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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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Passion. Precision. Perfection. The Krups heritage of German engineered coffee machines and food preparation appliances provides clear functional, rigorous design at the highest level of technical perfection, performance and quality. Working with leading European designers, the product series also represents the newest European designs yet maintains the rigorous and clearly functional characteristics synonymous with Krups products. Designed and built for those who continuously seek out new gourmet experiences and take pleasure in discovering and understanding how things are done well, the Krups range provides the tools that deliver genuine results, performance and taste. Inspired by experts and demanding consumers with uncompromising standards of performance, the new Krups series has been built with three key attributes in mind: Passion, Precision and Perfection. The Krups XP1500 Steam Combi Machine has a 10 cup coffee maker and a 4 bar steam espresso machine. Easy to use, the water level indicator clearly shows how much water is in the tank and it has a convenient steam nozzle for easy frothing of milk on the espresso side.
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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. Move the pitcher lower so that the nozzle just skims along the top of the milk. This will start your foam growing, and that lovely noise you hear all day long at your favorite coffee house. It will not take long before your pitcher is about to overflow. At that point, quickly switch the dial back to the "cup" setting, and your espresso shot will fall. You always want the espresso shot to fall at the very end of the process, because a shot will "die" after about a minute, and it will just taste bad. So, as soon as your shot is done, pour it in your cup and add your milk. Once the milk is in there with the shot, the shot is protected.
After filling your cup with the milk, top it with the foam, and add a little cocoa powder or cinnamon or even nutmeg -- your choice. I've also added a drop or two of vanilla extract. You're good to go. You'll have a delicious latte, at an extremely low price.
(I explained the above because the instructions in the manual are not that good, and I don't have the time to build a how-to video. I was also a barista at Starbucks for a year, so I did learn a thing or two about lattes. I hope it was helpful.)
INITIAL REVIEW UPON RECEIPT: I decided to try this machine after using many Krups products over the years. I'm not into those pod machines that brew one cup at a time, as I like to control the strength of my coffee and have enough to immediately share with my spouse. It does all I need for morning joe and if you like an occasional afternoon espresso or latte, you'll love it. It is not fancy, with auto offs, thermal carafes, or timers, but when I had machines with them before, it really was not an important factor to me anyway. Takes up just a little counter space for 2 appliances, The coffee side may not hold as much as previous models, but I like coffee quite fresh and would rather just do a new brew up anyhow should require more. The espresso side takes a little education, as far as the pressure dial goes, but once you've got it, you've got it! I found the other user reviews on how to froth the milk very enlightening, and after a while, my own sense of how the machine works took over and I've had no trouble at all. It's easy to clean, looks nice, and if it's anything like my other Krups products, I'll be pleased if it lasts me a year or two, and I can keep from breaking the carafes. I think it's a great deal instead of investing in an expensive espresso gadget for the once in while use, plus I make coffee every day in it. All around pretty pleased!
The Espresso carafe is so poorly manufactured that within two weeks of taking it out of the box, the little silver band that holds the handle to the glass just sprung off. When it was full of piping hot espresso, of course. Fuming, I cleaned up the kitchen - the stuff was everywhere - while my husband called the company's customer service line. The customer service rep was devoid of sympathy, but did provide another carafe in about 7 days time. No shock: this one lasted just a few weeks as well. Meanwhile, the vent area of the plastic housing started to discolor and melt.
At which time, we parked it in the basement, and went and got another Cuisinart.
Krups probably saved 2.5 cents by doing a substandard job of riveting the little silver band on the glass, and another 50 cents by laying off it's quality personnel. It was, in my opinion, a poor trade-off.