Both a regular coffeemaker and espresso machine, this 1,500-watt appliance has separate water tanks for simultaneously brewing drip coffee and espresso. The espresso machine side has a built-in frothing system with a milk tank for creating cappuccinos and lattés in their cups. Separate knobs select the strength of both regular coffee and espresso. Making espresso follows tradition: tamp coffee into a filter basket inside a filter holder, twist the filter holder onto the machine, pour water into the machine's boiler, and press a button. Depending on the amount of water added, up to four 2-ounce cups then flow into an 8-ounce glass carafe.
Making regular coffee also follows tradition: insert a filter (a permanent Gold Tone filter is included) into the filter basket, spoon in coffee, add water to the coffeemaker's removable tank, and press a button. Up to 10 5-ounce cups of coffee then flow into a 50-ounce glass carafe on a warming plate. (For five or fewer cups, speed up the brewing process for full flavor.) A digital clock/timer makes it possible to program a select time for "wake-up coffee" up to 24 hours in advance. The brewing process pauses if the carafe is removed for a midbrew pour. A water filter removes chlorine, and a cup-counting system blinks a reminder when the machine requires decalcification. Encased in both bright and matte-finish black plastic, the machine measures 16 inches wide, 13-1/2 inches high, and 9 inches deep and carries a one-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack
Can brew coffee and espresso simultaneously Swiveling Jet Frother Coffee unit includes drip interrupt feature, warming plate and 5-10 cup function Steam pressurized system includes pressure safety valve to ensure safe operation Lighted on and ready lights The Vario System and AccuFlavor dial allow you to prepare espresso and coffee just the way you like it Adjustable steam emission Exclusive Easy Froth Dispenser with removable anti-splatter hood Permanent Gold Tone filter and removable water tank Electronic digital programmable timer Exclusive Water Filtration System for the best tasting coffee Decalcification System