Espresso makers can be tricky but the Artese is designed to be less intimidating than most and, in addition to being easy to use, it brews excellent espresso. This pump espresso machine has an advanced Thermobloc system with 15 bars of pressure to consistently deliver delicious espresso, cappuccino, or latté drinks. Advanced electronic controls let you tailor the coffee to your taste. You may alter the water flow for each cycle so that the precise amount of espresso is brewed at the desired strength. A memo button sets your preferences so you can have your coffee just as you like it every day. The Artese is also one of the only pump machines with an adjustable portafilter, allowing you to accommodate varying amounts of espresso--a single versus a double shot--by simply turning a dial rather than having to change the filter as is required on most other machines. Additionally, the CLARIS water filtration system improves your coffees taste by filtering out 85 percent of the chlorine taste and other harmful minerals found in tap water.
For latté and cappuccino drinkers, the automatic frothing system is topnotch. Rather than frothing milk in a separate pitcher, the Artese holds up to 32 ounces (enough for eight cappuccinos) of milk in its own canister and dispenses foamed milk directly into your cup. You can also adjust the thickness of the froth to heavy for cappuccino and light for lattés. For safety, this espresso maker has an automatic shutoff feature that kicks in after the machine has been on for two hours. The Artese accepts ground coffee or ESE pods and is covered by a one-year warranty on parts and labor. --Cristina Vaamonde
Krups Artese Premium Programmable espresso machine. This fully programmable espresso machine has touchpad controls to regulate the flow of espresso. Also new is an advanced Thermoblock system with 15 bars of pressure. There's more. A water filtration cartridge removes chlorine, mineral deposits and an indicator tells you when to replace the cartridge. The adjustable filter holder accomodates single and double shots of espresso or ESE pods.