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ECO310BK review

The ECO310BK review

This ECO310BK review will highlight some of the key features of this espresso machine and how well they work together to produce an espresso. The ECO310BK (from De’Longi) is a small machine that takes up very little space in the kitchen. In addition,  although parts of it look a little flimsy, it has a nice professional finish that makes it look more expensive than it actually is.

To extract the maximum value from the ECO310BK you will need to use a good quality,  ground coffee. The reason for this is the 15 bars of pressure that the ECO310BK  produces would push the water too rapidly though the machine , preventing large chunks of  the cheaper, coarser coffee from soaking up the flavours. (Please note that Lavazza or Illy coffee works particularly well with this model.)

A common gripe with a number of the De’Longi machines is the fact that they can take a considerable amount of time to heat up. However, this is not problem with the ECO310BK as it has a 15 bar pump heating the water. In addition, there are other steps you can take to guarantee piping hot espresso with this model:

First,  run water through the machine at least 9 times to get the machine really hot. Once this is done and the machine is nicely warm,  open the steam valve and  let the water drip out. Once dry steam is released you may then shut the valve off. You’ll only  have to do this once.

Secondly, after you’ve heated your machine 9 times, fill the water tank again and press the on switch and tamp your coffee  grinds. Insert the basket into the portafilter and your ready to pull your first shot.Whilst you are doing this, heat the filters and the cups with water prior to brewing your  espresso.

Two items that you may need to replace  with this machine over time  are the tamper and the frothing wand. The build on both could be improved . The frother, in particular, would be easier to use front to back  rather than having to manoeuver it in a sideways direction in order for it to line up with your cup.

The water tank is a good size and is easy to access when it needs to be refilled. It heats up the drinks quickly (your talking about a minute-and-a-half before your first drink is ready). It is also an easy machine to clean.

In terms of a design improvement, there could be a little more room between the the nozzle and the cup holder: I would estimate there to be only 3.5 inches currently which allows only enough space to insert small cups  for refills.

So, in conclusion, this ECO310BK review will hopefully give you  an indication of what this machine can do. For the  price tag of $150 – $200 dollars this is a good machine to hone your  espresso making skills before you move on to larger models. In the final analysis the output of the ECO310BK cannot be faulted: it produces tasty coffee with a nice crema.

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Nespresso D150

The Compact  Nespresso D150

The Nespresso D150  machine encompasses all the best  characteristics of Nespresso machines at a relatively low price point. The first thing to notice is because the Nespresso D150 uses coffee capsules, there is none of the attendant mess you’d normally associate with machines that use coffee beans where tamping and roasting form  part of the brewing process.

However, a disadvantage of using capsules is you lose the ability to mix and match different coffee flavors. It is down  to the Nespresso company what coffee blend goes into each of the containers. Having said all that,  Nespresso have combined some wonderful flavours with this product. Particular attention should be paid to both the Arpeggio and Livanto blends which are well worth sampling.

The selection of coffees are not just based on flavor, you can also choose them by their respective strengths. One of the most popular is the rich roast selection, but a range of lighter coffees are also available. As an added bonus, the machine comes pre-supplied with 12 capsules to get you going!

Although it is a relatively small machine, the flavors produced by the Nespresso D150 are actually quite powerful. This is due in no small part to the fact this model produces 19 bars of high pressure.

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Nespresso D150 Espresso Machine

As I said at the start of this post,  there are always trade offs with Nespresso machines.
This is due to the fact you are using coffee capsules wher it is impossible to interfere with the drink. On the plus side, the capsules are clean, self contained and easy to manage. Pretty much the same thing could be said about machine itself. Because of it’s compact dimensions it has proven particularly popular with those who work in small  offices or who live in  apartments.

Another interesting feature of most Nespresso  machines is you do not have to purchase any machine  accessories. For example, the Nespresso D150 does not require tamping or grounding equipment in order to prep the coffee. Also, the coffee pods will stay fresh for as long as you need them so you are under no pressure to use them immediately.

The downside is you are restricted to using the coffee Nespresso supplies. If you like the flavours then that will not be an issue , but, be aware, you will not be able to experiment with other coffees.

In terms of costs, the capsules are purchased directly from Nespresso and work out at about €0.45 cent per cup. If you need to check anything directly with Nespresso, you will need to contact their customer service department.

One further feature  worth highlighting is the milk frother.  Although it takes a bit of time to get used of, once you become skilled in it’s use,  it will add a nice crema to your drinks.

