This coffee machine takes 10 seconds to use — and saves me $1,000 a year

It brews superb coffee and gets 4.4 stars on Amazon.
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By Alessandra Bulow

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After buying a cup of coffee every morning for years, I realized that I really needed to reel in my spending and figure out a more cost-effective way to get my weekday caffeine fix without resorting to the not great (but free!) coffee at my office.

I was throwing down $4 on each cup, five times a week — that's over $1,000 a year. A few years ago, a friend from Austria — they really know coffee over there — introduced me to a single-serve coffee maker that could produce a super high-quality cup of coffee in less than one minute. I was dubious when he handed me the drink at his home, but I took a sip and was blown away by how good it tasted.

Nespresso Pixie Original Espresso Coffee Machine

Nespresso's Pixie coffee machine has been a game changer in my weekday morning routine and I'm not the only one who is into this sleek device. It now boasts an impressive 4.4-star rating on Amazon. Here are five reasons I think my coffee maker is the best out there.

1. The machine is effortless.

All I have to do is put a pod in the machine, press a button and it's done. It can create an espresso or what's called a "lunghi," which tastes a lot like regular American coffee — but way better, honestly. A "lungo" is a long espresso, or an Americano coffee, because it's made with an espresso shot plus extra hot water.

Check out the crema on top of that coffee.Alessandra Bulow / TODAY

2. My coffee is ready in 10 seconds.

Making espresso in my old, classic Italian-style Moka machine takes about 10 to 12 minutes — and a bunch of elbow grease. My drip-maker for a classic American cup of joe takes even longer. My brewing cone for pour-over coffee requires me to boil water — and it can't make espresso. And my French press needs about 20 minutes to steep. Plus, it makes too much coffee and I find it's best reserved for fancier brunches.

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In this Goldilocks-like coffee story, my Nespresso machine is just right for busy (ahem, OK lazy) weekday mornings.

The sleek design can make any ugly countertop look a little chicer too.Alessandra Bulow / TODAY

3. Clean up is easy with Nespresso pods.

Each empty, used pod gets deposited in a hidden bin within the machine. The machine also comes with a pre-paid envelope to recycle the empty pods so I have slightly less guilt about waste — which is always a good thing.

4. It comes with samples.

I got to taste almost every coffee in the tester set that came with my machine, which helped me find my absolute favorite flavor, Roma. Roma is considered a pretty light roast, but I really like it because the flavor sort of lingers after I've taken a sip.

Nespresso Roma Coffee Pods

Not everyone has the same taste when it comes to coffee roasts, but there are 25 flavors total, so there are a lot of options to choose from.

Nespresso Coffee Variety Pack

Every now and then, I also like to swing by the Nespresso store in my neighborhood to taste a flavor that's new to me. And I can easily pick up more capsules any time I need a refill.

5. I don't need to upgrade it.

As with any appliance, newer models are constantly getting rolled out. The newer Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee machine became available since I got my original Pixie. But I'm so pleased with mine — from the important stuff (like how well it makes my coffee), to the superficial stuff (like how it looks) — that I can't think of a single reason why I should change what I've got going on right now.

A lot of people opt to get a Nespresso milk frother too, which I've never tried. But I find that microwaving 1 cup of milk for a minute, then using my handheld frother, creates a lovely amount of foam for a creamy cappuccino or professional-grade latte at home.

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