CBTL Kaldi S04 Single Cup Brewer, Gold/Silver
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- The only single-up machine that makes great coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and espresso
- Compact footprint-fits easily anywhere
- Match the color to your decor
- Designed in Italy - the birthplace of espresso
- Match it with our exclusive milk frother for wonderful latte's and cappuccino
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Set-up was easy, insert the screen in the water tank, give everything a good rinse, pour in some water up to the fill line - 40 ounces- (I prefer using filtered water), plug it in and follow the simple directions in either the manual or the quick start guide.
Once the machine has primed itself, you are ready to choose your brew. Pull the handle back all the way, drop in the pod with the top facing the front of the machine, snap the handle back down, and choose your size by pressing one of the 3 selections:
Top button: 1.5 ounces for espresso
Middle button: 3 ounces for a long espresso
Bottom button: 8 ounces for coffee, 9 ounces for tea
The next time you brew another cup, when you lift the handle backwards, that disposes of the previously brewed capsule into the storage bin behind the drip tray. This should be dumped into the trash as part of your daily maintenance, in addition to always making sure you have adequate water in the tank (you don't want to burn-up your pump). Also rinse the storage bin out with hot water after you dump the capsules, it gets a little skanky in there if you don't!
All the coffee flavors I've tried are very aromatic, rich and flavorful. The espresso capsules all produce a nice crema on top. Even though hot chocolate is sometimes listed as available in a capsule, I don't think those are out yet (as of 11/1/12). I'm not a tea drinker, but I did try the Tropical Passion and it was good.Read more ›
The Kaldi makes superb espresso brews. So far we have tried the Carnevale and Premium Decaf Espresso. These 2 are both excellent. Brews a the standard Expresso shot or a tall espresso which is about 5 ounces. Both brews leave a nice layer of crema that lasts to the last sip. However, I also tried the French Roast as being one of the dark/bold selections; this one missed the note by being 'lite' for a dark brew; it does have a very nice smooth flavor, but it just misses the dark punch of a bold selection. I would place the french roast as a medium roast. We just came from Bed Bath and Beyond and purchased a package of the Starbucks Verona which was my favorite T-Disc on the Tassimo; well, even the Verona is on the lighter side; tastes good, but lite!
It has a small profile that does not take much counter space and has a very modern stylish look. it is not very noisy like the Keurigs and takes just a couple of minutes to finish the brew.
The items that could be improved: The water tank could've been made a little bigger to hold more water; if you are just brewing espressos, perfect size, but if you brew coffees the water tank is small. Secondly, the used pods fall into a reservoir which is not very hygienic, since the pod is full of water it will drip outside the pod and into the reservoir, which if it is left like that for a day or more, it will rot and smell bad. There is no way to put a tall cup under the nozzle, so you have to use low profile or espresso cups.Read more ›
I had little to complain about UNTIL i went into a coffee bean location to purchase something before work (to be frank I don't enjoy their in store coffee and was there due to limited options). They had a demo CBTL KALDI S04 for customers to sample SO instead of ordering a coffee I decided I would try the machine first and if it was miserable then I would purchase my typical americano from the cashier.
Well I can only tell you I was STUNNED. The coffee was strong, the creme thick and the double shot setting was plentiful (at least a third more than the Nespresso machine) and was just as good as any thing I would have purchased.
I can only generalize but most American's, and clearly I enjoy a stiffer and stronger cup and this machine provides you with such a coffee both in espresso form and coffee form.
Additionally the pods themselves are very convenient and are about 40 cents a piece and can be found in store and bulk buying isn't required and if you order 40 dollars a more a month from the subscription service they offer free shipping.
DON'T order the teas for this machine. To be honest, the machine doesn't understand the idea of steeping.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it at first, but came to realize that it's very unreliable. Beeps at times for unknown reasons. The espresso button almost never works on the 1st try. Read morePublished 7 days ago by beth coyne
This is our third one. They tend to last about 18 months, then fizzle out. We originally bought this brand because it makes espresso shots, which K-cup brewers don't do. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Steve Miller
after repeated failed attempts to prime the pump I am returning the item
I have owned both CBTL Americano and Kaldi single serve machines and had no issue whatsoever. Read more
I have a Starbucks Verismo and this will outperform it. Hotter more pressure and a bit faster. I have seen the notes about parts breaking but have not had that experience since I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by onemichael
By far my favorite coffee machine. I love that it makes espresso, regular coffee, tea, and hot water. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edward
please do not buy this product..
I have this product for less than a year now and the water started leaking yesterday out of no where. Read more
The problem with this machine is that it does not take the popular "K-CUP" used by the also popular Keurig brewing machines. Read morePublished 6 months ago by grizzlybill70
I received this as a gift for Christmas in Dec. of 2014. Waited until April to start using it because of poor reviews. After brewing 20 cups of coffee the descale alarm went off. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Frank
Love this single cup maker! It's size is perfect for small spaces or for one or two people. The only two downfalls to this product are: 1. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jessica & John Judge