A couple of pointers you need to be aware of:  the cup warmer on top of the machine is not that effective,  particularly if you like your coffee very hot. The other thing to watch out for is the drip tray on the machine is not deep and can sometimes overflow.

So, based on your budget and the amount of space you have to play with, the Nespresso D150  will brew a great cup of coffee for you. Just be aware you will have to use  Nespresso capsules.

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Presso Espresso Review

If your looking to buy a small, flexible coffee maker that you can take with you anywhere, then the following Presso espresso review Presso espresso review may assist you in making your buying decision.

The Presso is a  small arched espresso machine that relies on human input, rather than electricity, to pull a shot of espresso. Opening the product box for the first time you are presented with the silver, hand polished Presso,  a frother for your milk, a chrome portafilter and a combined coffee scoop and tamper

What I liked about  the Presso is that you can  take it apart and put it back together again. Being able to do this obviously gives you a better understanding of any piece of machinery.

For you to get the best possible shot out of this espresso machine the following combination of factors must be in place: you must get the water and tamp pressure right and you should also be using freshly roast beans. (With preground you won’t get the nice crema which is the hallmark of all good coffee)

If any of these factors are omitted from your grind then you you won’t be using this machine to the maximum of it’s potential.

Although this Presso Espresso review focuses on the machine itself you’ll also need to invest in a good grinder to extract the best from the beans you use . The first grinder I’ve seen recommended to use in conjunction with the Presso  is the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder which allows you to choose from 14 different settings for the type of coffee you’d like to use. The second grinder is the Kyocera Ceramic Hand grinder. This device consists of a ceramic grinding mechanism that allows for fine to coarse grinds.

To extend the life of the Presso ensure to clean it. This may sound like obvious advice but you’d be surprised by the number of machines I’ve seen where this does not happen. If you do not clean your machine then you are risking it suffering long term damage. Cleaning should take place in the following way:

Warm up the portfilter by pouring hotwater through it. Ensure, of course, there is no coffee in the machine when doing this. It can also be washed occasionally in warm, soapy water, however do not let salt water near it.  The Presso should not be put through a dishwasher although the frother that comes with it is dishwasher safe.

And now my favorite thing about this machine: making an espresso shot! There is something very therapeutic about making coffee with the Presso: maybe it’s the way you neatly tamp down the coffee for insertion into the portafilter, pouring the water in at the head of the machine, letting it mix for 20 seconds with the grind. Or maybe it’s the way  you open the arms of the Presso and press down firmly for the coffee to drip out like drops of black honey! When pressing the arms, do this slightly at first then press the whole way.

A couple of times some of my shots have been fairly lukewarm, but then I doubled checked the water I’d used and the problem was  I’d let it get too cold before pouring into the machine.

The Presso has less electronics to guide you along, so it will prove more of a test of your coffee making skills .  So, if want to understand what bean types to use with an espresso machine, how high you should fill your portafilter, what’s the correct extraction temperature for your machine, how quickly from start to finish your shot will be completed, then the Presso is  for you.

I hope this Presso espresso review has been helpful in making up your mind for you. The Presso will never take the place of a more expensive machine but it does make very good coffee and comes in at a very reasonable price.

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Keurig b145

The Keurig B145 is a powerful espresso machine used mainly in an office setting where 15 to 20 cups of coffee a day consumption is  not uncommon. The Keurig b145 is only certified for commercial use but consumers do use it in the home.  This is a paired back model in comparison to other Keurig machines. However this does not detract from the fact it is a solid and reliable performer. The indicator lights on the b145 inform you when the water is heated, when the machine needs to be descaled and when the tank needs to be filled.

This espresso machine effectively works off one touch. This one touch allows a user to brew a cup of tea, coffee or coca in approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

One of the characteristics of this espresso maker is that, unlike the Keurig b40 and other Keurig models, you cannot use the My K-cup coffee system. The Keurig B145 only accepts Keurig K-cups coffee modules  which are effectively premade coffee samples (200 available) which you insert into the  machine in order to produce your drink. Now, there is nothing wrong with Keurig K-cups and there are a great range of flavours available, but you do lose the flexibility to choose and experiment with your own flavours. The My K cup system does allows you to use your own coffee in the machine.

However if you do not wish to use the Keurig K-cups there is a workaround. A system called  Ekobrew  – similar to Keurig K-cups – works perfectly with the Keurig b145. Again, Ekobrew  allows you to experiment with the coffee you use in the machine.

