What is it?

A budget range capsule coffee machine.

Good points?

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The Essenza Mini, as the name suggests, is a compact machine measuring a slimline 33cm by 8cm, allowing it to be placed in most kitchens without dominating the landscape of the counter surface.

Aimed at those who like espressos and lungos (Italian-style long coffees), the set-up and operation requires no significant technical skills as everything comes pre-assembled. Simply fill up the water tank, insert a capsule and press one of two cup-size buttons (these can also be programmed to specific dimensions).

The machine heats water quickly and efficiently so there's no waiting for the kettle to boil. There's also an eco mode that powers the machine down after three minutes left idle.

For summer there are iced coffee options, including the limited-edition Intenso on Ice and Leggero on Ice.

Bad points?

While ideal for dainty espresso-sized cups, the drip tray may need to be removed for larger mugs as the clearance is fairly low and this can lead to unwanted leakage.

Those seeking an authentic coffee house experience may crave a milk frother such as the Nepresso Aeroccino 3, which does add around £50 to the price.

Best for ...

Anyone who enjoys a decent brew without having to relinquish vital kitchen space for an industrial-sized coffee machine or who balks at shelling out for a daily barista-made caffeine hit.

Avoid if ...

Instant coffee straight from the jar is more your speed.

Score: 9/10.

Nespresso by Krups Essenza Mini, £89.99 (nespresso.com)