Nespresso Inissia Review

Nespresso Inissia
Overall Rating
87
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
92
The Bottom Line
One of Nespresso's best-selling machines, the Inissia offers a couple of upgrades over the 3.2" wide Essenza Mini, notably the 24 oz reservoir and 10 spent capsule capacity, in a still-sleek 4.7" wide design.
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Key Features of the Nespresso Inissia

Key Features of Nespresso Inissia

  • Product Line: OriginalLine
  • US/CA Partners: Breville, DeLonghi
  • UK Partners: Krups, Magimix
  • Brew Sizes: 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo
  • Water Reservoir: 24 oz
  • Milk Container: None
  • Pressure: 19 bars
  • Frother: Sold separately
  • Spent Capsules: 10 capsules
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • External Material: ABS plastic
  • Dimensions: 4.7"W x 9.0"D x 12.6"H
  • Weight: 5.3 lbs
  • Watts: 1260W
  • Other Features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes

Nespresso Inissia 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

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.

One of Nespresso's best-selling machines, the OriginalLine Inissia is a touch more feature-rich than the uber-compact Essenza Mini with a pair of upgrades:

  • Larger 24 oz water reservoir (instead of 20 oz)
  • Larger spent capsule capacity (10 instead of 6)

Capable of brewing shots from 1.35 oz to 3.70 oz, the Inissia 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 Inissia 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
  • Small 24 oz water reservoir
  • ABS plastic scuffs a little easily

Is the Nespresso Inissia for you?

Is Nespresso Inissia for you?

One of Nespresso’s best selling models, the Inissia is a great model for those looking for something a little bigger than the Essenza Mini. The Inissia compares closest to the Nespresso Pixie, with the biggest difference being the Pixie’s aluminum exterior versus the Inissia’s plastic casing.

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

Nespresso Inissia Review: An In-Depth Look

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Nespresso Inissia
One of Nespresso's best-selling machines, the Inissia offers a couple of upgrades over the 3.2" wide Essenza Mini, notably the 24 oz reservoir and 10 spent capsule capacity, in a still-sleek 4.7" wide design.

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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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