Krups XP 4030 Espresso Machine

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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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October 23, 2007

Ascaso DR.116 Dream Espresso Machine

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The Dream Versatile espresso and cappuccino machine is a solidly built pump driven espresso machine that might just be the espresso machine of your dreams. The Retro look covers the modern capabilities of the machine.

It is able to brew from both ESE pods and ground coffee utilizing two different brass filter holder. The 44-ounce water reservoir feeds the 16-bar pump that flows through a 900-watt heater to deliver brew temperature water to the grounds. I like the fact that the boiler and piping are brass, and that the operation is classic; thermometer dial, and easy flip switches. It has a steam wand that is driven by its own thermostat, and is controlled with a dial.

The Ascaso DR.116 Dream Espresso Machine is available at Starbucks and Amazon.

The Asco DR.116 Dream Machine is also available in more than TEN Other Colors at Amazon

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October 22, 2007

La Pavoni 8-cup Chrome Espresso EPC-8 Machine

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Interested in a little classic expression of the Espresso roots? Well, a manual, lever style machine may just be what you want to pull your espresso shots. This La Pavoni 8-cup Chrome espresso machine will boil your water for you, but you do the rest. The heavily chromed beauty allows you to tamp your ground espresso, and then hand pull the heated water through the ground coffee puck. Classically designed. The machine is 12 by 7 inches in size (with the handle lowered) and comes with a tamper, screen, screen holder, measuring ladle, and cappuccino attachment, as well as complete operating instructions and a ten-minute video.

At La Pavoni 8-cup Chrome Espresso EPC-8 Machine

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October 15, 2007

Old World Cafe Style Espresso Machines for Home

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So, if you are looking for that Euro café feel at home, you can always try out one of these in your house; the Mini Verticale Elektra espresso makers are pure Euro eye candy. Not everyone can get one of these to fit in on their countertops, but if you have the need, the desire, the space and a few grand, you are there.

They come in metal, brass and copper finishes, so that you can emulate that café of your dreams.

Via Slippery Brick

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October 9, 2007

Typhoon Red Moka Pot

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Need to make a statement with that moka pot sitting on the counter top? Well the Typhoon Red Moka Pot may just be the bright “Good Morning” wake-up call that you are looking for. The 3-cup size is about enough for a regular sized cup of coffee if you like to cut it with milk, or several shots of espresso. While I generally like to use a pump-driven espresso maker at home, I love moka pots for their ability to bring easy and high quality coffee on the road with me.

Typhoon Red Moka Pot at Amazon

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October 2, 2007

Refrigerator with in-door Espresso Maker

whirlpoolespresso.jpgNow here’s a refrigerator that would be right at home in the SingleServeEspresso.com kitchen, the new side-by-side refrigerator that has a built-in espresso machine in the door. Of course, there is a water filter so that your espresso tastes great. The unit can dispense espresso from pods and hot water; no real word on its true capabilities as an espresso maker. Let’s hope that they put as much work into designing the espresso maker as they did the refrigerator; I am not so sure you’ll be happy with a broken espresso maker in the middle of your refrigerator door, right?

The Whirlpool Espresso Maker Refrigerator is coming to the UK in 2008.

More at Whirlpool UK

Via Appliancist

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September 24, 2007

Big Factory Cafe Macchina

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What a great look at a new espresso machine; the Pierre Ittner Designed machine feels fun and fanciful, right out of a Dr Suess book. The translation appears to say that the unit starts with coffee whole bean and milk to deliver your favorite espresso drink easily using its touchscreen. The unit has a ceramic grinder and water filtration to help deliver high quality espresso...

I think The Cat in the Hat should deliver each and every one of these.

More at Pierre Ittner Designs

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September 18, 2007

Super Automatic Espresso Machine Cleaner

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Ok, so the shine is off the super-automatic and you’ve pumped through a few hundred of your favorite drinks through your machine and while the drinks are still awesome, you really do need to clean the machine more than just emptying out the spend grounds bin and wiping the milk off the steam wand…. Mineral deposits can accumulate in the system and either clog up the machine or at least make things taste bad with off crazy off flavors. On top of that, residual coffee oils, that age and can go rancid can also affect how your espressos are tasting these days.

So while some machines come with a few tablets tht are good for one cleaning, you can also try out Joe Glo espresso machine cleaner. It cleans your machine up by removing those coffee oils and helps with mineral deposits too.

Joe Glo Espresso Machine Cleaner
at Amazon

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September 17, 2007

Jura capresso Impressa S9 Avantgarde

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With its beautiful lines, the Jura Capresso S9 Avantgarde is sure to impress. It’s a classically built super automatic that will take whole beans, milk and water and turn them into espressos, cappuccinos, or lattes at the push of a button. However, this is no common super automatic, in fact it’s certified for home and commercial use. Anyway, it comes fully equipped and ready to perform as it has two stainless thermoblock heating systems, ready to brew and froth, and four pre-set beverage buttons that you can use to get you consistent quality time after time. If you want to add your own touch, you can program your own personal button and get a consistent “My Drink” brewed for you easily day after day. The S9 Avantgarde also has a frothing system that includes the ability to use the regular frothing/steaming wand, as well as the new Auto-Cappuccino. The Auto-Cappuccino sucks in milk at the push of a button, heats it up to the desired temperature and froths it.

Like most Super Autos it has a warming tray, ample water in its reservoir (96 ounce), a by-pass doser for using pre-ground coffee of another variety (think de-caf), whole bean hopper that feeds an adjustable burr grinder, and a spent grounds dump bin.

Jura Capresso S9 Avantgarde at Amazon


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September 14, 2007

Bialetti Mia Moka Pot

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The Bialetti Mia Moka pot is a highly refined look at the classic coffee maker. Made of stainless, it is sure to stay beautiful for a long time, use after use. The design is by Guido Bergna and features a cobalt blue lid, as well as a unique pouring spout and handle. Makes 6 demi-tasse cups (9 ounces).

At Bialetti

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