Review: Panasonic NC-ZA1 Espresso Maker

I am a lover of coffee – mochas, cappuccinos, lattes….cold and hot. It may also have to do with the fact that I need the extra caffeine to get through the day (when I am running after the children) and the night (when of course, I blog!)

So I was quite happy to review this Panasonic NC-ZA1 Espresso Maker at my home for a period of two weeks.

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How did we fare?

Well, gadget impaired that I am (without the coffee), it took me some time to set it up and there were spills of milk and water before I got it right so I could enjoy a Barista style coffee in the comfort of my home.

One thing I did find that if you switch it all off, it asks you to begin the process of cleaning before you make a cup which I found a bit tedious.

However, if left on, you can make endless coffees without worrying about running the system through with water. Which is good!

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Now to the type of coffees that you can have – and this is pretty much everything – cappuccino, mocha, latte macchiato – all at the touch of a screen!!

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Choose your cup size, get the milk ready, add the beans or the powder and you are all set to go. Once you have done it a few times (and tasted the coffee) – you are pretty much an expert. Just touch the screen to start and sit back and smell the coffee (I love the smell of coffee brewing, don’t you?)

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Now to the nitty gritty – what I liked/didn’t like…

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I loved…

  • Choice of coffees and cup sizes – it meant I could have an extra large cup of cappuccino or mocha
  • Adjusting the level of froth on the top of it – excellent for getting creative and making designs (or maybe to give a subtle message like draw a present or a shoe or a handbag?) Great idea isn’t it?
  • Adjusting the strength of the coffee and grinding strength too
  • Easy to use touch screen
  • Memory  function – to recreate your perfect cup every time
  • Grinder  – to get that extra taste of freshly ground beans
  • Compact design –  it all fits into a neat box shape so it is space saving
  • Easy cleaning – drawers to collect

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I didn’t like…

  • Having to clean the machine each time I switched on after disconnecting it from the power.
  • Its weight – it is kind of heavy if you need to shift it around.
  • The price!!

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And if you thought the machine is only for adults, well you are wrong – the children loved it too. No, I was not filling them up on cups of caffeine to make them more hyperactive than they already are. They just loved the frothy milk. Definitely one way of getting them to drink milk! They enjoyed having the froth on the top and of course having a little design on it every day.

So, why don’t I have one at home? Well, put very simply it costs £899.99 Reason enough?

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Yes, this machine is probably not suited to the pocket of the everyday person. It does have a price that comes attached with it. Having said that, it does look great on a kitchen top, it makes wonderful cups of coffee, it gets the children drinking milk, it would definitely be something to boast about and if you are spending money outside everyday in a coffee house buying your cappuccino or mocha – then why would you rather not just invest in one and enjoy shop style coffee with your feet up and watching your favourite programme on telly!

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Disclaimer: I was sent the above coffee machine for review on loan for 2 weeks. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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5 thoughts on “Review: Panasonic NC-ZA1 Espresso Maker

  1. It was a nice review and I am looking forward to buy a new espresso machine to my coffee shop. I know about this machine, NC ZA1 is Panasonic’s first espresso machine. I think it is an automatic machine that even froths and pours milk. It also looks great in design as well and it is very compact too. As you said, touch screen interface makes the machine more easy to use and you can select which drink you want to make. Anyone who is looking for the best espresso machine, the above one will be a nice option.

  2. Thanks for the great review, this looks a pretty reliable espresso maker. However, it it okay to just leave it running everyday without plugging or turning it off? I’m just wondering if it’s okay to do that to avoid having to always clean it up before using it. It’s going to take time having to clean it up every use.

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