZ & Milk for you?

The CitiZ & Milk is a great machine if you're looking for cappuccino and latte functionality without upgrading all the way to one of Nespresso's more premium (and expensive) Lattissima models.

If you're looking for that premium experience, take a look at the Lattissima Plus, which has a milk frother integrated directly into the brewer that combined espresso and foamed milk without any extra pouring on your end for easy one-touch specialty beverages.

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Review: An In-Depth Look

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Nespresso CitiZ & Milk
Notable for its 34 oz reservoir, the largest among mid-range Nespresso OriginalLine machines, the CitiZ & Milk is a compact, durable, and reliable brewer with a powerful boiler and integrated Aeroccino3 frother.

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I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!

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