From a design perspective this is an extremely rugged coffee maker with an industrial strength pump. Some customers have complained that the pump in the machine is a little loud,  but the general consensus is that as the pump is being primed this noise lasts for no more than 30 seconds.

Judge  for yourself by looking at this video from another Keurig with a similar pump.

To extend the life of the machine it is important to use bottled or filtered water. This is particularly important if you want to cut down on the amount of times you descale the b145. If you do run into problems the unit comes with a 1 year warranty.

When starting to prep your brew you’ll notice how easy  to use and accessible the water tank is. This reservoir sits on the left hand side of the machine and can be filled using it’s large top portion.  When the machine is first used there can be a slightly plastic taste to the tea. This, I discovered , was rectified instantly by thoroughly washing the water tank in a dishwasher cycle. The tank ,incidentally, holds 48 ounces of water.

Once the water  reservoir  begins heating you will be drinking your fist 10 oz cup of coffee  in under 5 minutes.

Although a 10 oz coffee size is available you also have the option of drinking 6 to 8 oz size espressos also.

A couple additional features that are worth mentioning: if you leave the machine on for longer than two hours it will automatically switch itself of. This is a useful, energy saving feature and will help you save on your electricity bill. The Keurig B145 also has an internal draining mechanism that will soak up the water in the centre of the machine if you need to transport it anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CBTL Kaldi

The CBTL Kaldi

The CBTL Kaldi is a one touch machine that serves both coffee and tea. Despite all the technology that has been crammed into it’s compact frame , you’ll be surprised at how small a foot print it  leaves in a kitchen. For example, you could easily place this machine on any kitchen top shelf  and still have plenty of room left for other appliances.

CBTL Kaldi Coffee Machine

Because of it’s small size, it also has a compact water tank that is easy to remove and clean. It is important to give the water tank a thorough clean the first time you use it as this will prevent your first drinks from having a plastic taste.

To clean the CBTL Kaldi,  fill it’s tank up to the fill line – this incidentally should get you about 40 ounces of water – clean the tank and then empty it. In the now empty tank  place the filters that came with the machine. Fill it again with cold, filtered water and then run a cycle. Do this without placing a pod into the pod bay.   Once the machine has run it’s cycle, take the filters out of the tank and refill it again.

Insert the first coffee capsule into the machine. Wait for the brew light to stop flickering. Once this has happened the CBTL Kaldi  is ready to use. On the front panel are 3 buttons which signify the strength of your drink. The top button represents 1.5 ounces of espresso, the middle button is for a long espresso and the large button provides a 9 ounce drink. Make your selection and press down on the lever. After the cycle has been completed, lift the lever  and the spent pod descends into the waste basket. This whole process should take no more than a  minute for an espresso and 2 minutes for a latte.

The versatility of this machine can be seen in the way it allows you to brew both coffee and tea. The Kaldi includes a combined total of 60 coffee and tea capsules. A milk frother for cappuccinos and lattes can be purchased separately.

One drawback with the coffee supplied is you are restricted to the flavours that come with the CBTL Kaldi. However, on the plus side, CBTL have provided a healthy selection of well produced and flavorsome coffees. For example, the Italian espresso, one of my favorites, produces a lovely crema on top. In addition to this, there are a further 4 espresso flavors, a selection of teas and 2 powder sachets for latte and mocha coffees.

A high degree of craftsmanship has gone into this machine as can be seen from the chrome levers that position the capsules into place. The tray that holds the cups also feels very solid and is again made of chrome.

A couple of design features you should be aware of: it’s quite hard to get a very large mug positioned under the nozzle. This of course is not a problem if all you want to do is drink a normal sized cup of espresso.

Also, approximately 1 capsule in every 10 has a tendency to  come apart in the machine. This is not a common occurrence but the machine will need to be cleaned after this happens. Keep your eye on costs here as a pack of 10  capsules costs $6. However $0.60 per cup is quite competitive when you consider in some high street establishments you can end up paying $3 to $5 for a cup of espresso.

You must use CBTL Kaldi capsules with the machine and these can be purchased from Amazon.

The  machine also produces tea. I’m not an expert on tea but what I’ve tasted here seems  fine. The selection of teas include Tropical Passion and Chai.

