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Product Description

So easy, anyone can do it! The Nespresso U Espresso Capsule machine has features that all kinds of coffee drinkers have come to know and love. It is simple to insert the capsule of your choice into the machine, and the Nespresso U takes over from there doing all of the hard work. It automatically punctures the capsule and uses 19 BARS of pressure to extract and release the perfect shot.Two programmable buttons for ristretto and espresso make customizing your cup a breeze. Optimum flow and distribution of the water through the pre-packed capsule ensures consistency and deliciousness in every cup.

Features and Functionality of the Nespresso U

  • Smart Sensors - Warning light for low water or full capsule capture container
  • Sturdy Design - Plastic and stainless steel caseworks.
  • Speedy - Able to reach brewing temperature in 25 seconds flat, with a faster thermoblock and optimized water circuit.
  • Patented Single-Serve Coffee Capsules - Nespresso's speciality coffee capsule system is designed to balance the ideal flow of water through the coffee grounds -- no-mess, simple, delicious coffee every time. Used capsules automatically eject.
  • Smart Power - Automatically shuts off after 9 minutes of idle time and then takes 25-30 seconds to get ready to roll again
  • Magnetic Drip Tray - Drip Tray/Cup Holder removes for easy cleaning or to accommodate taller cups.
  • Adjustable Water Tank - The modular water reservoir swings from right to left for maximum convenience.
  • Tasty Capsule Coffee - The drinks made by this machine are among some of the best flavored of capsule makers.
  • Earth Friendlier - Nespresso capsules are constructed of aluminum (not plastic) and are recyclable unlike other capsule/pod brewing systems.
  • Looking Good - The U Espresso Machine stands at 14.5 inches of high style
  • Stock On Hand - While Nespresso offers 30 premium quality blends in their capsules you need to remember to stock up. You can't use your own beans with this patented system.
Ease of Use 5
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 3
How Does it Compare? The U has similar functionality and footprint to the Pixie, however its modular water tank swings from right to left and it is taller.
Tips and Tricks You can't run to the corner store for more capsules, so make sure to stock up on your favorites through the Nespresso Club. Flat rate shipping of $6.95 with guaranteed delivery in 2 business days throughout the continental US!

Additional Information

Manufacturer Nespresso
Width 4.5 inches
Depth 14.5 inches
Height 9.8 inches
Volts 120V
Programmability Yes
Case Material Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Reservoir Size 27 oz
Steam Wand Type None
Cup Warmer No
Warm Up: Brew Time 25 seconds
Boiler Design ThermoBlock
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On No
Material Plastic

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What is the height of the Nespresso U spout? I'm wondering how tall a class can fit under it without the drip-base in place.
A shopper on Dec 10, 2013
Best Answer: The Nespresso U can fit a cup about 5 3/8 inches high under the brew spout if you remove the drip tray.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 11, 2013
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Is this the D50?
John P on Jan 9, 2015
Best Answer: This entirely depends on the color. The D50 is only available in black or orange, while the C50 is the gray and cream colors. While they have a slightly different shaped dispensing spout, they operate exactly the same and will produce identical cups/shots. Unfortunately, this has been discontinued, so we don't have them available!
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Whats Your Opinion on refilling used Nespresso Capsules with any of ground beans?
Garth B on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: This is not something we have tried with the Nespresso pods and not something I would recommend, unfortunately.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 12, 2014
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Which pods does the Nespresso U take?
Ryan L on Apr 18, 2014
Best Answer: The Nespresso U uses the Nespresso capsules that are for their standard machines, not their Vertuoline.
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Where can I buy the pods?
Crystal S on Feb 24, 2014
Best Answer: Capsules must be purchased directly through Nespresso, either online or in a very limited number of Nespresso shops in the US. Other retailers may sell their machines, but the Nespresso company wants to maintain the integrity of their capsules and thus the pods are sold through their company only.
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Does the Nespresso U come with any pods?
A shopper on Nov 25, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, any of the Nespresso machines come with a selection of their capsules, which is generally 16 pods so you can sample a wide variety of their coffee blends.
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Nespresso Coffees

Capsules can be ordered directly from Nespresso via phone (800) 562-1465 or online

Warranty Information for the Nespresso U Espresso Capsule Machine

What it Covers:

Nespresso espresso machines and milk frothers

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Nespresso
Warranty Contact Information: 800-562-1465
Notes: Nespresso's excellent service includes a loaner machine of the same type sent to you with the return label for broken equipment. Once your machine is repaired, it is returned and includes a label to return the loaner.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? No


great espressoReview by coffeeann
This is my 3rd pod machine that I've owned. The first 2 being Keurig and CBTL. Here are my comparisons.

