What is the Best Espresso Machine for an Office?

Very often I find someone who asks me, what is a good espresso machine for their office? Some of them want the hows and whys, while others simply want a straightforward recommendation. That’s why I decided to write this article to cater to both types of office espresso machine seekers.

Let’s go into the points of a good espresso machine for an office first; if you want to skip this just scroll down to my recommendations.
An office can make do with any coffee maker but if it wants an espresso machine, it is looking for something that is:
  • Not expensive or too high end
  • Easy to use
  • Mess-free and easy to clean
  • Little or no maintenance
  • Doesn’t take up a lot of space
Most important of all, the espresso machine must make a good strong cup of espresso drink fast, to let the office worker get back to his job without delay and with a boost of new-found energy.
Does any espresso machine fit the bill? You bet! Here are my top pick espresso machines for an office.
Nespresso CitiZ


This compact and stylish-looking espresso machine is something your office must-have. Using Nespresso pods (which are easily available online or in stores), the machine makes one serving each time, whenever and only if you need it. Everything is automatic except for filling up the water tank; you just put it in the pod, place the cup and press the button for espresso shot or lungo.
For frothed or steamed milk, simply fill up the milk frother to the indicated level and press the button. You can’t go wrong with this machine because everything is such a no-brainer!
Cleaning up only consists of emptying the removable used capsule container for every 11 drinks made; and if you like, running a clear shot without the pod.


The Nespresso C100-US-Aero works similarly to the Citiz, the only difference is in the design. The milk frother is separated, allowing more flexibility in storage. Its water tank is smaller though, only about one-third of the size of Citiz’s 1-liter tank.
On the bright side, the C100-US-Aero can keep up to 14 used capsules, and it is cheaper than the Citiz. For a smaller-sized staff, this could be your choice of espresso machine for the office.