Two final items of maintenance for the CBTL Kaldi : descale the machine on a regular basis –  the average descale seems to be every 4 months after using about 18 pods. A descaler warning light activates when a descaler session needs to take place. Run the descaler; this takes about 40 plus minutes

Finally, when you have finished using the machine, run a short water cycle to clear the filter tubes. Ensure there is no coffee capsule in this machine when you do this.

If you ever need help when using the CBTL Kaldi, the instruction manual that came with machine is  extremely useful.

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C100T

The C100T espresso maker,manufactured by Nepresso, is a 19 bar single serve espresso machine that uses the Nespresso proprietary coffee capsules to deliver it’s espresso shots.

Although the machine is small in stature, it delivers a powerful punch from within it’s compact, triangular  frame.  This is due in the main to it’s pulsating 19 bar pressure gauge which infuses it’s coffees with potent flavours.

Before I go on to discuss the taste, let’s first of all look at the set up. As with all Nepresso machines getting the equipment up and running is very straight forward:

  •      fill up the water tank, which holds approximately 4.5 cups of water.
  •      activate the on switch to heat the water – a light will come on letting you know the water is hot.
  •      select the required cup size from two buttons – large or small.
  •      lift the chrome lever to open the coffee capsule holder.
  •      ensure you have your cup positioned ready to capture the brew.
  •      insert a coffee capsule and press down on the lever.
  •      the cup will fill based on your volume of choice.

This whole process takes no more than a couple of minutes. As you repeat these actions, you will notice that as you insert another capsule into the machine, the old capsule is automatically dispatched into a bin at the back of the C100T
There has been some feedback in relation to the coffee being lukewarm when placed into the cup. However, if you heat your water correctly at the start of the warming process and then heat your cups prior to them being used, your coffee will remain hot. Please note, the C100T is not supplied with a cup warmer.

This is a very low maintenance machine. Quite apart from the fact it requires very little cleaning because of it’s use of pods, it also requires very little descaling. However, it is recommended that you descale after using 500 pods; in some instances this may take a user up to 6 months.

The machine comes supplied with 12 coffee flavours ranging in diversity from the Ristretto, a chocolate flavored espresso, to the nutty flavored Livanto – my particular tipple of choice is the Italian espresso Roma

The capsules have to be purchased directly from the Nepresso website and work out at approximately $0.52 each. Now this may not seem a high price if you are drinking a small cup of coffee but may stretch some peoples budgets if they want to use 2 capsules for a larger espresso. Once you have used a capsule they may not be used again and can only be purchased directly from Nespresso.

The counter argument to the cost of the capsules, is that although €20 of ground coffee will purchase more cups of espresso for you at a better price, the time spent cleaning and maintaining a machine that has been used for grounding and tamping could be time spent doing something else. As always with coffee capsules you are paying the extra bit more for the convenience they provide you with.

As the C100T is such a compact device, it does not come with a frothing wand. However, in order to create froth for lattes and cappuccinos, take a look at the Aeroccino which can be purchased separately. It works like an electric milk pitcher creating a nice, milky froth for drinks in about 50 seconds.

The C100T is a small, unobtrusive machine that packs a big punch. The coffee connoisseurs out there may feel they’d like to go a little more upmarket, but for beginners and people new to espressos and espresso making with limited budgets, the C100T is a very good starter machine. I would recommend it for homes where space is of a premium or to have as your office espresso maker.

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Nespresso C101

Nespresso C101 Introduction

The Nespresso C101 is an easy to use espresso maker that utilises Nespresso coffee pods to deliver it’s coffee.  Although the machine is only 6 pounds in weight it comes with a 30oz capacity, removable water tank that will provide enough capacity for up to 12 cups of coffee. The pods that come supplied with the Nespresso C101 are relatively easy to use but do work out a little more expensive than ground coffee – by my estimations you’ll be paying 55 – 70 cents per shot with Nespresso pods.

Nespresso C101

Whether  or not you enjoy the taste of these pods will boil down to your personal preferences. In my opinion, I feel there is little to choose in terms of  quality between pods and ground coffee. However,  I  do prefer the taste of  ground coffee. But what you gain in taste you lose in  convenience as fresh coffee leaves a lot more mess behind because of the tamping and grinding.

The Nespresso C101 comes pre-supplied with a wide range of flavours. It’s hard to critisise what Nespresso have included.For example, you get decaf, regular and different roasts with beans color coded on the side of the capsule. However, you are restricted to using these  flavours as the pods do not give you the option of experimenting with other coffees blends.

