February 13, 2007
Saeco is a well known espresso name, and their Primea Ring Espresso machine is a premier machine in the line-up (Yea I know the espresso cups are a bad photoshop job, but it's a stock photo). The unit is a a fully automatic espresso brewing center and it grinds, tamps and pulls your espresso shots. Want a latte? Yea, it can do that too with its built in milk container that holds about 12 ounces of milk; nice. It's got loads of nice touches like a super quiet grinder with ceramic burrs to keep the noise and heat build up down making for a pleasant experience and a great cup of espresso.
Its big 2 liter water reservoir will give you a lot of capacity to go and go before re-filling. The two spouts allow for making two drinks at once, and its click-wheel and pushbutton controls give you the ability to dial in your desired drink with ease.
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January 25, 2007
What’s not to love with this baby, except maybe the price. Of course it’s functional and does everything for you, but it does everything for you in style too. It has eight one touch buttons that are programmable so that you can access your desired strength settings and cup size easily and effortlessly. It has an inlet for pulling milk directly into the machine so that it will froth or steam milk right into your cup. Whole beans in the top, and the six fineness settings will assure the proper grind size before the unit tamps and extracts your espresso.
18 bar pump
96 ounce water reservoir with filter cartridge with electronic level sensor
10 ounce whole bean capacity with electronic level sensor
LED readout and electronic controls
32-ounce triple-insulated thermal milk container keeps cold milk chilled for up to 8 hours.
Bypass doser for using other pre-ground coffee.
January 20, 2007
We're pretty excited to have the Nespresso C100T espresso and coffee maker in the SingleServeEspresso.com kitchens for testing and for a little fun too. The Nespresso system is based on these little capsules that seal various coffee blends inside, and make themselves ready for brewing at anytime. Like Pods and other capsule based systems, this can make pretty easy work out of making an excellent cup of coffee.
This stylish brewer packs a lot into its little frame: 19 bar pump,
1200 watt heating element,
a removable 34-ounce water reservoir, and
Measures 10 by 6-1/2 by 11-1/2 inches.
The machine and capsules can make a standard espresso, or a 5-ounce lungo. It comes with 12 capsules.
We've got a few blends in house and will be putting it through the paces to check it out from our Espresso point of view.
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January 10, 2007
We weren’t able to make the recent opening of the Nespresso Café in NYC
, but I thought I would point out one of the latest single serve machines from Nespresso anyway…. The Nespresso C100 Essenza
, a stylish looking little machine that takes the Nespresso capsules. These foil wrapped capsules are packed with coffee and coffee blends that come in a nice amount of variety, and they even have some seasonal products to keep things interesting. All of this can easily be accessed through the Nespresso website, the downside is that coffee can only be bought through the Nespresso website. The capsules cost $0.49 each, which can seem like a lot when you are only getting a tiny little shot of espresso, but if it’s good espresso and this easy, the cost isn’t too terrible. It’s in the ballpark with ESE Pods.
The Nespresso C100 Essenza is a compact little brewer that takes these Nespresso capsules, brews your cup and then it gets dumped into a waste bin for clean up later. This little brewer packs a punch though with a 19 bar pump, 1200 watt heating and a 34-ounce water reservoir. The machine and capsules can make a standard espresso, or a 5-ounce lungo for larger cups.
Our sister site, SingleServeCoffee.com, published a review of the Nespresso C90; the C100's little brother, and also published a review of the Aeroccino, a great way to get frothed milk without the steaming wand.
January 4, 2007
Krups has entered the market with an espresso and coffee combination machine that appears to be a decent little item, including a pump driven espresso maker instead of the usual steam driven machines that produce an inferior cup of espresso. The Krups XP2070 is the digitally controlled espresso and coffee combination machine that has a 15 bar pump driven thermoblock espresso set-up and a 32 ounce reservoir for the espresso side of things. The portafilter comes with 3 inserts, a single, double and an ESE Espresso pod insert. On the drip coffee side of things, it has a 10-cup capacity for handling the regular coffee duties.
The brushed stainless exterior is good looking and its digital controls are easy to read. They allow you to prepare singles, doubles and has automatic shut off capability.
The Krups XP 2070 has a little brother, the dial based XP2010 espresso machine.
Krups has entered the market with an espresso and coffee combination machine that appears to be a decent little item, including a pump driven espresso maker instead of the usual steam driven machines that produce an inferior cup of espresso. The Krups XP2010 is the analog espresso and coffee combination machine that has a 15 bar pump driven thermoblock espresso set-up and a 32 ounce reservoir for the espresso side of things. The portafilter comes with 3 inserts, a single, double and an ESE Espresso pod insert. On the drip coffee side of things, it has a 10-cup capacity for handling the regular coffee duties.
The brushed stainless exterior is good looking and its analog controls are easy to read.
It has a digital big brother, the Krups XP2070.
December 29, 2006
Last month Nespresso opened up their Boutique in NYC
where you can go hang out have a cup of coffee and shop for machines or capsules for the new Nespresso systems. If you wanted to go all out, you could opt for the dual head Nespresso Gemini CS220 that can crank out two drinks at a time and has a thermal compartment for storing a liter of cold milk up to 8 hours. The two water tanks hold 3 liters of water each to keep you running for a while, or there is a direct connect option for it to go straight to the plumbing. Designed with semi-automatic capsule insertion and ejection, both of these Nespresso machines feature 2 waste containers for used capsules with each container holding up to 35 used capsules and offer three programmable cup sizes - Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo. Great for the office, or the well-heeled high volume kitchen. If you don't need the milk storage, the Gemini CS200 should do.
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December 21, 2006
So, in the elegant and manual category, the Presso espresso maker stands out as a design beauty. This espresso maker has been widely available in the UK, and is now moving to Australia. It works by putting hot water in the top, raising and then lowering the levers to push the hot water through the espresso ground coffee in the portafilter. The video below gives you a glimpse into how it works. Not sure if the demo was well done or not, but the espresso looks like a crema-less cup of "joe". Too bad.
December 13, 2006
This in from Europe, could you potentially make a decent espresso from a Senseo Pod machine? Apparently in Germany there is information about a new Senseo pod holder that makes Espresso, called the Presso (short for espresso).
Presso is a combination of coffee pods with a finer espresso ground coffee and a new Senseo pod holder that increases the pressure while making a cup of Presso. Not sure if it can rival pump driven 15 bar espresso machines, but it may certainly bridge the gap between regular and espresso coffee.
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December 8, 2006
The DeLonghi Magnifica EAM 3500 Super Automatic Espresso Machine is simply put an excellent machine to have in your kitchen. If you love having espresso made for you, figure out how to justify the price and get one of these on your countertop. I can’t put it any other way, but it’s a delight to have such access to such high quality coffee. The design is a sleek metallic look that offers a bit of elegance on the countertop. The DeLonghi EAM 3500
is a super automatic espresso maker that has a lot of features going for it including that “Barista Button” as I like to call it. With a pitcher of milk plugged into the machine, you hit the one touch latte button, and the unit makes a latte for you. The unit has an ample whole bean supply bin on the left top of the machine, as well as a 60-ounce water reservoir along the left side that is removed from the machine by sliding it out the front. The unit has a bypass doser, which give you the ability to use another coffee type (as long as it’s pre-ground) instead of the “House Standard” that you have in the whole bean bin. I ordered up some Gimme Coffee
Leftist espresso blend for the purposes of this review. Try them out yourself; they are great.
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I liked this machine so much I put it on my Holiday Buying Guide for the best Espresso gifts. Check it out.