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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October 13, 2006

Krups XP4030 Espresso Machine


Krups has put out the new Krups XP4030 Espresso Machineto compete in the crowded pump driven basic espresso machine segment priced in the $150 range. Krups designed the unit to be very competitive with a strong feature set and a classic design. I spotted the XP4030 at the mall the other day and I have to say that its pretty sharp looking.

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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.

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October 8, 2006

Review: Capresso Ultima 121 Espresso Machine


The Jura Capresso Ultima Espresso Machine is not your usual espresso maker, and is hard to classify in the typical categories, but one thing that you can say about the Capresso Ultima is that it’s a pretty good machine that turns out a convenient little shot of espresso. The general idea is that it’s like a super automatic without the bean grinding capability, and all the expensive LED readouts and associated electronics. The ease of use is really the main feature of the unit, along with the ante to the game of the fact that it turns out great espresso.

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October 6, 2006

Review: DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine Arrives for Review

The DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine arrived for review today so we could put it through its paces here at SingleServeEspresso.com. The DeLonghi EC155 is a pump driven espresso machine that has a portafilter that holds both ground espresso and ESE Pods; love those ESE pods for fast easy espresso. The machine boasts a 15-bar self-priming pump, a stainless steel 1,000-watt heating unit and a frothing wand out the side that makes steaming milk a breeze. The promo material talks a good crèma here on this machine, so let’s hope we aren’t disappointed. The unit has a 35-ounce water tank, which should be plenty to keep the espressos moving in this house. The dial on the front is to turn it on or off as well as selecting the brew or steam function. Pretty easy to understand, eh?

Update: See our Review of the DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine - HERE

The plan is to use some Starbucks ESE Espresso Pods and maybe some Lavazza Grand Crema ESE Espresso Pods for this review. The Lavazza pods are still a favorite around the SingleServeEspresso.com test kitchens.

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September 24, 2006

Review: Jura Capresso Impressa E8 Review


The Jura Capresso E8 Super Automatic Espresso Machine is one of those dream come true espresso makers that captivates its audience and delivers on the promise of great espresso. The machine's complex design makes for an eventual simplistic usage - Press a button, stand back and watch. I did this time and time again with my charge of espresso coffee and still it didn't get old. The espresso was great and the machine was a die-hard that delivered consistently good coffee day in and day out. I credit the machine for that, but I also credit the coffee. For this review I used Gimme! Coffee's "Leftist" which was so fresh when I got it in Ithaca, we were able to watch it mature over the first week of this review period.

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September 21, 2006

Capresso 121 Ultima Espresso Machine Arrives for Review at SingleServeEspresso.com


We are pretty happy to have the Capresso Ultima arrive for review here at SingleServeEspresso.com. The Capresso Ultima is not your usual espresso machine. In fact its a bit of a revolution. The Ultima allows you to easily use ground espresso in a machine that fills and tamps the coffee for you. After you are done, it ejects the puck into a waste bin.... all with the turn of a crank. This eliminates a lot of dirty steps that many users have confided in me that they actually hate. For some, filling, tamping and then dumping the spent grounds is a total pain. The Ultima can take anywhere between 7 g and 15 grams of coffee, which should be plenty for most potent espressos. So, you add your ground espresso, rotate the crank half way, brew your espresso, then rotate the crank to the original position to eject the spent grounds and get it ready for the next espresso. Not bad.

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September 8, 2006

Jura Capresso E8 Super Automatic Espresso Machine Arrives for Review

A very fine machine showed up at our door and I am happy to say that the Jura Capresso E8 Impressa Super Automatic Espresso Machine has arrived for review at SingleServeEspresso.com. The Jura Capresso E8 is a Super Automatic machine that pretty much takes your whole beans and makes espresso for you. It grinds, tamps, and pulls the shot for you, then ejects the spent grounds into a bin for disposal later. This all happens at the press of a button.

The Jura Capresso E8 espresso machine comes with a bin for whole bean – it holds about 1/4 of a pound of coffee, a 64 ounce water reservoir, a by-pass doser for adding ground espresso and brewing directly from the coffee you add. This feature is great for brewing Decaf espressos for instance when the machine is already loaded with regular whole bean. The unit has a 1450 watt heater with a 18 bar pump. It also features a Solid-steel conical burr grinder, LED display that will tell you exactly what’s going on, or what needs filling or emptying. It also has a Dual Frother Plus for steaming milk; electronic water-level sensor; auto shut-off. Measures 11 by 13-3/5 by 17 inches; 1-year limited warranty.

We have some Gimme Coffee Leftist Espresso Beans in house and ready for use for this review. I’m pretty excited to start cranking out the shots and lattes.

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September 5, 2006

Review: Hamilton Beach 40729 Espresso Machine Review

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When I sat down to start using the Hamilton Beach 40729 Espresso Maker, I wondered if it could turn out a decent espresso – I mean come on a $68 pump driven espresso maker? I have been using it for about 2 weeks at this writing, and let me tell you that I am impressed at what this little baby can do for $68. To start, the espresso machine is targeted at new espresso machine users – it has an instructional video in the box that gets you acquainted with espresso and how to use the machine to turn out good looking drinks. It delivers good espresso that you can be happy with.

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August 31, 2006

Gaggia 35008 Carezza Espresso Machine


OK – so you are interested in a Gaggia that is affordable for the rest of us? The Gaggia 35008 Carezza Espresso Machine is a pretty popular and farily well equipped little espresso machine. This pump driven machine is well suited for everyday use at home, with a portafilter that is set up for both singles and doubles, but sadly not ESE Espresso pods. The machine is easy to use with its ergonomic filter-holder grip. It also features a drop-trap basin and cup-support grating in stainless steel, both easy to slide out; group and filter-holder in chromium-plated brass; drip-proof system; and an automatic self-priming device to facilitate start-up. Single and double stainless-steel filter baskets, a coffee tamper, a coffee scoop, and an instruction manual are included. Measures 10-1/2 by 9-1/4 by 14-3/4 inches.

It is also available in gray - Gaggia 35008 Carezza Espresso Machine - Gray

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