1- Like the CBTL, Nespresso U uses a high bar pressure for espresso.
Nespresso U uses 19 bar which is higher than the CBTL, which uses 15 for espresso. The Keurig that I owned did not have an espresso option.

Winner- Nespresso

2-Like the CBTL, Nespresso U performs a self clean.
The differences are the Nespresso U does the self clean by passing water internally which then drains inside to the drain cup reservoir, automatically ejects the capsule into the holding reservior after brewing. All this is done in a few seconds and is very quiet.
The CBTL does the self cleaning by passing water to the outside of the machine and into both the internal reservoir and outside drain cup.
The capsule of the CBTL that is used doesn't automatically get dropped into the holding reservoir. That is manually done when the machine is opened to place a new capsule in, whereas the Nespresso U is dropped automatically by the machine after the coffee is made.

Winner- Nespresso

3-Nespresso uses 19 bar to achieve great espresso. The only other machine at this writing to use that much is Starbucks newest Verismo model. CBTL uses 15 bar.

4- The U wins out overall for simplicity and no frills appearance in design , size, and color range. I really appreciate the movable water storage tank and the magnetized cup holder. The water tank is a good size for refills if you make espresso once or twice a day, is easily removed for cleaning and has a tight seal on the bottom to fit snuggly with the machine.

5- Nespresso capsules are delish, but you can also find generic brand capsules online for both espresso and lungo that DO fit Nespresso machines and are listed as such to fit Nespresso. The generic capsules are made with plastic v.s. aluminum of the Nespresso. Both will arrive 2 days mail.

6- Last, Seattle Coffee Gear is great with reviews on equipment- Thanks to Kat and company, and their shipping was great on this product. Also was well packaged. (Posted on 7/22/2013)
awesomeness in a small packageReview by ann
For the convenience of pod coffee, espresso in particular, the Nespresso U meets the mark.

Great small foot print for a small kitchen counter, and simple elegance in appearance. Also the magnet cup holder, movable water tank, and 3 cup size choices makes this a winner.

To see it in action, check out Gail's video here at Seattle Coffee Gear.

At the Nespresso web site, there are a great number of coffee capsule choices to choose from. The sampling that comes with the machine is a good start.

The information packet has easy to follow instructions and the machine is extremely easy to use and is of high quality. (Posted on 7/15/2013)
Super convenient and addictingReview by Bradonli
I've never been a big espresso drinker before I got the U as an impulse buy in a William Sonoma. It came with sakes of their then 16 different pods (they've since added 3 new flavored ones), and I went through all 16 in 3 days - even the decaf ones taste good. I've since tapered off a bit, thanks to the relatively high cost and inconvenience of having to order at least 50 more capsules (the minimum order qty on the web site) every 2 weeks. I do love it though. As an engineer, I can appreciate a good design, and I don't see any flaws with this one. It's simple, clean and small. The only messes happen when I'm so brain dead that I drop the capsule in and close the lid (which starts the process) without putting a cup under the spout. I highly recommend this product, keeping in mind I've never really drank much espresso before this machine, so I don't have much to compare it to:) (Posted on 7/6/2013)
Lukewarm espressoReview by ChristyC
I really wanted this to work, after having read great reviews for this machine as to convenience and taste. The convenience and taste aspects are definitely true - really easy to make, no cleanup, and great tasting espresso. But, the coffee does not come out of the machine hot. I took several measurements between the espresso and lungo brews (I don't use the smallest ristretto brew) and they ranged between 120-130 F. I like my espresso at 180 F. Adding hot milk will help bring up the temp, bu if you are someone who drinks espresso sans milk or cream, you will not enjoy this. You end up having to throw your espresso in the microwave for 20 seconds - definitely inconvenient! (Posted on 2/17/2013)

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