A rich, creamy shot of espresso is just a switch away with the handsome Krups Espremio. With its Thermobloc technology and 8 bars of pressure, this machine makes especially hot espresso, and quickly. A single function knob makes operation simple. Larger than most, the 27-ounce (0.8-liter) plastic water tank lifts out the top for easy filling, or can even be filled during operation, and provides enough water for constant steaming. Ground coffee is measured and tamped into the shallow metal filter with the provided plastic spoon. While the machine makes only one cup of espresso at a time, the used grounds can be quickly emptied (a latch keeps the metal filter attached to the arm) and refilled for the next cup. For cappuccinos and lattes, milk froths up by means of the steam nozzle that swings out or in, accomodating the vessel size. A thumping noise made by the steam pump may seem a bit disconcerting at first, but is normal. The stainless-steel cup tray and plastic drip pan remove easily for clean-up. The espresso maker measures 8 by 12 inches and is covered by a one-year warranty. --Ann Bieri
An ideal machine for the espresso enthusiast, easy to use machine produces espresso and froths milk for cappuccinos and lattes.