Home / Home & Kitchen / Small Appliances / Espresso Machines / Nespresso D90 S1 Essenza Review

Nespresso D90 S1 Essenza Review

There is a lot to be said about a good espresso. It can perk you up for a long workday ahead, give you energy to perform all the tasks you need to finish for the day, and even give you the pleasurable experience of sipping on an exquisitely flavored beverage. But espresso is notoriously complicated to prepare—as well as the other beverages that use espresso as its base—and so we just settle for getting this type of coffee from coffee shops.

There are plenty of espresso machines in the market, and many of them geared toward the coffee shop users. These are large, clunky machines festooned with knobs, switches, and other fixtures that are too complicated for a normal person (a person without extensive barista training, that is) to operate on his own. But there is also a chunk of the espresso machine market devoted to the casual users—those who want to brew their own espresso and espresso-based drinks right at the comfort of their own home. The cost of espresso machines upfront, however, will be enough to intimidate plenty of people from buying it. At the end, they will just return to their coffee shops to buy their espressos, willing to pay more for the uncomplicated process of standing in line and requesting their beverages at the counter.

Nespresso espresso machines have been around for years—and these machines are perfect for people who want to have their espresso any time of the day. Keeping a Nespresso machine at home is just as lovely as keeping one in your office, where you will have complete access to a rejuvenating cup of espresso every time. But even if you can afford the more expensive espresso machines in the market, why settle for something that is just a step away from being completely ugly? The Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza Single-Serve Manual Espresso Machine delivers a fantastic cup of espresso every time, and will definitely add a touch of class and sophistication to your space. In this article, let’s explore the wonderful features (and possible disadvantages) of the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza.


There once was a proverb uttered about our tendency to judge by physical appearances (“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”), but this proverb will not really apply on the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza. In fact, you can freely judge the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza by its very handsome cover. At first glance it might not look like your traditional espresso machine (or the ones you see at coffee shops), and on hindsight, the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza is really not your usual espresso machine. The Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza is a perfect embodiment of the beverage it brews so well—dark, with a very interesting shape that will never fail to catch anyone’s attention. The almost sparse aesthetic also attests to the talent of the Nespresso design team—no single inch of the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza is wasted on frivolous trimmings or extraneous knobs and whistles that will only serve to complicate the process. The Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza is also very compact at 10 by six and two-fifths by 11.5 inches—which makes it ideal for smaller kitchen and counter spaces. Plus, you really do not want to display an espresso machine large enough to qualify as heavy machinery in your kitchen, especially if your kitchen is as good-looking as the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza.

Details, details, details

You will know whether a machine is of high quality and of thoughtful design if you examine the details closely. The Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza has plenty of small yet very useful details such as a tray for used capsules (so you do not have to take the used Nespresso coffee capsule right after brewing), a backlit control button that you can easily see, an electronic temperature regulation system, a removable water container (with a total capacity of 34 ounces), and a functional handle system that will facilitate easier espresso preparation. The Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza also comes with an automatic ejection system for the used capsules, so you would not ever worry of fishing the things out of their container.

Another thoughtful detail that Nespresso included with the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza is the assortment of 12 coffee capsules, which will get you started on your first cup of home-brewed espresso five minutes after opening the box.

Manual Espresso Machine

The “manual” function of the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza may turn you off, thinking that you will have to crush the coffee beans into very fine powder, heat the water, and other such steps in the espresso brewing process. But this is not really the case—with the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza, you will have manual control of the amount of coffee in the cup, compared to the automatic flow control found in the other machines of the Nespresso line.

Perfect Espresso Every Time

One of the main benefits of the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza (and the other machines from Nespresso as well) is that it is very consistent with delivering the best results every time. The Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza is equipped with a high-pressure, 19-bar pump that will extract all the aromas and flavors from the special Nespresso coffee capsules to produce a wonderful cup of espresso with the smoothest golden crema. The Nespresso system is specifically designed to work with Nespresso capsules that will eliminate all the hard work with securing and grinding the best coffee beans. However, using the Nespresso D90/S1 Essenza will limit you to using only Nespresso capsules. This might seem like an issue for many people—especially the coffee elitists who believe that nothing good can come from a prepackaged container of coffee. But overall, you will save a lot of money with the Nespresso system—each cup of espresso will cost less than a dollar, which is significantly lower than the coffee shop prices.

Nespresso Essenza C91 Manual Espresso Maker, Black
311 Reviews
Nespresso Essenza C91 Manual Espresso Maker, Black
  • Compact brewing unit technology,19 bar pressure pump,thermoblock heating element
  • Manual volume control, backlit coffee buttons, easy insertion of capusle, ejection of used capsule,
  • Capsule container for 14 used capsules, 0.9 liter removable water tank
  • Drip tray water capacity
  • Power 1260 watts

Last update on 2017-03-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Check Also

Nespresso C110 CitiZ Review

Espresso is a specialty coffee beverage that very few of us would even think of …

Leave a Reply