Activating these pods in this machine could not be easier:

There is a shaft in the upper portion of the machine which is opened by raising a chrome handle.

Once this is exposed you need to insert one of the aluminum coffee pods into the hatch and press down on the pod button. The high pressure pump then goes to work,  extracting  the rich coffee flavours by perforating the sides of the pod using a procedure similar to piercing the outer casing of the pod with needles.

This whole process takes approximately 30 seconds with the end result being a cup filled with coffee that has a lovely crema on top lovely crema on top.
Once this process is complete, the used pod is dispatched into a section under the machine. Job done!

An interesting feature of this espresso maker is the way the machine has been designed, with  2 buttons controlling the size of the drink you request. Neither of these buttons allow for a really large cup of coffee. This comes with the advantage of not depleting your reserves of water too quickly; but the downside of not letting  you drink a large cup of espresso in one sitting. A workaround for this is to use 2 capsules if you require a large shot .

Two small problems  with the Nespresso C101: sometimes the capsules do not fit easily into the machine. This has only happened on a couple of occasions and may have something to do with the capsules being faulty.

Finally,  the frother takes a little longer than other machines to heat up the milk

So in conclusion, the Nespresso C101 is an extremely versatile machine that can be used in either the home or the office. It would work well as your main machine or it could be deployed as a back up espresso maker.

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DeLonghi EC155

DeLonghi EC155 Overview

The DeLonghi EC155 is a machine that is capable of saving you money by allowing you to cut down on your visits to your local coffee house. The  reason for this, is it has the capacity to make hundreds of cups of your  favorite espresso for a quarter of the price you’d pay on the high street .

In terms of the machine’s technical spec, the first thing you’ll notice is the speed at which the DeLonghi EC155 will make you a drink – once you’ve switched the machine on, and  prepped your coffee, you are talking 3 to 5 minute before your drinking your first espresso shot. The key to getting a nice hot cup of espresso from this machine is to ensure you press the steam button first. This will warm the milk to just the right consistency.

But it not just the liquid you need to get right. The way you  tamp your coffee will also have a bearing on the taste of the espresso.  When putting coffee into the machine,  fill the large basket right up to the rim. Tamp your coffee to the  rim level of the basket. Twist the tamp with both hands and when you see the first drip coming out, turn the machine off. Twist the coffee basket again, turn the machine back on and your output should be a well made, tasty coffee.

You’ll know if you’ve got this process right because there will be  a nice, think crema on top of the cup with a caramel colored body underneath. The crema should be about 2mm in height. If there is no crema then you need to put more effort into you tamping.

The tamper that comes with this machine is of OK build, but as you’ll be doing high levels of tamping over time, you’ll probably want to invest in something a bit more solid.

So, those are the inner workings. So what about the hardware of the machine?

Although the machine is small in size, De’Longhi  have included a number of interesting features.

There is a removable water tank that will allow you to consume a good 9 shots of espresso before  you need to refill.

You also get a drip tray with the machine as well as the choice of ground or ESE pods for your coffee. The pods cut out the need to ground and and tamp the coffee.

The filters in this machine are easy to clean – but DO remember to clean them!  Overtime, ground coffee can stick to the filters of espresso  machines, slowing them down. To assist in the cleaning process, ensure you ground the coffee down into a fine, granulated powder.  This way you’ll get a better taste  and there will be less clogging in the machine

One little design quirk you should be aware of is the fact that the frothing wand sits only 3 1/4 inches of the counter top. This may be a problem if you want to heat a large beaker of milk. However, a work around here is to elevate the machine slightly above the counter top. Or, as an alternative,  remove the sliver tray underneath the machine and you will have plenty of room for any cup size.

Something else you may wish to consider if buying this machine is the fact there is no cup warmer. Because of the machine’s competitive price I would not view this as a deal breaker.

So ,in conclusion, the DeLonghi EC155  is a workhorse of a machine that, at the price, is a good product for beginners to learn about espresso machines and espresso making.

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Nespresso D300

Nespresso D300

The key determinant of whether you are going to like the Nespresso D300 or not will depend very much on your attitude to coffee capsule technology. Because the Nepresso  D300 is part of the Nepresso family of espresso machines you, as the consumer, must use the coffee capsules that are designed to be used solely with this machine.

