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Nespresso Prodigio: The Connected Machine is Here!

Nespresso Prodigio Titan

The Nespresso Coffee Machine Your Phone Can Control

The new Nespresso Prodigio connected coffee machine has just been released, and marks a bit of a sign of the times as far as home appliances are concerned. While the internet of things and more appliances at home being automated has become ‘headline news’ for the last few years now, the newest line of coffee machines from Nespresso allows us to pre-program our morning coffee for whenever we choose to wake up!

Coffee Using an App on Your Smartphone

The Nespresso Prodigio is controlled using the My Prodigio app, which you should check to make sure is compatible with your smartphone. Not all smartphones work with Nespresso’s Prodigio (although the vast majority will), but given the entire point of this particular Nespresso machine is to use your phone, you really want to ensure compatibility first!

You’ll see the home screen looking a bit like this – very minimalist but also great and not complicated.

Nespresso Prodigio App

An internal diagnostic tool allows you to glance at whether there’s any internal issue with the machine, if you need to order more capsules and whether the water levels are okay to make a coffee. For example, the Prodigio will tell you if your machine needs de-scaling.

After this, you can move into the “Set schedule” screen to plan your morning coffee for the next day, or perhaps one when you come back home from work or similar.

Nespresso Prodigio Timer

You can use a Ristretto (25ml of water), Espresso (40ml of water) or Lungo (110ml of water) for cup size, and the scroll wheel allows you to choose a time to schedule your coffee. The scroll wheel is intuitive to use and is a simple circular design representing the hours in a day – simply set your timer for whenever suits you and press the “Schedule brew” button.

Nespresso Prodigio Schedule

The process is semi-automatic at best though, because ultimately you still need to make sure a cup is underneath the machine and that there’s a Nespresso coffee capsule inserted in the top of it – but this bit of forward planning is relatively minimal.

Nespresso Prodigio Colours and Styles

The Prodigio initially comes in two colours: Silver and Titan, designed to suit the environment the machine is sat in whether it’s light or dark (or whether you want your machine to blend in or stand out).

There are also two styles of machine, the normal Prodigio and the Prodigio & Milk, which comes with an Aeroccino system to help you froth the perfect cup of milk to complement your coffee. However, please note that making the milk for your coffee has to be done manually and this part cannot yet be automated with the Prodigio’s automated brewing system.

Stock System Makes Sure You Never Run Out of Nespresso Capsules

One useful aspect of the app is being able to see how many coffee capsules you have left, so you don’t run out accidentally. If you click into the “Capsules” screen you’ll see an estimate (usually correct since it goes off of how many times you make a coffee, so you assume you put a capsule in each time) of how many capsules you have remaining.

Nespresso Prodigio Order Capsules

From this screen in the app you can directly order new capsules from Nespresso, which is handy when you know your stock / supply is getting low. However, note that the number displayed is based on your orders via Nespresso directly. If you order Nespresso coffee capsules from Amazon, a third party capsule provider or just buy them directly from a shop, the app cannot automatically update your stock level.

That’s why there’s a plus and minus button either side of your estimated number of capsules left – so that you can add any other capsules you buy elsewhere to your total in the app.

One unfortunate side-effect of having a simplified number of capsules left is that you can’t really split it out. For example, if you have 10 of one Nespresso capsule and 10 of another, there’s no way of knowing how many of each flavour you have left, of course – just the total number.

Nespresso Prodigio Review: the Pros and Cons

The Nespresso Prodigio coffee machine is an excellent example of how increasing connectivity in our home appliances is designed to make our lives easier. It will attract lots of people who enjoy being early adopters of technology, and for people who are more night owls than early morning risers the automatic coffee in the morning will be a welcome way to start their day.

On the flip side, however, the process is far from fully automated still – cups, water, milk etc. still have to be done manually the night before, so to some that don’t mind actually pressing the button and getting their accessories ready in the morning, the ability to schedule a brew can be seen as a bit of a gimmick. It also depends highly on your schedule, and whether or not for example you can commit to having a coffee while it’s hot if you set it for a particular time. Otherwise, hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock could mean a cold Nespresso!

