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1. Gaggia 35004 Carezza Espresso
$1,499.00 list($2,000.00)
2. Jura-Capresso 13185 Impressa F7
$2,199.00 $2,195.00 list($2,950.00)
3. Jura-Capresso 13936 Impressa S9
$949.00 list($1,300.00)
4. Capresso C1300 Super Automatic
$529.99 list($899.00)
5. Factory-Reconditioned Saeco 178435
$169.00 list($190.00)
6. Capresso 440.05 MT-500 10-Cup
$3,199.00 $3,198.95 list($4,200.00)
7. Jura-Capresso 13214 Impressa Z5
$499.99 $499.00 list($600.00)
8. Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso
$599.00 list($675.00)
9. Saeco Vienna Deluxe SuperAutomatic
$169.99 Too low to display list($215.00)
10. Krups 867-42 Il Caffe Bistro 10-Cup
$1,999.00 list($2,650.00)
11. Jura-Capresso 13180 Impressa S8
$1,125.99
12. SAECO 10008 V'spresso Fully Automatic
$59.99 list($75.00)
13. Capresso 302.01 Mini-S 4-Cup Safety
$499.99 $499.45 list($625.00)
14. Bodum 3020-16US Espresso Granos
$299.99 $299.95 list($440.00)
15. Capresso 121.01 Ultima Semi-Automatic
$249.99 $249.95 list($299.99)
16. Breville ESP8XL Café Roma Stainless
$179.99 $179.00 list($250.00)
17. Krups FNC2 Novo 3000 Espresso/Cappuccino/Latte
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$999.00 list($1,350.00)
19. Jura-Capresso 13187 Impressa E8
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1. Gaggia 35004 Carezza Espresso Machine, White
list price: $300.00
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0001KO9RO
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Sales Rank: 3685
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Features

  • Measures 13-2/5 by 10-2/3 by 9-1/4 inches
  • 1425-watt espresso machine housed in ABS plastic with easy-access controls
  • 17-1/2-bar pump; brass components provide temperature stability
  • 1-1/5-liter water-tank capacity; ergonomic grip on filter-holder; drip-proof system
  • Turbo-frother steam wand quickly froths milk; hot-water dispenser for convenience

2. Jura-Capresso 13185 Impressa F7 Espresso Machine, Silver Metallic
list price: $2,000.00
our price: $1,499.00
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Asin: B00030J23S
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 19267
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Features

  • Dual Frother Plus is standard. Unique frothXpress Plus System available separately.
  • 11-Step programming
  • 10-digit LED display visible from all angles
  • Automatic pre-ground coffee funnel system
  • Automatic cleaning cycles for all functions

3. Jura-Capresso 13936 Impressa S9 Fully Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center
list price: $2,950.00
our price: $2,199.00
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Asin: B00008I8NV
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 17911
Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Satisfy a roomful of guests calling for caffeine with the Jura-Capresso Impressa S9, the luxury automobile of home espresso centers. Both beautiful and powerful, the machine grinds, tamps, and brews delicious shots of espresso in 50 seconds and steams or froths milk without a wait. It's built with a dual 1250-watt ThermoBlock heating system, a forceful 18-bar power pump, and a distinctive emphasis on choice. You can steam milk manually or automatically, make drinks with or without foam, and grind for light or dark roasts. You can tailor your drinks' strength (5 to 16 g of coffee), size (1/2 to 16 ounces), and temperature (regular or high). You can even adjust the machine for water hardness, raise and lower the coffee spout, and regulate the separate hot water spigot.

Backing these options is a professional-grade, solid steel conical burr grinder with six settings and an aroma-saving design. A pre-infusion cycle conditions grounds for maximum flavor and the CLARIS water filter removes impurities for improved taste. The S9 also includes an illuminated coffee area, cup-heating deck, separate funnel for pre-ground coffee, and automatic indicators on the water tank, grounds hopper, and filter cartridge. The bean reservoir holds 10 ounces--enough for 40 shots--and the water tank holds 96 ounces. The unit also features auto shut-off, auto-on, self-rinse, and self-cleaning. The programmable control panel uses a two-line display with simple instructions in seven languages.

With its dual-tone bronze finish and chrome accents, the Impressa S9 is undoubtedly a looker. It is also designed to fit under kitchen cabinets, measuring 14 by 14 by 15-1/4 inches with a retractable power cord. Jura-Capresso includes an instructional booklet, video, and CD-ROM, plus a full one-year warranty for home use and a six-month one for offices. --Emily Bedard ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 14 by 14 by 15-1/4 inches; 1-year warranty
  • Commercial-grade, conical-burr, solid-steel grinder
  • Programmable cup size, coffee strength, steam quantity, and temperature
  • Integrated pure-water system cleans brewing water, improves taste
  • Automatic or manual frothing options; automatic self-rinsing and self-cleaning cycles

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars At last: the coffee achiever's dream machine!
Setting up the Jura was simple, taking about 10 minutes. After adjusting the grind setting and quantity of ground coffee per cup, we had flawless espresso shots in less than 30 seconds each, with the creamiest, most flavorful crema. The espresso non-drinkers in the house can have their "regular" coffee by pressing the "Special coffee" button, which dispenses up to 16 ounces of coffee at a time. Great for the big "go-cup". I set the Jura to power on at 5 am, and trust me, at that time of the morning I am in no shape to grind beans, measure coffee and fill water tanks. Now, all that's history. All I do is press a single button to run the rinse cycle, press a button for either a single or double shot, and in no time, I get the most flavorful, richest espresso I have ever had. We bought our machine at a local retailer, where we were told that they can't keep the machines in stock. I totally understand why.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the best, BMW of Espresso Machines
If there is such a thing as the BMW 750 of coffee machines, this is it! A beautifully enginered machine that produces professional results every time. I have had earlier versions of this flawless coffee maker, but this really delivers better coffee than most coffee stores. Cappuccino, Latte, Double Espresso is produced perfectly. Others in our family use it to produce hot water for tea, soup mixes, cocoa, but one may preprogram this for several personal choices of coffee brewing and it comes out perfect every time. I really like this machine!

5-0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome
If you like all types of coffee and complete ease of use, you will be thrilled with this machine. It has been & is used a lot! It tells you exactly what to do and when to do it in order to keep in it top condition. I thought my husband was nuts when he spent so much money for a coffee maker for my birthday, but after 3 years of almost continual use, I can't imagine using anything else. Everything about it is easy, easy, easy. The coffee is hot & consistently great tasting, it is fast, and the Capresso machine is super easy to clean. Friends come over just for the coffee. Whether you need one cup or two, whether you use beans, ground coffee, use frothed milk, and/or steam, whether you use a large cup & your husband uses a smaller one, the Capresso machine easily adjusts with each cup. Minor issue -- I'm not in love with the manual. It's not hard to use, it's just not great. I think it could be laid out a tad better. The video that came with our Capresso made up for that. It's the perfect coffee center for anyone who is very discriminating in their coffee taste.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great coffee - Be aware of long-term maintenance costs
I purchased this machine's predecessor, the Jura S90, about 4 years ago. Since no one's owned an S9 for that long, it's hard to say for certain what the maintenance costs for the S9 will be, but I thought those considering buying it might appreciate knowing that it will likely require a certain amount of annual or biennial maintenance.