Before I get into the advantages and disadvantages of this let me describe a little about the functionality of Nepresso D300. This machine comes with comprehensive pre-programmed technology. So, if your the sort of person who just likes to set your machine up once and let it get on with making you the espresso in the way you want it,  then the Nepresso D300 is for you.  For example, there are pre-programmed buttons that allow you to determine the strength of your espresso shot. Additional programming functionality includes adjusting the language of the digital display and warning buttons indicating water hardness allowing you to control scaling in the machine. In fact the programming detail on this machine is so precise it will even let you set the amount of coffee you have in your cup.

The Nepresso D300 also come with a 19 bars high pressure pump  which maximises all the flavours from the capsule and produces an end result of a lovely smooth crema in the cup.

One minor quibble I’d have with the build is the fact the water tank is on the small side. But on the upside ,because of this, the machine takes up very little space on the work top.

Getting back to the capsules: there are a number of advantages and disadvantages to using these. In terms of advantages, there is very little mess with capsules. All you have to do is place a capsule into it’s holder and connect a capsule ring which creates a hole in the capsule allowing the coffee to seep into the machine. This process is very user friendly and once you’ve completed this task the first time, it is very easy to do it again. Capsules also remove the  need to use grinders and tampers, so there is a cost saving there. The other thing to bear in mind is the capsules can stay fresh for a long period of time. However, there can be no experimenting with this machine in terms of ground coffee; you will have to use Nespresso capsules.

The flavour generated by the capsules is delicious! There are huge variety of capsule flavours available.  For example, there are Arabic and decaf flavours, in addition to Latin American and African blends. The Italian brand is called Roma and it has lovely crema taste thank,s in the main, to the Nepresso D300’s powerful steamer.

One disadvantage of capsules is there cost. They work out at $0.45 cent a shot. But remember, the trade off  with capsules is their convenience and the fact they make no mess.

So if your looking for convenience and minimal fuss, the Nepresso D300 will be perfect for your needs.

 

 

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Gaggia 16100

The Gaggia 16100 is firstly an espresso machine with a solid track record and secondly, carries with it the precision engineering of the Gaggia brand. There are a number of things to like about the Gaggia 16100:

  • The first thing is it’s current price point of around the $200 mark. This is the most affordable Gaggia product I have come across.
  • The second thing to like is the simplicity of it’s functionality. The machine has a one button touch for warm up; one button touch to produce steam espresso shots; and a one button push to produce froth for the wand. On this last point, the wand pressure is extremely powerful heating up 7 oz. of milk to 140 degrees in less than a minute.
  • The third thing to like is it’s speed of use. Because the Gaggia 16100 has a fully integrated 17.5 bar pump and a dual element boiler, the  first cup of espresso was ready very quickly.
  • To counteract any noise the machine may make, Gaggia have supplied this model with anti vibration mounts which, once secured, enables the machine to run with minimal sound.

In terms of the aesthetics, I’ve always loved the look of these black, steely devices at my local coffee house. However, the Gaggia 16100 would not look out of place in any home kitchen.

Getting back to the practical side of the model, I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to fill the water tank of the machine by just sliding out the container section and filling it with water. With other models this can take a lot of jerking and pushing. Another thing that impressed me about this machine was the amount of thought that had gone into the frothing pipe. For example, the pipe on this  model contains little air bubbles which have the effect of creating perfectly frothed milk every time for your espresso.

If you are a newbie to espresso machines then you are well catered for with this Gaggia.   It’s supplied with a clearly laid out and comprehensive instruction manual  that cover every aspect of getting the Gaggia 16100  up and running. I also  the CD that is supplied with the manual particularly useful in this capacity.

A couple of things that could be improved on:

I’d like to see the machine supplied with a larger water tank. Currently you have to replenish the water  every 3 to 4 days, whereas on other Gaggia models this could be done  every 5 to 6 days. The other thing that could be improved on is in the area of the cup warmer which sits on  the slanted top of the 16100 and only moderately heats the cups. This again is not a major issue as the cups can be preheated with hot water.

In terms of the coffee that goes into the Gaggia 16100, use a  burr grinder if you don’t have one. This will break your coffee down into the best consistency. A blade grinder will not be as effective. Here’s a burr grinder worth looking at.

If you can’t afford a burr grinder then use fine ground coffee, available here on Amazon.com.

It has great taste and will work well with the machine.

So, in summary, the Gaggia 16100 provides a nice cup of espresso with a lovely froth. It’s a great machine for beginners or master coffee makers alike!

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