Finally, not all smartphones are supported (although most tech savvy people will have a smartphone that’s compatible we’re sure) – so it will definitely pay to do your homework and ensure the Prodigio is the right machine for you and your phone before making a purchase.

Our Verdict

Ultimately, the Nespresso Prodigio is a great option for “non-morning people” to schedule their coffee, or for someone to save a bit of time when coming back from a lunch break or from work to a welcome brew. It’s a step in the right direction for the Internet of Things and home appliances in general, and soon we’ll be able to do a lot more with these machines as well.

For those with less-set lifestyles and schedules, or those who don’t mind the extra time / effort to make a brew themselves, most of what sells the Prodigio could be seen as a bit of a gimmick. However, for the equivalent price there are plenty of other Nespresso machines to consider if automating your morning coffee isn’t high up on your priority list.

In short, the Prodigio does admittedly cater to a very niche audience – but if you’re part of this niche audience, we have no doubt you’ll love it to bits.

Nespresso Umutima & Tanim Limited Edition Coffees Capsules

Nespresso has developed and unveiled two new single-origin limited edition coffee capsules, and they’re pretty exciting! We have the Umutima, or the Umutima Wa Lake Kivu Rwanda, and the Tanim, or Tanim de Chiapas Mexico in long form.

Nespresso Umutima Tanim

They are characterised on Nespresso packaging by having beautiful and distinct African and South American designs layered on top of the green & pink coffee capsule pod.

Deliberately chosen to highlight Nespresso’s commitment to sustainable coffee farming communities, the two types of coffee capsule produce different tastes that quite excitingly, you can taste the difference of when trying them side-by-side.

Below is an introduction and review of both the Nespresso Umutima and Nespresso Tanim limited edition coffee capsule – enjoy!

Nespresso Umutima & Tanim Single Origin Backgrounds and Roasting Methods

These coffees come from very different backgrounds. In Lake Kivu in Rwanda farmers have adopted post-modern harvest practices, and coffee is grown mainly in small plots under the beating heat of African sunshine. On the other hand, in Tanim de Chiapas in Mexico traditional coffee farming methods are used which were passed on from generation to generation. Most of the coffee here is grown alongside other crops, and rather than in sunshine the coffee beans are crown under the canopy of trees in the shade.

To help highlight the tastes that are a result of different farming methods, Nespresso have done something rather clever to bring out the flavours of both coffees – they split-roasted them!

Nespresso Umutima Tanim Split Roasting

The two textures of the coffees are really quite different – the Tanim in particular is unbelievably smooth but has a nice nutty aftertaste to it, and the Umutima feels slightly courser and with a deeper, almost dark-chocolatey feel to it despite the flavours tasting quite fruity – it’s really quite a remarkable mix! To bring this out and make it obvious to normal coffee-goers (like us!), Nespresso roasted half of their Tanim beans at a very long, low-temperature setting which keeps the nuttiness of the flavour intact. They then left the other half of the roast to be darker, which focuses more on the texture. That way, they get the best of both worlds!

Similarly, the Umutima is half roasted lightly to keep a hold of all the juicier, fruity notes – and the other half is left darker to preserve the texture, which in this case is a bit coarser and stronger.

Tasting Nespresso Umutima & Tanim Coffee Capsules, and Which to Use in What Type of Coffee Drink

Here you can see a photo of us taste-testing the Umutima coffee (we tried both as an espresso / lungo / ristretto and also with a bit of milk) at a Nespresso Experience store. If there’s one near you we highly recommend visiting one, as it can be a really fun place to experience all the different flavours without having to buy one of everything!

