SuperAutomatic Espresso Machines
March 7, 2008
Capresso has released their new Impressa J5 model, and it looks excellent. The high end coffee center is a touch of the button easy cup of coffee ranging from an espresso to lattes and even americanos. As a super automatic coffee center, it grinds, tamps, and brews right in front of you. The Impressa J5 looks great, and they have designed it so that it looks great from every angle so that it can sit out on a kitchen island and look just as good from the side as it does from the front.
This is not slouch of a machine either; it's got a 9-ounce while bean hopper, and a 71 ounce water reservoir, which also contains a water filter to make sure the water is pure going into the boiler and brew chamber. There are 6 grinder settings, and quite possibly the best feature of all; it's the quietest super auto on the market. No need to stop talking while this grinds away.
The controls offer a lot of customization as well as ease of use. There are six one-touch beverage buttons (one espresso, two espresso, one coffee, two coffees, hot water, steam) that are already pre-programmed but can be customized too if you want to adapt the brew profile. This would allow you to change the brew strengths (coffee drop weight), and the water amounts, as well as the temperatures of the brew. Another great capability is that you can override the settings with the dial on the top of the machine without affecting the pre-sets at all.
One of the things I like about these super autos is the by-pass doser that allows you to drop a scoop of pre-ground coffee into the top of the unit so that you can brew something other than the whole beans that are in the whole bean hopper; great for decaf.
The two-step infusion process and 18 bar pump sets you up for excellent espresso, while the frother allows you to crank out great lattes and cappuccinos. The unit can accommodate manual milk steaming r can be hooked up to the Froth XPress to automatically draw steamed milk into your cup. I find that steaming the milk in the coffee cup and then dropping a shot into the cup after that makes for a great latte, without the need to clean up the extra frothing pitcher.
The auto-on and auto-off timer makes sure that the Imprezza J5 is ready when you wake up and shuts off when you head out.
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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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November 9, 2006
We are very happy to have the DeLonghi Magnifica EAM 3500 Super Automatic espresso machine here for review at the SingleServeEspresso.com test kitchens. The unit has an impressive list of features, and the one that stands out for me is the one-push latte/cappuccino button. Yes, at the touch of a button this will make you your favorite latte or cappuccino. The unit comes with the capability to draw milk automatically from a pitcher that attaches to the steam outlet and either steam or froth the milk right into your cup. The unit then grinds, tamps and pulls an espresso shot right on top for a beautiful espresso drink right before your eyes.
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September 1, 2006
I wanted to end this Gaggia-heavy week on a high note – as in really high priced espresso. The Gaggia 90500 Titanium – a Stainless Steel Super Automatic Espresso Machine is a high end machine that sparkles with stainless steel. Why they call it a Titanium and then make it in Stainless, I’ll never know, but this thing is ready to do some serious espresso. It’s got two 1,500 watt thermo block heaters – one for brewing and one for steaming; what would you expect out of a Super, eh? Like all Super automatic espresso machines, it takes beans in one end and puts out espresso on the other. The burr grinder grinds your whole bean espresso, then it gets tamped and the high-pressure 15 bar pump extracts the sweet espresso. There are settings galore on this thing, but it can still give you a great espresso at a simple push-button operation. Nice.
July 26, 2006
DeLonghi is known for producing excellent machines espresso machines, and the DeLonghi EAM 3200 is their entry into the super automatic espresso maker market. (We have the higher end DeLonghi EAM 3500 in for reivew right now.) The machine does everything for you, and out comes a delicious espresso. So, if you want an espresso that’s easy, pour the beans in the top, and the DeLonghi EAM 3200 grinds, and tamps the beans, then makes the espresso. With the powerful thermo-block heater that can turn out espresso after espresso. It has a strength and size of cup adjustment. The used coffee puck gets kicked into a waste chamber that you can remove and empty when full. The patented frothing wand is powerful, and swings out for great frothing of your milk.
It has a cup warmer, and a removable 1.8 liter (60 ounce) water chamber that will make plenty of espresso before refilling. It also has an automatic shut off after 3 hours.
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