The S90 has one part that needs replacing after approximately every 2000 shots, which in my house means about once every 18 months. There are also seals and similar parts that again will need service periodically. This machine appears to be mechanically very similar to the S90, so it will likely have similar maintenance characteristics.

Over the last 4 years, I've had the machine serviced twice by Jura, and once by a local repairman. The cost of repairs was around two hundred dollars including parts each time... My front panel switches are also starting to misbehave, though, so the next repair may be more expensive.

This machine costs enough (and is good enough) to be worth repairing, but if you're expecting a machine to last the ages without any repairs, you'll likely be disappointed.

I can't really fault the machine for needing periodic maintenance, though. You could get a commercial machine with heavy-duty parts for 2-3 times the price, and that would need periodic maintenance, too (though the parts would last longer). Just be aware that by buying a high end machine, you've moved out of the "disposable" machine range and into the "pay to fix it" range. "Never needs fixing" doesn't exist.

As to the quality of the coffee, I've tried this one, and the quality is the best I've tasted from a super-automatic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful Hint
A couple of previous reviews complained about blockages that quickly developed in their machines. I had the same problem after less than a month of use, where the brewed coffee would drip out very slowly, threatening to cease altogether. I told my wife she should return the machine, but she called Jura's customer service number, which is printed on the cover of the instruction booklet. The representative gave her a fix which is not mentioned in the troubleshooting section of the manual. It's difficult to describe, but it involves removing the grounds tray, poking a finger up through the chute and finding damp grounds that are stuck by a screen there. They can be wiped away with a paper towel and that should clear up the problem.
Otherwise, I recommend reading fhimas88888888's review for realistic advice, especially about the lifespan of a machine. This is my second super-automatic espresso machine, as a Saeco awaits repairs before becoming an office machine for my wife. They make very good coffee and espresso with relative ease and convenience. They're also great conversation pieces, although by now I find it tedious to demonstrate the machine for awed guests. If you love espresso, lattes, etc., the price of a super-automatic machine is worth it, although you can find one for less than half the cost of this Jura. I give the machine four stars because I wouldn't want to live without it, but I'm withholding a fifth star because I suspect competing machines are virtually as good. ... Read more


4. Capresso C1300 Super Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center
list price: $1,300.00
our price: $949.00
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Asin: B0001ZYYX8
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 6992
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Measures 13 by 11 by 16 inches; 1-year limited warranty for household use; 6-month limited for office use
  • Grinds beans, tamps, and brews coffee in less than 50 seconds; steam nozzle for frothing
  • 18-bar power pump with 1450-watt stainless-steel lined ThermoBlock heating system
  • Program dial sets temperature, water-hardness levels, auto shut-off time, and more
  • Includes measuring scoop, cleaning tablets, Claris filter, water-hardness indicator

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love'in this machine!
After a few weeks of researching a REALLY good coffee/espresso machine I decided on the Capresso C1300 because of the combination of features and price. I recently took a trip to the Netherlands and at the hotel I stayed at they had a Super Automatic coffee center at the breakfast buffet (unknown brand or model, but definitely industrial). Anyway, when I got back Monday morning I immediately starting researching "Super Automatics" (they have a hopper to store the coffee beans and grind the beans on a per cup basis, have a holding tank for water... then when you push a button they grind, tamp, brew and dispose of used grinds automatically).

Well, earlier this week my new C1300 arrived with much fanfare. I picked it up at the post office, brought it to my office and unpackaged and inspected it. I was in perfect working order. I started with the included "quick start guide" and set the machine up per instructions. I had it up and ready to brew in less than 15 mins. The owner's manual was easy to understand and I had my first cup of coffee crema in less than 45 seconds after hitting the brew button. (For you coffee junkies, this machine makes a wonderful layer of crema on top of the coffee/espresso EVERY time!) The machine makes wonderful coffee and espresso. I spent a day or two tweaking the grinder settings and finding the right (according to my tastes) water settings per cup. I have several people come by my office daily to behold the wonder of my machine, at first out of curiosity but now for the great cup of coffee. I really have nothing bad to say about the C1300. In the morning it heats up very fast and having FRESH coffee anytime of the day at the mere push of a button is wonderful! ... Read more


5. Factory-Reconditioned Saeco 178435 Italia Home Espresso Cappuccino Machine, Silver
list price: $899.00
our price: $529.99
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Asin: B0007OWT76
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Saeco
Sales Rank: 2264
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Reconditioned by the manufacturer to "like new" condition; includes 6-month limited warranty
  • Easy-to-use fully automatic espresso machine for coffeehouse drinks at home; measures 12-2/5 by 11 by 17-4/5 inches
  • Stainless-steel housing with removable brew group; 1250-watt boiler; 15-bar pump pressure
  • Programmable brewing options; adjustable coffee strength; pre-ground or coffee bean options
  • Rapid switching between brewing and steaming; adjustable coffee grinder; automated cleaning system

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pulls perfect espressos shots every time
I was a little dubious about spending so much for a coffee machine, but this little coffee robot is like a new member of the family.When I go to Starbucks, I get a decent double espresso one out of every ten or so times.This wonder pulls them just right every time and fits under the cabinets.The smooth stainless steel exterior matches some other kitchen appliances and was a big deciding factor for me since I wanted a machine with some style.

The reconditioned one I received had no scratches or other problems, and seems to be running fine!

5-0 out of 5 stars No need to go to Starbucks anymore
I purchased the Italia at Starbucks 2 years ago (for a lot more money) and have been using it daily.This machine is easy to use, and easily adjusts ground to water ratio to get the perfect espresso. Frothing works great.The newer model has a swivil steam wand that can rotate in and out and not just left to right like this model AND an additional rack on the top cup warmer to keeps cups from falling off (not worth the additional cost-I never had a cup fall off).I save money every day by not buying a Venti from Starbucks since I can make a more consistent quality coffee myself.ENJOY! ... Read more


6. Capresso 440.05 MT-500 10-Cup Electronic Coffeemaker with Thermal Carafe
list price: $190.00
our price: $169.00
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Asin: B000063XHI
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 379
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Employing a stainless-steel vacuum carafe instead of a warmingplate, this 1,200-watt coffeemaker brews up to ten 5-ounce cups in just8 minutes for maximum flavor and aroma, and the carafe then keeps thecoffee hot for 4 hours. The carafe prevents coffee from turning bitter,as it can when sitting on a warming plate, and doesn't have to remainwith the machine for coffee to stay hot. To reduce calcification,Capresso's stainless-steel ThermoBlock system prevents water fromcontacting aluminum inside the machine. Other features: a digital,programmable, 24-hour clock/timer that makes it possible to have coffeeready in the morning; an automatic pause when the carafe is removedduring the brewing process for a quick pour; a charcoal water filter toremove up to 83 percent of the chlorine in tap water; an electronicindicator to show when the water filter needs replacing; a setting forbrewing three to five cups without diluting flavor and aroma; apermanent Gold Tone filter; automatic shutoff after brewing; anexternal water-level indicator; and concealed cord storage.

