March 23, 2007

DeLonghi BAR32 Retro Pump-driven Espresso Machine

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DeLonghi has a nice in-expensive machine out in their BAR32 Espresso maker, that has a fresh yet retro design that combines a slew of features that are sure to turn out espresso after latte after cappuccino. The stainless steel boiler combined with two thermostats to control the heat going to the brew head and the steam wand. The pump-driven machine puts out plenty of pressure to extract great taste from your espresso, either ground or in ESE Pods. The unit has a pod compatible pod filter that allows you to use the easy alternative to grinding your own.

The 35-ounce reservoir should keep things humming for a while, and its easy to use dial system is pretty straightforward.


At Amazon

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March 8, 2007

Gaggia Baby D Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

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For people interested in a higher end home espresso experience, the Gaggia Baby D may be a good choice. The brew group components are brass plated for temperature stability and the unit has a 15 bar pump for excellent extraction. It comes with two filter baskets – single/ESE pod and a double. The reservoir is plenty big at 46 ounces, and it has a 1400+ watt heater that should be plenty of power for fast heating of the unit. The turbo frother should do the job quickly and easily.

Because it’s semi-automatic, the unit is easy to use. The push button controls allow you to have the one-button convenience of an espresso shot, or two. One button gives you a pre-programmed amount of espresso in the cup; very convenient, very nice.

At Amazon

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February 13, 2007

Saeco Primea Ring Espresso Machine

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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

Jura-Capresso 13214 Impressa Z5 Automatic Coffee Center

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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.

    At Amazon

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  • January 20, 2007

    Nespresso C100T Arrives for Review

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    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.

    More at Nespresso

    or Amazon

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  • January 10, 2007

    Nespresso C100 Essenza - Easy Espresso

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    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.

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    January 4, 2007

    Krups Combination Espresso Maker – XP2070

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    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.


    At Amazon


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    Krups Combination Espresso Maker – XP2010

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    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.

    At Amazon

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    December 29, 2006

    The Nespresso Gemini CS220

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    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.

    More at Nespresso

    Via

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    December 21, 2006

    Presso Espresso Maker

    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.


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