Capresso 121 Ultima Espresso Machine Arrives for Review at SingleServeEspresso.com
We are pretty happy to have the Capresso Ultima arrive for review here at SingleServeEspresso.com. The Capresso Ultima is not your usual espresso machine. In fact its a bit of a revolution. The Ultima allows you to easily use ground espresso in a machine that fills and tamps the coffee for you. After you are done, it ejects the puck into a waste bin.... all with the turn of a crank. This eliminates a lot of dirty steps that many users have confided in me that they actually hate. For some, filling, tamping and then dumping the spent grounds is a total pain. The Ultima can take anywhere between 7 g and 15 grams of coffee, which should be plenty for most potent espressos. So, you add your ground espresso, rotate the crank half way, brew your espresso, then rotate the crank to the original position to eject the spent grounds and get it ready for the next espresso. Not bad.
The unit can hold 53 ounces of water in its reservoir to make plenty of espressos before re-filling. Of course its got a frothing wand to crank out a few Lattes or Cappuccinos while you are at it. It also has the ability to change the setting for frothed milk or simply steamed milk, by changing the amount of air it injects into the milk while heating it. The unit has an 18 bar pump driven system operating with a 1200 watt heating coil to help make excellent espressos fast.
I'll be running it through its paces over the coming weeks, and I'll let you know what this new machine is like.
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Posted by Scott Martin at September 21, 2006 9:33 AM
Interesting. Sounds like a superauto without the grinder. It sure would have the plus of not being held back by the quality of the grinder (if the user has a good grinder) and probably it'll be more reliable than a true superauto because it sounds like the load and tamp mechanism is basically manually activated by the handle. I do wonder though if it represents that much of a time savings over just loading the coffee into a portafilter and tamping it manually. You still have to load the coffee into the machine and turn the crank, which can't be more than few seconds shorter (if that) compared to loading a portafilter and tamping. As for avoiding mess, the really mess with ground coffee is dealing with the grinder cleanup, not the dumping and rinsing of the portafilter. Bottom line is I think this machine will live or die by the quality of the shot it produces, and also on how good it does with frothing milk (many superautos are poor at that). I'll be interested in your comments on those points. Darryl