With a polished, extruded-aluminum body and plastic accents, themachine looks great on the counter. It measures 9-3/4 inches wide,13-3/4 inches high, and 10 inches deep, weighs 7 pounds, and carries aone-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 9-3/4 by 13-3/4 by 10 inches; 1-year warranty
  • Brews up to 10 5-ounce cups in just 8 minutes for maximum flavor, aroma
  • Stainless-steel vacuum carafe keeps coffee hot up to 4 hours
  • Stainless-steel ThermoBlock heating system reduces calcification
  • Brew-pause for mid-brew pour; digital, programmable clock/timer

Reviews (66)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great coffee, subpar design
I went with 3 stars because of price and design. It is better than 3, but I can't bring myself to call it 4. 3.5 is very fair. The coffee that this machine brews is far superior to any machine I have owned. It easily rivals coffee house machines. However, the carafe was poorly designed and the price tag is way too steep. I won't return it, but I retain the right gripe a bit.

PROS:

- Coffee taste is INCREDIBLE! Unmatched by any home machine I know of.

- Coffee is brewed hot. That is a fact. Do not let bad reviews about temp scare you. This machine brews hot.

- Coffee remains hot. Again, don't be scared. I don't pre-heat the carafe. The hot water heats it fast and since steel is a conductor, the carafe warms quickly. FWIW, I dumped a couple cups this morning after they sat all night. I kid you not when I say if you take it black, the temperature was still passable.


- It extracts max flavor from the grinds, therefore less coffee is required.

- The keypad is easy to use and understand. The cord compartment is very handy.

CONS:
- One hundred and sixty bucks is too much money. First off, the whole machine is not stainless steel. There is a lot plastic and fake steel. The brew technology is good, but there is no way on earth this machine is worth more than 2x a Braun 180. The coffee is a bit better, but you really have to be a fanatic to taste it.

- The carafe is TERRIBLY designed in the way it receives the brew. YES, YOU WILL HAVE COFFEE POUR ALL OVER YOUR KITCHEN IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL! The entry hole is too small. You can set the carafe in place and it will still overflow. It needs to be set PERFECTLY. The lips should be bigger by about 1/4" to prevent spillage. In fact, I feel this lid should be recalled. It is that bad. Exercise caution and you will be fine, but always be aware. Sometimes the ball sticks so even if it is lined up perfectly, it will still overflow. Make sure the green ball is moving before putting the lid on the pot. Use the tip of a knife to jar it loose if it is stuck.

- The lack of a removable water resovoir is inexcusable at this level. The machine is a little on the heavy side and doesn't slide easily, plus you hide the cord. A removable water resovoir would have been great.

- The carafe does pour slow. Make sure the dot is over the spout for best performance. Turning it past the spout only slows it further, it doesn't make the opening bigger! If it gets annoying, remove the lid, pour normal, then replace the lid.

This review may sound negative, but it isn't. Again, the coffee quality is unmatched. However, you do need to put up with mind-bogglingly dumb engineering and tiny quirks. But, like that lawnmower that only you know how to start, this is a machine you'll grow to love as you figure out how to control it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Coffeemaker
When it became clear that our 10 year old Krups coffee maker was on its last legs, I began researching thermal carafe coffee makers. I'm not much of a coffee drinker myself, but my husband cannot stand "burnt," or lukewarm coffee. Also, we often brewed partial pots, so the product we chose had to brew good coffee in the 3-5 cup range. The Capresso was the only product that met our requirements. Several other contenders in the same price range brewed lousy "mini" pots even when their other qualities seemed equal. Our Capresso arrived in time for our Thanksgiving company. All the regular coffee drinkers commented on the excellent coffee. I had a cup and there was none of the nasty after taste that I thought all coffee had. I may become a coffee drinker after all! I have always pre-heated the carafe with hot water before brewing and the coffee is very hot and stays that way for hours. You must remember to close the carafe after pouring a cup of coffee. I think the carafe is easy to use, the coffee is easy to brew and the machine is very well designed. It makes great small pots as well as whole pots of coffee. The only reason I didn't give this coffee maker a 5 star rating is because it is hard to clean. The pot is NOT immersible, not are you supposed to put it under running water. I am very small and have little hands and cannot get my hand inside the pot to clean it. The instructions recommend using a brush. So, I'll need to buy a soft brush to clean the inside of the pot. If the opening were a tiny bit larger, I could at least get my hand and a sponge in there! Still, it's a minor inconvenience for an otherwise excellent, and beautiful machine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top price niche, but worth every penny for coffee lovers
I've had Braun and Krups makers before, but my Krups went kaput and I wanted something a little better for preparing a variety of fine Arabica coffees, from Antigua types like Kona to rich Indonesian varieties, to their best. (I was raised in Mexico, where for candy I sucked on coffee cherries, not candies.) The reviews here seemed a bit mixed, but after some research, I bit the bullet and bought the machine.

I have had the Capresso 440 for six months, so I feel I can comment now... and I am very impressed! It prepares excellent coffee, in large or small batches (there is a selector switch), has a permanent goldtone filter (you can buy paper filters -preferably unbleached - if you prefer,) coffee comes out above 165 F / 74C, and it stays warm at least a couple of hours; the coffee-maker is easy to program, set up and clean. It even looks good, though my prime criterion is always the quality of the coffee produced.

One small thing I improved on was the small black dot on the top of the black lid used to open / close the opening to the spout - I used a dot of yellow acrylic paint to make it more visible, and it makes a significant difference. Two things I think could be improved on - the fill indicator float-ball-in-column is on the right side, ecessed, and the design of the machine makes it a bit difficult to see in the darkish corner of my kitchen counter; and of course, a lower price would please everyone. These are relatively minor - the Capresso, made by a company that makes upper end machines for professional baristas, is a high-quality coffee-making machine that's sure to please aficionados of good coffees.

If you can't program your VCR or radio-alarm, demand piping hot coffee that blisters the mouth, or prepare cheaper Robusta coffees like Farmer Bros., forget this machine - save your money and get a Mr. Coffee. If you prefer espresso types, Capresso makes machines that do that, you won't be satsified here. To each, according their own taste...

