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Capresso 303.01 4-Cup Espresso and Cappuccino Machine
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- 800-watt espresso and cappuccino machine with 4-cup capacity
- Coffee/steam selector; adjustable coffee strength; swivel frother
- Safety boiler cap with built-in valve; filter holder with protective thumb guard
- Illuminated on/off switch; removable drip tray; dishwasher-safe glass carafe. Please refer the Product Video for any troubleshooting
- Measures 9-3/4 by 7-1/2 by 13-1/4 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Capresso - 4-Cup Espresso & Cappuccino Machine
Exclusive Coffee/Steam Selector
Experience the full taste of espressos, cappuccinos and lattes! The Capresso 4-Cup Espresso & Cappuccino Machine features an exclusive Coffee/Steam selector that makes it easy to control both brewing and steaming, allowing the user to adjust coffee strength to their personal taste. The steam boiler principle of the Capresso 4 Cup Espresso & Cappuccino Machine heats up water and then starts forcing the hot water through the filter holder and brewing espresso coffee into the glass carafe. During this time steam starts collecting in the boiler. When the coffee has reached the bottom line marking on the glass carafe, you can stop the brewing and switch to frothing milk. At that time the machine has created maximum amount of steam. When you finish frothing, turn the selector switch back to the coffee brewing position. Important: To avoid a burnt coffee taste, stop the brewing before all the hot water has passed through the filter holder. Review user manual page# 9 for trouble shooting steps.
Features and Benefits
- 4-cup high-tech steam/boiler system
- Boiler cap with built-in safety valve
- Unique Coffee/Steam Selector allows you to move from coffee to steaming and to adjust coffee strength to your taste
- Swivel frother with adjustable steam output allows you to steam large or small amounts of milk in seconds for frothing (Cappuccinos) and steaming (Lattes)
- The powerful steam/boiler reduces warm-up time to under 2 minutes, producing 2 to 4 cappuccinos or lattes in under 5 minutes
- Convenient filter holder with thumb guard for safe use
- Illuminated on/off switch
- Dishwasher safe glass carafe
- Removable drip tray for easy clean-up
Top Customer Reviews
During the last 20 years, we have had 6 or 7 different espresso machines ranging from $40.00 to $180.00 in price. This one which retails for $105.00 (we paid less on Amazon)is the best. It is easy to use and creates exceptionally good coffee drinks.
A word of caution for any machine you purchase: READ the INSTRUCTIONS. The directions for each machine differ slighty. My caffeine addicted hubby overfilled the water chamber on a very expensive espresso/cappuccino machine and broke it.
The Capresso 303.01 is the machine I would recommend to friends and family. We are extremely happy with this machine.
UPDATE January 2012: We are still loving this machine. After at least twice a daily use (sometimes abuse), it is just starting to act a little tired. The carafe was replaced due to human error. Apparently glass breaks when dropped into a sink. (Amazon had the least expensive replacement.) The steamer is still going strong. Recently I have noticed that the espresso is not brewing quite as hot as it had been for the first 2+ years. Other than that our espresso machine is functioning well. When this machine finally dies, I plan to replace it with another 303.01. The price is currently at an all time low.
The espresso is very good, although it does not create much crema. I have had better espresso in Italy, but I really bought this to make cappuccinos with and $59.99 is cheaper than a flight to Florence. It is also very dependent on the type of coffee you use (I purchased Illy's espresso ground in decaf - amazing! I was very, very surprised with the quality of the coffee - yum!).
I became very, very frustrated with the frother, even purchasing an aerolatte frother to see if I could live with that type of froth (btw - I can't. There's nothing like steamed froth). The frother seemed inconsistent at first. Most of that is my lack of experience frothing, which after reading online the various debates and instructions, perhaps the best advise was to buy a gallon of milk and get started because it does take some practice. BUT I had an amazing discovery, and perhaps this will help you too:
1. I took off the plastic attachment and am just now only using the metal wand, and am having very few problems. I just couldn't seem to get the hang of the plastic gizmo which is supposed to make it easier. But the metal wand by itself works great!
2. Start with cold milk and froth first (Don't follow the company's directions of heating the milk first and then frothing. Perhaps this is correct, but I couldn't get a consistent froth - either me or the machine, can't say.).Read more ›
Here are some tips to those negative aspects I have seen reviewed to date here:
The double lock cap is not a problem it is intuitively obvious how to use it. It is placed on in one spot, pushed down (it just sets down really) and then just tightened???
The too cold problem may be that during the milk frothing you don't get the milk warm enough (160+ degrees). Also, it may help to let the espresso start just until it covers the bottom of the carafe then swith to steam for frothing, then switch back to fill carafe to your level. Also clean-up at the end while my almost perfect cafe mcoha sat in my perfect large cup helps cool it off.
To froth go here [...]. I removed the tip from the steamer like one person suggested (it is a rubbery thing that just pulls off) and I made perfect "microfoam", just not enough of it because like an idiot I used a 12 ounce coffee mug instead of a good cheap 20 oz. milk pitcher. I made good foam almost overflowing, but not hot enough. I'll get the thermometer for the next cup.
Also the espresso holder (basket and filter holder) are aluminum. If you don't like aluminum, the basket from a Krups 963/A fits perfectly (a magnet sticks to it, but I don't know what it is made of?).
I use starbucks mocha mix (2 heaping teaspoons seem just about right for 4 cups espresso) for cafe mocha. I may try skinny Caramel Macchiato someday. I'll add updates after I have used it for a while, but initial indications are all positive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this machine for a few days, and so far it's awesome.
I like that this machine has the ability to steam and froth milk, as well as, of course, making espresso. Read more
For the price it's a decent home machine for a starter. However, after a year and a half it started to get clogged so I cleaned it out per the manual. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Matthew Silsby
Arrived damaged crushed steam knob. This machine is crap. Uses alot of coffee. Takes too much time to heat up. Poor construction/materials. Buy a different manufacturer.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This espresso machine is the best! It's easy to use, clean and makes a great cup of coffee. This gives us an excuse to try out different coffeesPublished 10 days ago by Wendy
Takes forever! I was late for work and had to leave without coffee because it took 20 minutes to brew an espresso. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Book Worm
I love this...my first one lasted 10 years and I am glad they still make this one. Fast shipping, great price!Published 12 days ago by Ursula Davis