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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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An espresso is a far richer drink with a more intense taste than regular brewed drip coffee. An espresso is normally 1 1/2 to 2 oz. of strong coffee. Espresso should be served immediately after brewing. If the espresso is too strong, you can add hot water. Add sugar to taste.
Water in the Boiler
The water in the boiler of the machine will get hotter during the brewing process. Towards the end of the brewing process the water will be so hot that it would burn your espresso. Therefore you never want to process all the water through the coffee as this will result in a burnt taste.
1 1/2 to 2 oz. of espresso coffee with 3 to 4 oz. of steamed and frothed milk on top. Sprinkle chocolate shavings or cinnamon on top of the milk froth. For a stronger taste increase the amount of coffee. For a milder taste increase the amount of milk.
Foamy layer of milk froth on top of hot milk. Which kind of milk? Skim milk and 1% milk will produce more milk froth than 2% or regular milk.
Cleaning The Frother Nozzle:
Wait until the machine has cooled down. The metal frother pipe may still be hot. Pull the frother nozzle off and thoroughly rinse under warm water. Make sure the nozzle is free of any milk deposits. Replace the frother nozzle. Make sure it is firmly pushed up the frother tube.
De-calcifying every 3 months
Remove the nozzle from the steam pipe. Fill carafe (2 oz. of white vinegar and 6 oz. cold water) and pour into the boiler. Close cap. Insert the filter holder with the basket into the machine and lock the filter holder. Place carafe without the lid under the filter holder on the drip tray. Place an empty cup under the steam pipe. Make sure the coffee/steam selector points to the cup symbol and the steam knob is closed. Turn the machine on and let the solution pass through the filter holder into the machine. With the carafe about ¾-filled, slide the selector to the steam symbol. Pass the solution through the steam pipe. Once steaming has stopped, close the steam knob. Repeat once or twice.
Always unplug the machine before cleaning. Never use scouring agents. Wait until machine has cooled down. Never immerse the machine in water or any other liquid. Never hold the machine under running water. To clean, simply wipe off with a soft, damp cloth.
Clean the Filter Basket
Clean the filter basket, the filter holder, and the glass carafe in a hot water/ mild soap solution. For your convenience, the filter holder, filter basket, and glass carafe can be put in the dishwasher's upper level, away from any heating element. Make sure the holes in the filter basket are free of old coffee deposits.
Clean the Tray
Remove the tray cover and drip tray and clean with hot water/mild soap solution. Replace the tray cover and drip tray and make sure the drip tray is locked in place. Wipe the inner screen with a wet cloth. The screen is located above the filter holder area.
Experience the full taste of espressos, cappuccinos and lattes. The Capresso 4-Cup Espresso and 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. A Swivel frother with adjustable steam output allow you to steam large or small amounts of milk in seconds. The powerful steam/boiler reduces warm-up time to under 2 minutes, producing 2 to 4 cappuccinos or lattes in under 5 minutes.
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.
UPDATE April 2016: We replaced our last Capresso 303.01 4-Cup Machine (RIP 02/2013-02/2016). There is a new version of the 303.01. IT IS GARBAGE! Please don't waste your time and money. When this one was purchased in Mid-March, Amazon also had the original style 303.01 priced at $45 dollars more. I wasn't working at the time, so we purchased the cheaper version. My wonderful spouse called Jura, the maker of this machine. They will replace the machine. As totally dependent pretentious caffeine snobs, we didn't wait for a replacement, we purchased a totally different espresso machine. It is a 'starter' pump machine. So far we like it. FYI: My caffeine addicted hubby read the instructions before his first attempt with the new machine.
(As an aside: the item came in a box that had obviously been on display somewhere, and opened several times... The coffee machine itself was new, but the packaging had obviously been handled, a lot. Someone had even peeled off a price tag, with the glue mark still visible.)
The machine worked very well for about six days, and then on the seventh day, it rested... After fiddling around with the steam lever, some coffee started coming out, but it took a long while to get a complete cup. On the 14th day of use, it was taking 10-15 minutes to fill a cup, which just didn't seem appropriate.
This espresso machine was returned to its maker. May it fare well!
With just regular coffee I can have up to four cups within five minutes. It's simple as grinding the beans, putting in the water, capping the top, placing grinds into the filter holder and switching on the button. It's all plastic and metal, with the metal being the most important parts (filter, filter holder, steamer rod, internal water boiler and drip tray). The coffee holder/collector is glass with a plastic top. Although a coffee grounds hand compactor is included, I don't use it unless I make four cups of coffee.
The secret here for not burning coffee is to turn if off immediately after filling the glass carafe (unless using right away it to froth milk). For steaming milk (use fatty milk) the plastic 'frother' is attached to a metal rod and you can use it with or without the plastic attachment. It does a fine job of creating a good frothy mix.
There is a plastic filter holder that is great when you want to tap out the used grounds into the trash without burning yourself. There is a pressure valve on the side for frothing and de-pressurizing the unit.
It's an inexpensive and easy way to make coffee, cappuccino or lattes. It's also very easy to clean. It's nice to finally have the perfect machine for a reasonable price.
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