But if you enjoy fine Arabicas properly prepared, without the unhealthy effects of plunge / press makers, and a machine that is easy to use and seems substantial enough to last, I think you will be very happy with the Capresso.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, reliable and tasty
After reading some of the other reviews, I was concerned about (1) how effective the carafe was at keeping the coffee hot and (2) whether the coffee would leak outside the carafe as it was being brewed.

Four hours after brewing, the coffee was still hot and ready to drink. I closed the pouring spout, and perhaps having it open would cause the coffee to cool more quickly. No complaints here.

I've made several dozen cups and have yet to have a drop drizzle outside the carafe while brewing. I'm not being extra careful when I place the carafe either. If you hang it off the side of the base, I imagine it would spill, but then anything that doesn't have the wide open mouth would.

As for the taste - using freshly ground beans - my wife thinks I've found the "secret" to making great coffee. (I don't drink it myself) And she's very picky about her coffee. The taste was as good whether I was making 5 cups or 10.

Cleanup is a snap and there are little things that make it better - the top to the filter box stays in place, even if you only raise it part way.

It looks VERY sleek on the kitchen counter - an art piece. It is expensive, but my wife is happy and as they say in the commercial - priceless.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great coffee maker - poor coffee keeper
The comments below are based on 3 months of daily use.

This is a great coffee maker. It's a shame the carafe (the keeper) isn't as capable as the rest of the machine. For the price, I would expect a well-designed carafe that would keep the coffee hot for at least 2 hours. In reality, if you don't drink it within the first hour, serious heat loss will keep you from fully enjoying the great coffee the brewer produces.

The flaw seems simple enough - poor carafe insulation. You can quickly feel heat on the outside of the carafe after making a fresh pot (if you can feel it on the outside, it's gone from the inside). I would also like to see the carafe with a more clearly marked top (pouring position), larger lid tabs to make it easier to open, and an improved pour flow rate (pretty slow). ... Read more


7. Jura-Capresso 13214 Impressa Z5 Automatic Coffee Center
list price: $4,200.00
our price: $3,199.00
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Asin: B0009E1YKM
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 26656
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Product Description

The Impressa Z5 features eight pre-set beverage buttons. All your coffee drinks are now just one push button away: Cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate, hot tea, one or two cups of ristretto, espresso, caf?? lungo, or large cups of crema coffee. Use the pre-set programs or change coffee strength, coffee volume and the amount of steamed/frothed milk while the Z5 prepares your preferred coffee beverage. The informative 3-line LED display makes the Z5 extremely user friendly. The Z5 is completely pre-programmed and ready to brew coffee and cappuccino. See below for pre-programmed settings. The Impressa Z5 is made of the finest materials. With its 3mm thick alloy metal front, the machined aluminum buttons and the stainless steel grind, the Z5 is not only pleasant to touch but also conveys the machine's finer qualities. Highlights include One-Touch Cappuccino System: Cappuccino or latte is prepared without moving the cup. A dual nozzle system with two separate outlets for milk and coffee makes it possible. The nozzle system has a short extension for tall latte glasses and a long extension for wide cappuccino cups, Insulated Thermal Milk Container: A 32-oz. triple insulated thermal container keeps cold milk chilled for up to 8 hours. Make cappuccino and latte all day long!, Eight beverage buttons and a rotary dial: Push any of those buttons and create the drink you like. Using the rotary ... Read more

Features

  • 32-ounce triple insulated thermal container keeps cold milk chilled for up to 8 hours.
  • Commercial solid steel conical burr grinder with 6 fineness settings for any type bean and low noise construction
  • Two stainless steel lined thermoblock heating systems are always ready for coffee and steam with no downtime, no contact with aluminum.
  • Eight one-touch individually programmable beverage buttons, all with unique rotary dial to override for strength and cup size while brewing.
  • 96-ounce removable water container with Clearyl water care system making decalcifying virtually obsolete.

8. Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
list price: $600.00
our price: $499.99
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Asin: B0001KOA4Q
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Sales Rank: 4555
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Amazon.com Review

Combining advanced technology with a classic design, this coffee/espresso machine for making hot drinks at home includes all the benefits of a commercial system. Designed in Italy by Gaggia, one of the most respected names in the espresso industry, the unit uses standard 58 mm filters to provide ample room for brewing rich, full espresso. Its commercial-grade construction includes stainless-steel housing, a high-power 17-1/2-bar pump with a high-voltage boiler for quick warm-up times, and an independent expansion valve. A three-way solenoid valve is also included, providing immediate pressure release from the grouphead once an espresso pull is completed, allowing the portafilter to be removed and the next shot to be prepared instantly. For excellent temperature stability, its portafilters and grouphead are made of heavy-duty marine-grade brass with chrome plating. The machine works with coffee pods and is designed to deliver two cups at once. Other convenient features include a hot-water dispenser for tea, a frothing wand for crema, and a cup warmer. A single- and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, coffee tamper, and 7-gram measuring scoop are included. Its 72-ounce water reservoir is removable for easy filling or cleaning. To keep the espresso machine clean, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth. The unit measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches. --Catie Unger ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches
  • Coffee/espresso machine with 72-ounce removable water reservoir
  • Stainless-steel housing; brass portafilters and grouphead for temperature stability
  • 17-1/2-bar pump with high-voltage boiler; hot-water dispenser; frothing wand
  • Single- and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, tamper, and measuring scoop included

9. Saeco Vienna Deluxe SuperAutomatic Espresso Coffee and Cappuccino Machine
list price: $675.00
our price: $599.00
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Asin: B00005LVWR
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Saeco
Sales Rank: 8473
Average Customer Review: 2.78 out of 5 stars
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Made in Italy, this 1,250-watt machine eliminates the fuss of creating espresso and espresso drinks at home by automating the entire process. With the push of a button, the machine grinds coffee beans without burning them, tamps the ground coffee into the brew group, brews a cup of espresso, and then dumps the spent grounds into a container--all in about 30 seconds. For creating a cappuccino or latte, there's a hot water/steam wand with a milk-frothing attachment, and there's only a 10-second delay from brewing to steaming. A button selects one or two cups, a knob adjusts cup size up to 10 ounces. For safety, the machine shuts off if the grinder runs out of beans or the water tank is empty (control-panel lights indicate specific problems).

