November 8, 2006

VillaWare V41006 Moderno Prima Espresso Maker

This totally retro machine from VillaWare brings you back to a different day in Italy when espresso reigned and black plastic espresso machines weren't even invented. The classic styling of the VillaWare V41006 Moderno Prima Espresso Maker is sure to be a focal point on your counter with its bright stainless steel skin. This pump-driven espresso machine isn't all good looks, as it's got a nice cup warmer on top as well as a 15 bar pump and a 1,000 watt heater. The unit comes capable of running both ground espresso and ESE espresso pods with different filter inserts. The prominent temperature gauge is positioned on the front of the machine with simple toggle switches to control the heating and the pump for creating your espresso. The removable 25-ounce water tank is a little on the small side, but will handle plenty of espressos before needing a refill. The frothing steam is controlled by a classic looking lever arm that brings the user back to the days when espresso was hand-pulled.

What's also attractive is the price of this machine. Other brands have similarly styled machines for quite a bit more. The price of this machine is a little over $200; not bad at all for such a beautiful machine. See the product page at Amazon for a $25 off savings code and Free Shipping.

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November 3, 2006

Krups XP4030 vs. Krups XP4050

A few people have asked about the differences between the Krups XP4030 vs. the Krups 4050 espresso machines. While they may look similar, they are different enough to take pause and look at the features that separate these machines. The Krups XP4030 is a pump-driven espresso machine with a 15 bar pump that goes through a 1200 watt thermoblock heater to a portafilter with one of three filter inserts that are included: single, double and ESE espresso pod insert. The machine can easily steam with the turn of a knob, and has a 32 ounce reservoir. (See our post on the Krups XP4030)

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The Krups XP4050 builds on the sound features of the Krups XP4030, by adding two specific items that are worth noting. The first is programability. You can program the buttons on the front panel to give you a specific cup size and corresponding espresso strength. The unit also has the ability for you to add a draw tube for the frother. It allows you to drop a tube into a container of milk, and automatically draw the milk up, and froth it right into your cup.

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November 1, 2006

Krups 4050 Espresso Machine

The Krups 4050 Espresso Machine is a nicely designed espresso maker with a stainless steel front panel and features that back up that pretty face. The noteworthy feature of the Krups 4030 is that its a programable espresso machine, capable of customizing its buttons to give you the cup size and strength of your espresso. The unit comes three portafiler inserts capable of making espresso as singles, doubles or with ESE pods. The machine has a great storage system for the spare inserts, just flip up the water refill cover and the inserts slide into tracks on the underside of the lid. This 15 bar pump-driven espresso machine comes complete with a 1200 watt heater. A 32 ounce water reservoir lets you run for many many espressos before refilling. Finally, the Krups 4050 has an automatic frothing attachment that allows you to drop a tube into a container of milk, and automatically draw the milk up, and froth it right into your cup. Nice!

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October 30, 2006

Review: Breville ESP8XL Café Roma Espresso Machine Review

Breville Cafe Roma Espresso Machine

The beautiful Breville Café Roma ESP8XL Espresso Machine is a sure footed espresso machine that is able to stand tall on any countertop with its beautiful stainless steel housing. Its rock solid construction makes even a Hummer H2 blush at the idea of taking it on. I mean this thing is build like a tank; thick solid stainless steel houses a lot of highly functional components that turn out a very respectable cup of espresso. While it may be built like a tank, the Breville Cafe Roma doesn’t look like a tank, and was right at home sitting on our counter for this review.

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October 29, 2006

DeLonghi EC140B Espresso Machine

The DeLonghi EC140B espresso machine is a low cost pump-driven espresso machine from one of the well known appliance makers of Europe. The unit is a pump-driven espresso maker that helps assure better extraction of your precious espresso, which can go through the portafilter designed for singles or doubles. It also accepts ESE Pods. The removable 35-ounce reservoir is plenty big for round after round of espressos. Easy control is had with three simple switches on the front panel, and the flip out frother does the job to get you frothy milk for your cappuccinos. No word from anyone if you can simply steam the milk by taking off the plastic attachment.