Nespresso Umutima Tanim Taste Testing

The first thing to note is how strong the coffee is – even though officially the Umutima is a ‘6’ and the Tanim a ‘7’ on Nespresso’s intensity scale, because of how smooth the Tanim is and the more delicate flavours (nutty as opposed to bright and fruity in the Umutima) it tends to be recommended in smaller sizes. The official Nespresso guidelines say that the Tanim de Chiapas is suited to Ristretto (25ml) & Espresso (40ml) sizes, whereas for the Umutima wa Lake Kivu the recommended sizes are Espresso (40ml) and Lungo (110ml).

We agree with this – the Umutima is seriously bright and fruity, and at an espresso size you can really taste it, whereas the Tanim is a bit more delicate (although personally we preferred the nutty flavours in the Tanim). Therefore, the Umutima is probably better suited to milk-based coffees like flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos. The Tanim is suited to shorter drinks where you can appreciate the delicateness of the flavours more, like an espresso or perhaps a macchiato if with milk.

Buying Umutima & Tanim Capsules for Your Nespresso Machine

Your choice of whether to get Umutima or Tanim coffee capsules for your Nespresso machine depends highly on what kind of coffee you prefer. For milk-based coffees we recommend the Umutima capsule, where the brightness of the flavours won’t get lost even if you use milk as your base. For straight coffees we recommend the Tanim (unless you really like the bold flavours of the Umutima, of course!) because you can appreciate the subtle nuttiness of the coffee better in a water based coffee.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief guide – please make sure to share if you’ve liked it! Until next time, happy drinking!

Nespresso Limited Edition Coffee Capsules

Ciocco Ginger, Vanilla Amaretti & Vanilla Cardamom

Ciocco Ginger, Vanilla Amaretti & Vanilla Cardamom

Officially released for Christmas but likely to be on offer throughout the whole of the winter period, Nespresso have come out with three Limited Edition grand cru coffee capsules this season: Vanilla Cardamom, Vanilla Amaretti and Ciocco Ginger.

Here, we take a look at all three not only as a great gift for someone who drinks Nespresso, but also to determine which of these great grand cru coffees suits your taste the best.

This year, all three limited edition grand crus are similar, in that they all use Central and South American Arabica coffee beans and are a medium intensity. Nespresso lists this rating as a 6/10 but we believe it’s slightly less intense than this, primarily because the recommended cup size is ~40ml and some people prefer these coffees sipped in slightly longer styles.

The blend of coffee used is primarily from Costa Rica and Colombia, and in order to preserve their flavour profiles (typically quite fruity and malted) the beans used in Nespresso Limited Edition capsules are only cultivated using traditional methods.

Nespresso Vanilla Cardamom Review: Limited Edition Grand Cru Coffee Capsule

Nespresso Vanilla Cardamom

The Vanilla Cardamom coffee capsule is both round and balanced, and it has to be – the flavours in both the vanilla and cardamom are actually quite delicate and can easily be overpowered.

You can taste the flavours of the Livanto base coffee, which is slightly toasty, but not overwhelming. As a result, while there’s some subtle taste it’s mainly the aromas of the cardamom and vanilla that lift out of the crema.

So in summary, the Vanilla Cardamom Grand Cru is a surprisingly subtle coffee which smells excellent when you’re brewing the coffee itself, even having the slightest spice in its smell. The vanilla is more in the coffee itself in terms of flavour, with the cardamom making itself more apparent in the aftertaste.

Of all the grand crus, we’d recommend vanilla cardamom the most for a nice evening drink.

  Nespresso Vanilla Cardamom

Nespresso Ciocco Ginger Review: Limited Edition Grand Cru Coffee Capsule


The Ciocco Ginger Nespresso coffee capsule is, of the three limited edition grand crus, possibly the best complement to the roasted flavour of the Livanto base coffee.

This is simply explained by the dark chocolate notes from Ciocco naturally complementing well with the Livanto roasting profile.

This is a bolder interpretation and a nice contrast to the two Vanilla flavours we have in the limited edition Nespresso selection. It won’t be to everyone’s taste as it’s not exactly a slow-sip after dinner wind down coffee, the flavour is definitely contrasts a lot more with the other flavours in your cup. This is probably better enjoyed on a colder day to warm up.