The machine measures 15 inches high, 13 inches wide, and 13 inches deep; weighs 19 pounds; rotates on a swivel base; and, with a gleaming, silver plastic exterior, looks great on the counter. The bean hopper holds about 12-1/2 ounces (8.8 ounces of espresso beans are included), the removable, transparent water tank holds 57 ounces, the grinder adjusts from fine to coarse, and a dose adjustment controls the amount of coffee ground per serving (from 6 to 9 grams). For cleanup, parts remove easily. The machine comes with an exceptionally thorough and clear instruction booklet and video, and it carries a one-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Rapid-Steam frothing and brewing without waiting or changing the temperature
  • Opti-Dose allows adjusting the coffee amount to be ground, from 6 to 9 grams
  • Removable brew group for easy rinsing; convenient swivel base
  • High-quality conical burr grinder delivers consistent, even, and fine grinding
  • Measures 13 by 13 by 15 inches; 1-year warranty

Reviews (23)

1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely unhappy
I am extremely unhappy with this product. It did work well for the first year of light use, but since then it has been a nightmare. 2 times in the shop well over $100.00 at each wack. Parts for it seem to be very hard to get as it takes well over a month for the shop to get it. Communications with factory rep and parts department are almost impossible to get through.
Stay away from this item, it is not worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feature Packed, Low Price
We own the Vienna de Luxe and find it very easy to use. I would compare the espresso this machine makes with that of what I get at my local coffee bar. It is well assembled and thought out in its design. Particular interest was the fact that it gives you instant steam (what Saeco calls Rapid Steam). I like the fact it makes perfect espresso, cappuccino and lattes. I drink mainly espresso though. Just pour in your favorite coffee beans and press a button. It will start grinding the coffee beans, dump the ground coffee into the brew system, and presto - out comes your espresso. And it's not messy! It takes about 25 seconds to brew a shot of espresso from start to finish. The price is a little high, but it's worth it. It saves me money in the long run becuase I don't have to spend $3.00 at the coffee bar anymore!

3-0 out of 5 stars In Shock and Awe
I found out that a local Bath Bed and Beyond (Rockville, Maryland) carried this same machine and was allowing customers to use this machine in their store. I loved the expresso that it produced and the Saceo Vinnea is a big step up from my $200 Starbuck's Saceo Barista. However, I was shocked that it is mostly made of plastic and that the buttons have a flimsy cheap feel to it. I did expect the plastic to have a better feel; so it was dissapointing to me. Other than the lack of a cup warmer, its short frothing tool, and its plastic body it makes a good espresso. I could not over look its plastic body and and this price I think that you can do a better with Starbuck's Saceo Italia. It cost $530 and it has better buttons , a metal body, a cup warmer,a ground coffee bypass and, a better frothing wand. In my opinon if you are going to spend $600 on an espresso machine this is not the one to spend it on.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Step Up...
After buying coffee makers sometimes twice per year, and given that my recent marriage created a "she likes her coffee very strong, and I like mine regular" issue, I decided to invest the $600 in this machine. It is truly incredible (so far...). We've had it for about 4 months now. The striking features are the ease of use, quickness of making a custom cup of coffee (less than a minute), and it's heavy usage. We make 10-20 cups per day often. The coffee that comes out of this machine is truly unbeleivable. It has a slightly creamy taste, and I have never tasted coffee this good - even at a Starbucks. We have tried different types of beans (even Sam's Club's Kona beans are great..). The coffee is so good that some of my 19 year old's son's friends have taken up drinking coffee and come here often just for ours. The machine has had no problems (knock on wood...). It performs magnificently. The only down sides are the water reservoir which must be manually filled (probably holds enough for 4-6 cups depending on the size you choose). Also, you must remember to empty the grounds or you can get a mess and have to open it up and remove a large mechanism to clean it out. It does hold a lot of grounds in it's disposal basket, incidentally. The nice features about it are the fact that it can make one of two cups of coffee at the same time, and you can adjust both the amount of coffee (for the size of cup) and the strength of the coffee easily. We really don't use the steam/frothing mechanism so I can't comment on it. I would recommend this maker to anyone. There do seem to be a lot of mixed reviews on the internet related to the long term stability of this machine, but I have seen reviews posted by individuals who claim 20 cups of coffee a day for years out of this model. I suspect the real issue is taking care of it, not letting it run out of water often, and keeping the grounds cleaned out. But I will see over time. As I state, we've only had it for about 4 months, but so far it performs like a Sherman tank...

1-0 out of 5 stars We are going to make a planter out of IT!!!
Do not buy this machine. For a "super-automatic", it the most high maintenance machine I have ever seen. It made great coffee for about 9 months and then the grinder broke. Luckily it was under warranty, although I had to negotiate with Saeco to actually get it fixed under warranty. It cost $50 to send it back and another $40 for a temp espresso machine for my husbands espresso addiction. We got it back and one month later it quit working again. So once again it got sent back to Saeco and it really hasn't worked right since. It is not worth the cost. REALLY. To spend this much money and only have it work for a year is ridiculous. ... Read more


10. Krups 867-42 Il Caffe Bistro 10-Cup Coffee/4-Cup Espresso Maker
list price: $215.00
our price: $169.99
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Asin: B00004SPCV
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Krups
Sales Rank: 848
Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

By combining a regular coffeemaker and espresso machine, this1500-watt appliance makes it possible to satisfy every coffee cravingwith a single, compact unit. Separate water tanks permit simultaneouscoffee and espresso brewing for satisfying everyone at once. Theespresso-machine side includes a steam nozzle with a foolproof frothingattachment for creating coffee drinks like cappuccino and café latté.Making espresso follows tradition: tamping the proper amount of coffeeinto a filter basket inside a filter holder, twisting the filter holderonto the machine, pouring water into the machine's boiler, and twistingthe control knob, which instantly goes from the off position to brewingespresso or frothing milk. Depending on the amount of water, up to four2-ounce cups will then be brewed into an 8-ounce glass carafe.

Making regular coffee also adheres to tradition: inserting a filterinto the filter basket, spooning in coffee, pouring water into thecoffeemaker's tank, and pressing a button. Depending on the amount ofwater, up to ten 5-ounce cups of coffee will then be brewed into a50-ounce glass carafe, which sits on a warming plate. Removing thecarafe from the warming plate pauses the brewing process for 20 secondsto accommodate a midbrew pour. A programmable digital clock/timer makesit possible to brew wake-up coffee at a selected time up to 24 hours inadvance. For safety, the machine automatically shuts off two hoursafter brewing. The machine has a bright plastic exterior, measures 13inches wide, 12 inches high, and 10 inches deep, weighs 4-3/4 pounds,and carries a one-year warranty against defects. An illustrated bookletprovides clear operating instructions. --Fred Brack

Editor's note: This item may arrive with water inside from themanufacturer's pressure test. This is a normal occurrence and doesn'tindicate a problem with the machine. ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 13 by 12 by 10 inches; 1-year limited warranty, 90 days for parts and service
  • Dual-purpose machine brews 10 5-ounce cups regular coffee, 4 cups espresso
  • Separate water tanks permit simultaneous coffee and espresso brewing
  • Steam nozzle with frothing attachment covers making cappuccino and caffe latte
  • Programmable 24-hour clock/timer for "wake-up" coffee; 20-second pause for mid-brew pour

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars 8 Years Old and Still Works Flawlessly
I bought this unit 8 years ago and it hasn't skipped a beat. I've made coffee with it almost every day and it still works as well as the day I bought it. It's performance is nothing short of remarkable. I recommend cleaning it with 1/2 strength vinegar at least once a year to remove mineral deposits.

