Minimalism with Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini

Minimalism with Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini

This is almost a first for Nespresso, which has chosen to adapt an existing model, the Nespresso Essenza, to the new Nespresso Essenza an ultra-compact format. This is how the Nespresso Essenza Mini coffeemaker was born, the measurements of which are revealed with pleasure.

However, it is legitimate to ask whether all this minimalism is not going to harm the quality of the coffee. Is it easy to use? Is it a coffeemaker that only makes espressos? Find out right away to find out if you really want to buy the Essenza Mini.

Nespresso essenza mini : technical presentation

Minimalism with Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini

So let’s start with the most important thing: the dimensions of the Essenza Mini. It is 20.4 cm high, 33 cm deep and 8.4 cm wide. And it weighs 2.3 kg. I’ve read that it’s easy to put it on a shelf, but you should know that’s not true.

The reservoir of the coffeemaker is 0.6 l and it is removable, but it is strictly positioned on the back of the coffeemaker. It must therefore be easily accessible so that making coffee does not become a chore.

Also, the controls are on top of the coffee maker. It is therefore impossible to slide it into a shelf. On the other hand, it can be totally wedged between a food processor and a wall.

The pressure is the same as for all Nespresso coffeemakers tank: 19 bars. This guarantees that the capsule will be opened and the coffee will be creamy.

Two sizes of coffee are available: espresso (40 ml) or long coffee (110 ml). And preheating and preparation are particularly short. So it takes 25 seconds to preheat and 45 seconds to serve a long coffee. In addition, there is no preheating time needed between two coffees served in succession.

Finally, last technical point, the coffee maker goes on standby after 3 minutes of inactivity and then out of service after 9 minutes.

Comment utiliser la Nespresso Essenza Mini ?

Minimalism with Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini

Always make sure that there is enough water in the tank, as there is no warning light to warn you. Then choose your cup and capsule. The base for the cups is removable so you can slip a mug in easily.

Lift the cover on the top of the unit to reveal the slide your capsule and after pre-heating, press the button for the desired length of coffee.

Remember to eject the used capsule immediately. A small receiver is included, but it can only receive 6 capsules (officially, you might as well empty it when there are 5 to avoid problems).

As with all coffee makers, the coffee extraction is quite noisy, but does not exceed 57 dB, which is rather discreet after all.

Nespresso essence mini avis critique

Minimalism with Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini

The main interest of this coffeemaker is its format which allows you to enjoy Nespresso flavours without cluttering up or trimming the equipment in your kitchen or office.

Because at every level it’s a real Nespresso coffeemaker, in its design, its operation, its simplicity.

I just think it’s a shame that the simplicity didn’t include an indicator light for the tank, because you can’t necessarily see it clearly when it’s stuck in a mini kitchen.

How to care for the Essenza Mini coffeemaker

One of the essential elements to increase the life span of the coffee maker is the descaling. To know how to descale an essenza mini, you will need the manual. Because although it may be easy, it’s hard to remember from one time to the next. It is based on a precise combination of keys. Videos are also available on the Nespresso website.

However, there is no light to indicate when it is time to descale. It is up to you to plan to do it about twice a year.

Another thing to remember: dispose of used capsules regularly. On the one hand, this ensures that the coffeemaker works properly and on the other hand, it limits the growth of bacteria.

Finally the outside of the coffeemaker is easy to clean with a sponge and removable components se also wash very easily.

Laquelle choisir : Nespresso mini essence or inissia ?

The choice between these two coffeemakers should be made primarily for personal reasons, as they are very similar.

Ainsi la Nespresso Inissia is different in three ways:

  • Its design is different and it is 4 cm wider, 3 cm higher and 1 cm lower in depth;
  • its price, it’s cheaper;
  • its tank, it is very slightly larger.

How to buy a cheap Essenza Mini?

Minimalism with Krups Nespresso Essenza Mini

The price of the Essenza Mini coffeemaker is between €80 and €115. The first thing you need to do to buy it with a discount is to compare price by color. The white coffeemaker is more expensive than the black one. A total of five colours are available (ebony black, white, red, green and grey).

Then, it is better to go to important and reputable sites, as they can negotiate the prices themselves. This is the case for example of CDiscount, Amazon, Darty, Boulanger and others.

Finally, if you want to buy it with an even bigger promotion, then you have to wait for the sales to get your Essenza Mini or on Black Friday.

The plusses:

  • ultra compact
  • turns off automatically
  • preheating in 25 seconds
  • 5 colors available
  • discreet

The least:

  • no indicator light for descaling
  • no indicator light for the water level


The Inissia coffeemaker was a first attempt to offer a compact coffeemaker. However, it did not have the sobriety and overall impression of minimalism that the Essenza Mini coffeemaker offers.

Here everything is as simple as possible from use to maintenance. It’s hard to find anything to reproach him for, apart, of course, from a hint of fantasy!