  Ciocco Ginger Nespresso

Nespresso Vanilla Amaretti Review: Limited Edition Grand Cru Coffee Capsule

Nespresso Vanilla Amaretti

Unsurprisingly, the Vanilla Amaretti Nespresso coffee capsule had a great taste of vanilla in it, offset by a hint of almond.

When actually brewing the coffee you get a very similar vanilla smell similar to when you brew the vanilla cardamom capsule, but the almond scent is a lot more subtle and harder to spot. It’s definitely possible to taste it when sipping though!

Compared to the Vanilla Cardamom and the Ciocco Ginger, the Vanilla Amaretti is extremely smooth and significantly less spicy than its two other festive counterparts. It’s very easy to drink and can probably be faired with almost anything. We think that of the three limited edition Nespresso coffee capsules, the Vanilla Amaretti is possibly the easiest to pair with all sorts of food and will probably suit the largest number of casual coffee drinkers.

  Nespresso Vanilla Amaretti

Combination Packs of Nespresso Limited Edition Coffee

Nespresso Capsules Variations Set 2015

Of course, you aren’t restricted to getting a single flavour if you want to try out multiple limited edition coffees from Nespresso! You can get combination packs that have all three limited edition packs in them, and sometimes more as well.

Enjoy, and happy drinking!

  Nespresso Capsule Variations

Nespresso Boxing Day and January Sales

Amazon Boxing Day Sales 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you’re enjoying some lovely quality time with both family and friends this holiday season. And of course, being the holiday season it’s normal these days for all of us to keep one eye on upcoming sales and what to potentially pick up for ourselves in the new year as retailers seek to discount everything!

Now, before we get into Nespresso specific buys (after all, that’s what we’re here for) it’s worth pointing out that Amazon in particular are having a huge sale after Christmas day. In the US this is their Year-End Deals sale and in the UK this is called their Boxing Day Week sale, but essentially they are the same thing. The great thing is that you’re not pressured into an immediate buy: both sales are on for a full week so you can browse all sorts of discounted gifts (or just things for yourself!) to your heart’s content.

Amazon Boxing Day Week Sales

The idea behind these sales is that loads of items, including all our Nespresso coffee deals but home electronics, jewelery and watches as well, are valid until Amazon run out of stock – then they’re gone! A particularly nice deal at the moment as well is the Amazon Fire TV which now has 4K capability as well, so particularly useful if you got a new TV for Christmas.

Amazon Boxing Day Sales

Nespresso Coffee Machine Capsules for Boxing Day 2015 & January 2016

If you already have a Nespresso coffee machine at home or recently bought one as a gift for someone special, now is an excellent time to look at Nespresso coffee machine capsules. Both packs of 50 and 100 are currently cheaper than they were before and make for an incredibly inexpensive coffee experience at home in the new year.

If you’re looking to drink your coffee from home (rather than spend lots of money at coffee shops) in the new year, this is an excellent way to do it. Generally speaking a Nespresso capsule costs about 10% as much, or even less, than a coffee at your local chain store.

Nespresso Coffee Machine Sales for Boxing Day 2015 and January 2016

If you successfully held off buying a Nespresso coffee machine for yourself or someone else this Christmas, well done – now might be an even better time to pick one up than before.

Because of how popular they are, a lot of the lower-end / cheaper models of Nespresso machine are actually still at full price throughout the sale. There are still a few at a discount though if you hunt for them! For example, the Nespresso Inissia, which is one of the newer Nespresso machines designed for casual home users, is now running at a pretty great price:

Nespresso Inissia

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One of the biggest offers though is on the Nespresso Pixie range of coffee machines. While this model is slightly older than some of the other Nespresso ranges, it’s actually higher up as far as quality is concerned and is one of the best selling machines of all time. The discount, frankly, is also huge at the moment – you don’t normally get Nespresso machines up to 30% off!

