The Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker (with Aeroccino Milk Frother) is currently available as a used item from a few sellers via Amazon. We originally wrote this review when it was a regular item featured on Amazon, and we have decided to leave it on this site as it may be of use to some.
This espresso maker and milk frother have been described as a perfect combination, and by Nespresso themselves as "the ultimate machine in modularity, simplicity, and purity."
That sounds pretty lofty, and it is quite unusual to find two distinct products being sold as a duo. But Nespresso must have their reasons for it, and they certainly stand by their decision. So let's take a look at this product pair and see if it's worthy of the praise.
|Table of Contents|
|Easy To Use Combo||Pre-Set Cup Sizes|
|How Long To Wait?||The All-Important Flavor|
|Running Costs||And The Cleaning...?|
|Features & Specs||Pros and Cons|
The Nespresso U D50 - An Easy To Use Combo
The Nespresso U D50 has been designed for ease of use. Essentially, you just press a button to make your selection, place the pod in place, and the machine, with its 19 bar pump pressure, will pierce the pod, brew the coffee and eject the used capsule into the capsule dispenser at the end. It couldn't get much simpler.
The Aeroccino milk frother, too, has a rapid, one-touch system that puts it into action preparing hot or cold froths, with or without foam. It heats the milk to around 130 degrees - not quite as hot as the coffee shop, but hot enough for nearly all home espresso drinkers.
There are two levels of froth - latte, and cappuccino - or the froth setting can be turned off. It can froth the milk while warming it, or leave it cold. It does work best with regular milk but can also take almond milk, which, naturally, won't be quite so frothy.
You can customize how the espresso maker looks. The water tank at the back, which can hold a decent 27 fluid ounces, can be rotated 180 degrees around the machine.
Pre-Set Cup Sizes Can Be Changed
The pre-set cup sizes accord to the standard Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo but if these aren't to your liking you can change them and the U D50 will remember your new settings. You simply press the appropriate cup size buttons while using the slider at the same time.
How Long Do You Have To Wait?
Delicious coffee, even from a capsule, can't be delivered instantly, of course. But this coffee maker comes pretty close. It heats up ready for use in around one to one and a half minutes. Each espresso then takes around 20 seconds.
As we've just noted, the milk frother has variable settings as to frothing and heating, so that affects the speed of delivery, but hot frothed milk generally takes around a minute, depending on its original temperature.
The All-Important Flavor
Flavor, as we all know, depends on a number of things. A clean coffee maker with no left-over grinds, fresh filtered water, and fresh, quality coffee grinds. The first two are down to us, but as far as the coffee is concerned, Nespresso choose only Grand's Cruz green coffees for their capsules, to ensure you get close to coffee shop standards.
And with seventeen varieties to choose from, as well as three cup sizes for strength adjustment, you won't have much of a problem in finding a flavor to suit your palate.
What About The Running Costs of the Nespresso U D50?
The Nespresso U D50 was designed to use Nespresso coffee capsules only. Probably the most convenient place to purchase them is at Nespresso's website, where you buy in batches of 50 and the price works out at about 60c a pod. Depending on your taste, you may find that you need two pods for each cup.
You have seventeen varieties to choose from and you receive a sample of each with your new machine. While it's possible to buy reusable filters and grind your own beans, that doesn't work out much cheaper, if at all, and the flavor is certainly inferior to that of the Nespresso pods.
Electricity consumption is normal for this kind of device, and the espresso maker has an auto off setting set for 9 minutes of non-use.
And The Cleaning . . ?
Keeping your Nespresso U D50 clean is easy. After each brew, the pod is automatically released into the capsule dispenser. A light indicates when the water tank is empty or the capsule dispenser is full.
Then you just empty the pod dispensing bin (which holds up to 12 used capsules), rinse the drip tray, and refresh the water if necessary. With the Aeroccino milk frother, you just rinse the inside of it after each use and make sure you don't get the base wet.
Some coffee makers have a nasty habit of the spout dripping after each brew and eventually filling the drip tray, but the U D50 has a retracting outlet, so that problem is avoided.
Check out this short video showing an expert using the Nespresso U D50 to make a delicious espresso:
Features and Specifications of the Nespresso U D50:
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.5 x 9.8 inches ; 6.6 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 13 pounds
- Item model number: A+D50-US-BK-NE
- Water tank: 27 ounces
- Cup sizes: 3 - Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo
- Uses Nespresso coffee capsules only
- 19 bar pump pressure
- One touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth
- Light indicator warning for empty tank or full capsule dispenser
- Capsule dispenser holds 12 used capsules
- Auto off: 9 minutes
Pros and Cons
- Stylish and sleek
- Very easy to use
- Fast brewing and milk frothing
- Great tasting coffee
- Easy cleaning
- You're restricted to Nespresso coffee capsules - a little pricey
- Milk frother heats to 130 degrees, less than at the coffee shop
The vast majority of reviewers of Amazon give the U D50 the full five stars. The average rating is about mid-way between four stars and five from over 280 reviewers, at the time of writing.
What users like most about this combo is the excellent tasting coffee it produces, and how easy it is to use. Its speed and sheer good looks also count for a great deal.
Some have mentioned that the pods are rather expensive. However, most users seem happy about that aspect, and you have to bear in mind that you're paying for great tasting coffee with every brew.
Overall, it's appreciated as delivering a great espresso every time, with little to no mess to clear up afterward.
Nespresso made this espresso maker and milk frother to be compact and simple to use. But it also had to produce coffee that its users would love, and, judging from most of the reviews, they do. That's the Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother for you.