As far as the espresso function, I've used it sporadically but have always been impressed with the quality of the foam/brew. I couldn't imagine a better performing coffemaker in terms of appearance, quality, and function for the price.

When and if this unit fails, I will definitely buy another Krups model.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid performer
I have the previous version of this machine which I have used practically every day for about the last 10 YEARS! And it works just fine. The large 10 cup pot/section is easy to clean, easy to pour, makes good coffee. The espresso part I have used daily since returning from Spain this last April, and it works very well. I really can't think of anything this machine should do that it doesn't. When using the frothing milk attachment you are going to have to clean it, but you really can't make great coffee without making a little mess. Does everything it should, does it well, been doing it for a long time.

2-0 out of 5 stars Espresso Schmesso!
Recently bought this product after my old machine, a combo like this one, finally gave out after 13 years. Right off the bat the espresso side isn't working. Water goes through okay by itself, but when there's coffee in the filter I only get about 2 cups of product when I poured in 4 cups of water! I'll be calling soon to either get this fixed or to send it back.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a mistake to purchase this product
I have had Krups products before so when I wanted to own a dual machine I looked up different reviews and picked this one. Wish someone had told me what a problem that would be. First the espresso machine broke after 1.5 months of use!!! I called to get it fixed and even though I sent in the registration card, they have no way of confirming my purchase so officially it isn't under warranty. In addition, even though I live in a major metropolitan area (DC) the closest service center is 1.5 hours away. I am suppose to drive 3 hours to fix a machine that broke so soon? Not helpful and wish I didn't have a broken machine. Waste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars great machine!!!
Ok, I have the older version that doesn't have the timer. It was a wedding gift over 7 years ago. We used this machine (both coffee and espresso sides) daily sometimes several times a day and it wasn't until recently that we had problems.

We made the mistake of not cleaning with vinegar on a regular basis and ended up clogging the espresso side because of our hard water. The coffee side still works, but I miss my morning mocha latte. :( Technically, I did fix the espresso side by using Lime Away, but can't get that smelll and taste out of the coffee for it to be safe to consume. So, my advice is to clean with 1/2 vinegar 1/2 water on a regular basis and stay away from Lime Away.

So, I'm back in the market for an espresso machine and we will purchase a new Krups dual machine as soon as we get a water softener. In the meantime I'm purchasing a cheap espresso machine, as the "coffee shop" trips are becoming too frequent and cost too much.

As for people complaining about the sturdiness of htis machine - I don't know what they are talking about. I have NEVER had a problem with the plastic breaking or anything like that. Also, I've never experienced leaks in 7 years. Of course, I loved my machine and took care of it too - with the exception of removing hard water build up.

Oh yeah, the coffee tastes awesome. I'm not a lover of strong coffee, but we have always purchased beans and ground them ourselves. So, our coffee is fresh and tastes wonderful. I highly recommend this machine for the coffee lover. ... Read more


11. Jura-Capresso 13180 Impressa S8 Automatic Coffee Center, Dual Tone Platinum
list price: $2,650.00
our price: $1,999.00
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Asin: B0000CFH7R
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 20101
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Features

  • Automatic Maintenance and cleaning
  • Commercial Conical Burr Grinder
  • Programmable cup size, coffee strength, temperature
  • Integrated pure water system cleans the water just before brewing
  • Dual Frother Plus

12. SAECO 10008 V'spresso Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

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Asin: B0002CEL4C
Catlog: Kitchen
Sales Rank: 84215
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Features

  • One-touch-button technology that grinds whole beans and brews fresh coffee every time
  • The adjustable Opti-Dose that regulates the amount of ground coffee used, allowing personal control coffee strength
  • Patented Brew Group that tamps the ground coffee then brews it with a 15 bar pressurized pump and dispenses rich flavorful coffee into the cup
  • Rapid Steam begins frothing milk with little waiting time after brewing
  • Pannarello steam wand which froths and steams evenly into the milk creating thick, creamy froth for any coffee drink

13. Capresso 302.01 Mini-S 4-Cup Safety Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
list price: $75.00
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B00007B8R6
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 479
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Measures 10 by 7 by 9 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Unique dual frother for frothing cappuccinos or steaming for lattes
  • 3-way safety switch; choose between full pressure and maximum steam output
  • 4-cup capacity, dishwasher-safe, glass carafe
  • Includes instruction video and measuring scoop

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Espresso Machine!
I am in love with this little espresso maker. I have never made espresso at home, but was tired of giving Starbucks all my money! I decided to try this and am very pleased with the results! The directions (written and on video) were very easy to follow and it made wonderful latte on my first try! It doesn't take up much room on the counter and looks nice. If you're looking for an easy basic machine, I wouldn't hesistate to recommend this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for first time users!
I purchased this machine after much research and to my surprise; it has far exceeded my expectations. Why? Well first let me inform you that I had absolutely no espresso/cappuccino machine experience and that this Mini-S is in fact my first machine. So back to why?

1. Capresso does an excellent job with the instructional video and so you can feel very confident when making your first cup.

2. During my research I kept reading that some of the other less expense machines don't get up to a high enough temperature - well this is NOT a problem with this machine. BUT if you are making cappuccino MAKE sure that you froth/steam the milk enough to bring it to the right temperature or you will in fact experience a cooler cup of cappuccino.

3. Another complaint I heard about other machines is that the frother/steamer is too low to put a proper sized frothing pitcher. NOT the case with this machine. I purchased the Krups 085 - 20-ounce frothing pitcher and I have plenty of room.

4. This machine doesn't require a tamper - I don't know why but it doesn't and so that is one less item to buy!

5. IT MAKES AN EXCELLENT CUP OF CAPPUCCINO!! My wife and I purchased Espresso from Starbucks and had them grind it (so no need to buy a special espresso grinder) then we compared the cappuccino we made using the Mini-S & Starbucks brand espresso and the cup of cappuccino we had Starbucks make and they were identical!!!! (BTW - DO NOT use regular coffee so do make sure you buy real espresso and have it ground up for you)

I'm certain there are cons to this machine but being a first time user I have to say that I haven't found one yet and that is why I give this machine 5 STARS.

