January 31, 2011

Nespresso Pixie - Small Brewer - Coming this Spring

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UPDATE: See My Review of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Brewer.

UPDATE: The Nespresso Pixie has Launched in the US with a Pre-Sale at Williams Sonoma. I'll have a Nespresso Pixie in for Review in the coming days.

Nespresso is launching the new Nespresso Pixie Brewer "This Spring" according to a confirmation I received today detailing the new product and its features. The surprisingly small Pixie will no doubt take up a minimal amount of room on your countertop brewing up a classic Nespresso shot without taking up much real estate. Of course it will run on Nespresso capsules allowing buyers to choose from over a dozen blends and seasonal and limited edition blends that liven up the overall coffee selection.

The sides of the Pixie are colored aluminum, with an ABS case, stainless drip tray and an alloy handle to make for a pretty stout, and attractive piece.

"The sleek and compact new design of the machine features side panels in anodized aluminum inspired by industrial, minimalist design. Pixie, available in six bold and vibrant colors, projects a daring new look for Nespresso." Those colors are: Electric Indigo, Electric Red, Electric Titan, Electric Lime, Electric Aluminum and Electric Steelblue.

Espresso and Lungo; Auto Shut Off, Low Water Alert

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The machine will have Espresso and Lungo settings brewing up 1.35 ounces and 4.75 ounces of espresso respectively. Like other automatic Nespresso machines, the Pixie's settings can be customized by the user. The Pixie will also feature an automatic shut-off much like the Nespresso Citiz brewer, so that it saves energy. The Pixie will automatically shut off after 9 minutes of non-use, which can be changed by the user up to a maximum of 30 minutes. My Nespresso Essenza does not do this, and I have left it on all day on occasion.

Finally, the Nespresso Pixie is going to have a water level detection capability, which I would imagine would alert you before brewing and sucking the poor reservoir dry. On such a small machine, I would imagine that the reservoir will be less than a liter/quart, which would increase the potential of running the Pixie dry. While you can re-prime the maker, it must help overall customer satisfaction by offering the warning.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 31, 2011 7:22 PM
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THey claimed to have miniaturized the components, but not sure if there are any tradeoffs in terms of pressure or capability. My guess is that they would not want drink quality to suffer at all.

Funny about bringing a maker to work; I had my Essenza there and people would always poke their heads up all around the office when I brewed shots in the afternoon.

Thanks,
Scott


Posted by: Scott Martin at February 1, 2011 9:37 PM

If the pricing isn't too expensive (crosses fingers for $99 pricetag), I'll definitely be picking one up for the office.

Just curious though... If this will feature the same 19-bar pressure as other models, will it be as noisy or are they planning on implementing a quiet-brew technology?

I can imagine a few co-workers would be annoyed seeing their staplers shake across their desk. (thinking of the racket my LeCube makes)


Posted by: SH at February 1, 2011 7:01 AM
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