Capacity: 0.6 litres
Yes, friends, Xiaomi makes coffee pots too! You may have heard of this Chinese brand because of its mobile phones and other technology, but the truth is that since 2017 the firm has been a significant player in the coffee machine market. And of course, it does so by targeting the broadest segment of the public: the Nespresso consumer. It is where the Xiaomi capsule coffee machine comes from.
The Xiaomi Scishare is a machine that is compatible with Nespresso capsules, and this compatibility is undoubtedly the feature that has helped it most to get its head into the market – already very saturated, moreover. The machine was launched in 2017 for $58 (derisory) and is currently more expensive, although it varies quite a bit (depending on the moment).
It is manufactured and shipped directly from China. This fact helps it to compete with other possible rivals in the industry because you also can buy the Xiaomi coffee maker from Amazon; it has an Amazon guarantee.
Anyway, let’s get to know its virtues and defects in more detail. However, we will tell you in advance that it is a capsule coffee maker whose popularity in our country is not aligned with its exciting -and innovative- features.
Xiaomi Scishare coffee maker: Review
The Xiaomi Scishare Coffee Maker is characterised by its premium features, some of which are unprecedented in other capsule coffee machines on the market, at a very competitive price.
Not only the possibility to enjoy all the Nespresso compatible capsules but, for example, the ability to customise the size of each cup we prepare in a much more precise way than in a Nespresso coffee maker.
The Xiaomi Scishare coffee maker has a lever on the top, which allows you to choose from eight pre-defined levels or sizes of coffee. We can see it better in this picture:
This way, the machine makes the coffee with more or less water, depending on your choice.
If the lever is on the left side, it means that you will make a shorter and, therefore, more intense coffee.
The lever on the right means a very long coffee or a softer one.
Indeed, those who are most knowledgeable in the field will have found out that this is a beverage selection system very similar to the popular Play&Select of Dolce Gusto automatic coffee machines.
Beyond these details, the Xiaomi coffee maker performs very well in espresso extraction: it uses a 19 bar pressure pump (like all Nespresso machines) and is easy to operate.
We also like its practical design, with a very narrow and compact floor plan, adapted to modern kitchens – where there is not precisely enough space – and the container for used capsules, which prevents us from having to take out and throw away every capsule we use.
It also comes with 40 capsules as a gift of its own brand Scishare, which is always a thankful thing to get the point of the coffee maker in the first preparations.
The Scishare capsules are practically identical to the Nespresso format, hence their compatibility.
As you can see in the photographs, the differences in dimensions are not even a millimetre:
Xiaomi Scishare: General Features
- Nespresso-compatible capsule coffee maker.
- 19 bar pressure pump.
- White plastic body (also available in other colours).
- 0.6 litre transparent and removable water tank.
- Automatic shut-off after 15 minutes of inactivity.
- LED illumination.
- You can customise the size (volume) of the coffee, depending on whether you like it longer or shorter. The smallest is 15 ml, and the largest is 85 ml. There are up to 8 intermediate levels.
- Adjustable drip tray in various positions (to adapt to cups or glasses of different heights).
- Includes 40 capsules as a gift.
- It has a container where used capsules are deposited. The coffee maker ejects them there automatically; we only have to empty it from time to time.
- Power consumption: 1200 watts.
- Approximate dimensions: 34 x 10 x 26 cms.
- Weight of the machine: 2.87 kg.
Advantages of the Xiaomi Scishare
- Its incredible value for money.
- That it is compatible with the Nespresso capsule format.
- It is a compact machine.
Disadvantages of the Xiaomi Scishare
- The water tank is very small, 0.6 litres very fair.
Xiaomi coffee maker for Nespresso: how it works
If you’re wondering how to use the Xiaomi Scishare capsule coffee maker, here’s a video where you can see it at work in more detail:
Where to buy a Xiaomi Scishare coffee maker?
Luckily, it is possible to buy the Xiaomi coffee maker from Amazon. Although the Xiaomi Scishare coffee machine has not had much impact, it is a fascinating machine: it is compatible with the Nespresso capsule system, which opens many doors for it. It has features that are not typically seen in the industry.
It’s a bit small, yes (for better or worse), but in terms of value for money, it’s one of the best we’ve seen on the market recently.
The closest alternatives to this Xiaomi capsule coffee maker are, of course, Nespresso’s coffee makers, especially the cheap models such as the Inissia or the Essenza Mini. Still, the truth is that they fall short of this Xiaomi Scishare in terms of performance.