Good luck with your pursuit of a great cup! ... Read more


14. Bodum 3020-16US Espresso Granos
list price: $625.00
our price: $499.99
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Asin: B0000C8W86
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Bodum
Sales Rank: 28470
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Just by looking, it's not hard to believe this automatic espresso machine won The Chicago Athenaeum's prestigious Good Design 2003 award. But, in addition to the sophisticated modern styling, the machine’s many innovative features make it easy to brew great-tasting espresso, cappuccino, and latte drinks. To take the guesswork out of making the perfect cup, the Granos offers a fully programmable control panel. Set it to accommodate individual preferences, or choose a single or double espresso by simply pushing a button. There's also the option of using either regular ground coffee or the popular pre-packed espresso pods. The Bodum Granos' ThermoBlock heating system ensures the correct water temperature for extracting the coffee's full flavor, while its unique water system expels used water rather than letting it flow back into the fresh-water reservoir. A 19-bar pump, dual-wall filter, and a stabilizing baffle in combination ensure a consistent, correct release of pressure. Its filter holder and handle are made of chrome-plated brass, and all internal and external components are made from metal and high-quality electrical parts. Additional features include a cup warmer, a steam wand for making cappuccino and latte drinks, and an adapter for attaching bottled water directly to the machine. A tamper and single, double, and pod shot filters are included. This espresso machine carries a two-year limited warranty. --Catie Unger ... Read more

Features

  • 2-year limited warranty
  • Single or double espresso at the push of a button; fully programmable
  • Chrome-plated brass filter holder; 19-bar pump; ThermoBlock provides full-flavored coffee
  • Cup warmer; water-bottle adapter; steam wand for making cappuccino and latte drinks
  • Uses ground coffee or espresso pods; tamper and single, double, and pod shot filters included

15. Capresso 121.01 Ultima Semi-Automatic Coffee and Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
list price: $440.00
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B00005AC5C
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 3182
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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By eliminating the usual fuss and mess, this 1,200-watt machine makes it easy to brew espresso and make cappuccinos and lattes at home or in the office. It's semiautomatic because all that's required is to fill the water tank, place ground coffee into a receptacle, and pull a lever. Within seconds coffee flows from the double spout, which adjusts for different cup heights, into one or two cups. No tamping is required because the machine tamps the coffee precisely and automatically. Nor is it necessary to clean used coffee grounds out of a messy filter holder, because there is no filter holder, and the machine automatically discards grounds into a waste tray. The tray also catches overflows, and a light shows when it needs emptying.

For steaming and frothing milk to make cappuccinos, lattes, and hot chocolates and for delivering hot water for tea, there's a wand that rotates out to fit inside a pitcher or cup. The coffee receptacle accepts 7 to 15 grams (one or two fillings of the included scoop), and the powerful pump supplies enough hot water each time to fill cups from 1-1/2 ounces to 12 ounces, which means it will make a big mug of regular coffee as well as an espresso. The 53-ounce water tank is transparent for water-level monitoring. Water heats quickly thanks to the 1,200-watt heating coil, and a thermostat light shows when the water is hottest. The machine has internal storage for the power cord and comes with clear instructions, drink recipes, and a one-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 15 by 16 by 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Brews from 1-1/2 to 12 ounces of espresso or regular coffee in seconds
  • No-mess, no-fuss: automatically tamps coffee and discards used grounds
  • Removable 53-ounce water tank; double brewing spout fills 2 cups at once
  • Steaming wand froths milk for cappuccinos and caffe lattes

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars 8 months and going strong.
Lots of reviews on how the Ultima performed in the first few rounds, so I though I would add my 2 cents on "longer term" performance.

This machine is dangerous. Dangerously addictive, that is. If you love espresso based drinks, you WILL feel like making a cup after every meal to accompany your dessert. And then the morning pre-breakfast cup and the afternoon one with an almond-hazelnut double-chocolate biscotti. Control, control...

It is super easy to make a drink, and not tamping and cleaning after each cup is a god-send. You have to try a non-automatic and know what a chore those tasks are to appreciate the simple advantages and joys of this semi-auto baby.

And the taste - ah, beautiful. For all of you living around a Trader Joe's store, I highly recommend the Roma Coffee Beans - less than 20 cents a cup gets you a coffee that rivals some of the best in Roma.

Hope it keeps running for along time, but it has served me and my guests well for over 8 months.

Cheers!

5-0 out of 5 stars I could not be happier with this machine
I am an engineer, and fairly demanding when it comes to product design. I could not be happier with this product for the money. It's fast: you turn it on and by the time you have scooped the coffee in, it's heated up and ready to go. It is amazingly easy to use: you turn a lever and scoop coffee in, turn the lever again and turn it on. It's about as simple to use as a Mr. Coffee machine once you use it once or twice, but it looks complicated at first and my somewhat lazy coworkers still go to the coffee shop rather than plan ahead and buy coffee and milk. It usually froths milk wonderfully. The coffee, cappucino, and espressos I've made taste as good as anything I've gotten from a coffee shop. As others have said, grind the coffee halfway between an espresso grind and a drip cofee grind and you'll be fine.

If you are buying this for an office like I did, it is noisier than a Mr. Cofee machine, it's probably on par with the noise from a dishwasher: it's fine for a lunchroom or a file room where a door can be closed, but I wouldn't recommend it in an open area in which people work. For home use, it should be OK.

Where this product really shines is the cleanup. It really takes very little time to keep this unit clean, which was my biggest fear when buying one. I wipe the frother (the spout where the steam comes out) with a sponge after each use (takes all of 5 seconds). After 5-6 uses, a light comes on telling you to pour out the used coffee grinds, which takes all of 10 seconds. After about 10 uses, I remove the top, rinse it in the sink, wipe down the exposed inside, and then rerinse the removed top. During this time, I soak the frother and then reinstall everything back into place. It sounds complicated, but it isn't, and it takes about a minute or two per week. You'll save more than that even if you work next door to a coffee shop.

This is my first cappucino machine, and I've had it for over a year and use it twice each workday. I'm really happy with it and would recommend it to anyone interested in a cappuccino machine at this price point. It's a consumer product, not a $700 industrial-grade machine you can expect to smash around, but it's priced accordingly and the ease of use and quality of coffees it produces makes it a real value. It allows me to use water-process decaffinated coffee that no coffee shop will use because it doesn't taste as good as standard decaf, but doesn't have the chemicals that I don't want. And, it's much faster than going to the coffee shop, which in my case, is only 3 doors from my office building. And when it is raining out, who wants to walk even 3 doors away to a coffee shop?

I had some complaints, but they really had more to do with my inexperience. Now that I have had the thing for a year I upped my rating to 5 stars from 4. 2 double-size cappuccinos per day x 200 work days x $3 = $1200. The $300 it costs, plus $150 in coffee I've spent (Peets most expensive blend) + $50 in milk means I've saved $700 in the first year, and a whole lot of time. After a year of use, it still works perfectly, but if it broke tomorrow, I'd buy another one.