Nespresso Pixie

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Finally, if you’re more of a coffee enthusiast and especially if you enjoy making your own milk-based coffee drinks, some of the normally most expensive units with Aeroccinos and professional coffee barista equipment are now discounted extremely heavily – if you’re quick, these are currently up to 50% off which is generally unheard of when it comes to Nespresso coffee machines. The star of the discount range at the moment is undoubtedly the Lattissima Plus. We recently blogged about the different between different Lattissima manufacturers and what the difference between a Nespresso Lattissima & Lattissima Pro coffee machine is. You can read up on all of that here.

Nespresso Lattissima

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Whatever machine or capsule you enjoy the most this holiday season (or even if you’re just looking for non-coffee related deals), we hope this has been useful – enjoy the sales and a wonderful holiday season!

The New Nespresso Inissia Entry Range Coffee Machine

Nespresso has produced a brand new range of coffee machines using their signature Nespresso capsules. This range is called Inissia, specifically designed to be minimalistic, fast and blend in with home furnishings and general surroundings.

With just a 25 second ‘ready’ time on water heating, the Inissia certainly is amongst the speedier Nespresso coffee machines in existence, but seems to have fewer customisable options compared to other machines so is designed specifically to be at a lower price point to aim at entry level coffee drinkers at home.

Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine Features / Specifications


The specifications / features of the Nespresso Inissia are as follows:

  • It has a very small footprint, weighing about 2.4kg
  • Height wise it is very compact and comes with an ergonomic handle to move it around
  • 0.7L water tank
  • 2 automatic cup sizes
  • Automatic off mode after 9 minutes
  • 25 second water heating
  • A minimum of 8 colours on initial offer, including:
    • Nespresso Inissia Black
    • Nespresso Inissia White
    • Nespresso Inissia Vanilla Cream
    • Nespresso Inissia Ruby Red
    • Nespresso Inissia Canary
    • Nespresso Inissia Tropical Green
    • Nespresso Inissia Blue Sky
    • Nespresso Inissia Summer Sun

Nespresso Inissia vs Nespresso U

The first obvious comparison we need to make is between the Nespresso Inissia and Nespresso U. The two coffee machines look quite similar, as the photo below shows – so what’s the difference between them?

Both the Nespresso U and Inissia come with several options that can make either one more expensive. Aeroccinos, milk frothers and other accessories can be added but ultimately the Nespresso Inissia is a bit less pricey than the Nespresso U. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. The Nespresso U has three different cup / brew sizes: lungo, ristretto and espresso. The Inissia only has two. However, note that the brew sizes are set on the U whereas on the Inissia you can program the brew sizes yourself.
  2. The drip tray on the Nespresso U is removable, which is better for placing larger mugs etc. underneath the coffee dispenser.
  3. The Nespresso U automatically discards the used capsule, while this is manual with the Inissia
  4. The Nespresso Inissia does not have an on/off button, and is simply activated by plugging in at the wall. There’s still an automatic off function so it’s not that inconvenient, however.

So Which Nespresso Coffee Machine Should I Buy?

In summary, the Inissia is a great entry level coffee machine at a lower price point than the Nespresso U, but has a smaller number of features. For a completely new user to coffee machines at home, chances are the Inissia will do the trick at a great price as well. However, if you enjoy having the extra features on your coffee machine then there’s no question that the Nespresso U is the better choice.

If on the other hand you prefer milk based coffee, then you can also consider the Nespresso Lattissima range which is generally a brilliant choice. We’d recommend the Pro version for those who are serious about their lattes and milk based coffees in general, with things like touch screens, a larger capacity and a milk frother all coming as part of that package in addition to automatic cleaning. However, this is a very different (and more expensive) world to the Nespresso U or Nespresso Inissia.

This depends entirely upon your preferences. For milk based coffee or a variety of drinks that includes milk based coffee, the Nespresso Lattissima range is an excellent choice in general. The Pro version is better in general, having nicer looking aesthetics, touch screen, milk frother, larger capacity and an auto-cleaning button. If these features are important to you, we would suggest that the Lattissima Pro is the better choice.

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