Krups XP 4030 Espresso Machine
Krups has the Krups XP4030 Espresso Machine that is a nice entry level pump-driven espresso machine for around $150. Krups designed the unit to be very competitive with a strong feature set and a classic design.
The Krups XP4030 comes with three portafilter inserts that will hold a single, double and an ESE espresso pod. This will give you some nice flexibility to make what you want. The unit has a 1200 watt Thermoblock heater and a 15 bar pump to crank out high quality espressos in short order. The 32-ounce water reservoir should keep you going for a while, cranking out about 15+ espressos before refilling. Krups calls their steam wand the Perfect Froth steam system to mix air and steam for foolproof frothing.
I typically use my Pod machines with either the Lavazza Grand Crema ESE Pods or if you want to try out a little variety to start out or to re-explore different espressos, try a ESE Espresso Pod Super Sampler .
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Posted by Scott Martin at November 8, 2007 7:09 AM