KRUPS XP1500 Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine Combination, Black
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- Combination unit with 4-bar steam espresso machine and 10-cup coffeemaker
- 4-cup glass carafe with handle; steam nozzle; removable drip tray with stainless steel grid
- Water-level indicator; swing-out filter holder; brew pause; nonstick warming tray
- Simple-to-use controls; illuminated on/off switch; convenient coffee scoop included
- Measures 14-3/4 by 12-1/4 by 13-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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For a latte, you'll need to have finely ground espresso, a stainless steel frothing pitcher, and cold milk (2% or non-fat work best). Remove the rubber end to the frothing nozzle -- I never use it, and that may be one of the problems other reviewers have. In fact, you can throw that bugger away -- it's worthless. Follow the instructions in the manual to fill your water reservoir and your espresso filter. Fill your frothing pitcher no more than halfway with milk. Turn the dial on the left of the machine to the "cup" setting, and as soon as your first drop of espresso falls, switch the dial to the froth setting. Keep the nozzle low in the pitcher, just heating -- not frothing. This is very important. JUST HEAT, keeping the nozzle low in the pitcher. It will take at least a minute, maybe two for the milk to be the proper temperature. You can guess the temperature is right if you hold the pitcher in your hand, not by its handle, and keep heating the milk until the pitcher is just about too hot to hold -- (or you could buy a thermometer, but this works just as well, and for the price-conscious does the trick). When the pitcher is too hot to hold, it's ready to froth.Read more ›
Other problems: the frother is too low. You need to angle the milk cup too much to be useful. A half cup of cold milk will turn into a counter full of frothed milk when it's done.
You're better off researching all products and choosing one that is made with better materials, has better reveiws for the quality of the resultant coffee, and going with a company that has BETTER CUSTOMER SUPPORT. There's a reason that "customers who purchased this product also purchased..." "...REPLACEMENT ITEMS!!!"
Potential cons: This model may be simple with its lack of electronic displays and settings, but my husband likes it that way as he worries about electronic failure keeping him in the way of making cappuccinos (he is my live-in barista). You can only use one side at a time, either coffee or espresso. The steam arm could use more flexibility in its positioning. Also, if you use the steamer with the plastic housing cover, it doesn't keep a tight seal in the fact that if you take it off, you will see some traces of the milk you just frothed on the metal arm (you can take the plastic housing off permanently if you prefer).
Ok here are the great things: it is very hardy and durable. It makes GREAT cappuccinos as coffee!! I highly recommend and would buy again in a heartbeat.
I am going to repeat something that I think may have to do with a lot of the negative reviews: you have to CLEAN the MACHINE REGULARLY. It mentions this in great detail in the owners manual (also available online at Krups.com if you lost yours like we did ours).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked great for a few years and then died recently. My husband had no complaints, but it was pretty bulky and took up and good amount of counter space. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Keirle
Got this coffee and espresso maker combo as a wedding gift over two years ago. I love it! It makes great coffee, and when I'm in the mood for a fancy latte I can make one at home... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rosemarie
It is a good machine and more than enough for a small household. It is stand alone without the automatic timer. Yet a very good buy.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I actually loved it but it broke in a few months. Could have had Starbucks every day for what this ended up costing per cup. My sister has had this same model for years.Published 8 months ago by Kareema
I bought an older model of this from goodwill and once it got down to it's final days, I was happy to have this one available to purchase. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JT
I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my husband a couple of years ago and he loves it. I am able to make him his morning cappuccino for work, I am not a barista by any means,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jamie Easterly