5-0 out of 5 stars love it
This machine makes *great* espresso and crema and is very easy to operate (after taking 5-10 minutes to review the directions). It is wonderful when making several cups at a time as the used grounds are automatically dumped into a hidden reservoir which reduces time and clean-up between brews.

I have only noticed problems with coffee temperature if I use the steamer first, then switch to coffee mode. Otherwise, coffee temps are perfect. I have not found a grind that is too fine for this machine, and it seems the finer the grind, the better the flavor.

My only real beef is that condensation collects in the coffee chute, so some of the grounds get stuck on the way to the brew chamber.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great warm espresso maker
I have had my Capresso Ultima since Christmas and use it everyday to make at least two lattes. Many of the above reviews expound its virtues and I agree with all of them. The only real fault I have found is the temperature of the espresso. I have found that I need to warm the finished product in the microwave as what comes out is only warm. I also have emailed the company about this on two occasions and have received no response.

5-0 out of 5 stars Over 5,000 espresso served and still going...
I bought this machine in Europe almost 2 years ago for work and every morning we all use this machine to make our morning espresso. Because we share the cost, we are still counting how many cups are made, and we are now well over 5,000 espressos. And still no problem at all with this heavily used machine !
On the downside, the coffee is not really hot. Some people prefer to put it in the microwave for a minute. ... Read more


16. Breville ESP8XL Café Roma Stainless Espresso Maker
list price: $299.99
our price: $249.99
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Asin: B0002VAFWA
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: HWI/Breville USA
Sales Rank: 24664
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Features

  • Stainless-steel espresso machine with 15-bar Thermoblock pump
  • Dual-wall filter system for excellent crema; froth enhancer; cup-warming plate
  • Large, easy-fill 1-2/7-quart water tank; external water window indicates when tank is low
  • Removable drip tray and grid; stainless-steel espresso cup set and frothing jug included
  • Measures 9 by 9 by 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty

17. Krups FNC2 Novo 3000 Espresso/Cappuccino/Latte Maker
list price: $250.00
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0000DBJRX
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Krups
Sales Rank: 2299
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Measures 8-1/4 by 9-1/2 by 11 inches; 1-year warranty
  • Espresso, cappuccino, latte maker with 16-bar pump with ThermoBlock technology
  • 2 filter holders, 1 ground coffee and 1 ESE pods, provides no-mess espresso making
  • Perfect Froth attachment for cappuccinos and lattes; hot water for tea; removable drip tray
  • Large, 37-ounce removable water tank covers extended use, without refilling

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Too complicated
Based on previously posted reviews I bought this item. Big mistake. Unless you are an unemployed nuclear physicist (genius with endless amount of free time) you would be better served with a $30 Mr. Coffee espresso machine. Had to send it back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great espresso maker for those on a budget
If, like me, you love coffee, especially lattes and cappucinos, but have more taste than dollars, this is the espresso maker for you.

It's an inexpensive pump machine which really does deliver the goods: fast espresso and frothy milk.

After testing it out today, I feel fully caffinated for the first time since I moved to the Great Plains from the Northwest.

I used the bottom of the line Krups espresso maker back in the day, and then used an inexpensive Capresso for the last six years, until it finally died.

Shopping at my local housewares store, I was drawn to this one because of its attractive form factor, and the fact that it wouldn't overpower my small kitchen. I'm an artist and aesthetics are important to me and this machine has a nice clean design.

I was skeptical that an inexpensive pump machine could really deliver, but this one does. I love not having to wait to pull a second espresso.

And let's face it: Krups has the milk frothing thing down. Nobody makes a frothier frother than Krups.

I confess I thought that espresso pods were overpriced and entirely unnecessary. I'm glad that Krups included a sample of the Illy pods, because after using them, I'm hooked. Just 20 seconds, and you have a lovely espresso with a nice crema.

There's a lot to be said, especially in the morning, for no measuring or cleanup and there are sources for more affordable pods at amazon.com from Espressione and Terrafazione. I've ordered the Terrafazione ones, as I'm homesick for the Northwest, and I intend to try them both.

Some hints:

Do warm up the machine, as instructed. Then you'll have nice, HOT espresso.

The see through water window is almost impossible to see in my kitchen. Others have suggested putting a ping pong ball (!) or other plastic ball inside as a gauge. I think I'll just get in the habit of topping off the water level before I make coffee.

If you have a large milk steaming pitcher, as I do, I find it much easier to use the frother if I put the entire coffee maker on a wooden cutting board. This raises the frother another 3/4 of an inch or so, making it easier to get the pitcher underneath.

Be warned that there isn't a lot of clearance between the filter holder and the bottom of the machine, so you won't be able to use tall cups. I have some oversize but wide cups I like to use for lattes, and they just fit.

With this espresso maker, and a low tech French press, all my coffee desires are satisfied.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the price
We've been using this machine for about three weeks and have few complaints. The biggest problem is temperature. In order to get really hot coffee I recommend you run your espresso cups under scalding hot water for thirty seconds or so before you make the coffee. The "warming plate" on top of the machine is useless. There are some slight leaking problems but it's not that big a deal so long as you make sure that water doesn't leak into the cups while espresso is being made (you will dilute your drink). Heating milk and making froth is easy but you should read the instructions thoroughly and practice. I feel like I haven't yet figured out how to do this properly. The pods work great but aren't cheap. Wiping out coffee grinds when not using the pod can be cumbersome. Overall we're satisfied with the machine.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for now...but will it last?
The Novo 3000 was exactly what we were looking for in a machine and in the exact price range. It is very easy to use and heats up so fast. Very professional machine indeed for the money. The crema is awesome and the froth is the best, like white clouds of love atop your mocha. I made an investment and like burned coffee I have been burned before on other machines...please God let this one be different, so far so good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Barista
I have had this unit for several months. It replaced a 14 year old Grangaggia that I had rebuilt several times. The quality of the espresso is very consistent and even makes common coffee taste good. If you like froth this machine will put a head on that steamed milk sometimes to excess. Easy to use and easy to clean. I use mine daily. ... Read more


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Asin: B00070M5VU
Catlog: Kitchen
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19. Jura-Capresso 13187 Impressa E8 Super-Automatic Espresso Machine, Black
list price: $1,350.00
our price: $999.00
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Asin: B00066814A
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Capresso
Sales Rank: 35488
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Features

  • Measures 13-3/5 by 11 by 17 inches; 1-year limited warranty for household use
  • 1450-watt automatic espresso machine with 18-bar pump and ThermoBlock heating unit
  • Commercial-grade conical burr grinder; 8-digit LED display; 64-ounce removable water tank
  • Dual Frother Plus for steaming milk or hot water; electronic water-level sensor; auto shut-off
  • Cleaning tablets, Clearyl filter, water-hardness indicator strip, measuring scoop, and instruction video included

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Asin: B0001734YQ
Catlog: Kitchen
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