Great espresso requires significant investments of time, money, and effort, as well as the willingness to buy fresh beans and the scheduling to use them quickly. We'll have a guide on that soon, but if you know it's not gonna happen for you, keep reading.

The Nespresso Pixie (chrome, aluminum red/blue/silver) is down near price lows today, has the smallest footprint of the Nespresso line, and is arguably the most attractive. It uses 19 bars of pressure to push water through the coffee (15 is the standard minimum for great espresso), and it all happens with the press of one button and essentially no cleanup. Nespresso has a growing selection of coffee varieties to choose from, and third-party coffee roasters have gotten into the mix as well.

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