Winter is approaching, the freezing temperatures are creeping in, and the necessity of a warm cup of coffee in the morning has never been so apparent. Sure, you could drive all the way to your nearest coffee shop and spend a small fortune for your caffeine fix, or you could enjoy all of the benefits of an incredible cup of coffee from the comfort of your own sofa.
Coffee machines are nothing new, but they’re quickly getting slicker and more compact, with the Nespresso Pixie Clips being a prime example of this. As well as being a visually stunning coffee machine, the Pixie Clips also makes a mean Espresso in record time.
Before even turning the machine on it’s a joy to look at, with a sleek minimalist design and an emphasis on bright colours, and one of the best things about this machine is that it’s very customisable. The two panels on each side can be taken off and replaced with a wide choice of harmonious colours and striking patterns, meaning that this appliance can become a thoughtful personalised gift for someone special this Christmas. The panels cost £15 – £30 a pair, meaning you can swap them out as often as you like.
The Nespresso Pixie unit consists of a central coffee-making body with a 0.7L detachable water tank at the back. There is also a large drip tray at the front and a concealed bin inside the unit which can hold around 10 used capsules. There are three buttons atop the central body which are used for power and making either an Espresso (40ml) or a larger Lungo (110ml) coffee. Finally there is a lever on top which is used to open and insert coffee capsules.
Using the machine was a simple process and required very little technical knowhow. It’s a simple case of placing your cup on the support, inserting your desired capsule and pressing a button. The machine is a little loud whilst in use, which may wake you up before you’ve even started on your coffee. We had no issues using it and found it to be one of the fastest coffee machines we’ve tried.
During our testing of the Nespresso Pixie Clips we were lucky enough to try out the limited edition Christmas capsules, which include Ciocco Ginger, Vanilla Amaretti and Vanilla Cardamom. The Ciocco Ginger capsules offer a brave combination of dark chocolate and ginger, resulting in a bittersweet but mild taste. The Vanilla Amaretti capsules offer a humble blend of vanilla and almonds, bringing with it a strong likeness to amaretti biscuits. Finally, the Vanilla Cardamom capsules mix vanilla and cardamom for the most interesting of the three coffee aromas. Our favourite flavour was Vanilla Cardamom, but all of the Christmas capsules bring a warm aroma to the kitchen and would be a joy for the whole family during the festive season.
Our only slight criticism with the Nespresso Pixie Clips was a lack of milk options, requiring you to buy a separate Aeroccino milk frother. Luckily for us we already had a milk frother at hand, but this is certainly something to consider when buying this machine. It’s also a very minor gripe as there are plenty of affordable bundles which include the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 milk frother.
Overall the Nespresso Pixie Clips is a buoyant and efficient coffee machine which would easily cater to coffee lovers around the world. You can pick one up today for £139 (or £179 with an Aeroccino milk frother), and to find out more information about it visit the Nespresso website. If you’re thinking of buying the Pixie Clips as a Christmas gift, you could also check out the brand-new Nespresso gift finder, which will take some of the stress out of your Christmas shopping.