You can save a massive £200 on the Nespresso Gran Maestria coffee machine with John Lewis’s Black Friday flash sale. But what did our experts think when we tested it?
The Nespresso Gran Maestria coffee machine is sleek, stylish and comes with an instant cup warmer – great for keeping your espresso hotter for longer.
The Aeroccino milk frother allows you to choose between velvety or dense foam so you can make your cappuccinos exactly how you like them.
This coffee machine is made by both Magimix and Krups and normally costs around £400 but for today only has been reduced to £200 in the John Lewis Black Friday flash sale.
Nespresso coffee machine reviews
The Nespresso Gran Maestria sounds like the perfect coffee machine, but does it really deliver delicious espressos every time? How effective is the cup warmer, and is this high-end coffee machine easy to use?
If you are a coffee connoisseur and want to ensure you get perfect coffee every time, make sure you check out our Nespresso Gran Maestria coffee machine review to find out how well it scored before you invest.
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How Which? tests coffee machines
Every time we test a coffee machine, our in-house experts meet with Giles Hilton, a member of the Speciality Coffee Association, to look at how well each coffee machine works and what the espressos and cappuccinos it produces taste like. Our tests assess:
- Noise and temperature – we measure the noisiness of each coffee machine in decibels to ensure your machine won’t wake the whole household if you want an early morning coffee. We also check how hot the espresso is with a digital thermometer – coffee should be served between 60°C and 88°C.
- Espresso quality – Giles’s expertise means that he can tell the difference between espressos produced by different machines using the same type of coffee, and he is able to judge how well the machine has extracted the coffee. As well as taste, we also assess the aroma and the crema (the golden foam on the surface of the coffee).
- Milk frothing – when coffee machines have a milk frother, we look at how well they steam and froth milk. Our tests measure how long it takes before steam emerges from the steam pipe, how long it takes for the milk to reach 70°C, and how well the frothed milk combines with the espresso to make a cappuccino.
Black Friday deal of the week
For today only (Friday 29 November 2013), the Nespresso Gran Maestria is £199.96 at John Lewis.
If Black Friday has been and gone by the time you are reading this, John Lewis’s normal price of £399.95 is still the cheapest we’ve seen at a major retailer. However, we’ve also spotted the coffee machine for £378 at Go-Electrical.co.uk.
You can also currently get a £70 Nespresso voucher if you buy any of its coffee machines that have a milk frother, or a £40 voucher if you buy an espresso-only machine, no matter where you purchase from – visit Nespresso.com for more details.
If you’ve spotted this coffee machine for less elsewhere, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All prices correct at 10am on Friday 29 November 2013.