I will say that the EC140B model is an older model, and you should consider moving to its newer sibling the EC155 which we reviewed recently (see: Delonghi EC155 Review) and I have to say that it really surprised me with the quality of the espresso and the overall value for the price. The DeLonghi EC155 ships for free from Amazon, and is priced under $100 for this very good espresso machine.

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October 25, 2006

Lello Ariete 45900 Prestigio Espresso Machine


Update: We have the Lello Ariete 45900 Espresso Machine in for Review. Check it out.

This is quite possibly the best deal of the season if you can get one. I thought I would post it early and let you know if you wanted to jump on the train. The Lello Ariete 45900 Prestigio Espresso Machine is constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel and simple-to-use controls, this espresso maker makes it easy to brew cafe-quality coffee drinks. On top of the stainless steel, it offers some serious features that make it stack up well versus other makers, at least on paper.

The Lello 45900 Ariete Espresso Makers high-performance ThermoBlock 15-bar pump-driven system that provides uniform and constant pump pressure to make a great espresso with good crema and a frothy thick milk cappuccino. So, not only is it a pump driven espresso machine, but it's in stainless; a combination that you just don't see at this price range.

It has a removable 2-1/4-quart water reservoir that can be refilled from the top at any time during operation, and a cup-warming area allows up to nine cups to be warmed before use. The Lello Ariete 45900 measures 9-1/2 by 9-1/4 by 12-1/2 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.

The Lello Ariete 45900 Espresso & Cappuccino Maker from for only $129.99, and when you use one of their saver codes, you can save $25 off a purchase over $125. It qualifies for free shipping too!

I have one on order and it is slated to ship in the coming weeks. If you can't wait for this machine, check out my review of the DeLonghi EC155 machine that for about the same price, offers great espresso, just not in the stainless of the Lello Ariete model.

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October 19, 2006

Breville BES400XL ikon Espresso Machine


So, while we have the Breville Café Roma in for review, I thought I would point out the new Breville Espresso machine that is starting to pop up at finer stores around town. The new Breville ikon BES400XL Espresso Machine is part of the stylish Breville ikon line that includes beautiful stainless steel countertop appliances that will outfit almost your entire kitchen, from 4-slice toasters to Panini Grills. The Breville ikon Espresso machine has a more modern look to it with a turquoise water tank backing the brewing area, and minimalistic push button controls on the front. The ikon Espresso Machine comes with 65 ounce water tank, stainless steel all around, a 15 bar pump that delivers 198F brew water to the coffee. The double wall portafilters create fluffy crèma every time. The unit comes with three portafilter baskets for a single, double or an espresso pod. List price is $449.

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October 17, 2006

Review: Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Arrives for Review


Update: See our Breville Cafe Roma XP8XL Review

We are happy to say that the shiny stainless steel Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso Machine has arrived for review at This popular espresso machine hits on a lot of the best features found in many espresso machines these days, and goes a step further by jazzing things up with a great stainless steel look that is classic. The Cafe Roma is being sold at several outlets this year, you may have seen it at Macy's and of course, Amazon.

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October 16, 2006

Review: DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine


The DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine doesn’t ask much out of you in terms of cost, but gives you a lot in return. The value equation here is really incredible; great crèma; I mean wonderful crema, a really good cup of espresso, and all this in a compact little good looking machine for around $100. The construction is solid, and has nice metal accents on it that helps it look a lot more expensive than it really is. After using the DeLonghi EC155, I have to say that this is an incredible value for an espresso machine at this level.

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October 15, 2006

Gaggia 97001 Deluxe Espresso Machine


Gaggia is well known for its quality espresso, and the Gaggia 97001 Deluxe Espresso Machine is sure to thrill. The unit has an automatic milk frother that allows you to put a dip tube into a container of milk and when you turn the steam on you draw frothed milk right into your coffee mug. The unit has an oversized heating element that at 1,425 watts should minimize any wait time for water to heat up to brewing or steaming temperatures. The unit includes two filter basket inserts for single and double shots, and is capable of using ESE pods. The unit is impressive turning out plenty of crema and frothed milk for drink after drink. The ~2 quart water reservoir should also keep you from refilling the unit very often.

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